USBCHA B/D CONFERENCE CALL, FEB. 19, 2002
Directors on call: Barb Ross, Amanda Milliken, Ricky Fletcher, Don McCaig, Gary Westbrook, Werner Reitboeck, Joyce Geier, Jim Swift, Dan Gill, Lena Bailey, Amy Coapman, Vergil Holland, Jeanne Weaver, Sandra Milberg, Dal Kratzer, Bill Evans, Scott Glen, Stormy Winters, Beverly Lambert, Kent Kuykendall, Leo Woodbury, Red Oliver
Directors not on call: CynDee Cooper,
ABCA representative not on call: Rusty Child
Officers on call: Mike Canaday, Dan Gill, Francis Raley
Guest on call: Alasdair MacRae
1. Mike Canaday called meeting to order at 6:00 PM central time.
2. Mike welcomed all new Directors to the board. He said that he appreciated everyone taking their time to be available to do the work of our association.
3. Gary Westbrook motioned to accept the minutes of last B/D meeting as printed, seconded by Sandra Milberg. Unanimously passed
4. Mike gave the treasurer's - Saving Account, $37,964.63 - Livestock Fund, $4, 31.00 - Checking Account, $3,245.00.
5. First item on the agenda was a resolution submitted by Amy Coapman and Albion Urdank to the board on the World Champion Trial in Great Britain. On request from Mike, Alasdair MacRae called the president of ISDS, to get information on the World Trial. Alasdair reported the ISDS was thinking of having a "world team championship". Plans are to have two qualifying rounds on two fields on Sept. 19, 20, 21 this is the weekend after the International Supreme. They will take 160 dogs and run on two fields, each dog runs one time. The top 10 in each field will advance to a semifinals on Sept. 21st. Of those the top 16 will have a Double Lift International Finals. The US can not register dogs in Great Britain so plans are to start a World's register. They will take 20 top dogs from each country, Wales, Scotland, England & Ireland, then 10 from the other countries. If more than 10 entries per country enter a quote will be set. They will request the governing association of each country to put forward their team. The Britain borders will be opened for this event in the future, the paper work will not be complete for this year. There are no plans at this time for the World Championship to be an annual event. Alasdair asked on behalf of USBCHA to put a proposal forward for change of country, maybe to have it in Europe. It is not possible this year to make any changes. In the future they will welcome any input that the HA can give them. Amy remarked that she and Albion wanted to raise awareness of the World Trial and was glad to get the report from Alasdair. Amy with threw her resolution.
6. Werner motioned, that Open/Nursery sanctioning be considered as long as trial management ask for approval 30 days and to advertise the trials, second by Stormy Winters. Unanimously passed.
7. Mike had spoken with Carol Leeman, chairperson for the 2002 National Finals, and she said work has already begun for the event. Carol now realizes that port/potties and tents will be needed. She will get back with Mike when she has her budget set. Gary Westbrook asked Mike if obtaining sheep for the Finals was a problem. Mike said we do not have sheep at this point but they are talking with several people who have the numbers that will be needed. He expects to have good sheep but it might be at a higher cost this year.
8. Gary reported on the National Cattledog Finals. They are ahead of schedule, over 90 percent finished with fencing. Plans are to work the cattle several more times before the Finals. The trade booth is filling and both BC magazines will attend. TV interviews are scheduled the week of the Finals. Martin Penfold will not be filming the trial, he said it was not working out financially. Mike believes we should do more advertising of the tapes and encourage handlers to purchase them. Kent will check into finding someone to film the cattledog trial.
9. Jeanne Weaver asked if it would be possible to buy tapes for resell at National Sheepdog & Cattledog Finals. HA have purchased tapes to send to the ABCA Directors - small token of our appreciation. Francis will order 25 sheep/cattle tapes and have on hand at the cattledog finals. Mike will speak again with Martin, he feels it is a shame not to have the Final(s) recorded for history.
10. Barb Ross reported on the cost/use of judging sheets. Barb said we are paying quite a bit for printing and postage of judging sheets. In her opinion they could be utilized by using the white sheet for first day of trial and yellow the next day. She suggested we put the score sheet on the web site for sponsors to download their own. This would totally eliminate all the expense. Kent motioned to have score sheets available on line. Beverly asked to amend the motion, stating they are available on request for the time being and reexamine the issue when the supply gets low. Kent accepted the amendment and Gary Westbrook seconded the motion. Unanimously passed. Francis will send the trial host the result forms with a letter explaining that judges sheets will only be sent on request and can be found on the web site.
11. Dan Gill put forth a proposal from the Cattledog Committee to eliminate the judging of outrun and lift for the 2003 Cattledog Finals, seconded Kent Kuykendall. Roll call vote. Motion passed.
12. Francis reported the persons who have been nominated for the 2002 National Finals. The nominees are H. Glen Jones, Chris Smart, Pat Shannahan, Butch Larson, J.R. Griffith, Chuck O'Reilly, John Templeton, Roddie McDiarmiad, Aled Owen. The voting ballots will be mailed the last week in Feb.
13. Each director received a copy of the Judging Guidelines prior to the conference call. Mike explained that this project has been on going for several years. Mike sent to about thirteen persons, who has done a fair amount of judging, a basic outline for judging. They were asked to respond with their suggestions and ideas. Mike explained that the guidelines are the combined efforts of a lot of the top judges and handlers. There was a lengthy discuss on the guidelines, some felt that it would not solve the judging problems and may cause additional problems, others felt it would help education handlers as well as judges. Dan Gill motioned to approve the Judging Guidelines, a cover sheet will strictly spelled out that these are only guidelines, and to reemphasize circumstance at hand and disclaimer at the bottom of each page, seconded by Vergil Holland. Roll call vote, motion passed.
14. Meeting was adjourned.
Francis Raley, Feb. 19, 2002