June 2019 President’s Message
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever member video conference call on June 4th. We had well over 200 members join us. I sincerely want to thank you for taking the <me to make your voice heard in your association! The measure we voted on to lower the age of hard shipping horses to 36 months did not pass by a vote of 98-100. This will have an impact on the AMHA fiscal standing, as has been stated by your Treasurer, Dawn Henrich. However, it has also reinforced our leadership team’s objective to involve our members in key decisions, and in this fast-paced, quickly-changing world this is very important to our future. This was the first time a meeting of this nature was initiated by the organization, and we learned much on how to improve this venue for the future. Thank you for your patience and support throughout the process. We will continue working hand-in-hand to earn your trust and support as we move into the future. SO, WHAT NOW?
You have told us that you are s<ll passionate about the AMHA, have a host of opinions on many areas of our operations, want us to be open to new ideas, and are interested in growing and improving our organization – all while maintaining its structure and history. We have heard loud and clear that there has been a general feeling for years that your voice is not important or relevant in many areas. We are developing avenues to determine what the membership wants, who you think we are as an organization and what you want the AMHA to be. It is impossible to reaffirm and establish an identity and forward-thinking view without knowing what YOU think. On that note, we are developing several member surveys that will be released soon. I encourage each and every one of you to participate in these surveys.
As a member run organization, our successes and failures are linked to each and every one of us. I strongly encourage your ongoing participation and open, respectful viewpoints and commentary. It is our goal to provide each and every one of you the best possible avenue to participate in your association. We may disagree about parts and pieces, but in the end it is our sincerest hope that we all come together to celebrate the relationships we have built and these fabulous small horses we are so passionate about.
My hat is off to all of you!!!
February 2019 President’s Message
It has been whirlwind three months since taking the office of President of AMHA, and I am very honored to be in this position. Any president of any non-profit organization is only as good as the Board of Directors they have working with them. Our AMHA Board is truly amazing, dedicated and willing to work hard to move our association forward. Because of this group of dedicated people working tirelessly behind the scenes we are moving into 2019 in a positive way.
Without our office staff we would be nothing. I have spent several weeks in the office this year and am continually impressed with their attitude, willingness to work and their loyalty to AMHA. Our outdated equipment, computer programs, and phone system make their jobs much more difficult, yet they don’t complain and continue to get our registration work done and out to everyone. My hat is off to each and ever one of them.
I would personally like to thank Alison Stonecypher for her many years of service to AMHA. She was a huge asset to our members, and will be greatly missed by many. We all wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
I apologize to the membership over the lack of information coming out of the office this year. Difficulties with our systems has been a frustrating roadblock. I am happy to say we are finally “back in business” and will be getting regular e-blasts out to keep everyone informed of the happenings in your organization.
The VSE program that was voted on to implement at the annual meeting is still being developed. We are working with our attorney on correct ways of implementing it and announcements about this progress with be forthcoming.
The new qualifying rules for the World Show are posted on the website, so be sure and take a look there. We have changed the hardshipping program so your horse does not have to be registered with AMHR, and are offering a discount through April to hardship your horses. A Standing Rule has been just put in place to lower the age of the horse from 60 months to 36 months. Details can be found on our web site.
Please share your thanks and gratitude to Dawn Heinrich, our new Treasurer. Due to her expertise and hard work we now have our financials in order. This has been an incredibly time consuming project for a volunteer to take on and we all owe her a huge thank you. Please see her Treasurer’s report for a full statement of our financial health.
Many people have asked if AMHA is closing its doors. I can assure you that is not our intention. Yes, we, like many of our fellow horse registries, are having trouble making ends meet. Yes, it is going to be a tight year and some cuts will have to be made. Yes we are going to have to work hard to keep our association going. But together we can accomplish it. It will take the efforts of all of us, each and every member. Registering horses is our purpose and our income. Holding back your registrations reduces our income. Not renewing your membership reduces our income. Not encouraging new memberships reduces our income. If we all get behind our association by continuing to support it we will make it.