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Minutes from the most recent N. Y. S. H. P. A.. Board of Directors Meeting

NYSHPA BOD Meeting

Saturday June 10, 2017

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on June 10th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Bob Quail, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Brian Armison, Tom Newman

Absent: Terry Riese, Julie Dodge, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Rusty Milhollen

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Ed Dunn, 2nd Bob Quail, all in favor.    

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Brian Armison, 2nd  Tom Newman, all in favor. 

Old Business:

Discussed the Spring Pull, overall everyone thought it was a good pull but need to think about how to make it better and get more horses. We will discuss at the next meeting to see if we should continue to have a spring pull next year.

Dynamometer: The antifreeze leak was fixed by changing a fitting; they weren’t able to flip over the fuel filter so that is still the same.

Boat is all set and ready to go for the summer.

Discussion was made regarding the fair convention again.  Need to give it some serious thought and whether to continue going to Rochester.  Larue would like to have everyone think about whether they feel like it’s worth going and we will discuss again at the next meeting.

Nothing new to report from the nominating committee

Point System prizes for the upcoming summer – halters for 4th & 5th, and then a gift certificate to Sugar Valley or something similar.

Appreciation award will be the same as years in the past, $200 for those that attend 8 point system pulls.

New Business:

State Fair will be on one day this year rather than two, Sunday August 27th.  Start time will be 4pm.  Motion made by Brian Armison to pull Lightweights at 4pm, and heavyweights after, 2nd by Tom Newman, all in favor.  Horses will be in main barn right by coliseum, can come in Saturday night and will need to be out by Monday morning 9am.

JOB ASSIGNMENTS:

Cayuga County: weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Judge: Ed Dunn (lights), Robert Simpson (heavies), Announcer: Brian Resseguie, Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

Angelica: weighmaster & judge: Brian Resseguie

Hemlock: weighmaster & judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer: Jim Cady

Boonville: Weighmaster: Ed Dunn, Judge: Brian Armison (lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

Whitney Point: Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Judge: Brian Armison or Ed Dunn (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Kelly Smith, Measureman: Bob Quail (Lights), Larue Austin (heavies)

Honesdale: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge (Lights), Tom Newman (Heavies), Announcer: Mel Dodge

Walton: Weighmaster: Brian Resseguie, Judge: Ed Dunn (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Brian Resseguie, Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Kelly Smith (heavies)

Grahamsville: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge (lights), Robert Simpson (Heavies), Announcer: Kelly Smith, Measureman: Nate Wooster (lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

Trumansburg: Weighmaster/Judge: Larry Dodge (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Kelly Smith

Harford: Weighmaster: Larry Dodge

Syracuse: Weighmaster & Judge: Ed Dunn (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Doug Berwanger, Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Kelly Smith (heavies), Bookkeeper: Leah Armison

Meshoppen: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge (lights), Nate Wooster (heavies), Announcer (if needed): Kelly Smith

Woodhull: Weighmaster & Judge: Brian Armison (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Jim Cady, Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Bob Quail (heavies)

We received donations in memory of Cliff Squire, discussion was made on what we could do with the donations at an upcoming pull.  We will do trophies in memory of Cliff and have given out at Cayuga County on July 8th.

We will also do a couple teamster awards in memory of Leon to give out at Trumansburg – mel will pickup.

We will continue to do the $100 raffle for the annual dinner.

Motion to adjourn at 2:00pm by Larry Dodge, 2nd Brian Armison, all in favor.

Sunday March 19, 2017

Meeting called to order at 12:15pm on March 19th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Kelly Smith, Bob Quail, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Julie Dodge, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen, Tom Newman

Absent: Doug Smith, Terry Riese

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Brian Armison, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.    

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Robert Simpson, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor. 

Old Business:

Discussion regarding the fair convention and whether it is worth attending or should look into other options for meeting fair board members.  Will plan to attend next January as of now, will discuss again later in the year as it gets closer.

Spring Pull Program Ads will be due to Doug and Larue by the middle of April, April 15th, in order to have in time for printing. 

Larry is still working on the jack for the boat trailer, he will make sure that it is taken care of prior to the first pull this spring.

When the dynamometer is taken to Lynn Bennett’s for the antifreeze leak, would like to check to see if the fuel filter can be turned over.  Also need to add toolbox to under running board before Spring pull

Deposit has been made for the upcoming banquet, as we get closer we will discuss the menu options.

Nate looked into a new option for hats and shirts.  We will continue to go with Caroline for the hats, but have ordered t-shirts from new vendor for the Spring Pull.  We will see how they sell and go from there.  Brian Armison also found a new supplier.  Motion made by Jackson Sterle to have 50 polos in a variety of sizes and colors ordered for the Spring Pull, 2nd by Brian Armison through Elm Street Embroidery.

Nothing new to report from the nominating committee.

Motion made by Brian Armison to have five point system winners rather than three, 2nd by Larry Dodge.  Larue asked to have everyone come back to the next meeting with some prize options that could be given.

New Business:

Spring Pull:

Discussion made that we need an additional set of bleachers.  We have normally had 2 sets but are now looking to get three sets.  If we get the three sets of bleachers Nick Nesbitt will match our cost with advertisements, Nick will also provide the shavings and sell to those interested.  We will be having basket raffles and are looking for donations/ baskets to put into the raffle.  There will not be a mini pull this year on Friday night.  We will continue to do a welcome party but will do simple menu, pizza and subs, water and soda.  Gate will once again be $10/person. Nate is checking on an additional speaker just to have on hand in case we need it at certain pulls.

Spring Pull JOBS:

Ringmen – Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen (ltwt), Bob Quail, Ed Dunn (hwt)

Raffle – Tom Newman

50/50 – Kelly Smith

Basket Raffle – Julie Dodge

Books – Leah Armison

Camper / Stalls – Larry Dodge

Measureman – Josh Woolheater (possibly) OR Julie Dodge (lights), Nick Nesbitt (Heavies)

Announcer – Doug Berwanger

Auctioneer – Donnie Middaugh

Calcutta – Nate Wooster

Judge – Larry Dodge

Gate – Terry Riese / Larue Austin

Weighmaster – Doug Smith

Discussion made on how many programs to have made – will have 50 more made up than last year, Larue will check on last years number and have it increased.

Discussion made on the cost for the truck for contracted association pulls, would like to come up with a flat rate, rather than by distance.  Before the 2018 convention we will determine the best way to determine cost for truck.

Cayuga County will be July 8th, location still to be determined, Brian will get back to us with the exact date and location by the next meeting.  Will get in contact with the Lisle Fire Company to see if they are interested in having a horsepull Memorial weekend as we have done in the past, will let the board know at the next meeting..           

Motion to adjourn at 1:45pm by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Robert Simpson, all in favor.

Sunday December 18, 2016

Meeting called to order at 12:40pm on December 18th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Bob Quail, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Julie Dodge, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Brian Armison, Tom Newman

Absent: Rusty Milhollen

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Bian Armison, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.  Minutes from the Annual meeting were read and motion made to approve by Larry Dodge, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Robert Simpson, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor.  Treasurer’s Report from the annual meeting was read and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor

Old Business:

Banquet: Thank you to Terry Riese for all he does with the prizes, and Tom Newman for taking care of the door. Everyone thought it went well, but there were a few issues that we will address at a later date.

