Guy Working Sheep and Lana Working Cow

Report from the 2015 USBCHA Annual Meeting

First, I apologize for not doing this sooner, but I have been on the road since the Finals!

The Annual General Meeting for the USBCHA was held at the National Finals in Alturas, CA on September 23, 2015. After a brief review of some business items, those in attendance met in small groups (6-8 members per group) for "Discussion Items." Each group was asked to pick a "scribe" to take a few notes and report back to the entire group on the discussion. This report summarizes the discussion that followed.

Discussion Topic #1: Single Day Qualifying

The Board has previously been asked to consider altering the way dogs qualify from the preliminary round into the semi-finals and to adopt "single-day qualifying." Under this method, the top 10 dogs from each day would qualify instead of the top 40 from 4 days. I presented data that has been gathered over 4 finals. When the weather is consistent, there have been 8-12 qualifiers per day. In 2012, there was one bad weather day with only 5 qualifiers. It is for this reason and other reasons that the Board has been asked to consider single-day qualifying.

Each group was asked to think of the pros and cons to single-day qualifying. Here is a summary of the group reports (which were similar):

PROS

  • Evens out the playing field if there is a bad weather day
  • Sheep are handled and change over the 4 days even if they haven't been run so it would be more fair
  • Judging is likely to be more consistent when judging 1 day at a time; it is more difficult to be consistent over 4 days of judging
  • If a Judge became ill, it would be more fair if required to substitute a judge under single-day qualifying

CONS

  • It's not broke, so don't fix it
  • Dog trialing always includes a bit of the "luck of the draw" so stick with it
  • Want to compete directly against everyone in the preliminary round
  • May need to avoid stacking all the "top dogs" in one day if random draw doesn't take care of it.

SUMMARY

In the group discussion and straw vote that followed, there was quite a bit of support for changing to single-day qualifying so long as we had fresh sheep everyday. As a practical matter, we would need to have fresh sheep for each day of Open to accommodate the sheep requirements of the Nursery Finals even if the change was made. Also, moving to single day qualifying would require us to take 152 dogs in the preliminary round so that the same number of dogs ran every day. The Board could make these adjustments.

The issue of single day qualifying will be presented to the Board for a vote early next year. If you have thoughts on the matter, you are encouraged to contact your District Director.

Discussion Topic #2 - Nursery Qualification and Finals

This was a wide-open discussion on the Nursery program. I gave a brief description of some of the comments and suggestions I have received over the year. Several topics were discussed in the various groups and reported back to the group as a whole. My notes on the various topics include the following (in no particular order):

  • Change from a combined score from two runs (currently only the top 40% get a second run) and have a preliminary run and a final run (presumably still only 40%). Final run would include a "split" and the scores from the final run would determine the Nursery Champion. Nearly every group was in favor of including a split on the final run.

  • Set course guidelines for the Nursery Finals like we do for the Open Finals.

  • Qualifying should be only from judged trials, not points/time trials.

  • Should be able to qualify by placing in top 20% of PN/OR class if insufficient number of nursery dogs for a nursery class.

  • Have a minimum age requirement for nursery dogs.

  • Do not allow a dog to run in both Nursery and Open at the Finals.

  • Allow a dog to run only once in a Nursery Final (if a "2-year" Nursery dog, need to pick which year you want to run).

  • Change the import rule, but can't run a dog that has won a championship in another country.

  • Use a point qualifying system.

  • Mandate a trial course size to qualify.

  • Leave the program as is (except maybe a split in the final).

There was a great discussion about all of these suggestions and comments. I will be forming a Nursery Committee after the first of the year to look at the list of ideas. This doesn't necessarily mean there will be any changes, but the committee will consider the suggestions (and other ideas) and will make recommendations (if any) to the Board.

Again, if you have thoughts on the Nursery program, please contact your District Director.

One final discussion item that came up was the concern about non-members entering sanctioned trials. Our sanctioning fees are down, yet many trials are over-subscribed. It was suggested that we charge a surcharge for non-members ($3.00 was suggested). It has also been suggested that members be given preference in the draw for over-subscribed trials. These ideas will be submitted to the Rules Committee.

All in all, it was a very interesting and hopefully productive discussion. I know that I enjoyed it and I hope that others did as well.

Other items on the agenda, such as election results, have previously been reported on the website. One other item that I mentioned was our desire to upgrade our website. If anyone has some resources for someone who can help with that project, please let Annemarie know.

Thanks again to Geri Byrne, Amy Coapman, Lana Rowley and their incredible crew - it was a great Finals!

