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

USLF November 16th, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

USLF November 16th, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met November 16th for the regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:10 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF is maintaining its financial health.  Monthly financial reports show good levels of reserves.  As our budget year draws to a close, several committees have yet to expend their funds and the Board hopes that committee chairs will submit their 2016 expenditures before year end.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain is working to identify committees and their activities and to align them with organization costs centers in order to develop an organizational map of our activities and prepare our 2017 budget. 

- Registrar Rennie Squier reported seven transfers and two registrations since the last meeting.  She also reported that the Lipizzan Census is still receiving and collecting data but plans to report its findings by the end of the year.  The Lipizzan Census will continue to collect data and look for horses whose information is still missing. 

- President Lisa Kelly Smith reported that she has been in contact with several members of the Lipizzan International Federation (LIF) in hopes that remote access to their General Assembly meeting being held in Vienna at the end of November can be available.  She is also requesting the USLF’s representative on the LIF’s Private Breeders Committee for earlier notices of meetings and training seminars so that those people wishing to attend LIF events can have enough time to make reasonable travel arrangements. 

- Breeders Committee Chairperson June Boardman reported that the Breeders Committee met to discuss how best to make the updated Stud Book available.  Evaluation tour results will also be published in the upcoming newsletter, including the list of newly approved horses.  The committee will develop and refine its requirements for evaluation sites in time for the 2018 Evaluation Tour.  The committee is also close to proposing a Lipizzan Judges training program.  A description of how members can apply to be accepted in this training program will be available in the coming months.  The committee intends that our Lipizzan Judges training program will prepare our U.S. Lipizzan judges to enter the LIF’s judges training program for further training. 

- Vice President Lynn Smith reported that groups of members in two different locations are interested in hosting our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium and will submit preliminary proposals early in 2017 for the Board to review. 

- In their special Board meeting October 26th, the Board appointed Sally Temple to fill the one-year vacancy on the Board. 

- 2017 Lipizzan Calendar Committee reports the 2017 calendar sales are brisk, thanks to the order and shipping forms now available on our website.  The Fall newsletter advertisement includes thumbnails of the elegant horses pictured every month.  Be sure to order soon while supplies are good.  The committee ships promptly!

- The Loving Our Lipizzans committee reports that their plans for 2017 will possibly include an additional facility for members to chat with each other along with a new Facebook presence. 

- The Awards committee sends congratulations to all the representatives of the Lipizzan breed  competing at the just concluded USDF National Championships in Lexington. Lipizzans were well representedby numbers and by placings, including a First Level Freestyle Championship for Tempel Farm!

     USDF All-Breeds:  We are still waiting for the report from USDF to determine the All Breeds Awards for this year but will let you know as soon as we hear.

     Lipizzan Laurels and Stars:  Our competition year ended October 31.  This year thirty-six horses enrolled and earned awards in many categories including Show, In Hand, English Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Hunter/Jumper, Equitation, Trail, Showmanship, Competitive Trail, Eventing, and Dressage, from Training to Prix St. George.  For 2017, the Awards committee plans to continue outreach to our members and to look at other venues for disseminating award info and results (ex: regional/national publications). 

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be December 21st. 

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF October 19th, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met October 19th for an abbreviated monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:03 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues to be on solid financial ground.  Financial reports show that our expenses are less than projected and that income exceeds expectations for memberships and the 2017 Calendar.  Merchandise continues to be downsized and the Marketing and Promotions committee has purchased ads in USDF show programs and publications, as well as the show program of the Baroque Equestrian Games. 

- Registrar Rennie Squier’s reported a busy month with three transfers and five registrations with more transfers arriving to be processed.  She also reported that the Lipizzan Census is assembling a list of contacts for groups of horses for whom information is still missing.  The Lipizzan Census is slated to run through 2016. 

- Breeders Committee chairman June Boardman reported that the Lipizzan International Federation’s annual meeting will be in Vienna this fall and will include an extra day-long session on advances in genetic research.  She also remarked that the Stud Book will be updated shortly with the results of this year’s Evaluation Tour.  The Breeders Committee will meet to discuss how best to make the updated Stud Book available. 

- The Board discussed candidates to fill the one-year vacancy on the Board and will hold a special meeting on October 26 to make their final decision.

- Vice President Lynn Smith is already planning the 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium and is interested to hear from regional clubs who would be interested to host the event.  Please contact Lynn with your ideas!    

- The Membercast Committee presented the Annual Meeting as a membercast including Directors to field member questions.  Although the event was lightly attended, the committee views 2016 with its successful membercasts as positives and plans future topics possibly in other media.  We’ll keep you posted on their plans and presentations. 

- 2017 Lipizzan Calendar Committee reports the 2017 calendar will be available for purchase, once shipping arrangements have been determined.  See your Fall newsletter for the beautiful pictures and think Lipizzan Christmas presents!  The website has order forms for the calendar. If you haven’t already ordered yours, stay tuned for details.    

- The Loving Our Lipizzans committee reports that their plans for 2017 will possibly include an additional facility for members to chat with each other along with a new Facebook presence. 

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be November 16th. 

Muffin Smith, Secretary