The NCHA Executive Committee met via conference call on Monday, April 25, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with a quorum of 12 members participating: President Jo Ellard, President-Elect Chuck Smith, Vice President Lewis Wray, Kathy Daughn, Chris Dublin, Jeff Fisk, Jack Holt, Seth Kirchner, Jerry Louie, J.B. McLamb, Bill Riddle and Ronnie Smith. Absent from the call were Matt Gaines and Charlie Israel. Additionally participating were Skip Jones and Garry Merritt. NCHA staff participating on the call were Jim Bret Campbell, Angie Highland, Dave Brian, and Pam Robison.
It was reported that President-Elect Chuck Smith, Skip Jones, Garry Merritt and Dave Brian visited the facilities in Scottsdale and Denver to review their bids and discuss with their representatives the potential of hosting the Western National Championships at those venues. It was reported that Scottsdale has a very first class facility and wants to host the NCHA event. Although their dates are booking, they do have openings between the first of May and May 15. The Denver facility has dates available at the end of April/first of May similar to the dates being utilized this year for the Western event. Additionally, the Denver facility is scheduled for an upgrade before 2021.
It was noted that cattle will cost more in Scottsdale and may require a cattle surcharge. The expense/revenue estimates were based on 600 entry shows. After discussion about the feasibility of having a Western show at both venues, staff was asked to lower the number of entries to worst-case scenarios for both events and report back later this week.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.