Executive Committee Meeting Updates

AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the April Executive Committee meeting.

Final reports and more information on approved rule changes for 2018 will be posted online and published in The American Quarter Horse Journal in the coming weeks. (Journal photo)

Last week, we welcomed our new Executive Committee member, Norm Luba, into the Presidents’ Room for the April Executive Committee meeting at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. Newly appointed AQHA President Ralph Seekins took over the gavel for three very intense days of meetings. I can’t thank the Executive Committee members, directors and standing committee members enough for the body of work put in at this year’s convention and for volunteering their time to improve our Association.

During the three days, our Executive Committee logged more than 35 hours each (times five members!) evaluating and conducting the business of the Association, including the appointment of committee members, creation of multiple task forces to review important industry issues, the review and approval of AQHA standing committee reports from convention, approval and guidance of staff on moving Association projects forward, and overseeing the budget of the organization.

Here are some of the highlights of the week:

  • The Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals date has been moved to June 14-17, 2018, and the event will be relocated to the Lazy E Arena located in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has been an amazing partner in providing services and second-to-none hospitality for this event, and we cannot thank the Houston staff enough for their investment in exhibitor hospitality, the army of volunteers that served our exhibitors by unloading trailers and feeding our competitors breakfast and lunch every day, and their continued partnership in the future with other AQHA events. The Zoetis VRH World has simply outgrown the facility, so moving the date to June and relocating the event to Guthrie is expected to promote additional growth of this event.
  • The Adequan Select World Show contract with the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo has been extended for one year through 2018, as planning continues to determine the best long-term venue for our Select exhibitors. We will continue to review and evaluate trends in all of our world show events, including determining qualifier needs and finding ways to reinvigorate the shows by creating entertainment value for world show exhibitors and spectators.
  • The Executive Committee approved the Show Committee’s recommendation to award 13-&-Under world champion titles in seven core classes beginning at the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
  • Several task forces and subcommittees were formed to work through the year to evaluate and create continued improvement in various parts of our business:
    • Animal Welfare Commission Tail Function Task Force
    • AQHA Steward Expansion Task Force
    • International Education Exchange Task Force
    • International Championship Event Task Force
    • International Affiliate Task Force
    • Judges Monitoring Task Force
    • Congressional Fellowship Task Force
    • Public Policy Strategic Planning Task Force
    • AQHA PAC Task Force
    • Stud Book Appendix Registry Task Force
    • Stud Book Microchipping Task Force
    • Youth Show Awards Funding Task Force
    • Scholarship Task Force
    • Horsemanship Outreach Program Task Force

The Executive Committee spent time reviewing and approving committee reports from the 2017 AQHA Convention. Final reports and more information on approved rule changes for 2018 will be posted online and published in The American Quarter Horse Journal in the coming weeks.

As you can tell, there is more work to be done. This just represents tip of the iceberg relative to the ongoing work to improve and make your Association the best it can be. I look forward to sharing with you progress on projects that will continue to make AQHA the iconic support organization for our equine industry.