In attendance: approximately 18-20
Jimmie opened the meeting &
distributed the August President's Letter to use as
a meeting guide.
Topic 1: Improve communications
with members. Jimmie explained these meetings are
a start. Her President's letters is being expanded to
include asking members for input on emerging important
Topic 2: Share thoughts on limited
entry rodeos. There was a discussion about pros/cons
of them. Jimmie covered why they are important to rodeo
committees and how the association has to balance the
needs of committees with the WPRA's role to provide
more opportunities for members to compete. Input was
gathered on how to format Fort Worth.
Mountain State Director, Jennifer
Noble asked for feedback on the idea of trying to get
Cody's slack changed to after the performance for next
year. She also asked feedback if Sheridan should be
a 1 header.
Topic 3: Concern over the # of
releases and turnouts at rodeos. Jimmie asked for
thoughts on why the # of releases & turnouts are
going up and how to handle them. Responses ranged from:
entry open dates are as early as 6 weeks out causing
members to enter even though much could happen to their
horses between then and the rodeo, to higher than anticipated
entry fees, to a large # of overlapping rodeo dates,
Suggested solutions include:
1). Allow those in slack to move up into performances,
allow more trades, etc.
2). Re-consider the current rule about Exhibition runs
and the timing of them at rodeo performances.
3). Re-consider the current policy allowing 2 free trades
a year. Why can't we have unlimited trades?
Note: a member requested that the party who participates
in a Free Trade (but did not originate it) should not
be penalized with losing one of their trades.
Topic 4: The role of the WPRA
World Finals. Jimmie explained how the World Finals
fits with the strategy of providing more opportunities
to all members of the WPRA base to compete in a Finals
situation. She explains how co-approvals, Futurity/Derby,
Roping also fit into the Finals strategy.
Jimmie reviewed the Board's decision
to allow $ won in the 2011 World Finals Card race count
toward 2012 qualification standings for limited rodeos.
She further explains that for the $ to count the member
must also have competed at 10 WPRA/PRCA sanctioned rodeos
During this discussion, Jimmie was
asked to re-iterate what it takes to get into the 2011
All American Finals. She explained how $ won at the
finals counts towards 2011 qualifications for limited
Topic 5: Omaha supplemental bonus
$. Jimmie explained how we have worked with Omaha
to obtain inventory to offer to sponsors. She explained
that in 2011 the WPRA is adding $18,500 as supplemental
bonus $. She asked for feedback to a proposed armband
idea. They think it is a good idea.
Topic 6: Puyallup supplemental bonus $. Jimmie
explained that Puyallup has no inventory to offer the
WPRA to use to seek sponsorships. A member request was
made to re-consider the format at Puyallup in terms
of how one advances to the finals round, given how weather
can have a big impact on success at Puyallup. Jimmie
will take it back to the Board.
Topic 7: Rodeo Pay and the need
for a WPRA solution. There were questions asking
if the WPRA is going to offer Rodeo Pay or something
like it. Members would like their $ faster and not in
the form of a check sitting in their mailboxes while
they are on the road. Jimmie explained this topic is
a priority for the Board to work on for 2012.
Topic 8: Review of the WPRA data
base project. Jimmie reviewed what work had been
started, what got accomplished and why it was stopped.
She explained that the project is being re-addressed
and that the Board thinks they have a good plan for
Topic: 9 Review of the status
of the WPRA magazine. Jimmie discussed why going
to a digital format (versus a paper magazine) makes
sense both economically and from a timeliness perspective.
Topic 10: One member wanted
to thank Jimmie for running for President and for being
at the meeting.
Jimmie closed he meeting and thanked
those who were able to attend.