Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on February 3rd. We are very excited top announce a few changes as we move into the 2019 season.
We were fortunate to have 26 voters present, quite a few educated conversations on a variety of agenda topics and topics brought up day of by members, and were able to make many decisions that will impact the club going forward. We encourage everyone to please view our updated rule book, sign up for membership, and also to check out the updated class list for this year.
With that in mind…here are the results of discussions and votes.
1. Proposed partnership with East Coast Ranch Riding Association-Passed. This will allow members of ECRRA to earn points at our shows. There is no added cost to the club for this so it seemed like a win-win for our riders!
2. Proposal to add a 2nd Ranch Riding Division, in accordance with ECRRA rules-Passed. The members voted in the addition of a Walk/Trot Division, open to all ages.
3. Additions/Removal and movement of Classes:
With the addition of WT Ranch, it was decided to move the Ranch Riding patterns to the morning session, to be held immediately after in hand classes in Ring 1. Further, Ranch horse halter was moved to Class 1 to allow time for riders to tack up. The decision behind this was made in an attempt to decrease the number of holds needed due to conflicts between leadline and pleasure classes.
Also in this discussion, members voted to remove Green Horse, Palamino/Buckskin Halter, and Palamino/Buckskin Pleasure due to a continued lack of entries. (We still welcome these Palomino/Buckskins as they qualify for the color breed classes as well!)
The addition of a First Year Canter Division was voted down.
A day end Walk/Trot Pleasure and day end Walk/Trot/Canter Pleasure Championship have been added. These classes are open to all ages. Riders must compete in another pleasure class to qualify. These will not go to day end or year end points. These classes will have a higher entry fee.
3. Ring 1 will no longer be held until the completion of leadline in ring 2.
4. Ring 1 will continue to offer the option of a trophy or $5.00 coupon only in classes with 3 or more riders. In cases where there are not 3 riders, a trophy will be given.
5. Novice Riders, 13 and Over, will no longer have handlers for Egg and Spoon classes.
6. Ring 2 will close for lunch at the completion of class 65. There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Trail will begin immediately after that, regardless of the status of Ring 1. We do ask that leadline complete trail prior to any other riders however after that, it will be on a first come basis. The hope is that in doing this, people will be able to complete trail earlier in the day and we will then be able to provide Day End results at the end of the day.
7. The discussions to add a “one click” registration for divisions and a division discount for those showing in all four classes in a division resulted in the members saying to please leave as is. For cost purposes, the general feeling was that we are reasonably priced as is. There will be no changes at this time to entry fees, trophy fees, and post entry fees. Please note, pre-entering (even just for one class) will save you $15.00.
8. In order to follow the rider ages of the stock horse world, members voted to change youth to 18 and under and adult to 19 and over.
9. Our September show will be double pointed. Please note, this is not double judged.
10. We will be offering a 7th show in the fall. This will serve as a “fun show” with a variety of non-traditional classes. We are looking at gymkhana, versatility, and other classes to excite both riders and spectators. Brookvale Pines Farm (the Tack Shack) has volunteered to donate the grounds and the proceeds from this show will go to a local equine related non-profit. Stay tuned for more details!
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