A bit of history, in honor of our 10th anniversary (1996-2006)....

Arabians in Motion’s charter was approved by the Board of Directors of the International Arabian Horse Association at their November 19, 1996 meeting, which was held in Anchorage, Alaska. AiM’s affiliation with AHA officially began on January 1, 1997. As many of you know, Arabians in Motion came into being when the Cascade Arabian Horse Club folded. The Board of CAHC voted to give a substantial portion of their treasury to the new club, and three of them supported it with their memberships, as well. There were 19 charter members - 13 active dressage riders, 1 endurance rider, 3 CAHC members and 2 supportive family members.

The Club’s First Officers:

President: Kaye Phaneuf

Vice President: Allison Mazurkiewicz

Secretary: Karri Tuyls

Treasurer: April Simons

Newsletter: Jackie Paul

The Club's Remaining Charter Member:

* Karen Miller

Within weeks, AiM started to grow! By mid-January of 1997, we added 17 more members, bringing our total to 36.

AiM's First 17 Members:

Jean Boice

Melanie Casselman

*Sherry Casselman

Ruth Crowley

*Sue Dodge

*Gene Dueber

Sherry Hyde

*Louie Kimbraugh (now Telfer)

Marcia Langer

Louise Mason

*Albert Mauck

Eugene Moreland

Joanne Newland

Barbara Penniston

Shelly Taranoff

Susan Auerbach Triplett

Lori Wright

* = current member

22 years later, the Arabians in Motion club (AKA AiM) has over 50 members participating in the sporthorse disciplines of dressage, Sporthorse in hand, Sporthorse under saddle, Working Hunter, Jumpers and endurance. Many members through the years have won regional and national championships plus awards from United State Dressage Federation and United States Equistrian Federation. The club is known as the premier sporthorse club in the NW.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief reflection on AiM’s beginnings.

Written by Kaye Phaneuf, charter member and Sarah Asby current president.