USLF August 16th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met August 16th for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time.  
- The USLF continues to operate conservatively and stay profitable.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that July’s Profit and Loss statement shows our net income almost $9,700 ahead of last year.  The Finance Committee’s proposed budget, presented to the Board in the July Board meeting was approved and the committee now turns to developing a proposed 2018 budget to be ready by the beginning of the USLF’s fiscal year on November 1st.  Committee chairs and “owners” of line items appearing in the budget are requested to submit their proposals and ideas for new projects for 2018.  
- The Nominating Committee presented a slate of six qualified candidates for the upcoming Director elections which was approved by the Board.  The democratic process that selects the USLF’s Board of Directors is a hallmark of the open and transparent operation of this organization and members are encouraged to vote promptly once they receive their ballots.  Ballots and candidate statements will be “delivered” electronically so if you don’t have email or for any reason you would like a paper ballot to complete and mail in, please contact the office and election materials will be mailed to you.  Ballots should be distributed mid-September.  
- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date this year’s membership has reached 218, including thirteen lifetime members, one legacy member, twenty-one families, twenty enthusiasts, and three business.  As always, the USLF Board thanks you for energy, participation, and support!  
- Vice President Lynn Smith reported that plans for our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium, Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th, are in place and the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club members are preparing their working equitation demo and practicing their quadrille.  This two-day event will also include our annual member meeting and gala dinner.  Registration forms appear in your Summer News, including the option for a mini-photography clinic by professional photographer Dotty Weber.  Your Symposium registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner with awards presentations and auction.  Make your room reservations directly with the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, by calling the DoubleTree at 360-570-0555.  Be sure to 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.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  
- Registrar Rennie Squier reports a busy month with 7 registrations, 4 transfers, and several more in process.  
- The USLF is once again sponsoring a Lipizzan breed class at the prestigious Dressage At Devon show, Thursday, September 28th.  
- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee has a few pages remaining for sponsorship!  Check out our website or our Facebook page to include your photogenic Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross.  The Calendar committee plans to have this calendar available for sale in plenty of time for Christmas shopping.  Calendars will also be available at Symposium!
- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be September 20th, 2017. 
Muffin Smith, Secretary

USLF July 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

USLF July 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

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

- The USLF continues its financially stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that June’s Profit and Loss statement shows our net income almost $1,000 ahead of last year.  The Finance Committee has met with all USLF committees, incorporating their requests into a consolidated proposed budget which Margaret distributed for Board’s review.  In August the Finance Committee will begin developing next year’s budget in order to be finished by November, the beginning of our fiscal year.

- The Nominating Committee is developing a slate of qualified candidates for the upcoming Director elections.  Qualifications for Director appear in Article III, Section 1 (Nominations and elections of Board of Directors) of the USLF Bylaws.  If you’re interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors, please contact Margaret Tremain, Nominating Committee chair. 

- President Lisa Simmons reported that this year’s membership stands at 168, plus 20 family memberships.  Thanks to Gayla Edwards and Mella Smith who have spent many hours reminding and encouraging past members to rejoin and welcoming new members.  The USLF Board thanks you for joining our Lipizzan community and appreciates your energy and participation!  

- The 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium plans an informative and interesting 2-day event with our member meeting and demonstrations.  Come join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th.  Our hosts, the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club, will introduce us to the new and popular discipline of Working Equitation and for you camera buffs professional photographer Dotty Weber will host a mini-clinic in effectively photographing horses!  See the USLF Summer News, arriving in your mailbox soon, for Symposium registration forms.  Call the DoubleTree directly for your room reservations at 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.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  Your registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction. 

- The Breeders Committee is planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour and is reviewing the responses to their planning survey to determine locations and the number of horses needing evaluation.  The Board is working schedule our 2018 Annual Member meeting in conjunction with one of our evaluation sites.  Are you ready to have to have your Lipizzan(s) evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility?  Please contact the committee directly to be included in their plans.

- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is looking for sponsors for the remaining pages of the 2018 Lipizzan Calendar.  See our website or our Facebook page to sign up for a page to show your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross to the world! 

- The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan, our 2017 Symposium hosting organization; met in mid-July to firm up arrangements for our annual meeting.

- The Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association is assembling its quarterly newsletter and will distribute its quarterly newsletter to its members.  See its website to become a member.    

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be August 16th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF June 21st, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

USLF June 21st, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met June 21st for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues its financially stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that May’s Profit and Loss statement shows some impact from more up front expenses for the 2017 Symposium compared with last year.  Margaret also mentioned that the Finance Committee still plans to meet to finish a proposed budget.  Next year’s budget process will begin in August. 

- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date approximately 150 members, including lifetime members, had renewed their membership for 2017-2018.  Lisa also asked the Board to focus on membership issues, specifically to entice our members to stay with us, to promote the spirits of inclusion and community throughout the membership, and to support our members as they work to preserve and promote the Lipizzan.  The Board will devote a special Board meeting to these topics in the near future.  Gayla Edwards and Mella Smith will be working together to contact those who have not yet renewed.   USLF Board thanks you for joining our Lipizzan community again!  

- Join us at our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium!  Please plan to attend our annual member meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 2th.  Highlights will include demonstrations on Friday and Saturday by the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club including an introduction to the new and popular discipline of Working Equitation.  Also new this year is an optional hands-on mini-clinic on effectively photographing horses taught by professional photographer Dotty Weber!  Symposium registration forms will be available shortly on both our website and in the Summer News.  Call the DoubleTree directly for your room reservations at 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.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  Your registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction. 

- The 2017 Stallion Brochure is available on our website. View pages of handsome Lipizzan stallions with contact information and availability.  Links to this informative brochure also appear on the Lipizzan International Federation’s website, meaning that American stallions are now being seen overseas by the international Lipizzan community!

- The Breeders Committee is planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour.  Did you see their planning survey in your email asking your interest in having your Lipizzan(s) evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility?  If not please contact the committee directly to be included in their arrangements.

- Linda Duggan, News Editor, reports the Summer News is in layout and should be out by mid-July.  Expect the Symposium Registration form as a centerfold!   

- 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee will again be contacting members and sponsors for the 2018 Lipizzan Calendar.  Signups have already begun so be sure to check our website or the USLF’s Facebook page for how to include your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross. 

- The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan, our 2017 Symposium hosting organization; met in mid-June and will meet again in mid-July. 

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

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF May 22nd, 2017 Board Meeting

USLF May 17th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met May 17th for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues to be financially stable.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that April’s net income were somewhat depressed by a number of one-time expenses including the expense of the membership directory.  Margaret also mentioned that the Finance Committee will meet to finish a proposed budget and will also kick start the 2018 budget process so that next year’s budget will be in place by the beginning of our 2017-28 fiscal year this November.

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported five transfers and one registration have taken place since April’s meeting.  Rennie also remarked that that to date 135 members had already renewed their membership for 2017-2018.  Reminder emails and phone calls will begin by June.  Our membership year begins April 1st and the USLF Board thanks you for joining us again!  

- Plan to join us at our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium!  Our annual member meeting will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 2th, including our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction.  The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club has great demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday afternoons, including an introduction to the new and popular discipline of Working Equitation.  And plan to bring your camera for an optional hands-on mini-clinic on effectively photographing horses!  Vice President Lynn Smith has posted an informal attendance survey on Facebook so please let us know you’ll attend.  Symposium registration forms will be available shortly.  Make your room 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.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound. 

- The 2017 Stallion Brochure is out!   Check out our website for pages and pages of handsome stallions.  http://www.uslipizzan.org/stallion-guide .  This informative brochure is also being widely shared internationally and our committee has even fielded calls from European breeders asking to be included in our 2018 edition!  American breeders, take note, our stallions are being seen overseas, thanks to this elegant brochure. 

- The Breeders Committee began planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour.  Their planning survey, coming soon to your email inbasket, asks your interest in having your Lipizzan(s) evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility.  The Committee also continues to develop our own training program for breed judges and is coordinating with the Lipizzan International Federation’s training program for their own junior breed judges.  Details should be available by year end.

- Linda Duggan, News Editor, is assembling the Summer News.  Please send her your articles, announcements, foal photos, etc. for inclusion by June 1st.  Expect the Symposium Registration form as a centerfold!   

- 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee will be contacting members and sponsors for our second annual Lipizzan Calendar.  Watch your email, check our website or the USLF’s Facebook page for how to include your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross.  Our own members and last year’s sponsors will be contacted first before the general equestrian community. 

- The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan will host our 2017 Symposium; this energetic club also plans a beach ride in June. 

- Attention Drivers!  Just to let you know, the American Driving Society (ADS) has been reinstated as the Recognized Affiliate representing the sports of combined and pleasure driving by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF).  See their website www.americandrivingsociety.com for details of their agreement.  The USLF is affiliated with the ADS as a Breed Partner. 

- Even more committee reports:

--- Awards Committee: Chairperson Liz Gesler and President Lisa Simmons have been working to finding volunteers to help with a broad survey about competition and awards, improvements to make it easier for High Point Awards recipients to report scores, and become the record keeping program for our Laurels and Stars programs.  The Committee is also looking for new and different award ideas! 

--- Loving our Lipizzans:  Chairperson Cheri Isgreen reports that the group is half way through our book study.  The group’s Journal Collaborative effort is also attracting new members.  To date there are 18 members with about 7 very active posting members and 6 periodic posting members.  These numbers are expected to rise as the weather gets more conducive to riding and training.

- The meeting adjourned at 10:12

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be June 21st, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

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