AMERICAN MULE RACING ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
A quorum being
meeting of the American Mule Racing Association was called to order at ,
There was an introduction of the Board of Directors and the general membership and guests.
The minutes of the
The agenda was reviewed and approved.
The evening banquet arrangements were presented to the membership.
Mary McPherson, as head of the Nominations Committee, discussed the nomination procedure and gave the list of those nominated for the Board of Directors’ election. The board members whose terms were up were Steve DeMarta and Tom Krahelski. Tony Winckowski decided that he would not run for the Board in 2008. Of the five people nominated for the election only one, Becky Reimers, accepted the nomination. Upon motion by Dr. Bert Johnson and second by Don Jacklin, it was unanimously decided to accept a white ballot and Steve DeMarta, Tom Krahelski and Becky Reimers would be appointed to the Board.
Steve DeMarta gave the President’s Report. Mr. DeMarta spoke as to the 2007 handle, which was up approximately 60%. He encouraged the membership to enter and fill races during the summer. Mr. DeMarta also spoke as to the number of mule races per day.
Kate Phariss as Secretary-Treasurer presented the financial recap on the year 2007 and the proposed budget for 2008. Upon motion and second by Don Jacklin and Jim Farley, the 2008 budget was unanimously approved.
As the breed
Rhoda March spoke as to racing on the fairs.
She reiterated that there needs to be eight in the gate whenever
possible to increase handle, thereby increasing purses.
Mr. DeMarta spoke as
attempt to gain a sponsor for the three-year old futurity in
Kate Phariss spoke as to the website. To date there have been over 24,000 hits recorded. The website has been updated and the look changed. All Association forms are now on the site. Speed index charts are changed after the last race of each meet. She asked for input of information or photos.
Kate Phariss reported
Don Jacklin, as head
awards committee, spoke as to the year-end awards.
He discussed the current rules on the
distance award. The rulebook states that
there must be a minimum of three long distance (greater than 440 yards)
run by a mule and that there must be at least six qualifying animals
for the award
to be given. In 2007 the criteria was
not met for a trophy award; however, a buckle award was approved by the
of Directors for the leading points, distance animal.
Mr. Jacklin suggested eliminating the CalBred
award as CalBred racing is no longer offered on the fairs.
Mr. Jacklin also suggested that because of
the way races were now being written there be a change in the awards
system. The awards would be the following: a World Champion Sprint Trophy, a Distance
Trophy, a three-year old trophy, a four-year-old buckle,
leading mule (mule with the most accumulated
points) buckle, a claiming buckle; three jockey buckles; one leading
buckle. Upon motion and second by Cliff
Kirk Goodrich spoke as to the race meet in Winnemucca. He thanked the membership for supporting the meet. Mr. Goodrich stated that all mules must have qualified works and gate okays, signed by the starter before coming to Winnemucca.
Kate Phariss spoke as to the CalBred program. CalBred animals earned $38,950 in 2007. Payouts were reviewed. All CalBred forms can be found on the website. Ms. Phariss stated that the Board had decided that only owners listed on papers will be entitled to the breeders’ awards; i.e., money. There will be no variance on this rule.
It was noted by President DeMarta that Jim Schleimer was resigning as the author of the newsletter. Mr. DeMarta thanked Mr. Schleimer for all his hard work on the newsletter and stated that the Association would miss his input. Mr. DeMarta then asked for a volunteer to take over Mr. Schleimer’s position. At that time, there were no volunteers.
It was decided by the
that the annual meeting would again be held in
Kate Phariss spoke as
Straight from the Gate Futurity. It will
again be held in
Larry Schwartzlander, the representative from the California Authority of Racing Fairs spoke as to the 2007 racing year and the plans for 2008. He discussed the Fair schedule with the change in racing dates. He stated that purses should remain relatively the same for 2008 as in 2007.
There was open discussion on higher claiming prices for the mules.
The 2008 racing schedule was again discussed with the change. The schedule can be found on the AMRA website.
The count was taken on the Futurity Mules for 2008. At this time there are 23 mule prospects.
Kate Phariss spoke as
to the new
starter series being offered on the
Dan White, the representative from The Big Fresno Fair, spoke as to the Fair’s desire to have the membership again support the Fair. He thanked the membership for being so supportive in the past and stated that the Fair was pleased to be hosting the starter series Championship.
Two mules have earned new world records: Bar JF Geneo and Bar JF Hot Ticket. Upon motion and second by Don Jacklin and Tom Krahelski, the new world record statistics were unanimously approved.
The speed index chart was discussed. Non racing animals were deleted from the chart.
A clarification was requested on the manner in which points were accrued for the leading mule award. Upon motion and second by Ruth Burdick and Sandy Comontofski, it was unanimously decided that three-year old points will not count toward the leading mule award.
Roger Downey spoke as to the endurance program at Winnemucca. Clarification was requested on the mules eligible as “green.” Upon motion and second by Mary McPherson and Bert Johnson, it was unanimously approved that a race animal that has won money on a flat track is still eligible as a “green” mule for endurance purposes.
Don Jacklin, as the Hall of Fame representative, stated that Coalee McGee had been nominated to the Hall of Fame and that his nomination had been approved by the Committee. He also stated that the nomination needed general membership approval. Upon motion and second by Jim Farley and Ruth Burdick, Coalee McGee was entered into the AMRA Hall of Fame.
Dr. Bert Johnson suggested that at future AMRA meetings, the pledge of allegiance be the first item on the agenda.
Jim Burns suggested that there be a Hall of Fame for trainers, owners and jockeys. The matter will be discussed further at Winnemucca.
Upon motion and second by Roger Downey and Becky Reimers, there being no further business, President DeMarta adjourned the meeting at