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2002/03/08

Executive Committee Recommends Five Year Suspension For Pressure Shoeing The newly seated TWHBEA Executive Committee held its first monthly meeting on January 28, 2002 at the association's headquarters in Lewisburg, Tenn. Following the call to order, President Robert Thomas called upon board member Carroll Benedict, who had made a formal request to address the executive committee. Mr. Benedict addressed two items n pressure shoeing and the NHSC contract. First, he asked the executive committee to recommend to the NHSC a five-year penalty for a first-time pressure shoeing conviction. Mr. Benedict called this action a "no-brainer," and said it would send a strong message to the industry that the practice of pressure shoeing would not be tolerated. Secondly, he said TWHBEA should not extend the current NHSC contract, and recommended that notice be given immediately in order to comply with the provisions of the contract, which expires December 31, 2002. The NHSC contract automatically renews for successive one-year periods unless a member organization gives written notice six months prior to the contract's termination. He said this action was needed for four reasons. One, it would open the door to meaningful dialogue with other HIOs. Two, the present agreement has been unsuccessful in directing all show activities through the NHSC, and has served instead to create greater diversity and more HIOs than ever before. Three, many members of TWHBEA are being discriminated against because of where they live. The show records and accomplishments of exhibitors who participate in non-NHSC affiliated shows around the country are not recognized by TWHBEA. Often, exhibitors in areas where the NHSC is not the prevailing HIO have no other showing options. Mr. Benedict said that creating an inclusive atmosphere would generate more support than anything TWHBEA has ever done. And four, because of the current economic recession, he feels the time has never been better to take this action. He said training barns are full and horses are not selling, particularly the low to mid-priced horses. The current down market provides an ideal opportunity for industry reorganization. He stressed that he only wishes to redefine TWHBEA's role, and that he is not suggesting the NHSC be abolished or that TWHBEA establish another HIO. He said TWHBEA should issue a national rulebook, conduct a judges program with an emphasis on accountability, and serve as the industry's single voice in Washington D.C. "You're not going to run everybody through one HIO," said Benedict. "I believe that this association should put its arms around every group." Mr. Benedict's remarks were later addressed under new business. The executive committee agreed with his stance on pressure shoeing, and took it a step further. A motion was made and approved to recommend to the NHSC that a first-time conviction for pressure shoeing result in a five-year suspension, and that a second conviction result in a lifetime ban. The executive committee deferred the second part of Mr. Benedict's comments to a new committee that was formed in response to a motion made by board member Robert Smith at the December director's meeting. Named to that committee were Jerrold Pedigo (chairman), Charles Hulsey, Charles Wharton, Ann Kuykendall and Jane Hardy Meredith. This committee will issue a report and bring forth any recommendations at the May director's meeting. Prior to his report, TWHBEA Executive Director Bob Cherry showed the executive committee the association's new 10-minute promotional video. Rounding out his report, Mr. Cherry said year-to-date first-time foal registrations through December increased 186 and transfers increased 164. Memberships (new and renewals) are down 523, and current membership decreased 518. Mares listed on stallion breeding reports show a decrease of 826, but he said historically more than 1,000 mares are added annually via late reports. Committee appointments for each operating division except administrative/fiscal and enforcement were made and accepted during the meeting. Charles Wharton, vice president of the administrative/fiscal division, and Brenda Bramlett, vice president of the enforcement division, will make their appointments at the February meeting. During his standing committee report, Mr. Wharton gave an overview of the association's financial status. A preliminary financial statement for the fiscal year ending November 30, 2001 shows TWHBEA has increased its net assets about $437,000, versus $310,000 last year. The association's net assets total $1.9 million. He said TWHBEA has about $1 million in cash and cash equivalents and about $280,000 in notes payable. Bonnie Barberot, vice president of the breeders division, said her committee plans to create articles for the Voice Magazine on breeding, bloodtyping and color genetics. In addition, she said the quality of paper the TWHBEA registration certificates are currently printed on needs improving. Charles Hulsey, chairman of the horse show committee, presented a motion to continue providing $500 to the TWHBEA-partnered regional futurities for the purchase of ribbons and trophies. This recommendation was unanimously approved. He announced that the Alabama Regional Futurity had changed its dates and moved to a new location. The futurity will be held in conjunction with a new show called the Alabama Charity Horse Show. The executive committee approved a recommendation to contribute $1,000 to the new show as part of TWHBEA's three-year horse show support program. Jane Hardy Meredith delivered the report from the performance show horse division. She outlined four goals for her committee this year -- (1) educating the public regarding the performance show horse through articles in the Voice Magazine; (2) creating avenues to market the "$5,000 to $20,000 horse" through academy programs and lease programs; (3) resurrecting riding camps similar to those conducted by the late Joe Webb; and (4) creating a brochure about the padded show horse with detailed information on shoeing requirements and action devices. Her motion to form a committee to work on this idea was approved. Mrs. Meredith also presented an idea to promote a marketing campaign for the reigning World Grand Champion by scheduling appearances at various events around the country. Ann Kuykendall suggested a pleasure horse world grand champion be considered as well, and a committee comprised of Meredith, Kuykendall, Larry Lowman and Bob Cherry was assigned to pursue the idea. Mrs. Kuykendall asked TWHBEA Pleasure Horse Coordinator Sis Osborne to address the executive committee. Mrs. Osborne suggested the NHSC reduce or reinstate a cap on affiliation fees for pleasure entries and/or work to reduce DQP travel costs incurred by pleasure shows by assigning more local DQPs and securing cheaper airfares. She said the NHSC is losing pleasure shows to other HIOs for financial reasons. The loss of shows weakens the NHSC judging panel because there are a required number of shows that must be judged in order to maintain a license with the Commission. Fewer shows result in fewer judging opportunities.

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