USLF April 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

USLF April 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met April 19th for the regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues to improve financial stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported assets have grown about $2,000 over last month and over $10,000 over this same time last year, boosted by renewing memberships.  Margaret and President Lisa Simmons will meet to review provisional and actual expenses to finish developing the 2017 budget.

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported a quiet month with five transfers and several more in process.  Rennie also reported that to date 105 members had already renewed their membership for 2017-2018; an increase over this same period last year.  Thank you for joining us again!  

- 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium plans are firming up!  Vice President Lynn Smith reported that a block of rooms has been arranged at the Doubletree Inn in Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 29th.   Our annual member meeting will be at the Doubletree as well as our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction.  Tentative plans also include an introduction and demonstration of the newly popular discipline Working Equitation and a possibly add-on mini-clinic on effectively photographing horses so plan to bring your camera!   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  Make your reservations directly with the DoubleTree by calling 360-570-0555 and ask for the United States Lipizzan Federation Rate or use the following link: 

http://group.doubletree.com/USLipizzanFederation

Room rates are $119/night for a king and $129/night for a double queen beginning Thursday, Oct. 26th.   

-North American Lipizzan Symposium – USLF Meeting and Clinics Tentative Schedule…

Friday, October 27th     8:00      Registration, Conference Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, Olympia

                                    9:00 – 12:00      USLF Annual Member Meeting begins

                                    12:00 – 1:00      Lunch

                                    1:00 – 2:15        USLF Annual Member Meeting continues

                                    2:15                  Break and travel to School of Equestrian Arts

                                    3:00 – 4:00        Demonstration of Legerete (French Classical Dressage)

                                    4:00 – 5:00        Demonstration of Trail Preparation and Safety

                                    5:00                  Dinner on your own (There are several restaurants nearby.)

Saturday, October 28th at School of Equestrian Arts

                                    8:00      How to Take Great Horse Photos mini-clinic

                                    10:15    Demonstration of Working Equitation

                                    12:15    Quadrille by PNLC Members

                                    12:30    Lunch

                                    1:30      Break Out Sessions, USLF Annual Member Meeting Adjourrns

                                    5:00      No Host Bar at DoubleTree

                                    6:00      Banquet and Awards followed by the Auction at DoubleTree

- The 2017 Stallion Brochure will shortly be available on our website as part of an enhanced Breeders Directory.  The Brochure lists Lipizzan stallions standing at stud with their contact information.  Be sure to check out the beautiful pictures of handsome prospects!

- The Breeders Committee will meet next week to begin planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour.  Please respond to their upcoming survey asking your interest in having your Lipizzan evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility.  The Committee is also preparing to again take up its plans to develop a training program to certify our own breed evaluators and aims to dovetail our program into the Lipizzan International Federation’s plans to train their own junior breed judges

- 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is preparing to solicit  members to sponsor a page and submit photographs of Lipizzans for our second annual Lipizzan Calendar.  Watch the USLF’s Facebook page and our website: www.uslipizzan.org for information, expect an email soon, or contact the USLF office if you would like your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross to be included.  Our own members will be contacted first before the general equestrian community. 

- Both the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club and the Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association reported good turnout to their booths at their respective horse expo events and enthusiastic appreciation of Lipizzans in general.  The Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association plans to keep the energy going by forming a regular quadrille team this year; contact President Sue Ott if you’re a MALA member and interested in being considered. 

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be May 17th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF March 22nd, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met March 22nd for the regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues to improve financial stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported assets have grown about $1,900 over last month and more than $7,000 over this same time last year.  Income has grown slowly but expenses are considerably smaller than last year as the Board continues its frugal management of operations.  Margaret reported that the a few new categories will be added to the 2017 budget to improve its ability to accomplish mid-year corrections.

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported a relative quiet month with four transfers and one registration.  She also reported that the Lipizzan Census continues to collect data on Lipizzans and was pleased to report that she has recently received new information from previously unreported owners with multiple Lipizzans. 

- Members should have received their updated 2017 Membership Directory.  Information includes members as of February 19th. 

- Planning for the 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium continues!  Vice President Lynn Smith reported that a block of rooms has been arranged at the Doubletree Inn in Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th through Sunday, October 29th.   Tentative plans include holding our annual member meeting at the Doubletree as well as our gala dinner.  Former USLF President Tim Foley is slated to return as our favorite auctioneer!  Details will be firmed up and announced as soon as possible

- The Registration Committee has compiled a 2017 Stallion Brochure which will be available as promotional materials for horse expos and other public venues.  .  The Brochure will list Lipizzan stallions standing at stud with their contact information.  Early reports are that the brochure has beautiful pictures of approximately 30 stallions. 

- Come out and support the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club as they appear at the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon, March 24th – 26th.  The Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association will also exhibit Lipizzans in demos and a quadrille at the Virginia Horse Festival, Doswell, Virginia, that same weekend. 

- 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is preparing to solicit photographs of Lipizzans for our second annual Lipizzan Calendar.  Watch the USLF’s Facebook page for information.

- 2017 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is putting our few remaining copies of our beautiful calendar on sale!  Check out our website for price reductions before they’re all gone.

