| Salinas, CA
In attendance: approximately 25-30
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
topics. The response to the surveys has been very good.
Topic 2: 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 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,
There was a discussion about the
30-hour replacement policy. The issue that is confusing
is how Procom records the replacement information and
how it is reflected on the secretary sheets. By not
deleting who is coming off, it distorts the # of entries
and makes it confusing as to when the drag will occur.
There was a discussion about who
is accountable to monitor free trades.
There was a discussion about why
contestants get conflicted and how some of that is the
nature of rodeo and more trades might help.
Topic 4: 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.
Thoughts were shared about how Fort
Worth should be formatted.
Topic 5: Funding 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/patch idea. They think it is a good idea.
Topic: 6 Funding Puyallup supplemental
bonus $. Jimmie explained that Puyallup has no inventory
to offer the WPRA to use to seek sponsorships. Jimmie
shared the idea raised at the Cheyenne meeting. It was
suggested which that the format for advancing at Puyallup
be changed, given how weather can have a big impact
on success at Puyallup. They think it was a good idea.
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. They like
the idea of putting earnings right into a member's checking
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: Discussed thoughts regarding
WPRN magazine and the lack of timely information.
They agreed the magazine is not the place for important
information. It was suggested that when going digital,
there needs to be phone application.
Topic 10: Thanks. One member
wanted to remind all how it so important to thank the
tractor drivers for all they do.
Jimmie closed he meeting and thanked
those who were able to attend.