DYN: We talked to Lynn Bennett and will get the machine into his shop to fix the antifreeze leak once Spring comes, as he didn’t have an open spot in October.

Boat: The jack needs a little work to make it safer than the current one.  Larry will check on some options and have it fixed before next season.

Spring Pull: April 29, 2017 has been reserved and should be all set.

Rules were discussed and only a few updates were made.

Nominating Committee is working on next years options will get back with options at the next few meetings

Point System / Appreciation Awards Terry will be in charge again next year.  Discussion made to increase the point system prizes from 3 to 5 winners, will address again at the next meeting.

New Business:

Fair Convention – January 14-15th.  The following will be attending both days - Robert Simpson, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Kelly Smith, Doug Smith, Larue Austin.  Attending Saturday: Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen. Attending Sunday: Bob Quail, Brian Resseguie, and Larry Dodge.

Larue, Nate, Doug & Larry met with Forksville on December 11th and Forksville would like to try something different and have both classes on one day, likely be a Thursday. They are going to run it by their fair board and be back in touch with what the board says.

Motion made by Tom Newman to renew membership with horsepullresults.com, 2nd by Larry Dodge, all infavor.

Motion made by Robert Simpson to have $20 raffle for annual spring pull, 2nd by Larry Dodge, all in favor.

Brian Armison has looked into other options to have the banquet and has found a few options that may work.  Best Western in Sayre, PA, the Radisson, and the Harbor Hotel.  Nate made the motion to have the banquet at the Best Western in Sayre, PA November 4, 2016, 2nd by Ed Dunn, all in favor. 

Cayuga County Fair contacted Brian want to continue having a horsepull, date may change to later in July but they will get back in contact with Brian.

Motion to adjourn at 2:15pm by Brian Armison, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.

Sunday October 9, 2016

Meeting called to order at 12:50pm on October 9th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Julie Dodge, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Brian Armison, Brian Resseguie

Absent: Mike Hartwell, Terry Riese, Tom Newman, Ed Dunn, Rusty Milhollen

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Brian Armison, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Nate Wooster, 2nd Bob Simpson all in favor.

Old Business:

Fair Season: everyone feels it was a good summer.  There will be some discussion on a few different pulls to try to get some issues figured out. Larue wants to thank everyone that fulfilled their job assignments and Steve for running the truck

The boat trailer is all set, Larry will winter it at his house. He has new LED taillights to put onto the trailer before next season.

The scales and DYN will be stored at Doug Smith’s for the winter.  Steve Brown would like to have a toolbox to put tire chains in, and have installed under the body of right side.  Once it returns from the Roundup Doug will make an appointment at Lynn Bennett’s to get the antifreeze leak looked at.  Larue would like to put a coat of wax on it to help preserve the new paint, Nate will take care of. 

Committee Reports: President: Larue Austin, Vice President: Terry Riese, Treasurer: Doug Smith, Secretary: Kelly Smith. Board of Directors: Jeff Parks, O’Henry Lovejoy, Tim Livermore, Ed Dunn, Bob Quail, Mike Hartwell, Brian Reseguie. Motion made by Brian Armison to accept the nominating committee as read, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Appreciation Award: there are 15 that qualify for the appreciation award this year.  Francis Root, NY Connection, Doug Smith, Lori Root, James Tingue, Robert Simpson, Wayne Dodge, Armison / Milhollen, Brian Armison, Larry Dodge, Dunn Brothers, Bill Fisher, Karl Root, Jackson Sterle, Brian Allen.  They will each receive $20 if they attend the banquet.

Point System: Motion made by Nate Wooster to have the point system prizes to be as follows: 1st - $150 gift certificate to Sugar Valley Collar Shop, 2nd - $100 gift certificate to Sugar Valley Collar Shop, 3rd - $75 gift certificate to Sugar Valley Collar Shop, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor.

The Banquet will be held on November 12th, cash bar will begin at 5:30pm, dinner will be at 7pm.  Menu will be the same as it has been in the past.  Motion made by Brian Armison to have Duane Hopkins DJ the banquet, cost will be two dinners and a room at the Owego Treadway, 2nd Brian Resseguie, all in favor.  Terry will once again do the prizes and we will reimburse him for the cost.

New Business:

Spring Pull: Albion contacted us to see if we are interested in booking through them again.  Motion made by Brian Armison to have Spring Pull in Albion, NY on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2nd by Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Fair Convention: will once again be attending at the Radisson, January 14-15, 2017. 

Brian Armison has asked to have a set of rules provided to every board member at the next meeting.  Will print and give out at the next meeting.

Nate is going to check on a clothing and apparel vendor that is near him and come back to the next meeting with some pricing and other options that we could possibly look into.

Motion to adjourn at 2:05pm by Brian Armison, 2nd Nate Wooster, all in favor.

 

Sunday May 15, 2016

 Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on May 15th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Rusty Milhollen Brian Armison, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie

Absent: Julie Dodge, Mike Hartwell

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Ed Dunn, 2nd Bob Simpson, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Brian Resseguie, all in favor.

Old Business:

Spring Pull:  Larue wanted to thank everyone that helped at the spring pull.  The only complaint we heard dealt with the speaker system - we will need to figure out the best place to set the speaker system up next year, as there was some trouble hearing in some spots. Multiple comments on how nice the truck looked – will send a thank you to Don Wooster for the nice job he did.

Dynamometer:  There has been a chatter as the machine slows down at the end of a pull.  Larue and Nate took it to Parker’s machine shop and they determined the chain and the sprockets are ok, but there is a bearing in the idler sprocket that is bad, they are going to put a new bearing and shoulder bolt on that.  We will see if that fixes the issue and go from there.

Morris: It doesn’t look like there will be a pull this year, we will try again next year to see if we can get in there

Committee Reports: Nothing new to report at this time.

Point System and Appreciation: nothing new to report, will keep the same as it has been in the past years.

Banquet: the date will be November 12, 2016

New Business:

Machine Operator: Brian Armison mentioned that Steve Brown is interested in running it at a few pulls this summer.  Larue also mentioned that he could run it at some pulls as needed.

Boat:
Larry will continue to take the boat.

$100 Raffle: Motion made by Tom Newman to continue to have the $100 raffle at the banquet, 2nd by Ed Dunn all in favor.

Ads:  Schaghticoke placed in an ad in our Spring Pull program – they are asking that we return the favor and place an ad in their 3 day event poster. We will also place an ad in JoJo’s program for her upcoming pull to match the ad that she places in our program.  Motion made to put an ad in both Schaghticoke and JoJo’s program to match the ad they put in our program by Brian Armison 2nd by Larry Dodge, all in favor. 

Owego: the date will be July 5th and will start at 6pm. 

