The newly elected BEC met for the first time with Chairperson Ramiro Perez (CA), Alfredo Gonzalez (CA), Kay Greenbury (MI), Bill Taylor (SC), Doreen Kula (NY), Sherry McGalliard (TX), non-voting member Pam Nelson(OH) and former chairperson Betsy Ketcham attending. Adrienne LaFar (SC) was absent. Members approved the following appointments:
Alfredo Gonzalez – Vice Chairperson
Sherry McGalliard – Secretary
The group discussed the 2014 activities of the BEC including sponsorships for Spring and Fall Feria del Caballo Espanol, TRC clinics in Florida and California and the popular Born in America awards program. All of these programs and their benefits to the breeder community were reviewed. They also discussed the need for more shows outside of California, with a focus on the possibility of sponsoring a new ANCCE show in either Texas or North Carolina.
Also on the agenda was an overview of the upcoming online USPRE Catalog of Breeding Stock and how valuable this new marketing tool will be for breeders nationwide. The BEC would like to see the catalog’s debut announced in a dedicated email to all breeders and USPRE members.
The BEC will reconvene during mid April to finalize any show sponsorship decisions and/or other activities under consideration.