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It is January 2019!!


Do you find that hard to believe? I do! Where have all the years gone?

Those of you that went to convention know that we had some unplanned excitement at this event. For those of you that did not go, I am sure that you have heard the story already so I won't belabor the point here. The entire convention handled the event so well that there was little confusion.

So now to what went on before the fire. There is a new Marketing Director named Gretchen Dirks. She is one of the top dog handlers in the AKC and shows Standard Poodles. I must admit one of my favorite breeds. You can see from the fact that the Regional Insider will be changing that she is on top of things already.

Work continues on the AHA building and financially we are in good shape. Because of the volatil-ity in the market Brad Short continues to invest mainly in bonds with some investment in stocks for long term. Jim Lawless told us that the IT department is fully staffed and doing a lot of updating. Debbie Fuentes reported that registrations and memberships are down. This seems to be the trend with all the breeds. Youth Nationals were also down this year.
Our museum at the Kentucky Horse Park is the leading attraction in the Park, Howard Pike will be going to visit the museum and work with the new director there to refurbish the attractions. It will be an expensive deal with 60K being spent on IT alone. There are still a lot of artifacts from when the Pure Bred Trust moved from Denver, that need to find a new home.

WAHO will be meeting Australia this next year, February 3-10, 2019. There is the probability that WAHO will raise their fees to join. One if the things that WAHO will be looking at is the chang-ing of horse names. They want to be able to verify the name change.

There are currently 29 members on the AHA Board. There might be some changes coming in the future such as a smaller board. No regional changes are planned for now and maybe not at all. There will be a survey coming out in the new year as to where we are now and another one where are we going. Stay Tuned.

I guess I have rambled on long enough and I hope have given you all a brief look at what went on, both in the convention and the Board Meeting.


I hope this year of 2019 will be great year for all of Region One!
Mimi Gaffey
Director, Region One

Mary Ann

 

 


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