And thanks to all who came to the meeting. I look forward to the next year - we still have work to do!

Carol Clawson

 

USBCHA Director's Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2015

Telephonic Conference Call

Attendees: Corey Perry, Paul Tucker, Ron Burkey, Terry Folsom, Barbara Levinson, Chris Bowen, Lori Perry, Lori Cunningham, Jim Murphy, Pearse Ward, Cathy Scott, Amanda Milliken, Lana Rowley, Dwight Parker, Thad Fleming, David Soppe, Bob Washer, Robin French, Annemarie Holland (Secretary), Carol Clawson (President). Scott Glen could not attend and gave his proxy to Carol.

Guests: Don Helsley and Patrick Shannahan.

The meeting commenced at approximately 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

  1. Finals Update

    Carol provided a brief update on the 2015 Finals based in recent information from Geri Byrne. The field is good to go and will be cut the first part of September so that the hay will be off in plenty of time. Fundraising is on track. Promotional material has arrived. There are about 75 volunteers as well as the 4-H helping with various items. The Association's time clock is being repaired and sent to Geri.

  2. Final discussion items: sheep and single day qualifying

    Don Helsley requested that the Board consider having 5 sheep for the Open Preliminary Rounds. The contract for the 2015 Finals indicates there will be 650-700 sheep, which is not enough to run 5 sheep in the preliminary open round. It takes 800 sheep. Carol explained that, if we run 4 sheep in the open, we need to run just 3 sheep in the Nursery to insure the proper rotation of sheep and that sheep are not run more than once in one day (once in open and once in nursery). Don's position is that we should have 5 sheep in the finals and require taking two of the back. Carol indicated that we could increase the number of sheep for less than $3000 and that she would request the ABCA to pay for half of that cost. The ABCA has already provided a grant for ½ of the anticipated stock costs.

    Amanda Milliken made a motion to contract for additional sheep and to run 5 sheep in the preliminary run and 4 in the nursery rounds. Terry Folsom seconded the motion. The motion passed with 2 No votes (Scott Glen and Paul Tucker).

    Patrick Shannahan then made a presentation asking the Board to consider single day qualifying. Patrick pointed out many of the reasons for single day qualifying. There was a discussion by the Board considering both the reasons for and against single day qualifying. Lori Cunningham expressed a concern for making any change this year without members knowing prior to the entry deadline. After a general discussion, Carol suggested that the matter be continued and reconsidered after the Finals. She further suggested that Directors discuss it with their constituents. There was a suggestion that it be a discussion item at the Annual Meeting and Carol indicated she would put it on the agenda.

    At the conclusion of the discussion, Don Helsley and Patrick Shannahan left the call.

  3. Nursery Finals - qualifying for final round

    Carol noted that she has had several people ask how many dogs qualify for the final nursery round. The rules are silent on this. She proposed a rule that would clarify it. There was discussion on the proposal rule. Amanda moved for the addition of the following rule:

    • Dogs placing in the top forty percent (40%) of the first Nursery Final run, not to exceed 50 dogs, will run in the second Nursery run. Prize money will be paid to the top 20 dogs based on the combined score of two runs.

    Bob Washer seconded the motion. The motion passed with 1 No vote (David Soppe).

  4. Proposed Rule Changes

    Carol previously provided the Board with some proposed Rule changes, which have been reviewed and recommended by the Rules Committee. There was discussion on each proposed change with the following action taken:

    Part II, C, Rules 12 and 13: Robin French moved that Rules 12 and 13 of Part II.C. be deleted from the rules. Cathy Scott seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. The text of the two deleted rules follows:

    • 12. A contestant may drop out of any contest due to injury to himself, his dog, or due to sickness/death in his family
    • 13. A contestant shall not at any time withdraw from any trial he or she is participating in due to dissatisfaction, grievance with the judge/judges, trial management, or other contestants without forfeiting all money/prizes he may have won in previous runs at that trial.

    A.3.b. Current Rule:

    • The three (3) dollar sanctioning fee, along with the trial results form is to be mailed to the HA Secretary's office not later than twenty-one (21) days after the trial. The HA Secretary will notify the discipline committee if trial management fails to abide by this rule.
    • Proposed modification:

      The three (3) dollar sanctioning fee, along with the trial results form is to be mailed to the HA Secretary's office no later than twenty-one (21) days after the trial. The Secretary shall assess a penalty of $25.00 per class for all reports filed after the 21 days. If a trial report is late for two consecutive years, the trial host shall be referred to the Grievance Committee and the trial will not be sanctioned in the following year without pre-payment of sanctioning fees in an amount equal to 10% more than the prior year's fees. Any overage shall be refunded when and if the results are filed in a timely manner.