Candor – Lightweights will be 3525 and under, due to Owego being 2 days later

Fair Pull Job Assignments:

Owego – July 5th:  Measureman: Julie Dodge / Nate Wooster, Announcer: Mel Dodge / Kelly Smith,  Judge: Larry Dodge (LTWT) / Doug Smith (HWT)

Weedsport – July 9th: Judge / Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Measureman: Ed Dunn / Robert Simpson, Announcer: Brian Resseguie

Angelica – July 19th: Judge / Weighmaster: Brian Resseguie

Hemlock – July 20th: Judge / Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Announcer: Larue and Nate will take care of

Boonville – July 27th: Judge / Weighmaster: Jackson Sterle (weigh / judge), Mike Hartwell (heavy)

Whitney Point – July 28th: Judge / Weighmaster: Ed Dunn (judge lights), Doug Smith (weigh & Heavies), measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Nate Wooster (heavy), Announcer: Kelly or Carol Smith Weigh slips honored

Honesdale – August 5th: Judge / Weighmaster: Larry Dodge (lights),Doug Smith (heavy), Announcer: Mel Dodge

Walton – August 19th: Judge / Weighmaster: Tom Newman (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies), Announcer: Brian Resseguie, Measureman: Jackson Sterle (Lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

Grahamsville – August 20th: Announcer: Kelly Smith,  Judge / weigh: Larry Dodge (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Measureman: Jackson Sterle (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies).  Weigh slips honored

Trumansburg (3425) – August 24th: Judge / weighmaster: Ed Dunn (lights), Larry Dodge (weighmaster), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Kelly Smith

State Fair – August 28th: Announcer: Doug Berwanger, Judge: Brian Resseguie Measureman: Nate Wooster

State Fair – August 29th: Announcer: Doug Berwanger, Judge / Weighmaster: Ed Dunn, Measureman: Larue Austin

Meshoppen – September 5th: Judge / Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, (Nate could fill in if Larry has horses there)

Woodhull – September 17th: Judge / Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Measureman: Rusty Milhollen (lights), Nate Wooster (heavies), Announcer: Jim Cady

The machine has been hired out and will be used in Cumberland, ME on September 25th.

Motion to adjourn at 1:45pm by Brian Armison, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Sunday February 28, 2016

 Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on February 28th by Vice President Terry Riese at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Julie Dodge, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Rusty Milhollen Brian Armison, Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie

Absent: Larue Austin

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Robert Simpson, 2nd Mike Hartwell, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor.

Old Business:

Fair Convention: everything went well, still waiting on a few to sign, but the majority that we have had in the past are all signed.

Machine Operator: still looking for an operator, Brian Armison is checking with Steve Brown to see if he would be interested in running the machine at a few events to help out. 

Machine: Nate’s dad is going to paint the cab and the bed of the truck before the Spring Pull, the rims will be done and installed and will cost approximately $800.  We will look into the 2 speed switch in the rear end as there were some issues with it towards the end of last season. Motion made by Jackson Sterle to have Nate’s dad to look into and fix the 2 speed while its there getting painted, 2nd by Brian Armison, all in favor.  Motion made by Brian Armison to have Nate’s dad also get vinyl decals made to put on the machine after its painted, 2nd by Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Committee Reports: nothing new to report

New Business:

Morris has expressed interest in having a pull.  Motion made by Jackson Sterle to submit a proposal to Morris to have a pull at the minimum premium, 2nd Mike Hartwell, all in favor.

Spring Pull Job Assignments:

Ringmen: Jackson Sterle, Mike Hartwell

$20 raffle: Tom Newman

50/50: Julie Dodge / Nate Wooster

Camper / Stalls:Larry Dodge

Bookkeeper: Kelly Smith

Calcutta: Nate Wooster

Judge: Larry Dodge

Announcer: Doug Berwanger

Auctioneer: Don Middaugh Jr.

Programs / Ads: Larue Austin / Doug Smith

Weighmaster: Doug Smith

Gate: Larue Austin

Measureman: Rusty Milhollen / ?

Truck Operator: Doug Smith

Blankets are ordered, we will work on the 2nd place prize

We will once again have the welcome party.

Candor will be Sunday, July 3rd

Mike received a letter from Schaghticoke fair they want to know if we are interested in having the spring pull at their new building also asked about sponsoring their 3 day event.  Discussion to be had at the next meeting

Motion to adjourn at 1:30pm by Larry Dodge, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.

Sunday December 6, 2015

Meeting called to order at 12:25pm on December 6th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Rusty Milhollen Brian Armison, Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson

Absent: Julie Dodge

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Robert Simpson, all in favor.  Minutes from annual meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor.

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Nate Wooster, 2nd Tom Newman all in favor.

Old Business:

Banquet: Everyone feels the banquet went well.  Jackson brought up that it was a great idea to sell the leftover stock of clothing that way we can start fresh each year.  Everyone thought the band was good, will look into what to have next year.  Larue would like to thank Tom and his girls for doing the door and also Terry for doing the prizes for the teamsters and spectators.  We will once again do the point system and appreciation award which Terry will be in charge of.  We will also continue to do the $100 raffle next year.

Spring Pull: Discussion was made whether to have it April 30th or May 14th.  Jackson made a motion to have the spring pull on April 30th in Albion, NY, 2nd by Brian Armison, all in favor.  Brian talked to Nick regarding the bleachers – Nick’s dad will still be interested in donating one set of bleachers, and working on the advertisements.  Mike Ward talked to Brian Armison regarding having a mini pull on Friday night.  Motion made by Brian Armison to let the minis pull from 6-830pm on Friday, April 29th, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.  They will definitely need to be done by 8:30pm so that teamsters can work their horses to get ready for Saturday.

Machine (DYN): We need to find a new operator for the upcoming season.  Larue will help out again but can’t run it all summer.  Tim Livermore and O’Henry Lovejoy both have expressed interest, we will check into both of these options and discuss again at the next meeting.  Larue talked to Teddy White at the banquet and he does have the rims for the truck – he will get them to Jim Cady.  Once Jim gets them Larue will take them to the place in Towanda.  Discussion made to repaint the cab, motion made to have the truck repainted and have the rims done before the Spring pull by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor.  Brian Armison will check into a back window picture and see what the cost is on that and come back to the next meeting

Boat: Larry has ordered new chain numbers for the boat, will look into a new ruler as well

Advertising: Ed has talked to people from channel 9 in Syracuse who has a weekly community calendar type advertisement that we can add on free of charge.  We can also advertise on Facebook under the NYSHPA page. Ed also mentioned each director should take the initiative to reach out to their local stations so that we can get the word out more.

Hats & Shirts: Larue is still working with Caroline on upcoming hats and shirts, should have something by the next meeting

Committee report: Bob Simpson, Larry Dodge, and Julie Dodge will be the nominating committee for next year.

New Business:

Fair Convention: Convention will be on Saturday and Sunday, January 16th and 17th.  The following will be going both days, Bob Simpson, Mike Hartwell, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Larue Austin, Doug Smith and Kelly Smith.  Brian Resseguie, Rusty Milhollen and Brian Armison will attend on Sunday.  Something to discuss at the fair convention would be possibly having the fairs doing some advertisement for the pulls.  Will bring up having different classes with some fairs and see what they think of the idea.

Discussion was made regarding the numbers and whether to order an additional set, one to put in the machine and one to keep with the boat.  Nate made a motion to use the numbers that we have for now and if they are used frequently we can get another set later on, 2nd by Tom Newman all in favor.

Motion made to continue our membership with Horsepullresults.com and Bill Torrey by Jackson Sterle 2nd by Ed Dunn, all in favor.

Spring Pull: Motion made to have the raffle again at the upcoming Spring pull by Tom Newman, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.  We will do the program for the Spring Pull again and work on getting new ads.  Will also still waive the entry fee for any teamster that puts in at least ½ page ad.    

Motion to adjourn at 2:05pm by Tom Newman, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

November 14, 2015

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin on November 14, 2015 at 8:00pm @ The Owego Treadway Inn in Owego, NY.