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be April 19th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF February 22nd, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met February 22nd for the regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:02 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF improves its financial position.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that our Profit and Loss statement shows us approximately $5,000 ahead of this same time last year, thanks to the Board of Directors controlling expenses well.  Margaret also reported that the Finance committee will meet to determine if new categories are needed for the budget and to develop a proposed budget for 2017. 

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported a busy month with seven transfers and eight registrations.   She also reported that the Lipizzan Census will report its findings as of the end of 2016 in the Spring News.  The Census will continue to collect data on Lipizzans for whom we have incomplete data and will report again next year. 

- An updated Membership Directory is at the printers and be mailed to current members in the next couple of weeks.   Information includes members as of February 19th, 2017

- Mark your calendars for the 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium!  The Board accepted the proposal of the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club to host our 2017 Symposium in Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th through Sunday, October 29th.   Our Symposium includes the annual USLF member meeting, including breakouts for committees, and will also have equestrian demos and presentations at an equestrian facility in Olympia, Washington, close to Seattle and the Seattle/Tacoma airport.  Our usual gala dinner and auction are also planned. 

- The Breeders Committee reports that the layout for our updated Studbook is complete and volunteers are proofing the entries. 

- The Registration Committee plans to compile a 2017 Stallion Brochure, listing Lipizzan stallions standing at stud with their contact information.  The Brochure will assist mare owners to know what stallions are available in their area and will also be promotional materials for equestrian events such as horse expos.  The brochure should be available early this spring!

- The Membercast Committee plans to produce a series of short videos to introduce the Lipizzan breed and the USLF organization, including an edition introducing the Board of Directors. 

- Two regional Lipizzan clubs will be exhibiting their horses and promoting the Lipizzan breed at horse expos on both the east and west coast in March.  The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club will be participating in the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon, March 24th – 26th and the Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association will exhibit Lipizzans in demos and a quadrille at the Virginia Horse Festival, Richmond, Virginia, that same weekend.  If you’re in either area, come out and support our members and cheer on our horses! 

- 2017 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is putting our few remaining copies of our beautiful calendar on sale!  Check out our website for price reductions to secure yours before they’re gone.

- The Awards committee reports that awards and ribbons will ship soon to our Laurels, Star, USDF, Ingun Littorin Driving award and Ralph Newhouse award winners.  .  Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all our competitors who show off their Lipizzans to the public! 

- The Youth Scholarship Committee will be revising its application form to clarify the criteria used for selecting awardees.  Expect the revised form to reappear on our website shortly.

- Have an article on your Lipizzan for the Spring News?  Deadline for submission will be mid-March.    

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be March 15th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF January 18th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met January 18th for the regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:03 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF is financially strong.  President Lisa Simmons and newly appointed Treasurer Margaret Tremain are working to realign the USLF’s accounting and budgeting processes with organization goals and activities.  The Board approved changing the budget reporting process from the calendar year to sync it with our fiscal year which began on November 1st. 

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported three transfers and six registrations since the last meeting.  She also reported that the Lipizzan Census is still receiving and collecting data but plans to report its findings in January, expect a news article with all the details in the Spring News.  In summary, 480 owners reported on 1,234 horses, 1,037 are still alive.  Of the horses in the USLF database born after 1990, we’re still hoping to find information about 678.  The Lipizzan Census will continue to collect data and look for horses with missing information.

- An updated Membership Directory is expected to be available in February.  Please renew your membership by the end of January to be sure of being included.  Currently, there are 248 USLF members, including several Lifetime members.  

- Vice President Lynn Smith presented a proposal from the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club to host our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium, including a day of demos and presentations at an equestrian facility in Olympia, Washington, close to Seattle.  The Board will determine the exact dates at our next meeting but plans the two day event to be at the end of October. 

- The Breeders Committee reports that the layout for our updated Studbook is complete.  Owners of horses who have been evaluated are invited to submit photos of their stallions and mares.  Please see our Winter News for advice on taking usable photos and submit them by January 31st. 

- The Registration Committee plans to compile a 2017 Stallion Brochure, listing Lipizzan stallions standing at stud with their contact information.  The Brochure will assist mare owners to know what stallions are available in their area and will also be promotional materials for equestrian events such as horse expos.  The brochure should be available by the end of February!

- The Membercast Committee plans to produce a series of short videos to introduce the Lipizzan breed and the USLF organization, including an edition introducing the Board of Directors. 

- 2017 Lipizzan Calendar Committee continues to sell and ship our 2017 calendar.  Supplies are running low; use the order and shipping forms on our website before they’re all gone.  The committee ships promptly.

- The Awards committee reports the results for Lipizzan Laurels, Lipizzan Stars, and the USDF Year End awards are in and appear in your Winter News.  Awards and ribbons will ship soon.  Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all our competitors showing off our Lipizzans! 

- The Youth Scholarship Committee will be revising its application form to include Enthusiast Members riding Lipizzans or XL Lipizzans.  Lipizzans must be registered with the USLF or the registration paperwork for the Lipizzan may be included with the scholarship application. 

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be February 15th, 2017. 

Muffin Smith, Secretary