    Jim Murphy moved to adopt the proposed change. Lori Perry seconded the motion. The motion passed with one No vote (David Soppe).

    B.6 Current Rule:

    Points/deductions for each competitor shall be recorded on an acceptable score sheet and the judge is required to review each score sheet at the completion of the run to ensure accuracy. The score sheets are to be retained by the trial host or secretary for a period of not less than thirty (30) days. The trial secretary may make a copy of the score sheet if requested by competitor. Judging sheets are available for download on the HA website but it is not essential that trial hosts use the HA judging sheets.

    Proposed Change: increase the period of time that sheets are kept by the secretary or host from "not less than 30 days" to "through the current year's National Finals."

    Paul Tucker moved to adopt the proposed change. Robin French seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

    Part II, 2 A.c:

    Jim Murphy moved for the addition of subsection (c) to Part II, A.2 concerning the 30-day deadline for applying for sanctioning of a trial. It was noted that the Board had previously discussed this procedure at some point but no action was taken. Terry Folsom seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. The additional subsection states:

    2. Deadlines

    c. The 30-day requirement may be waived with the consent of the two Directors from the District in which the trial will take place provided there is a good reason for the delay and so long as the opening day for entries is no less than 14 days prior to the trial date, or the trial will accept same-day entries. Any such waiver is on a case-by-case basis and for one year only.

  5. Grievance Report

    Lori Cunningham reported on a grievance filed by Jennifer Clark Ewers against Amelia Smith. She summarized the nature of the grievance, the response and the investigation. The Report and Recommendation as well as the investigation notes were provided to the Board in advance. The grievance was against Ms. Smith for unsportsmanlike conduct, alleging profanity at a trial within the hearing of spectators and/or other handlers. The Board discussed the grievance, recommendation as well as the publication of the Board's decision. The Grievance committee recommended that the complaint be substantiated but noted that the incident was not what they would define as egregious, but was more minor in nature. The Grievance committee recommended that Ms. Smith receive a warning and be required to write an apology to the trial management. After discussion, Pearse moved for adoption of the Committee's report and recommended sanction. Ron Burkey seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Terry Folsom abstained from voting on the motion.

    The Board also discussed whether the warning should be published. The current rule states:

    Part II, F. 7 states:

    • Publication: When the BOD has ruled on a complaint and disciplinary action has been taken against a member, or non-member, the person's name, the rule violated, and the disciplinary action taken shall be published on the USBCHA website. Warnings shall not be published other than as a general description of the offense but without identifying information.

    Amanda moved to delete the last sentence of rule 7 above. Barb Levinson seconded the motion. Discussion concerned primarily the need to inform members that grievances are taken seriously and action is taken. The motion opposed unanimously. The new rule will be as follows:

    • Publication: When the BOD has ruled on a complaint and disciplinary action has been taken against a member, or non-member, the person's name, the rule violated, and the disciplinary action taken shall be published on the USBCHA website.

    The result is that Ms. Smith will receive a warning and it will be published on the site. Carol stated that she would ask Joanne to create a separate page for items of misconduct on which all substantiated grievances will be published.

    There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:20 p.m. pacific time.

     

    USBCHA BOARD MEETINGS & MINUTES

     

    By Conference Call

    JUNE 16, 2015

    USBCHA BOARD MINUTES

    ATTENDEES: Jim Murphy, Carol Clawson, Annemarie Holland, Emil Luedecke, Amanda Milliken, Ron Burkey, Geri Burnes, Scott Glenn, Bob Washer, Terry Folsom, Terry Murray, David Soppe, Chris Bowen, Herbert Holmes, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Dwight Parker, Pearse Ward, Thad Fleming, Lana Rowley, Paul Tucker, Lori Perry, Cathy Scott, Corey Perry.

    Meeting commenced at 9:10pm (ET)

    Item 1: 2015 Finals Update (Geri Burnes)

    Geri reported that fundraising was on track with approximately 1/3 of dog sponsorships sold. It was noted that a USBCHA Board member still needs to visit the field.

    Carol reminded everyone that the Finals will run from Monday through Saturday (September 21-26, 2015), with the Handlers meeting on the Sunday prior to the start.

    Item 2: Trophies

    It was reported that many of the traveling trophies are either full or missing. The difficulty in gathering these trophies each year was reiterated. Also considered was the ability of the handler to receive a lasting memento relating to their Final's "special" award. A brief discussion occurred raising the possibility of a keepsake for the handler with the associated permanent award remaining in possession of the USBCHA and traveling to the Finals. Carol proposed that the topic be moved to the forum for further discussion.

