The NCHA Executive Committee met via conference call on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. with a quorum of 10 members participating: President Jo Ellard, Vice President Lewis Wray, Chris Dublin, Jeff Fisk, Jack Holt, Seth Kirchner, Jerry Louie, Bill Riddle and Ronnie Smith. Absent from the call were President-Elect Chuck Smith, Kathy Daughn, J.B. McLamb and Charlie Israel. Additionally participating were Skip Jones and Garry Merritt. NCHA staff participating on the call were Jim Bret Campbell, Angie Highland, and Pam Robison.
Based on the conference call held earlier in the week, staff prepared adjusted revenue/expense sheets for Scottsdale and Denver to host two Western Championships events. Entries were estimated at 480 for both venues and based on a seven day show for each. Jim Bret Campbell noted that sponsors will have to be contacted to obtain in-kind awards for both events.
After discussion, a motion was made by Bill Riddle, seconded by Jerry Louie and passed to proceed with having two Western events in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Denver, Colorado, beginning in 2017. The two events will be scheduled so there are a minimum of three days in between so that individuals who wish to compete at both shows can have travel time. Additional ways to offset expenses with volunteers or outsourcing some duties will be explored by staff.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
The NCHA Executive Committee met by conference call on April 28 and voted to host two Western National championships – one in Denver and one in Scottsdale, Arizona – in 2017. Based on additional feedback from members and directors, NCHA staff and leadership continue to investigate the financial implications and response from members on the need to have two events. We will keep you updated as that review continues.