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World Conformation Horse Association Member Newsletter Volume One
September 5 2007 In This Issue
Dear Julie, Things are moving fast with the World Conformation Horse Association so check out our newsletter below for the latest. Remember, your comments are always welcome and you are encouraged to forward the newsletter to your friends and colleagues using the forward e-mail tool at the bottom of the newsletter.
125 Members and Counting Vote in September Celebrate What's Happening?
150+ Members and then some! The World Conformation Horse Association, has reached an important milestone in its first 100 days, securing more than 150 Founding Members.
"The last 100 days has been exhilarating and exhausting as we've moved forward, and there is still a lot more work to do" said WCHA Steering Committee Chairman Peter Cofrancesco, III. "With a foundation of members in place who have a clear and vested interest in promoting the value of conformation, the WCHA will now move forward in getting its by-laws ratified by a vote of the membership, as well as the election of an executive committee and board of directors."
Our mission shall be to unite for the purpose of stimulating interest in and competitive opportunities for enthusiasts of the conformation horse, while protecting the integrity of the horse through responsible stewardship.
By law ratification and elections will take place in September, but with a delayed schedule. "The influx of memberships we received September 1 has forced us to delay the by-law ratification date past September 5, our intended goal," Cofrancesco explained. "It's
We strive to preserve and promote the value of correct conformation
important that all those memberships be processed so everyone who has joined has an opportunity to vote."
Get out the Vote! One of the privileges of becoming a founding member, besides the fact that the opportunity will never be offered again, is the opportunity to ratify the first by-laws of the group and elect the first Executive Committee and Board of Directors. As noted above, the schedule has been delayed due to the number of memberships received on September 1, however, the vote will take place in September. A slate of officers and board of director nominees will be provided to the membership for vote on September 20 with ballots due by October 1. Members will also be able to write in nominations at that time and will be informed of the election process via review of the by-laws earlier in the month. Please note that if you have an e-mail address on file with WCHA, you will receive notification regarding on-line voting with a downloadable file of the by-laws made available for review. As a cost saving measure, those with faxes and no e-mail will receive it by fax, while those with neither will receive information by mail. You can help the WCHA by ensuring that those in your communication chain are aware of the above. We know from experience that word travels fast in this industry so your help is appreciated!
Join the Celebration October 17! The WCHA will "officially" kick off as the newest association in the horse industry at a celebration October 17 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The event will be free to all members and interested persons, although a ticket will be required. WCHA will introduce its slate of officers and board of directors, while representatives will be available to answer questions. A membership meeting is being scheduled for earlier the same day, as well.
in the equine industry. We believe that correct conformation serves as the foundation to the horse's ability to successfully perform in any discipline. We are committed to protecting, preserving, and promoting the conformation standard of the horse and constantly pursuing growth in our industry. Quick Links
Quarter Horse Congress WCHA Web Site
Managing HYPP The Equine Genome Understanding Laminitis
Uh, That's Not WCHA Feeling a little confused lately? So were we when many in our industry began receiving information about another halter horse group. No worries, though. WCHA representatives have been reaching out to those smaller, regional, groups and encouraging them to join, while explaining the value of a unified industry focusing on the value of conformation. FAQ's
For more information about the Congress, such as hotels and ticket pricing, just click on the logo. Stay tuned for more about time, location and ticket distribution.
Conformationhorse.com is here to serve!
Have some questions or being asked lots of questions by others? Funny - Us, too! Here are some answers that should
help. Will the WCHA be a not for profit? Yes, the WCHA will file with the IRS as a not for profit 501(c)(6). Fees or donations made to the WCHA may not be tax deductible so check with your tax professional.
The WCHA web site, conformationhorse.com is now on-line to serve you. Currently offering basic information and updates, the full web site will include a number of added features, including a blog, photo gallery and merchandise. Feel free to refer your friends and customers to the site as they ask questions or need more information!
SNAP! The WCHA is seeking your help is securing your favorite photographs for use during its launch celebration and in publicity. If you have high quality photos that depict your relationship with your horse, like the one at the top right of this newsletter, for example, we'd love to see it. Photographs of smiling people (women, men, kids, families, seniors, you name it), grooming, playing, loving, winning and just having an overall good time with their halter horse would be greatly appreciated. Please send your high resolution digital or scanned photographs only with the photographers permission for use to Julie Bryant at email@example.com. Photographs are needed no later than September 15. Thanks for your help!