    Item 3: 2016 Finals

    A single bid was received for the 2016 National Finals.

    MOTION - Ron Burkey moved that the USBCHA ratify its decision (on the Forum) to accept the bid from Carbondale Colorado/Strang Ranch to host the 2016 National Finals. The motion was seconded by Bob Washer. The motion passed. There were no dissenting votes.

    Item 4: Amended/Restated Bylaws - Proposed Ballot

    The Bylaws and Rules in their current form are outdated and poorly organized. Carol has acquired a copy of the original Articles of Incorporation for the Association. The Rules and Bylaws will become distinct from one another and should be easier to navigate once project is complete. She reiterated that while the Board may change rules, it may only make recommendations to the general membership regarding any Bylaw changes.

    Ballot Item 1 - Board recommends adoption of the Amended and Restated Bylaws.

    Ballot Item 2 - To effectively run the association, the Board should have the flexibility to adjust dues as a matter of Rule, rather than Bylaw.


    MOTION: Terry Folsom moved that Ballot Item 2 - Article III be Board recommended as a Yes vote.
    REVISED MOTION: The Board recommends that the Article III be adopted to allow dues to be set by Rule, rather than Bylaw. Revised motion seconded by Jim Murphy. Motion passed.

    Ballot Item 4 - This amendment proposed to make Sheepdog finals qualification consistent with the Nursery and Cattle qualifications which are included in the Rules, rather than the Bylaws. This proposed change generated much discussion primarily centering on the concern that the membership would perceive this as an attempt to potentially shut them out of the process, or that it would be too easy for the Directorate to change qualification requirements if this were a rule.
    MOTION: Pearse Ward moved that this Item not be included on the Ballot in any form. Motion seconded by Cathy Scott. Motion passed with 2 dissenting votes. The dissenters believed that the membership should have the opportunity to determine whether this should be a Rule or Bylaw.

    Ballot Item 3 - Proposed amendment introduces term limits for Directors. Discussion focused on the need for experience in order to serve effectively as well as an engaged pool of potential candidates. Suggestions for creating candidacies included recruitment by outgoing incumbent directors and regional nominating committees. It was additionally suggested that a more fluid Directorate (in terms of turnover) could encourage members to volunteer for service without concern for displacing a long favored incumbent. The appropriate length of service, along with the period during which a "termed out" director could not run was discussed with the consensus being 6 consecutive years of service.
    MOTION: Herbert Holmes moved that this Item be included on the ballot with a Board recommended term limit of 6 consecutive years. Motion was seconded by Emil Luedecke. The motion passed unanimously.

    Item 5: Grievance Rule Changes

    The Grievance Rule committee submitted amended grievance rules and process. This included the addition of General Principals; consistent process for a complaint and a protest; timing deadlines defined; procedures to follow; and conflict of interest language. Discussion by the directors focused on clarification of use of the video limitation, the removal of the proposed "frivolous in its face" provision; the Standing disciplinary committee - length of service, need or not to define how to assign/appoint members and with whom such authority resides. The period of time within which a protest/complaint must be filed was challenged by several directors as too long or short - eventual consensus appeared to be that filing must occur within 14 days. Several typos in the document were noted. MOTION: Paul Tucker moved that Item B.3 be removed from the proposed Rule, typos corrected, and the revised Rule be adopted. The motion was seconded by Bob Washer. The motion passed unanimously.

    Item 6: Other Business

    There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 pm (ET).


     

    By Conference Call

    JANUARY 20, 2015

    ATTENDEES: Jim & Joanne Murphy, Carol Clawson, Annemarie Holland, Amanda Milliken, Ron Burkey, Geri Burnes, Scott Glenn, Bob Washer, Terry Folsom, David Soppe, Chris Bowen, Francis Raley, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Dwight Parker, Barbara Levinson, Pearce Ward, Thad Fleming, Lana Rowley

    Meeting commenced at 11:10 am (ET)

    Item 1: 2015 Finals Update (Geri Burnes)

    Geri reported that the finals committee has secured sheep ($11,000 - 700 hd) and hired an announcer, shepherds, clerks, and 2 of 3 set out set out crew. Fundraising efforts are continuing; a local marketing person has been hired.

    Discussion regarding course directors for the finals. Jim retired last year and will need to be replaced. No decision was made but several ideas were discussed. The consensus was that there should be a single director for Open for 2015. Treasurer (Marianna Schreeder) noted that the 2015 finals budget is currently due.