Roll call of officers were taken – All were present

Minutes from last annual meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor

Treasurers Report was read by Doug Smith. Motion made to approve by Larry Dodge, 2nd by Brian Armison, all in favor

Old Business: None

New Business:

Nominating committee reported the results of the ballots. 

President: Larue Austin

Vice President: Terry Riese

Secretary: Kelly Smith

Treasurer: Doug Smith

New 3 year directors are Larry Dodge, Julie Dodge, Robert Simpson.

 POINT SYSTEM WINNERS: 

LIGHTWEIGHT                                  HEAVYWEIGHT                               

1. Doug Smith                                     1. Francis Root

2. Francis Root                                   2. Brian Armison

3. Ira Kessler                                       3. Armison Bros.

Prizes for the point system winners were a jacket for 1st place, chairs for 2nd, and halters for 3rd

The 2015 Hap Andrews Horseman ship award was presented to Robert Simpson.

APPRECIATION AWARDS were awarded to those pullers who attended 8 or more ‘points pulls’. Those who received the $200 prize money were

1. Doug Smith                                     6. Brian Armison

2. Francis Root                                   8. Armison Bros.

3. James Tingue                                 9. Jackson Sterle

4. Robert Simpson                              10. Larry Dodge

5. Mike & Sherrie Hartwell                  11. Canniff Family

Winners for the 2014 $100 raffle drawing were as follows

1st – Carlene Austin $10,000

2nd – Randy Ostrander Sr. $1,500

3rd – Lynn Bennett $1,000

4th – Charles Forkey Jr. $500.00

5th – Deanna Landers $500.00

Motion to adjourn meeting was given by Tom Newman @ 8:40pm Second by Roger Fuller, all in favor

 

Sunday October 11, 2015

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on October 11th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Rusty Milhollen Brian Armison, Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Bob Quail, Bob Simpson,

Absent: None

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Ed Dunn, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.

Old Business:

Larue would like to thank everyone that helped out this summer.  Fair season overall was a pretty good summer.  Isn’t much that anyone feels should be changed. 

Machine – Larue mentioned that the two speed needs to be looked at.  Also still need to look at the antifreeze leak.  Would like to look into new rims for the back tires, we will check with Teddy and see if he can still get them, and if he can’t get them we will change them ourselves, Larue has a price of about $7-800 for a set.  Larue also mentioned repainting the cab which would cost approximately $1200.  Will bring up at the next meeting and discuss further.  Larue and Nate replaced the cable this season – Jackson brought up that we should look into getting a replacement cable just to have on hand.

Boat Trailer – Larry will work on painting the back deck where it has peeled, but everything else should be all set.

Appreciation Award: Terry reported that there are 11 contestants that qualify - Doug Smith, Francis Root, Ira Kessler, Robert Simpson, James Tingue, Mike and Sherri Hartwell, Brian Armison, Armison Bros, Jackson Sterle, Larry Dodge, and Canniff Family.  Discussion made to change the award for those that attend more than than 8 pulls to give them a little more as an appreciation award.  We will discuss at a later date, right now we will leave it the same.

Point System Prizes: 1st prize: Jackets, 2nd prize: chair, 3rd prize: halters, Jackson made motion to have the above prizes for the point system winners, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.

Nomination Committee: President: Larue Austin, Vice President: Terry Riese, Treasurer: Doug Smith, Secretary: Kelly Smith. Board of Directors Bob Quail, Bob Simpson, Larry Dodge, Sherri Hartwell, Ben Damuth, Julie Dodge, Jeff Parks, O’Henry Lovejoy, and Tim Livermore as Board of Directors.  Motion made by Larry Dodge to accept the nominating committee as mentioned, 2nd Brian Armison, all in favor.

New Business:

Banquet: We will do the same meal that we have had the last couple years, cost for non-members will be $30/person. Cash bar will start at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. The band will be the same as last year. Tom and his girls will work the door and do door prize tickets.  Room rate will be $109.95+tax. 

Hat & Shirt: will get more inventory before the next season, Larue will check into what we can get and bring it to the next meeting. 

Fair Convention: will be January 16th and 17th will discuss who is going at the next meeting

Spring Pull:  Discussion made of whether to have the spring pull.  Motion made by Brian Armison to have Spring Pull in Albion, NY.  We will confirm the date at the next meeting, we have it narrowed down to April 30th or May 14th.  We will check on other pulls and make sure it isn’t conflicting and will confirm with New Orleans County Fairgrounds. 

Machine Operator: We need to find a new operator for the machine.  Terry brought up that Tim Livermore has expressed interest in running the truck, we will discuss at the next meeting.

Terry made a motion to compensate Lee Reichel $300.00 for all the hard work and pictures he takes throughout the season, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor.

Terry would like to have a single horsepull championship, or some kind of different class.  We will discuss that at the next meeting.

Ed would like to see more advertising done in the future – Ed will bring back a detailed report of ideas that we can try.  Terry and Tom will assist in bringing some ideas back to the table at the next meeting. 

Larue asked Bob if he would be interested in running the truck at the Spring Pull – Bob will think about it and let us know at the next meeting

Motion to adjourn at 2:15pm by Tom Newman, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor.

Sunday May 3, 2015

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on May 3rd by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Bob Quail, Bob Simpson,

Absent: Ed Dunn, Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Bob Simpson, all in favor.

Old Business:

Spring Pull: Larue would like to send out thank you cards to Mike Ward, Nick Nesbitt, Orleans County 4-H, East Draft Horse Association, Bill & Bob Howard,  Jenn Wooster for their donations and help towards the pull.   There was discussion regarding the bleacher costs and to reimburse Nick Nesbitt and his father back for the additional bleachers of $1,000.  Motion made by Nate Wooster to reimburse the Nesbitts $1,000 2nd by Jackson Sterle, all in favor.  Motion made by Jackson Sterle to send Mike Ward another $150 to reimburse for the cost of food and supplies for the welcome party 2nd by Larry Dodge, all in favor.  Larue mentioned the track and how to improve it, Larue said that next year we would need to water it down the night before to improve track conditions. 

We have a few sweatshirts which are leftovers from 4-5 years ago, we are talking about either giving it away as a 2nd place prize for 50/50 at one of the upcoming spring events, or as a clearance item. 

Machine operator: Bob can not run it again this year, we need to find someone to run it throughout the year. There is a small antifreeze leak which needs to be looked at before it gets to be a problem. We will check with Kyle to see if he has time to look at it, if not we will take it to Lynn Bennett to get it fixed.

Boat Trailer: Larry will take the boat trailer to the upcoming pulls this season.

Nominating Committee: Nothing to report at this time.

Point System:  Jackson made a motion to give Terry $300 for the banquet prizes in addition to the $200 award that the association pays, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor.  Terry will come up with a few ideas for point system prizes for the next meeting

New Business:

$100 Raffle – motion made by Tom Newman to have raffle 2nd Jackson sterle, all in favor

Fair Pull Job Assignments:

Weedsport: Announcer – Brian Resseguie, Measureman – Jackson sterle (lights), Bob Quail (heavies), Judge / Weighmaster – Larry Dodge, Books – Mel Dodge

Angelica: Judge / Weighmaster – Brian Resseguie

Hemlock: Announcer – Jim Cady?, Judge / weighmaster – Larry Dodge, Bookkeeper – Lea Armison

Boonville: Judge – Jackson sterle (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies),  Weighmaster – Jackson Sterle.