Current Founding Members Membership in the WCHA has topped 150 with Texas leading the pack at 40 members, followed by Oklahoma with 11, Mississippi with 9, Kansasand Iowa with 8 each, respectively, and Arizona and California with 7. A total of 31 states and one province are represented. Ann Admonius, Ocala, FL Charles Ames, Tioga, TX Debbie Arber-Martin, Pilot Point, TX Laura Arrowsmith, Nowata, OK Bobbie Atkinson, Henderson, TX Denver and Lisa Baker, Walker, LA Cliff and Robin Bales, Tonganoxie, KS
When will the WCHA be formed? Document filing will be underway shortly, but the WCHA will officially launch during a celebration to be held October 17 in Columbus, Ohio. If I join, how do I get on a committee? Just let members of the WCHA steering committee know you're interested or call 817-443-0686. Current committees include governance, events, competition and promotion. We will try to keep committee numbers to a reasonable level in order to ensure effective decision making, so if you are not invited to participate, don't fret. Members will be solicited for their opinions and input often. Will the WCHA come up with its definition of the ideal conformation horse? The WCHA has formed a task force to address that question in the near future and again, will work to develop positive consensus that takes the welfare of the horse into consideration, as well as a number of other factors that contribute to the breeding and development of well-conformed horses. Who does the WCHA consider to be non pro and what about the spouses of trainers? Again, this is an issue the group will address, but rest assured, the WCHA is aware of the importance of the non-pro or amateur exhibitor to the growth of the industry, as well as in providing opportunities for all level of exhibitors. Like other organizations and sports in the horse industry, the WCHA will consider leveled or limited competitions to encourage participation. Will the WCHA approve or manage competitions?
Pamela Medford and Barb Bridge, Vinita, OK Jerry Bauerly, Sauk Rapids, MN Don and Joetta Bell, Whitesboro, TX Wayne Bell, Burleson, TX Frank Berris, Rockford, MI Chad Beus, Spanish Fork, UT Keith Bode, Columbus, IN Charlene Bolton, Paulden, AZ Terry Bradshaw, Aubrey, TX Lamar Bridges, Ethel, LA Jack and Pam Brizendine, Lincoln, CA Allen Browder, Dixon Mills, AL Bruce Brown, Versailles, KY Mitchell Budzenski, Stilwell, KS Jimmy Cain, Crosby, TX Carl Camenzind, Cedar Falls, IA Jim Campbell, Omemme, ONT Glenn Cantrell, Lone Grove, OK Steven Capps, Valley View, TX Ronnie Casper, Ocala, FL Luke Castle, Wayne, OK Brian Causey, Columbia, LA Harl Pruitt and Chanci McKinnon, Rosenberg, TX Marc Chapman, Cumming, IA Charles and Linda Cline, Cushing, OK Peggy Cofrancesco, Sparta, NJ Peter and Carmen Cofrancesco, III, Sparta, NJ Karen and James Coleman, Las Cruces, NM Luther, Susan and Cody Copeland, Morgan Mill, TX Joey Coppock, Clanton, AL Steve Crawford, Hays, KS David Creeley, Englewood, FL Rodney Dabagian, Saratoga, CA Wayne and Judy Davis, Ortonville, MI Greg and Gigi Davis, Savannah, TN Mark Defreece, Whitesboro, TX Greg and Nicci DeMint, Lee's Summit, MO Jim and Wendy Dietrich, Pedricktown, NJ Travis Dobbs, Jonesboro, AR Johne Dobbs, Champaign, IL Dick and Debra J Donnelly, LaPorte City, IA Phil and Sue Drawdy, Ft Pierce, FL Wade Ellerbroek Jr., Sibley, IA Jimmy and Joan Estes, Terry, MS Mary Lou Fasmer, Plymouth, CA Tim Finkenbinder, Collinsville, TX Landon Fuhrman, Lea Wood, KS Terry Fuhrman, Carthage, MO Clint Fullerton, Odessa, MO Cheri Gayton, Rolling Hills Est, CA Arnold and Ina Ginsberg, Carefree, AZ Irvin Glenn, Farr West, UT Gary and Linda Gordon, Argyle, TX Roger and Debbie Graham, Lebanon, TN Charles (Bill) Gulsby, Fitzpatrick, AL Vern and Rita Habighorst, Phoenix, AZ Wayne and Rebecca Halvorson, Guthrie, OK Ivan Harder, St Louis Park, MN Mark and Jeri Harding, Lehi, UT Denny Hassett, Auburn, KS Steve Headley, Bloomington, IN Wallace Heck III, Terry, MS Wallace Heck Jr., Terry, MS
Yes, that is one of the goals and we hope to announce the first competition to be held during our kick off October 17.
