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Catching up

In case anyone missed me/us, someone had to make another trip from Missouri to Idaho with a rental truck full of “prized possessions.” After the first day on the road, I was thinking I could enjoy the life of a professional trucker. By the third day, I decided to leave things as they are. Bless the folks who make it their vocation.

As you can guess, ApHC staff folks are busy preparing for the Board of Directors meeting here in Moscow next week. Committees have considerable work on their agendas and we’ll be fully engaged for three days. Several initiatives will be considered and it’s budget time. The ApHC fiscal year ends March 31st. It’s also important to update everyone on programs and activities and – hopefully – have a discussion about what we can and should do in terms of priorities for the future. The equine world is changing and challenging. A critical step in the process of planning for an Appaloosa future is to deal with the convergence of registration and transfer numbers, financial pressures, membership concerns and doing the right things right.

We’ll try to offer a recap very soon after the meetings conclude.

3 Comments

  1. Richard Lankford Said,

    March 23, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Looking forward to the Recap of the Directors meeting.
    Thanks

  2. Steve Said,

    March 23, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    Me too. We’re finishing up the fairly extensive list of committee meetings. As I type, the Rules Committee is discussing medication/drug rules and how they may need to be adjusted in terms of classification updates, penalties, etc. As you all know, keeping up with new drugs, new uses and new problems is a real challenge. We don’t relish the role of enforcement, but we know that fairness to all exhibitors and participants is critical.

    One discussion that may not involve lots of people, but is linked to breed identity is the range of qualifications for the Heritage Class. Looks like there may be a proposal to return to the original definition that specifies Native American heritage and make less room for the broad range of “costumes” we sometimes see. No board decision yet, so stay tuned.

    Interaction has been good. Committees have forwarded recommendations on a wide variety of topics.

    In any case, I believe it’s always a good idea for board members to visit Moscow, see the office and museum, and get better acquainted with staff members. The current rule states that the board needs to come to Moscow at least once every three years.

    Have to say, I’m pleased with the participation and focus of the volunteers who serve the members. I’ll do my best to provide some highlights no later than sometime Monday.

  3. dar~KDJJAppaloosas Said,

    March 26, 2007 @ 4:53 am

    Steve,
    Thought your statement, “The equine world is changing and challenging. A critical step in the process of planning for an Appaloosa future is to deal with the convergence of registration and transfer numbers, financial pressures, membership concerns and doing the right things right.” was insightful… looking forward to the updates released today.
    dar

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