    Item 2: 2015 Cattledog Finals Report (Thad Fleming)

    Thad reported that cattle for event are secured. Contract includes setout, exhaust and care. Tents are secured; course committee is working on course design. Fundraising efforts are on-going.

    Whether a 2016 finals can be held appears to be a question as there are no new handlers or trials being added and the ability to secure the necessary cattle is questionable.

    Thad emphasized the need to energize the cattledog side of the association if it is to succeed as enterprise.

    Item 3: Treasurers/Finance Report (Marianna Schreeder & Carol Clawson)

    Carol reminded the Board that Marianna was assisting in the preparation of the Association's 2014 tax return. Tax liability for 2014 approximated to be 15%.

    Marianna reported that 1099's were due to be sent within required deadline. 2014 financials would be complete by the end of February 2015 and will then be submitted to accountant for compilation and completion of tax returns. She also reported on the resolution of the 2013 finals overpayment. 2014 Finals final budget and expenses are due from Bridget. Although the budget/expense information was not finalized as of this meeting, Marianna noted that a $3300 profit sharing payment will be made to the USBCHA.

    Regarding the transition, the Association's banking will be moved to Wells Fargo; existing CDs will remain with Texas bank until maturity/renewal.

    Item 4: Transition (Annemarie Holland, Joanne Murphy, Carol Clawson)

    Annemarie noted that she and Francis were both receiving membership and trial information until formal "handover" on February 1, 2015. Currently working on logistics for transfer of documentation related to same to Kentucky.

    Joanne reported that the "Points" page would continue with Gene Scheninger's program. She has revised the "Upcoming Trials" page format and is working on updating the various other pages of the site. She also requested the directors provide current contact information to her to include in her updates.

    Carol noted that a full rework of the website was a long term goal.

    Item 5: 2016 Finals - (Carol Clawson)

    Carol submitted National Final Bid Proposal Guidelines to the directors. Jim Murphy noted that "Course Director" should be added. Francis noted that in past, President actively solicited bids; response to a request process was not strong. Additional discussion regarding timeline for bids occurred.

    MOTION: Pearce Ward moved that bids for the 2016 finals be submitted by April 15, 2015 and that going forward, bids would be due by December 31st. For example, bids for the 2017 National Finals would be due by December 31, 2015. The motion was seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed with no objections.

    Item 6: MOTION: Amanda moved that $10,000 from the profit sharing money paid to the HA from the 2013 host committee be allocated to the set out for the next time the National Finals is held in the East.

    Discussion on the motion followed. Objections to this motion related to "earmarking" money towards an expense that had not yet been budgeted for. It was noted that a review of budgets from previous finals would provide some data relating to costs associated this line Item. It was also noted that the lack of Finals level set out crews available in the East made this a higher cost area. Further discussion demonstrated the necessity of the local committee's involvement in decisions related to selecting and hiring the set out for finals.

    AMENDED MOTION by Pearce: Move that $10,000 from the profit sharing money paid to the HA from the 2013 host committee be allocated to the next National Finals held in the East. Amanda accepted the revised motion which was then seconded by her. Motion passed with no objections.

    Item 7: Committees - TABLED

     

    Item 8: Board Vacancies (Carol Clawson)

    District 5 - Lori Perry proposed, no objections from members so Carol will approach. At Large - Opening will be posted Francis will serve as Interim Director until Herbert Holmes is reinstated post suspension.

     

    Item 9: Other Business

    Carol noted that alternatives to conference calls, including the time frames for such to accommodate all represented time zones, would be explored including the possibility of a program such as Skype.

    There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 12:19 pm (ET).

     

    11/18/14

    Letter of Apology

    To the members of the USBCHA.

    Please accept my apology for the language I used at the board of directors meeting at the finals. It was totally unacceptable and inappropriate for any circumstance, much less that of
    an officer you have chosen to represent your interest. My words were a bad reflection on our fantastic group of people and all I can say is I am sorry.

    My actions were disrespectful to Amanda and Barbara on a personal level as well as diminishing their work for the USBCHA.

    I know this apology will not undo the wrong that has been done but it is a start towards making up for what I did.

    Once again,please accept my apology,
    Herbert Holmes

       USBCHA Board of Directors, Executive Session

    Conference Call   October 29, 2014

    The purpose of the conference call was to discuss the Hearing Committee’s recommendations regarding the complaint filed by Amanda Milliken and Barbara Ray against Herbert Holmesregarding an incident which took place at the Board of Directors meeting on September 9, 2014 in Carbondale, CO. All Directors received statements from witnesses, the complainants, the accused, and the Hearing Committee’s recommendations and explanations.

