The NCHA Executive Committee met August 19-20 to review and vote on the recommendations put forward by the Association’s standing committees from the NCHA Convention.
The Executive Committee heard updates from finance committee chair Terry Strange. In addition, the committee heard an update about the Texas Major Events Trust Fund application and reimbursement process from the City of Fort Worth. Jim Short, who serves as the association’s lobbyist and legislative consultant, also gave an update on legislative activity.
Minutes from the meeting will be distributed to directors within 10 days, however, following is a summary of action taken by the Executive Committee of particular interest to most members. All rule changes will be printed in the October issue of the Chatter and online at www.nchacutting.com.
Amateur Payout at Triple Crown events
The amateur committee recommended a change to the percentages of added money between open, non-pro and amateur. The current payout distribution is:
|3 %||Limited Open|
|5 %||Limited Non-Pro|
|2 %||Unlimited Amateur|
|2 %||$50,000 Amateur|
In contrast to the amateur committee, the non-pro committee recommended no change to the payout distribution. After a lengthy debate, the Executive Committee approved the following changes to the added money percentages for Triple Crown events:
|3 %||Limited Non-Pro|
|5 %||Unlimited Amateur|
The Executive Committee discussed and considered the recommendations of both the amateur and non-pro committees in making a decision that balances the needs of the widest cross-section of members.
The committee also reviewed site bids for the location of the 2014 Four Sixes Western Nationals, which has been in Reno, Nevada, for two years. While NCHA did not solicit bids for the 2014 event, the association did receive bids from Nampa, Idaho, and Denver, Colorado, along with a renewal bid from Reno.
There are multiple criteria that the committee considers in making a site selection decision for any event, including the Western Nationals. The Western Nationals are especially difficult to accommodate all members because of the sheer size and geographic features of the West. The committee weighs the financial impact of the bids to the association, travel distances for members and the financial impact to members at the various facilities.
As the process should work, members in support of the two sites provided letters and/or emails recommending having the Western Nationals in either Reno or Denver as the leading sites based on support from members and the strength of the bids. The number of letters and/or emails ran almost equal in support of each site.
With that feedback from members, the committee has asked the NCHA staff to analyze the opportunity to hold both a Western Nationals in Reno and a Midwestern Nationals in Denver in 2014. Obviously, there is a wide range of needs to consider before making a decision. However, with the size of the regions, at least exploring the possibility of adding a show seemed prudent to the committee to meet the needs of the greatest number of NCHA members who desire to show at a national championship show. The committee asked for staff to provide the analysis by September 15.
If it is not possible to hold two shows in 2014 because of a lack of funding, available dates or other reasons, NCHA will finalize a single location for the 2014 event and investigate a third national show in 2015 and later.
Horse & Cattle Welfare Committee
The executive committee also approved changes to the medication rules that will clarify anabolic steroids as prohibited substances that includes guidelines for dosages and withdrawal times for members’ use.
The committee also approved increasing the drug fee charged at NCHA-produced events to $15 to cover the Association’s cost of drug testing and, more importantly, provide more education to members, trainers and exhibitors about the medication policy and procedures.