Whitney Point:  Announcer – Kelly Smith / Michelle Quail,  Judge – Larry Dodge (lights), weighmaster – Doug Smith, Measureman – Larue Austin

Honesdale: Announcer – Mel Dodge?, Judge / Weighmaster – Larry Dodge

Grahamsville: Announcer – Kelly Smith, Weighmaster -  Larry Dodge, Judge – Larry Dodge (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Measureman – Larue Austin (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies)

Walton: Announcer – Announcer – Brian Resseguie, Weighmaster – Jackson Sterle, Judge – Jackson Sterle (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies), Measureman – Larue Austin (lights)

Trumansburg: Judge – Larry Dodge (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Weighmaster – Larry Dodge, Announcer – Kelly Smith

State Fair (SUNDAY): Judge – Doug Smith, Announcer – Doug Berwanger, Bookkeeper – Kelly Smith, Measureman – Nate Wooster

State Fair (MONDAY): Judge / Weighmaster – Ed Dunn, Announcer – Doug Berwanger, Bookkeeer – Kelly Smith, Measureman – Larue Austin

Meshoppen: Judge / Weighmaster – Larry Dodge

Woodhull: Judge – Larry Dodge (lights), Nate Wooster (heavies), Announcer – Jim Cady, Measureman – Larue Austin (lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

 Motion to adjourn at 2:15pm by Nate Wooster, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Sunday March 1, 2015

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on March 1st by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Bob Quail, Bob Simpson, Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen

Absent: Terry Reise, Ed Dunn

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Larry Dodge, all in favor. 

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Robert Simpson, 2nd Nate Wooster, all in favor.

Old Business:

Fair Convention – everything went well, a few changes in fair schedules, fairs will give out ribbons.  Next meeting we will go over honoring weigh slips at certain pulls and also jobs for pulls. Honesdale will move their pull to 1pm.  Woodhull will be having a pull again still in contact with them to get date and time set.

Machine: Do we want to fix it before the spring pull or after?  Discussion made to have the machine fixed before the Spring Pull, will get ahold of Roger Pendell and see his schedule.  We will need to find a machine operator for the upcoming season.

Insurance: Nate heard from Rick on what they pay for 10 events, will check into it more thoroughly and see what kind of estimate they can give us. 

Spring pull will be April 25, 2015 in Albion, NY

New Business:

Committee Reports: Nominating committee will work throughout the season to find new to join into the board

Spring Pull: Motion made to change premium at Spring Pull by Larry Dodge we will now pay 1st place $750, 2nd Jackson Sterle.  Motion made by Larry Dodge to give Mike Ward $150 to make some food for the welcome party rather than have pizza, 2nd by Brian Armison.  Blankets and shoe donation for the Spring Pull, Brian Armison made a motion to have the blankets and shoes made up, 2nd Mike Hartwell, all in favor.  Larue would like to go back to Albion to check out the facility and try to get an idea of how to make things run smoother.  Gate fee will still be $10 / person.

Jobs:

Ringmen:                   Jackson Sterle, Mike Hartwell
$20 Raffle:                Tom Newman
50/50:                       Nate Wooster (Larue Austin/Tom Newman)
Camper / Stalls:         Larry Dodge
Measureman:             Kelly Smith
Bookkeeper:             Kelly Smith / Leah Armison
Auctioneer:               Brian Resseguie
Announcer:               Brian Resseguie
Calcutta:                   Nate Wooster
Gate:                        Larue Austin
Judge:                       Larry Dodge
Weighmaster:            Doug Smith
Machine operator:     Bob Quail

Will print 250-300 programs for the Spring Pull – will need ads by the end of March 2015.

Quilt was made to support the Cato pull, Mel would like to sell raffle tickets to benefit the pullers that attend Cato. Board approves that Mel can sell tickets at upcoming pulls. Mel would also like to make a NY state calendar.

Motion to adjourn at 2:20pm by Nate Wooster, 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Sunday November 30, 2014

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm on November 30th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Bob Quail, Bob Simpson, Brian Armison, Rusty Milhollen

Absent: none

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Mike Hartwell, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.  Minutes from the Annual Banquet for 2014 were read and motion made to approve by Larry Dodge, 2nd Terry Reise, all in favor

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Bob Simpson 2nd Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

Old Business:

Banquet: Larue would like to thank Terry for everything he did for the prizes to the pullers, Doug for booking the band and Tom and his girls for giving out the door prizes.  Everyone was impressed with how well the banquet went over and were happy with the band.  The banquet will be tentatively scheduled for November 14th.  We will send a thank you card to Caroline for all her work on the shirts.  There were a few suggestion cards regarding the banquet – some people looking for other options for food, leave the food out a little longer.

Machine: Doug has talked to Roger Pendell regarding fixing the chain, sprockets, and shaft. He is interested in fixing it and will come over and take a look.

Boat Trailer: Everything is good to go.

Insurance: Nate is still in the process of checking with Rick Brown.

New Nominating Committee: Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, and Tom Newman

Point System and Appreciation: Terry will head it up again next year

New Business:

Fair Convention: January 17th – 18th, we currently have a contract for the hospitality room.  Motion made to attend the fair convention by Jackson Sterle, 2nd by Tom Newman, all in favor.

The following will be attending both days – Bob Simpson, Terry Reise, Nate Wooster, Mike Hartwell, Tom Newman, Jackson Sterle, Kelly Smith, Doug Smith, Larue Austin

Saturday – Brian Armison Rusty Milhollen

Sunday – Bob Quail, Brian Resseguie,

Anything to discuss with fairs – Terry asked if we're open to having more pulls or if we would rather focus on the ones that we already have.  Think we should focus on the ones that we have and make them better and then focus on getting more pulls.  If we are going to have more or different classes should talk to fairs there first. 

Motion made to continue supporting the horsepull results website by Larry Dodge, 2nd Tom Newman, all in favor.

Spring Pull: April 18, 2015 would be the date at NYS Fairgrounds.  Motion made by Mike Hartwell to have a Spring Pull, 2nd by Tom Newman. 

Motion made by Brian Armison to check with Albion to have Spring Pull on April 25th 2nd Nate Wooster. Motion made by Brian Armison that anyone that runs a ½ page ad for $150, and is mentioned in the ad, then brings a pair of horses entry fee is waived at the spring pull, 2nd by Ed Dunn, all in favor.

 We will mail out the unclaimed point system prizes from the banquet.

Suggestion box from the banquet, ideas given were to have an amateur pull, or kids pull, to have an overweight, or single pull.  Suggestions from board members – put on more of a show for the crowd, have shirts made up with all point pulls and give out 5 or so to the crowd, overweight pull in Cato, more single pulls, get more young people involved, teamsters improve dress code – try to be neat, improve advertising

Motion made by Jackson Sterle to have the Spring Pull $20.00 raffle, 2nd by Mike Hartwell, all in favor.

Motion to adjourn at 3:00pm by Bob Quail, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor.

November 8, 2014

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin on November 8th 2014 at 7:50pm @ The Owego Treadway Inn in Owego, NY.

Roll call of officers was taken - Present were:   Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Robert Simpson, Ed Dunn, Bob Quail, Brian Resseguie, Larry Dodge, Jackson Sterle, Mike Hartwell, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster

 Absent were: Jay Kessler, & Ralph Canniff

Minutes from last annual meeting were read and motion made to approve by Tom Newman, 2nd Nate Wooster, all in favor

Treasurers Report was read by Doug Smith. Motion made to approve by Joe Butler.  2nd by Robert Simpson, all in favor

Old Business:

Larue would like to thank Larry Dodge and Bob Quail for taking and maintaining the boat and the DYN throughout the summer.