Dave Hennelly, Franklinville, NJ Jeff Heuer, Greensboro, GA Barbara Hoffer, Auburn, KS Skyler Horn, Terry, MS Bruce and Mary Horn, Terry, MS Monte and Anna Horn, Terry, MS Nancy Howard, Dixon Mills, AZ Kyle and Marilyn Hughes, Meadowview, VA Kyle Hughes, II, Meadowview, VA Erin Jefcoat, Soso, MS Steven Jensen, Saginaw, MI Bob and Karen Johnson, Burns, TN Wayne Jordan, Pilot Point, TX Candace Jussen, Pilot Point, TX Bob and Debbie Kail, Scottsdale, AZ Evan Kaplow, Chappaqua, NY James Kifer, Hartselle, AL Harry Knight Chip Knost, Aubrey, TX Doug Landon, Clark, MO Daryl Lankin, Aubrey, TX Bill and Ann Lanning, Pilot Point, TX Josh Larman, Aubrey, TX Laura Lehsten, Longmont, CO Phillip Lopez, Santa Rosa, CA Mimsi Roe Lovering, Pilot Point, TX Kensey Maxwell, Independence, MO Kenneth "Butch" Maxwell, Independence, MO Carl and Pam McBeath, Benton, LA Tom McBeath, Union, MS Melody McCollum, Flora Vista, NM Luke McCollum, Flora Vista, NM Charles McDaniel, Ankeny, IA Russell and Ruth McIntosh, Tuttle, OK Sheila McKenzie, Canton, TX Mike McMillian, Whitesboro, TX Melody Meadows, Oak Hill, WV Tim Meyer, Sylvan Grove, KS Donnell Miller, Walker, LA Diane Miller, Hager City, WI Kenny and Kara Mills, Fruitland, MD J.T and Katie Mitchell, Owasso, OK John Ogden, Moab, UT Jeffrey and Bronwyn Pait, Sparta, NJ Dorn Parkinson, Prescott, AZ Debra Parkinson, Prescott, AZ Richard Peden, Alpharetta, GA Linda and Judson Pigg, Gordonville, TX Gerri Leigh Pratt, Winston Salem, NC Chester Prince, Palmetto, FL Anne Prince, Palmetto, FL Chip and Lorraine Rainwater, Hayesville, NC Reece Rakestraw, Woodward, OK Clark Rassi, Aubrey, TX Lynnette Rauch, Tama, IA Ross and Sharon Roark, Monahans, TX Larry Roberts, Burleson, TX John and Mary Ellen Rose, Meredith, NH Danny Salsman, Aubrey, TX Susan and Larry Sancken, Grayslake, IL Terry and Karen Sartain, Cullman, AL Michael Saunders, Carrollton, TX Michael Sheaves, Danese, WV
Brenda and James Shipton, Marshville, NC Kathy and Lonn Smallwood, Pilot Point, TX Jason Smith, Whitesboro, TX Randy Snodgross, Joshua, TX Jim and Georgia Snow, Quinlan, TX Howard and Brenda Speer, Acampo, CA Harvey Spicer, Sanger, TX Andy Staton, Hanson, KY Joy Stehney, DeSoto, KS Greg and Jodi Sullivan, Maumee, OH Larry Sullivant, Gainesville, TX Fred Tabor, Aubrey, TX Doug Tallent, Whitesboro, TX Chris Thomson, Sparta, NJ Ted and Darlene Turner, Aubrey, TX Don and Annie VanAmerogen, Mt Pleasant, IA Jerry Vawter, Pilot Point, TX Mary Jane Walker, Red Oak, IA Brian Wedlake, Skiatook, OK Jerry and Betty Wells, Norman, OK Greg Whalen, Clements, CA Reata Ranch, Pilot Point, TX
Contact information: WCHA P.O. Box 26918 Fort Worth, TX 76126 817-443-0686 817-887-5288 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.conformationhorse.com