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                                                                                                                    November 30, 2013

ATTN OF:  Jennifer Clark-Ewers

                     2402 Lake Morena Dr.

                    Campo, CA 91906

 

SUBJECT:  Formal apology for prior actions                

            TO:  U.S.  Border Collie Handlers Association

                     Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial Committee

                     2013 Meeker Classic Judge, Mr. Bevis Jordan

This letter of apology is submitted in response to the USBCHA ruling dated October 31, 2013 and your recent letter dated November 30, 2013.

I sincerely regret the comments made by me on a social network site referencing the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial and the judge Mr. Bevis Jordan in a negative manner.  I do understand the seriousness of my statements and accept your decision to ban me from competing in the 2014 USBCHA Finals. 

To the USBCHA Committee:  I understand you have a job to do and through your committee’s deliberations have found me in violation of “Unsportsmanlike conduct”.  I do understand the seriousness of my actions and offer you a sincere apology.  I have been a part of the USBCHA for several years, supporting the organization in many ways.  My husband and I along with our kennel “Canines N Ewe” will continue to support the USBCHA in the future.  I assure you, negative actions/comments from me or my husband will not happen again. 

To the Meeker Classic Trial Committee:  Your trial has always been a top notch venue and known for the strong competiveness of the sheep and handlers.  My comment was not intended to show any disrespect towards your committee, the other handlers and your overall venue.  For this I do apologize.  If allowed by your committee, my husband I would like to continue supporting your trial in a professional and favorable manner.

To the 2014 Meeker Classic Judge – Mr. Bevis Jordan:  I know your job as the judge at Meeker was difficult and challenging.  I am sorry for making it even more so through my actions.  This was unprofessional and I offer you my sincerest apology and would like to assure you that this will not happen again.

Your decision to ban me from the 2014 USBCHA Finals has had a serious impact on me and my family.  It’s been hard for me to talk about it to anyone.  This matter is not trivial to me and please don’t think this.   Due to the stress of the situation, I have had to seek medical attention.  Therefore, “NO” I am not thinking this as a small matter.  The people that know me,  know that I love this sport and give it all and take it serious.  Again I apologize for my actions and accept your decision for the 2014 Finals ban and ask for this matter to be done. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer A. Clark-Ewers

December 1, 2013

Lori Cunningham  motioned to accept a signed copy of the above email from Jennifer Ewers as an "approved" letter of apology in this disciplinary matter, seconded by Cathy Scott.  Motion passes. 

Cathy Scott, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Robin French, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Scott Glen, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barb Ross, yes

 

 

 

Francis Raley, 

11/18/13

Lori Cunningham motioned and passed by the BOD:  “I propose that because Jennifer did not submit a letter of apology which met with BOD approval by November 15, 2013, her USBCHA membership privileges be immediately suspended for the period of one year, or until she complies with the Hearing Committee sanction to provide a letter of apology which is deemed acceptable to the BOD.   If she chooses to offer another letter, and it should it be approved by the BOD before the expiration of the one year suspension, her membership privileges will be restored, with the exception that she is precluded from participating in the 2014 National Finals, as per the Hearing Committee's prior recommendation”. Seconded by Amanda Milliken.

Geri Byrne, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Pearse Ward, no

Cathy Scott, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Roger Millen, yes

Scott Glen, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Robin French, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Barbara Levinson, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Barb Ross, yes

 

Francis Raley,

 

 

11/1/13

A complaint was filed against member Jennifer Ewers. A hearing committee was formed and it was found that there was merit to the complaint of unsportsmanlike conduct, section 4, M.8. The hearing committee reviewed the complaint and investigated Jennifer's actions at the Meeker Sheepdog Trial. Jennifer presented a verbal and written account of her actions. She chose not to present to the committee in person.

The committee found Jennifer's actions to be in violation of the USBCHA rule regarding unsportsmanlike conduct. The committee voted to recommend barring Jennifer from attending or participating in the USBCHA  2014 National Finals and to require a written apology to be published on the USBCHA website. 