    The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Geri Byrne at 9:05 pm EST.

    BOD Members on the Conference Call were: Geri Byrne, Ron Burkey, Lori Cunningham, Dennis Edwards, Thad Fleming, Robin French, Scott Glen, Barbara Levinson, Roger Millen, Terry Murray, Jim Murphy, Dwight Parker, Corey Perry, Francis Raley, Barb Ross, Lana Rowley, Mike Schragel, Marianna Schreeder, Patrick Shannahan, Pearse Ward, Bob Washer.

    The BOD discussed the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Section 4.M.13 was violated. All voted in agreement.

    The BOD discussed the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Section 4.M.10 was not violated. On the question of whether Section 4.M.10 was violated, the BOD voted as follows:

    Ron Burkey, no                                    Roger Millen, no                      Mike Schragel, no

    Lori Cunningham, yes                        Terry Murray, yes                    Marianna Schreeder, no

    Dennis Edwards, no                            Jim Murphy, yes                      Patrick Shannahan, yes

    Thad Fleming, no                                 Dwight Parker, no                   Pearse Ward, no

    Robin French, yes                               Corey Perry, no                        Bob Washer, no

    Scott Glen, no                                         Barb Ross, no

    Barbara Levinson, yes                        Lana Rowley, no

    Accordingly, the BOD voted that Section 4.M.10 was not violated.

    The BOD voted unanimously in favor of the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Herbert Holmes write letters of apology to the Membership, Amanda Milliken & Barbara Ray.

    Pearse Ward motioned that Herbert Holmes be suspended for 6 months, commencing immediately, in lieu of the Hearing Committee’s recommendation of removing Herbert as a District Director for the remainder of his term. Seconded by Dennis Edwards. The motion passed with the votes as follows:

    Ron Burkey, yes                                  Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, yes

    Lori Cunningham, yes                        Terry Murray, yes                    Marianna Schreeder, yes

    Dennis Edwards, yes                           Jim Murphy, no                       Patrick Shannahan, yes

    Thad Fleming, yes                                Dwight Parker, no                   Pearse Ward, yes

    Robin French, yes                              Corey Perry, yes                       Bob Washer, yes

    Scott Glen, yes                                      Barb Ross, yes

    Barbara Levinson, yes                        Lana Rowley, yes

    Barb Ross motioned that Herbert Holmes not be fined $250 as the Hearing Committee’s recommendation. Seconded by Dwight Parker. The motion passed.

    Ron Burkey, yes                                  Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, no

    Lori Cunningham, no                          Terry Murray, no                     Marianna Schreeder, yes

    Dennis Edwards, no                            Jim Murphy, no                       Patrick Shannahan, yes

    Thad Fleming, yes                               Dwight Parker, yes                  Pearse Ward, no

    Robin French, yes                               Corey Perry, no                        Bob Washer, no

    Scott Glen, yes                                     Barb Ross, yes

    Barbara Levinson, no                         Lana Rowley, yes

    Scott Glen motioned that language asking Herbert Holmes to voluntarily resign his Director position not be included in the BOD decision. Seconded by Thad Fleming. The motion passed.

    Ron Burkey, no                                    Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, yes

    Lori Cunningham, no                          Terry Murray, no                     Marianna Schreeder, yes

    Dennis Edwards, yes                          Jim Murphy, yes                      Patrick Shannahan, no

    Thad Fleming, yes                                 Dwight Parker, yes                  Pearse Ward, yes

    Robin French, yes                                Corey Perry, yes                       Bob Washer, yes

    Scott Glen, yes                                     Barb Ross, no

    Barbara Levinson, no                       Lana Rowley, yes

    Thad Fleming made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Marianna Schreeder. The meeting was adjourned at 10:40pm EST.

          Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 9, 2014

    The meeting of the USBCHA Board of Directors was held on September 9, 2014, during the 2014 National Finals at The Goat Restaurant, in Carbondale Colorado.  The meeting was called to order by President, Herbert Holmes at 7:17pm.

    Members present were Ron Burkey, Dennis Edwards, Scott Glen, Herbert Holmes, Amanda Milliken, Francis Raley, Barbara Ray, Barb Ross, Marianna Schreeder, Patrick Shannahan.

    The Secretary/Treasurers reports and agenda were presented to the Board members by Secretary, Francis Raley for review.

