The USMMA elections for the Board of Directors is about to begin. Please vote to approve your association board! You will be receiving an electronic ballot via email from BALLOTBIN.com. The election will be open to run from Sunday December 3rd to Sunday December 10th. If you do not receive a ballot in the mail, please contact me, Alessandra Deerinck so we can make sure we have the correct email on file.
(Your email notification may say TEST, but it is the real deal. The notice went out automatically before we had updated the notification message.)
Below is a letter from our President, recapping the USMMA’s year in review.
We are currently at 92 annual or lifetime members. We believe it is the first time we have passed the 90 mark and would like to shoot for over 100 members in 2018!
We have $10,000 in our bank account – holding steady each year. Our annual budget is $6,000 – $8,000 depending on the events and promotions planned for the year. Every year, our operating budget goes to funding the website, registration supplies, mailing and the show subsidy awards for members ($250 each). Additionally, we like to support horse expositions and events in each region with a USMMA booth and materials. Last year, we funded re-creation of our booth show kit with banners and brochures. This “show kit” is available to ship to your next MM event. We missed the mark in 2017 when Equitana Open Air – October 2017, the event to be our annual USMMA event was canceled on short notice. We achieved other goals and survived other losses, replacing 2 board members and naming a new USMMA registrar, Randy Conilogue.
One of my goals as President was to encourage us to work together more as a team and to have fun with our Marchador horses. We all want to succeed – whether it be one owner, one horse, or a breeding barn. Getting press and making news is a good thing for the Marchador breed. Everyone benefits by the name recognition and exposure.
We are in a strong position to continue our path to success. Please vote and participate in your association. It is our volunteers that make good things happen!