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WPRA General Membership Meeting Notes - September 12, 2011

Pendleton, OR 9/12/2011

In attendance: approximately 20 members

Jimmie opened the meeting by explaining the purpose of these sessions.

Topic 1: Improve communications with members. Jimmie explained these meetings are a start. Her on line President's letter is being expanded to include asking members for input on emerging important topics.

Topic 2: Concern over the # of releases and turnouts at rodeos. Jimmie asked for thoughts on why the # of releases & turnouts are increasing and how to handle them. As in other meetings, responses ranged from: entry open dates 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, etc. There was a good discussion about the 30-hour replacement policy and how members should take advantage of it.

Topic 3: Puyallup format. There was a discussion about the format and how one advances to the finals round.

Topic 4: Free Trades. There was a discussion about the current # of free trades. A request was made to increase the # of free trades. A request was also made to not penalize the "helping partner" in a trade. She recapped the added $ amount

Topic 5: WPRA World Finals. Jimmie extended an invite for all to attend the 2011 World Finals. She also covered what the Cardholder earnings would count for in 2012.

Topic 6: Share thoughts on limited entry rodeos. There was a discussion about the pros/cons of creating a more standardized approach to entry criteria. 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.

Topic 7: Timers for Tour rodeos over $10,000. Jimmie explained that an anonymous donor is funding the purchase of 3 sets of stackable timers (one timer on top of another) for Tour rodeo usage.

Topic 8:Request to change the draw order at the 2011 WNFR. A member pointed out that the bottom contestants entering the WNFR get the top of the ground 2 times, while the top contestants entering get the top of the ground only 1 time.

Topic 9: Houston Shootout Money. There was a discussion as to whether the $50,000 Shootout money should count toward World Standings. Most feel as though it should not count toward qualifying for the WNFR.

Topic 10: Rule regarding 60 foot stopping line at rodeos. Jimmie gathered members' thoughts on the topic.

Topic 11: WPRA Drug Policy. Members shared their observations regarding the increased use of drugs on horses to enhance performance.

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