    Barb Ross made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting. Seconded by Scott Glen. Motion passed.

    Herbert began the meeting by expressing concern about the treatment of the Finals sheep in the exhaust pen. He shared his concerns with Bridget, but felt that more discussion may be needed.  A discussion of additional assistance with the sheep ensued and suggestions that might be given to Bridget. Patrick Shannahan made a motion for Herbert to discuss the sheep care with Bridget the following day with the backing of the Board. Seconded by Ron Burkey. All in favor.

    There was an incident between Hebert and Amanda during the course of the discussion of the sheep.  That incident resulted in a complaint and a Board decision, both of which are posted on the website.

    Treasurer’s Report was presented for review. Ron Burkey questioned why when sanctioning and membership fees are going down.  There was discussion about the possible impact of the 2014 Finals on the budget.

    $26,517 profit sharing was sent to the Association from the 2013 Host Committee. Amanda Milliken motioned that $10,000 be allocated to the set out crew for the next time the National Finals are held in the East. Patrick Shannahan seconded the motion. The motion passed.

    Compilation Report was presented for review. Herbert stated the compilation report only proves that the figures verify the balances in the accounts are what they should be. In September, the ABCA paid $9,000 to the Association in the Cost Share program. Ron Burkey brought up the fact that the sanctioning fees on the Compilation Report shows that the sanctioning fees are decreasing. There was an overpayment error in sanctioning fees paid to the 2013 Host Committee in the approximate amount of $5,000. Barbara proposed that the 2013 Host Committee reimburse the Association for the over payment. 

    There was a general discussion about generation of revenue.  A number of suggestions were briefly discussed, including increasing membership cost, additional fees paid by trials, differentiation between member and non-member trial sponsors.  There was concern expressed about ensuring that increases do not interfere with local trials.  Herbert noted that the Bylaws do not allow the Board to increase fees. Herbert also noted that trends need to be traced, which point had been brought up years ago, and it was voted on to trace the trends. Other ideas relating to revenue generation were discussed. Herbert said the Board as a whole needs to move forward with increasing income.

    2015 National Finals: Sanctioning fees should help cover the expenses in California. The Hosts have a trial field at this time. The Tourism Board is going to cover several expenses, which was one reason the California bid was selected.

    Ron Burkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Dennis Edwards.

    NOTE:  Because attendance at the meeting did not meet the quorum requirements of the law, any business conducted at the meeting is considered advisory only and needs to be voted on by the BOD

    October 29, 2014

     The following are the decisions of the Board of Directors of the USBCHA regarding the complaint filed by Amanda Milliken and Barbara Ray against Herbert Holmes regarding an incident which took place at the Board of Directors Meeting on September 9, 2014. The Board held a conference call on October 28, 2014 with 19 Directors on the call. The following Items were voted on and passed.

     The Board concurred with the Hearing Committee’s conclusion:

     1)   Herbert’s actions were offensive and highly inappropriate and violated rule Section 4, M-13.

     2)   Herbert did not violate Section 4, M-10.

      The Board voted for the following disciplinary actions and to modify the Hearing Committee’s recommendations #2-4:

     1)   Herbert will write formal apology letters acceptable to the Board to Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray and the Membership of the USBCHA. The letter to the membership will be posted on the USBCHA website.

     2)   A 6 month suspension commencing immediately from all USBCHA privileges will be imposed upon Herbert. This would necessitate removal from current office and removal from directorship during the 6 month suspension.

     

    Aug. 12, 2014

    Dennis Edwards  motioned to bring Alturas CA 2015 National Finals proposal to a vote, seconded by Terry Murray.

    Motion passed.*

    Barb Ross, Yes

    Scott Glen, yes

    Dennis Edwards, yes

    Pat Shannahan, yes

    Ron Burkey, yes

    Terry Murray, yes

    Robin French, yes

    Jim Murphy, yes

    Bob Washer, yes

    Corey Perry, yes

    Roger Millen, yes

    Lana Rowley, yes

    Aug. 12, 2014

    Dennis Edwards  motioned to bring Alturas CA 2015 National Finals proposal to a vote, seconded by Terry Murray.

    Motion passed.*

    Barb Ross, Yes

    Scott Glen, yes

    Dennis Edwards, yes

    Pat Shannahan, yes

    Ron Burkey, yes

    Terry Murray, yes

    Robin French, yes

    Jim Murphy, yes

    Bob Washer, yes

    Corey Perry, yes

    Roger Millen, yes

    Lana Rowley, yes

    Francis Raley, Aug 22, 2014

    Terry Murray  motioned to table the Murray/Burkey motion regarding Carbondale 2015, seconded  Pat Shannahan.

