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Ontario Chapter Annual Report
DECEMBER 8, 2016
KEEP THE DATES Once again, our Breedshow for 2017 is in September/October, the exact date TBA - looking for Sponsors and volunteers to help. Always a fun and informative time!
KEEP THE DATES
Once again, our Breedshow for 2017 is in September/October, the exact date TBA - looking for Sponsors and volunteers to help. Always a fun and informative time!
Our Canadian National AGM is on March 25 and 26, 2017 at the Chelsea hotel in Toronto - Plan to attend, it's ALWAYS an informative and educational time for all Warmblood lovers.
CWHBA- Watch for the Ontario Chapter booth at the 'Main Event' Trade Show in London May 12-14, 2017 - we can alwaysvolunteers to help out at the booth. If you would like to volunteer, contact Jackie Vandenbrink!
Ontario Chapter AGM WAS HELD
Sunday Dec 3, 2016
Gimcrack Equestrian, Schomberg
12:00 Noon Pot luck lunch
1. Welcome - President's Report
2. Introduction of Directors
3. Additions to Agenda?
4. Adoption of Minutes of 2015 AGM
5. Business arising from Minutes
6. Reports (written or oral)
a. Financial - Susan
b. Inspections, Mare, Stallion– Jayme
c. Breed show/Foal Futurity – Andrea
d. Tradeshows, Can Am - Jackie
e. Communications – Penny
f. National Board Update – Tim
g. National AGM 2016 Toronto - Jill
h. Awards – Penny, Jackie
7. Stallion Performance Test – Licensing
8. Stallion Service Auction and Foal Futurity
9. Trade Shows: Can Am – Main Event
10. Royal Winter Fair – Jill
11. Marketing – Membership recruitment
14. Other Business
15. Motion to Adjourn
Great AGM at Gimcrack Equestrian on December 3rd. We summarized last years events and and made plans for an even better 2017. We have some great ideas to make our breed show even better, and received updates from our National Board representatives on initiatives going on at the National level.
CWHBA ON President’s Report 2016
Submitted by Jackie VandenBrink
2016 was another good year for the Ontario Chapter. We attended the Breeds aisle at the Can Am Trade Show in Markham. We had a good flow of people come by to ask questions and watch our demonstration rider Carolyn Polequin with her PSG gelding Cornucopia (Celebes/Erwigesherz). We also had a video slideshow showcasing some of our events and success stories including videos of some of the internationally competitive Canadian Warmbloods. It’s tough to measure the success of our attendance. It’s costly with respect to expense and volunteer hours, but participating in these showcases definitely raises awareness for the breed. We need to get the name and the brand out there. Having Canadian Warmblood horses competing in the show ring for breeders and owners is the best way, but in addition being in the public eye in events like this helps people understand who we are and gives them an opportunity to meet fellow breeders and understand why Canadian Warmblood should be the choice for their breeding program.
We hosted the National Tour as part of our breed show again this year to facilitate Stallion Licencing for our members. We hosted the event at Meadowlarke North. The location is central and the facility was top of the line with respect to quality and comfort. It suits our show very well. The attendance however was a bit disappointing. We’ve had pretty much the same format Open Breed Show Format for 3 years now and really should see more entries as word gets out. It should be growing. Our goal in 2017 will be to improve the show and put together a strategy to attract more exhibitors.
It was a somewhat slow year for inspections. 4 stallions were presented for licencing and 2 mares for inspection as part of the Breedshow at Meadowlarke. We had 4 mares and a foal at the Lindsay Inspection at Field of Dreams farm and 4 mares plus a foal in Brockville at St. Albans Stables, the home of Eve Mainwaring, one of the founding members of the Association. The overall quality of mares is consistently better the pedigrees always improving, but we need to find a way to attract more mares, and members. We are capturing some registrations via foals from mares already approved in other studbooks as well as some foals from uninspected mares, but we need to make our inspections bigger better and more exciting somehow to attract more participation, spectators, and new members.
We are hosting the National AGM in Toronto this year and look forward to presenting an educational and fun weekend for Ontario members and our guests from all over Canada. Mark your calendars for March 25 and 26.
I thank the members, participants, breeders, inspection hosts and volunteers for your support for Canadian Warmblood and your involvement with our Ontario Chapter. I hope to see you out and about and involved in our busy and exciting 2017 year. Let’s show the breeding community what we are all about, and make it clear we should be their first choice when it comes to registering their warmblood stock.
Thanks and good luck in the upcoming breeding season - don't forget to support your stallion auction in 2017, for a shot at the Breeders Foal Futurity!!