The committee's findings were submitted to the Board of Directors. Discussion followed.  Minority side felt the disciplinary action was too lenient. The board voted by a vote of 13 to 9 to support the committee's findings and recommendations

 

Archived Minutes

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8/19/13
Scott Glen motioned to accept bid of 500 Films 2013 proposal flor National Finals webcasting, seconded by Cathy Scott.

Francis Raley

2012

Posted 10/25/12    2:35 pm   Central Time

Dennis Edwards motioned as listed below, seconded by Robin French.

Qualifying for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trials

The USA has been allotted 15 spots to form the U.S.A. Team for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trial. Handlers who are interested in representing the USA must be USBCHA members in good standing, and must indicate their interest by applying to the USBCHA Secretary. Entries open ________ and the deadline for entry is ___________. [All entries must be accompanied by a check for entry fees of $XXX].

Team members will be selected using USBCHA qualifying points from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The top applicant from each USBCHA District in the USA (therefore excluding District 9, and 10) will be offered a place on the team (8 places) with the remaining places (7 places) awarded to the second highest point earner in each district in descending order of points earned.

A handler who wishes to enter two dogs, must qualify both dogs through the applications process. However, any handler who is selected to the team may choose to bring an alternate dog to the trial in the event that the qualified dog is unable to compete for medical reasons.

Dennis Edwards, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Ward Pearse, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Levington, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Barbara Ross, yes

Francis Raley

8/29/12
Dan Keeton motioned "After the date of closing and the legal run order draw for the USBCHA National Finals has been made, the secretary of USBCHA will be authorized to fill vacancies for accepted run order handler withdraws by allowing the next handler with the highest number of points be admitted to the run order until the 150 dog limit has been met. The secretary will be allowed to fill vacancy openings until 5:00 pm in the finals time zone the day prior to the first open run," seconded by Geri Byrne.  Motion passed

Geri Byrne  yes

Barb Ross  yes

Dan Keeton  yes

Robin French  yes

Pat Shannahan  yes

Dwight Parker  yes

Bob Stephen  yes

Michele Howard  yes

Jim Murphy  yes

Lori Cunningham  yes

Mike Schragel  yes

Ron Burkey  yes

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Board Agend

Pat Shannahan motioned, to accept the trial committee's request that for this year's National Sheepdog Finals only, the top 10 dogs from each day advance to the semi finals. This is motion is only for the 2012 Finals in Klamath Falls. Seconded by Geri Byrne. Motion failed.
Pearse Ward, no        Pat Shannahan, yes
Barb Ross, no            Geri Byrne, yes
Dennis Edwards, no  Robin French - yes
Dan Keeton, no          Michele Howard, yes
Ron Burkey, no           Dwight Parker, yes
Bob Stephens, no
Mike M. Schragel , no
Lori Cunningham, no
Jim Murphy, no
Marianna Schreeder, no
Amanda Milliken, no

Francis Raley, 7/27/12
________________________________________________________________

7/17/12, 8:00 pm, Central Time

Pat Shannahan motioned to accept the trial committee's request that for this year's National Sheepdog Finals only, the top 10 dogs from each day advance to the semi finals. This motion is only for the 2012 Finals in Klamath Falls. Seconded by Geri Byrne.
 

Francis Raley

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7/9/12

Dwight Parker motioned to accept the following rule changes for the Cattle Dog program, seconded by Pearse Ward.   Motion passed.

(1) Change the qualifying percentage from 20% to the top 30% in Open and Nursery trials. Keep the 5 dogs minimum in Open and Nursery and round a .5 point up to the nearest whole Number

(2) Example ( 5 dogs would be 1 point for 1st and .5 for 2nd. Five nursery dogs would qualify 2 dogs and 5 Open dogs in a trial would have 2 placing.