Nominating committee reported the results of the ballots. 

President: Larue Austin

Vice President: Terry Riese

Secretary: Kelly Smith

Treasurer: Doug Smith

New 3 year directors are  Nate Wooster, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman.

New Western Board of Directors are Brian Armison and Rusty Milhollen

Terry recognized a few people for their support throughout the season, those recognized were Gary and Cathy Cornell (President of the Broome County Fair Board), George and Jane MacDonald (Spectators for 40 years), and Annabelle Smith.

A jacket was presented to Kyle Smith from the association to show appreciation for all his work which he does on the DYN throughout the season.

 POINT SYSTEM WINNERS: 

LIGHTWEIGHT                                  HEAVYWEIGHT                               

1. Francis Root                                   1. Francis Root

2. R & R Window Contractors            2. Larue Austin

3. Ira Kessler                                       3. Karl Root

Bridles, one for each class, were awarded to 1st place winners.  Second place points winners received a jacket and Third place winners were given denim shirts. 

The 2014 Hap Andrews Horseman ship award was presented to Roger Fuller by Vice President Terry Riese.

APPRECIATION AWARDS were awarded to those pullers who attended 8 or more ‘points pulls’. Those who received the $200 prize money were

1. Larry Dodge                                    7. Robert Simpson

2. Jackson Sterle                                8. Mike & Sherri Hartwell

3. R& R Window Contractors             9. James Tingue

4. Francis Root                                   10. Doug Smith

5. Larue Austin                                    11. Brian Armison

6. Karl Root                                         12. Dunn Brothers

Winners for the 2014 $100 raffle drawing were as follows

1st – Kalyn & Jason Knapp $10,000

2nd – Ken Reynolds $1,500

3rd – Lori Root $1,000

4th – Pete Brusamonti $500.00

5th – Patsi Spoonhower $500.00

Motion to adjourn meeting was given by Wayne Dunn @ 8:30pm  Second by Jackson Sterle, all in favor

Sunday October 12, 2014

Meeting called to order at 12:40pm on October 12th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Bob Quail, Mike Hartwell

Absent: Ralph Canniff Jr., Jay Kessler, and Jackson Sterle

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Tom Newman, 2nd Mike Hartwell.  All in favor

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Robert Simpson 2nd Larry Dodge. All in favor.

Old Business:

Fair Pulls: Larry inquired if we heard anything back on the oxen deal with Chemung County, nothing has been heard from them so we assume the teams are not needed.  Weedsport was overall happy with the pull and turnout.  Honesdale is wanting to know what they can do to get more teams, happy with spectators but were disappointed in the turnout of teams.

Machine: There are a few repairs that need to be done before next season, the chain that runs the pump is stretched, the sprockets needs repair, along with a small antifreeze leak which should be looked at. Doug will check with Roger Pendell to see if he is interested in making the necessary changes. 

Boat Trailer: Going to throw a new coat of paint on the headboard but other than that everything is good to go

Sound System: Everyone impressed with the sound system – no complaints

Committee Report: President: Larue Austin, Vice President: Terry Riese, Treasurer: Doug Smith, Secretary: Kelly Smith, Board of Directrors:Tom Newman, Jackson Sterle, Rick McCulloch, Henry Lovejoy, Nate Wooster . Western director: Brian Armison, & Rusty Milhollen.  Motion made to accept nominating committee by Larry Dodge, 2nd Tom Newman.  All in favor

Appreciation Award: There are 7 teamsters that qualified for the lightweights, and 6 teams for the heavyweights.  Put a note on the individual newsletter for those winners stating that must be present to win the $200 prize.

Point System Winners: We will give away the following prizes: 1st pair of bridals (one for lights and one for heavies), 2nd place one chair per class, 3rd place denim shirt.

New Business:

Banquet: time of banquet will be the same, cash bar will be 6-7, dinner at 7pm. Door will be open at 5:30, band has been booked “Boots On”,  Will give out tickets for door prizes.  Menu will be the same as last year, beef/chicken, salad, etc.  Larue mentioned inviting Teddy White from Woodhull, and the gentleman that fixed the scales, Lee Reichel.  Motion made to give Terry a $200 subsidy for the gifts/prizes at the banquet. 

Insurance: certificate of insurance now costs $25 each to get.  Nate will check with Rick Brown on their insurance coverage for the Laurel Highland Assoc to see if we can get under the same plan, or get us an agent name in this area.

Fair Convention: January 17-18th will discuss at the next meeting after the banquet.

Spring Pull: date is not set in stone yet for April 18th, with the fairgrounds.  The lady at the fairgrounds assured Doug that she would know by the banquet time if the date was open, if its booked we will announce at the banquet the date.

Appreciation/Attendance Award in the upcoming year may consider changing the stipulations, make it so the more you come the more the appreciation award you can get.  Attend 8 pulls get $200 (as in the past), 9-12 pulls $300, 13-15 pulls $400, for example.

Looking for new ideas to change or improve the sport of horsepulling. directors will come to the next meeting with ways to try to improve the sport.

Motion to adjourn at 2:50pm by Tom Newman, 2nd Ed Dunn. all in favor.

Saturday May 10, 2014

Meeting called to order at 5:30 pm on May 10th by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Bob Quail, Mike Hartwell, and Jackson Sterle

Absent: Ralph Canniff Jr., Jay Kessler

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Ed Dunn, 2nd Mike Hartwell.  All in favor

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Tom Newman 2nd Jackson Sterle. All in favor.

Old Business

Spring Pull: Larue would like to thank everyone for their help.  Overall was a good pull – but there was a lack of spectators, need to decide how to get more people or whether to have at a different location next year.  Would like to send a thank you card to the 4-H kids, for all their hard work on the food.  Also, send Bill & Bob Howard, Eastern Draft Horse Assoc. and Rusty VanEtten a thank you for their donations of blankets and shoes, also send one to Bill Torrey for his help with the program sponsors.

Boat Trailer: Larry has a list of items which need to be replaced – motion made to go ahead with repairs by Tom Newman, 2nd Ed Dunn, all in favor. 

Machine: Everything looks to be good, needs an NYS inspection.  Discussion made on last repair that Kyle did – everyone agrees that he needs to get paid for his work on the truck.  Motion made to pay Kyle $300 and give a coat at the banquet by Robert Simpson, 2nd by Brian Resseguie, all in favor.

Committee Report: nothing to report at this time – next meeting need a detailed report. Terry is all ready for the upcoming point system, discussion made to make the Spring Pull part of the point system. Motion made to make Spring pull, if we have it again, a point system pull by Larry Dodge, 2nd by Jackson Sterle, all in favor.

New Business

Spring Pull 2015: will be 3rd Saturday of April, if move back to the Syracuse, which would not be Easter weekend.  Will pencil in for the State Fairgrounds again as of now – will discuss at the next meeting.  Also, discussion to be made regarding the welcome party for next years Spring Pull – will discuss at the next meeting.

4th of July pull: will be Sunday, July 6th at Candor Legion 1pm.