    Motion passed.

    Terry Murray, yes

    Barb Ross, yes

    Mike Schragel, yes

    Robin French, yes

    Lori Cunningham, yes

    Ron Burkey, yes

    Thad Fleming, yes

    Pat Shannahan, yes

    Lana Rowley, yes

    Levinson, Barbara, yes

    Pearse Ward, yes

    Perry, Corey, yes

    Edwards, Dennis, yes

    Washer, Bob, yes

    Schreeder, Marianna, yes

    Glen, Scott, yes

     

     

     Francis Raley,  8/12/14

    8/8/14

    Terry Murray  motioned to table the Murray/Burkey motion regarding Carbondale 2015, seconded  Pat shannahan.

    Francis Raley

    8/1/14

    Bridget Strang presented a bid for the 2015 National Finals in Carbondale, CO.  Terry Murray motioned  that we vote on the 2015 Colorado bid to host the National Finals in Carbondale, seconded by Ron Burkey.

     fr

    4/21/14

    Scott Glen  motioned  that a vote on the Ian Caldicott, Oregon.bid on hosting the National Finals in 2015 with yes signifying we go there , and no that we don't, seconded by Barbara Levinson. Bid proposal on file  Motion failed.

    Lana Rowley, no

    Bob Washer, no

    Scott Glen, no

    Amanda Milliken, no

    Lori Cunningham, no

    Jim Murphy, no

    Marianna Schreeder, no

    Pearse Ward, no

    Rogen Millen, no

    Ron Burkey, no

    Terry Murray, no

    Denis Edwards, no

    Robin French, no

    Barb Ross, no

    Mike Schragel, no

    Barbara Ray, no

     

     


    Francis Raley

    4/10/14

    Scott Glen motioned that we vote on the OR.bid on hosting the national finals in 2014 with yays signifying we go there , and nays that we don't, seconded by Betty Levinson.

     Scott

     

    USBCHA Board of Directors Meeting, Belle Grove Plantation

    October 9, 2013, Middletown, VA

     

    Meeting was called to order by President Herbert Holmes at 6:24 PM

    Members present were: Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray, Barbara Levinson, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Pat Shannahan, Ron Burkey, Herbert Holmes, Scott Glen, Barbara Ross, Kathy Scott, Robin French, Roger Millian, and Francis Raley.

    Minutes of the Meeting:

    Barb Ross made a motion to accept the minutes of the as presented with the correction to the spelling of Claire’s name. Seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed.

    Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer’s report was presented. Amanda Milliken wanted a clarification of the difference in the sanctioning fees for the 6 months in 2013 which was explained to her. Ron Burkey made a motion to accept Treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed.

    Old/New Business:

    There was a discussion and clarification of the budget for the 2014 National Finals in Carbondale, Colorado proposed by Bridget Strang. Bridget and Marianna Schreeder were to meet the following day to discuss and tighten up the budget. Nothing can be voted on until after that meeting.

    Ian Caldicott put in a bid for the 2015 National Finals but it included no numbers. Herbert Holmes said that he would contact Ian and request for the numbers. This as it sits is not considered as formal bid.

    A review of the 2013 National Finals was supposed to be given but since this was only day one it was considered too soon to make such a report.

    Amanda Milliken made a motion to reconvene this meeting on Thursday 1/2 hour before the general meeting. 7:00 PM.

    Meeting reconvened 10/10/2013 at 5:58 PM

    Members present: Ron Burkey, Marianna Schreeder, Scott Glen, Robin French, Francis Raley, Barb Ross, Kathy Scott, Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray, Roger Millian, Lori Cunningham and Herbert Holmes.

     Marianna Schreeder met with Bridget Strang and said that Bridget better understands the numbers and has come up with a budget that Marianna thought was very workable and confident that it was doable.  Lori Cunningham wants to make it formal that a member of the Board of Directors be part of the trail committee. Lori Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal for Carbondale and Barbara Ray seconded with the caveat that any deviation from the budget must be preapproved by BOD vote. All present voted to approve the motion. No votes against the motion.  Motion passed and it was announced that the 2014 National Finals was to be at Carbondale, Colorado.

    Ron Burkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:18PM.

    Francis Raley
    Minutes taken by Tollie Nelson

     

                                                                                                                        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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    2014
    2013

    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

    _________________________________________________________

     

    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

    _________________________________________________________________

    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

    ___________________________________________________________________

    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

    ___________________________________________________________________

    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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