Example, 30% qualifications

# of Dogs

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

5 dogs

1.5

.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 dogs

1.8

.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 dogs

2.1

1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 dogs

2.4

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 dogs

2.7

1.7

.7

 

 

 

 

 

10 dogs

3.0

2.0

1.0

 

 

 

 

 

11 dogs

3..3

2.3

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

12 dogs

3.6

2.6

1.6

.6

 

 

 

 

13 dogs

3.9

2.9

1.9

.9

 

 

 

 

14 dogs

4.2

3.2

2.2

1.2

 

 

 

 

15 dogs

4.5

3.5

2.5

1.5

.5

 

 

 

16 dogs

4.8

3.8

2.8

1.8

.8

 

 

 

17 dogs

5.1

4.1

3.1

2.1

1.1

 

 

 

18 dogs

5.4

4.4

3.4

2.4

1.4

 

 

 

19 dogs

5.7

4.7

3.7

2.7

1.7

.7

 

 

20 dogs

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

 

 

21 dogs

6.3

5.3

4.3

3.3

2.3

1.3

 

 

22 dogs

6.6

5.6

4.6

3.6

2.6

1.6

.6

 

23 dogs

6.9

5.9

4.9

3.9

2.9

1.9

.9

 

24 dogs

7.2

6.2

5.2

4.2

3.2

2.2

1.2

 

25 dogs

7.5

6.5

5.5

4.5

3.5

2.5

1.5

.5

Etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(3) The top 30% rule be retroactive to April 1st 2012.

Motion Passed.

Denise Edwards, no

Dan Keeton, no

 

Amanda Milliken, yes

Barbara Levinson, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Mike Schragel -yes

Barb Ross, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Robin French, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

 

Francis Raley,  7/19/12

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Minutes

March 17, 2012   Posted 3/19/12  7:15 am – Central Time

Marinna Schreeder motioned  to accept the 2013 Cattle Finals bid in Leeton, MO, for a 1 year period, seconded by Dwight Parker.  Motion passed.

Dwight Parker, yes

Barb Ross, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Roger Deschambeault, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Robin French, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Geri Bryne, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

 

Francis Raley, 3/28/12

March 15, 2012   Posted  3/19/12  7:15 am – Central Time

Robin French motioned to accept the bid for 2013 USBCHA National Sheepdog Finals at Belle Grove, Virginia, seconded by Jim Murphy.

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

Barb Ross, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Robin French, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

 

 

 

 

Francis Raley, 3/28/12
_____________________________________________________________________________________

1/18/12  2:07 pm Central Time

The Cattledog committee presented the following rules charges for the 2012 National Cattle dog Finals.  Dwight Parker motioned to accept the rule changes, seconded by Bob Stephens.  Motion passed

  • Two judges for the National Cattle Dog Finals

    b. Strike the February 1st entry deadline date from the rules and allow the USBCHA Secretary to determine the entry deadline date annually.

    c. Accept the Cattle Dog Committee recommendations as follows:

    Item #1- addition to the judging guidelines.
    Dog runs straight up the field (minimum 10 points). 10-19 points

    Item #2 replace Rule 5 and Section 16 with the new Section 16 that reads as follows: 
    SECTION 16: BREAKING TIES AND PLACING DOGS, OPEN AND NURSERY
    A. Total points will be used to place dogs in the qualifying rounds and final round.
    (1) If total points are tied, then the tie shall be broken by the lowest total time.
    (2) If total points and total time are tied, then the tie shall be broken by using the highest combined outrun and lift points. 
    (3) If the placing is still tied after using procedures A. (1) and A. (2) then the tie shall be broken by using the designated time line

    Item #3 10 Nursery dogs go to the Finals unless the number of entries is too small to warrant a finals.

    Item#4 No ties into the finals

Dwight Parker, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

 

 

 

  • Francis, 1/20/1

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1/18/12    2:10 pm    Central Time

Michele Howard motioned to let those Directors representing both the USBCHA and the ABCA to cast a vote for each organization, seconded by Barbara Levinson. Motion passed.

Geri Byrne, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Tim Gifford, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

 

 

Francis Raley, 1/30.12

 

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