Cayuga County, Weedsport: Brian has spoke to lady in charge next fair meeting is May 14th they have confirmed with Brian that they will be having a pull on Saturday, July 12th, 1pm 3425#.  no contract signed as of yet

 Fair Pulls:

Weedsport, NY: Judge/weighmaster: Larry Dodge (3425# & over), Announcer:Brian Resseguie, Measureman: Jackson Sterle (lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies)

Angelica, NY: weighmaster/judge: Brian Resseguie

Hemlock, NY: weighmaster/Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer/Books: Jim Cady (possibility – Larue will check) (weighslips honored from Angelica, NY)

Boonville, NY: weighmaster:  Jackson Sterle, Judge: Jackson Sterle (Lights) Doug Smith (Heavies), Books: Kelly Smith

Whitney Point, NY: Weighmaster/Judge: Larry Dodge (weighslips honored from Boonville,NY), Doug Smith (Heavies), Measureman: Larue Austin (Lights), Mike Hartwell (heavies) Announcer: Michele Quail / Carol or Kelly Smith

Honesdale, PA: Weighmaster/Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer/Books: Michelle Quail (Nate Wooster – if Michelle Quail can’t)

Altamont, NY: weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Judge:  Larry Dodge (lights), Mike Hartwell (Heavies) (weighslip honored from Hamburg) Announcer: Terry Riese

Walton, NY: weighmaster: Brian Resseguie (weighslips honored from Altamont) Judge: Ed Dunn (lights), Mike Hartwell (Heavies), Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Doug Smith (heavies), Announcer: Brian Resseguie

Grahamsville, NY: weighmaster/Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer: Kelly Smith, Measureman: Larue Austin (lights), Doug Smith (heavies)

Trumansburg, NY: weighmaster/judge: Jay Kessler, Announcer/Books: Kelly Smith (Ed or Nate will fill in until Kelly gets there)

Syracuse, NY: Books: Kelly Smith, Announcer: Doug Berwanger (will check), Measureman: Nate Wooster (heavies), weighmaster/judge: Larry Dodge, measureman: Larue Austin (lights)

Meshoppen, PA: weighmaster/judge: Larry Dodge (3425#)

$100 Raffle will run again this year

Also have hats and shirts available to sell throughout the summer. Tom has offered to take some hats and shirts with him to each pull

Lyndonville, VT has contacted Doug regarding using the truck, Friday night ahead of the State Fair, think it’s a done deal but will know more in the upcoming days.  Round up has also inquired about using the truck – but will let Doug know once they have their meeting on Saturday of whether it is a definite or not.

Chemung County inquired about having a few teams pull against some oxen, just to do a demonstration – will wait until we hear more from them and let people know if we need to find teams.

Larry brought up the pull at Owego Fair – as of right now we do not have a pull in Owego.  Larry will talk to John from the fair board to see if there is any update.

Motion to adjourn at 7pm by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Larry Dodge. all in favor.

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Meeting called to order at 12:20 pm on February 23rd by President Larue Austin at Larry Dodge’s house

Present: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Ralph Canniff Jr., Bob Quail, Mike Hartwell, Jackson Sterle and Jay Kessler

Absent: none

Minutes from last meeting were read and motion made to approve by Bob Simpson, 2nd Mike Hartwell.  All in favor

Treasurer’s Report was read and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle 2nd Nate Wooster. All in favor.

Old Business

Fair Convention – few changes made but convention was pretty much the same.  Start time for Hemlock Fair was changed to 6pm.  Whitney Point will also have a horsepull again at 12noon on a Thursday.  Altamont has changed their date to a Wednesday rather than Thursday, and will pull in front of the grandstands.

Boat Sign:  Nate is working on a new one, will have before first boat pull.

Sound System:  Motion made to purchase wireless sound system which Nate checked on by Ed Dunn, 2nd by Robert Simpson.  All in favor.  Nate will take care of it.

Hats / Shirts: Larue talked to Caroline she would be more than happy to do the hats and shirts for the association.  Have sent the template for the embroidery to Caroline already, will work on getting an order in for the Spring Pull.

Committee Report:  nothing to report as of now

Point System: Terry brought up the participation award and whether to continue award of $200, Motion made to continue by Terry Riese, 2nd Larry Dodge.  All in favor

New Business

Spring Pull: Mini pull brought up – Larue talked to Fred Wolfer and they have scheduled a pull at a different location, so will not be pulling at Albion.

Spring Pull will be at Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds on May 3rd.  4-H Club will have a concession booth the day of the pull.  Entry Fee and Premium will remain the same, entry fee $50/team, pay $1000 for 1st place, motion made by Nate Wooster 2nd by End Dunn.  There will be a welcome party again, will be in a hall located right on the grounds.  Would like to continue giving away blankets for 1st prize, and shoes for 2nd prize, Ed will check with Vince Warner on shoes to give away.  Doug will check on getting donations for blankets.  Sugar Valley Collar Shop,  DAC, and Pennwoods will be on the grounds for vendors.  Ed brought up maybe trying to find someone that sells shoeing supplies, to have as a vendor.  Larry will check with the DJ to see if he would be willing to travel that far to DJ the welcome party. 

JOB ASSIGNMENTS:

Bookkeeper / Entries – Kelly Smith

Measureman – Ed Dunn (Lights) Mike Hartwell (Heavies)

Ringmen – Jackson Sterle

Gate – Terry Riese / Larue Austin

Raffle – Tom Newman

50 / 50 – Nate Wooster

Programs – Larue Austin / Doug Smith

Campers / Stalls – Larry Dodge / Jackson Sterle

Calcutta – Nate Wooster

Auctioneer – will check with Don Middaugh
Judge – Larry Dodge

Weighmaster – Doug Smith

Announcer – will check with Doug Berwanger

There will be hotel accommodations 5-10 minutes from the grounds but other accommodations located in Batavia, NY.  Will list out options on the newsletter.

Cayuga County Fair would like to have a pull again, would like to have pull Saturday, July 12th, late afternoon.  Brian will take a figure to the fair board and at the next meeting have an update.

Ed mentioned parading horses in the beginning of the contest, and at the end so that people can see them, and know which team is which.  Jackson mentioned using the numbers at bigger pulls so that people know which team is which as well. 

Motion to adjourn at 2pm by Jackson Sterle, 2nd Tom Newman. all in favor.

JoJo contacted Doug about putting an ad on the calendar which she will be having made.  Rather then put an ad for the Spring pull we will just advertise the association due to no date set yet for the Spring pull.

Committee Reports: Nominating committee will be Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell and Brian Resseguie (western directors will be up at the end of the year).

Point System Committee: Terry will be in charge of and will continue to give out the appreciation awards to the horse pullers.

New Business: Fair convention will be January 17-20th.  We will be attending 18th-19th.  Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Nate Wooster, Tom Newman, Jackson Sterle, Mike Hartwell, Terry Riese and Bob Simpson will go both days.  Ed Dunn, Bob Quail and Brian Resseguie will attend on Sunday; Kelly is a maybe - will let Doug know as soon as possible.  Larry Dodge can't make it either day.

We would like to update our horsepull website through Bill Torrey, motion made to approve by Larry Dodge, 2nd by Ed Dunn, allin favor.

Terry brought up the transportation of the boat and the mount which Larry is getting paid for taking it.  The boat hauled by Larry's personal vehicle not an association vehicle.  Will discuss at the nest meeting and try to come up with some kind of additional compensation.  Larue brought up the dynamometer and also the maintenance which is done before each pull to make sure it is good to go.  Bob Quail will continue to run the truck next year.

