The NCHA Executive Committee met via conference call on Wednesday, June 6, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. with a quorum of 13 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, Bill Riddle and Ronnie Smith. Absent from the call was Matt Gaines. Additionally participating was attorney Jim Morris and NCHA staff Jim Bret Campbell, Angie Highland, and Pam Robison.
Part of the purpose of this call was to review the entry numbers for the Summer Cutting Spectacular after the second payment entries were finalized. It was determined that while entry numbers are down, they are not a drastic as first was thought. There was discussion of potentially having a weekend show during the event. The Region 8 directors are planning to have a grassroots show with a clinic during the show at some time.
The main purpose of the call was to review the decision to have two championship shows in the western part of the country in 2017. During the April 28th conference call, it was approved to have championship shows in Denver and Scottsdale while separating the shows by a minimum of three days. After listening to members’ feedback, there was concern that holding the two shows so close together would hurt the entries at both shows and not allow those members that would like to compete at both shows the opportunity. As a result, alternate dates were looked at to separate the two shows. Scottsdale has facility availability the first two weeks of May while Denver can accommodate the show from June 22 – 30 in 2017. The NCHA Convention is already under contract at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel for June 23 – 25, 2017.
In advance of this meeting, conference calls were held with the members of the Open Show and Long Range Planning Committees to discuss moving the 2017 Convention dates. Both committees agreed that splitting the two shows would benefit both and that utilizing the NCHA Weekend Show dates to move the NCHA Convention would be the best option. It was reported the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel does have both guest and meeting room space availability on June 2 – 4, 2017. Additionally, the hotel agreed to honor the original negotiated room rate.
A motion was made by Bill Riddle, seconded by Kathy Daughn and passed to secure two contracts with the facilities in Scottsdale and Denver. The Scottsdale event will be held during the dates of May 1 – 15, 2017, and the Denver event will be held during the timeframe of June 22 – 30, 2017. A motion was made by Chris Dublin, seconded by Jerry Louie and passed to move the 2017 NCHA Convention dates to June 2 – 4 while keeping the location of the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel.
During the Convention, several committees have proposals to create a series of regional shows/championships that will replace NCHA Weekend and give more opportunities for weekend cutters.
The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on the Wednesday before the Convention. Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.