It was nice to return from the convention to be greeted by all the
beautiful spring flowers and blossoming trees. I hope this weather
holds, as I am sure we are all spoiled!
Although participation at the 2012 Convention was light, it was
certainly worth the time and money spent to attend. As Florida is home
to many well-known people in the horse world, there were many clinicians
to choose from to present the very educational seminars. The first one
that comes to mind is Dr. Wendy Ying, who spoke on Traditional Chinese
Veterinary Medicine for sport horses. She spoke of three case studies:
Cushings, back pain, and managing nervous show horses.
Of course, anyone who knows me would understand that I found the Fashion
Show to be of interest. The presentation was very informative, and well
done. Men, if you are even thinking of wearing that homburg this year,
don't do it. Snap brims are in for all English disciplines!
Three of our Region members were honored at the Award Banquet: Barbara
Rudicel of Raintree Morgans - AMHA Breeders' Hall of Fame; Cheryl
Woosley - AMHA Golden Reins Award; and Byron Singer - Youth Person of
Thanks to Barbara Rudicel and her Stallion Service Auction Committee,
close to $77,000 was realized. Net proceeds go to AMHA Marketing and
Promotion, Regional and local AMHA Shows, as well as the World Morgan
Two new members were voted to fill positions on the AMHA Board: Jonalyn
Gwinup of Oklahoma and Diana Swanson from North Carolina. The membership
also voted to move the Registry Trust from the TD Bank to the Vermont
Community Foundation, where it will incur more interest.
The 2013 AMHA Convention will take place in Portland, Oregon. I hope you
can join us!
If you have anything that you would like to be brought before the AMHA
Board at our next meeting held the end of April, please let me know by
Gayle Singer - Region 3 co-director
Please find below a synopsis of the Board of Director's meeting held in
The AMHA Board of Director's held its first quarter 2012 meeting on
Wednesday February 29, 2012 in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the
The following business matters were discussed:
The committee completed review and
approved changes to 3.5, 3.6 and 4.18(a), and cleaned up mis-numbered
sections starting with section 5.2.1.
The committee reviewed the fourth
quarter registrar's report which showed decline in registrations, but
transfers holding steady.
Swedish Reciprocity was approved.
The committee heard recommendations on
offering the splash test and transfer of prefix fee. Both motions were
The committee also gave significant
consideration to requests to extend the reduced registration fee for
horse > 24 months old. This program was offered from April 1- December
31, 2011. After much discussion, the committee declined extending the
The committee considered a request from
an AMHA member to distinguish "foundation bred" Morgans in the Registry.
The committee declined this request.
The committee heard the chairman's and
Executive Director's fourth quarter 2011 finance reports.
The proposed rainy day fund charter was
reviewed and approved
McSoley, McCoy and Company provided the
draft of the year-end 2011 audited financials. The committee reviewed
the management letter and reports and instructed the Executive Director
to move forward with production of the final versions. AMHA closed 2011
with net change in assets from operations of $20,793.
A subcommittee was appointed to assist
with Executive Director with identifying an agency to conduct an
internal controls audit. An internal controls audit is conducting
periodically by the Association to identify process improvements and
Under new business, the committee
approved reallocations to the 2012 budget to allow upgrades to the AMHA
computer network, which is urgently needed.
Jeff Gove provided a brief update on
In addition to ratifying the motions put
forward from the standing committees, the AMHA Board approved new life
memberships and certificates of appreciation to the convention co-chairs
Bob Morgan, AMHI President, reported
that the sale of the Shelburne building in Vermont to the Waldorf School
has slowed due to negotiations.
Working committee reports were heard and
revisions to SOPs 1,7,11,12,18,13 and 21 were approved.
Full minutes will be available on the AMHA website upon approval by the
The next board meeting will be Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Chicago,