Ontario Reined Cowhorse Association Annual General Meeting Minutes – September 16, 2018
25 members & 19 non-members in attendance.
President’s Message: The club had great year in 2018, even with the rained-out show in July (which turned into a pretty great trail ride instead). Our judges complimented the quality and improvement of both our reining and cow-work. Thank you to our judges, announcers, ring crews, volunteers and sponsors. A special mention goes out to Ron Stelzl who put on a cutting clinic & show for our members, resulting in a jump in our herdwork entries. Overall entries were also up from 2017.
Financial Report: Current balance of $12,014, showing an increase of over $1000 from this time last year. Thanks to Miranda Kent & Shelly Hagan for fundraising – cash and prize donations were up significantly from last year.
General: Membership is supportive of using a single pattern for all classes at each show. The Ranch Riding & Boxing class was very successful this year, will continue as a regular class in 2019. Proposed rule change/interpretation – definition of non-pro excludes riders who give beginner lessons or lessons in other disciplines, suggestion is to consider changing interpretation of this rule.
Elections: 5 director positons are up for re-election. Tim Banick declined re-election, all other directors willing to stand again. Nominated were Miranda Kent & Louise Harris, Louise deferred and Miranda was acclaimed along with other 4 existing directors.
Jon Walker thanked the members for being respectful of the grounds and each other, pleased to welcome us back for another year.
Outgoing director of 15 years, Tim Banick, announced his retirement from the ORCHA. While he thanked us for being the best club he’s ever been a part of, we owe Tim for his hard work & dedication – during the club’s early years Tim was responsible for bringing attention and financial support to the organization through organizing demonstrations at the International Plowing Match. Thanks again Tim – we’ll see you again on Tuesday nights.