Spring Pull raffle will be discussed at the next meeting once we hear back on the location of the pull.

Larue brought up the possibility of having Caroline do all the shirts/hats and other garments.  Larue will get hold of Caroline and discuss options or possible books with options of what we can order.

Motion to adjourn at 3pm by Tom Newman, 2nd by Larry Dodge, all in favor.

 

November 9, 2013

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 7:40pm @ The Owego Treadway Inn in Owego, NY.

Roll call of officers taken: Present were: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Melody Dodge, Doug Smith, Kelly Smith, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simspon, Ed Dunn, Brian Resseguie, Bob Quail, Mike Hartwell and Jackson Sterle.

Minutes from last annual meeting were read and motion made to approve by Nate Wooster, 2nd by Bob Quail, all in favor.

Treasurer's report was read by Doug Smith. Motion to approve by Tom Newman, 2nd by Wayne Dunn, all in favor.

Old Business: There was no old business.

Nominating committee reported the results of the ballots.

President: Larue Austin

Vice President: Terry Riese

Secretary: Kelly Smith

Treasurer: Doug Smith

New 3 year Directors are: Ed Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie.  Officers remain the same.

BOD awarded a new jacket to Terry Riese in acknowledgement of all the hard work he does every year to improve the sport of horse pulling.

Point System Winners:

      Lightweight                                 Heavyweight

1. Francis Root                               1. Karl Root

2. Doug Smith                                 2. Francis Root

3. Champagne & Smith                   3. Don Leilous

Jackets were awarded to 1st place winners. Second place point winners received chairs and third place winners were given fleeces.

Terry Riese honored the ladies who help to support the horsepullers.  Those recognized were Carlene Austin, Tara Rogers, Caroline Champagne-Smith, Michelle Quail, Kelly Smith, Carol Smith, Shari Hartwell, Cheryl Canniff, Sue Simpson and Julia Dodge.

2013 Annual Tom Smith Award went to Karl Root.  A plaque will be presented at a later date.

The 2013 Hap Andrews Horsemanship Award was presented to Ed Dunn.  A plaque was awarded by President Larue Austin.

Appreciation was shown for Lee Reichtel for all of the photos he takes at the pulls throughout the summer.  Also recognized Claude Brainard of Candor for becoming a new member and showing much interest in the horse pullers association. 

Appreciation Awards were awarded to those pullers who attended 8 or more points pulls.  Those who received the prize money were:

1. Larry Dodge         5. Robert Simpson

2. Tom Newman       6. R & R Window Contractors

3. Francis Root         7. Bill Fisher

4. Karl Root             8. Doug Smith

Winners for this year's drawing were as follows:

$10,000 - Larue Austin

$1500 - Ron Austin

$1000 - Ray Preston

$500 - Larry Dodge & George Nelson

$500 - Randy Ostrander

Motion to adjourn meeting was given by Tom Newman @ 8:30pm, second by Nate Wooster, allin favor.

 

October 2013

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 12:25pm on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Larry Dodge’s house in Brooktondale, NY 

Roll call was taken.  Present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Terry Riese, Brian Resseguie, Bob Quail. Mike Hartwell & Ed Dunn  Absent were:  , Jay Kessler, Jackson Sterle, Ralph Canniff, Jr.

Minutes from the last meeting were read  Motion to approve was made by Bob Simpson.  Second by  Bob Quail  All in favor  APPROVED

Treasurer’s report read by Doug Smith was read  Motion to approve made by Ed Dunn Second made by Larry Dodge  ALL IN FAVOR  APPROVED

OLD BUSINESS         How did the fair season go?  Were the fairs happy?  Any comments that BOD members may have heard…

  • Fairs where we paraded…people loved it.  We will have to continue to encourage pullers to get into the habit.  We will work on it again next year.  Will be up to announcer to get the  job done.

*Truck… needs to be winterized.  Needs a new clutch.  Has an anti-freeze leak.  Want to get it repaired before winter.

*Boat & trailer…Needs brakes.  Nate Wooster will take care of new signs (NYSHPA)        Both are broken.  He may need to be sent a reminder.

* SPRING PULL    Discussion continues on what to do about location and date.  Hamburg Equine Facility is totally booked.  State Fair people will give us the Easter date.  Sad fact but true.  Ed Dunn asked ‘ What if we don’t have a pull in 2014 at Fairgrounds?  He knows several big equine facilities that may be able to accommodate the numbers of horses and crowd.  He will check on them and report for next meeting (Dec. 2013)

INSURANCE ISSUE  Pullers are encouraged to get some sort of liability insurance. Mike Santore Insurance in Owego will be willing to answer any questions if individual insurance agents can’t answer His Number is (607) 687-1009

SOUND SYSTEM… Larry and Nate are looking into what type might work and the cost  Nate has recently been to a sale that had a great system.  He will investigate.  Larry will ask for an estimate from HiWay HiFi in Ithaca. Report in Dec about findings. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE;  Ready to go  They are Larry Dodge, Bob Simpson, Bob Quail

PRIZES for Annual Meeting night… Same as last year   1st Chair

                                                                                         2nd jackets (2)

                                                                                         3rd fleece

NEW BUSINESS…Annual Meeting jobs

Door:  Tom Newman

Band Terry Riese

Door Prizes  Everyone

Menu  same as last year

We agreed to invite Lee ( photographer who comes to pulls )

 

  • Fair  convention  takes place on Martin Luther King weekend in Rochester. We will book hospitality room for two days.  We will repeat what we did last year. 

 Mike and Sheri Hartwell are working on getting a pull back in Herkemer County.  Should we pursue?  We will have to get sponsors for prize money. 

We will work on getting an award in Hap Andrew’s memory.  Hap Andrews Sportmanship award.  It will be given out (hopefully each year at banquet) to a horseman who is present. 

Motion to adjourn @ 2:37pm by Mike Hartwell. Second by Tom Newman.  All in favor..

4/21/13

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 12:30pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Larry Dodge’s house in Brooktondale, NY 

Roll call was taken.  Present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Larry Dodge, Brian Resseguie , Jackson Sterle, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Terry Riese, Bob Quail, Jay Kessler,  Mike Hartwell  Absent were:  Tom Newman (accident), Ralph Canniff Jr., Ed Dunn

Secretary’s report was approved

Treasurer’s report was read . Questions, comments, discussion…Motion made to  approve  by  Terry Riese, second by  Jackson Sterle  ALL IN FAVOR

 NEW BUSINESS: Visiting us was insurance agent from Owego, NY, Mike Santore.  We discussed insurance for the association and for individual pullers. Many associations have already put policies in place  The NYSHPA insurance will cover spectators only.  The pullers themselves are not covered in case of an accident.  Much discussion… Do we need to make a rule about each puller’s insurance?  Perhaps proof of insurance coverage shown before pullers are allowed to compete?

     Some pullers are covered under their homeowner’s policy.  How much do we suggest that each puller needs?  It was decided that the NYSHPA would recommend that pullers have $500,000  of coverage.  Motion was made  by Nate Wooster, seconded by Tom Newman  Vote was NINE say YES, ONE was OPPOSED.  Anyone with questions can call Mike Santore insurance at 607-687-

     It was decided to put  a notification about  this in the next newsletter. 

OLD BUSINESS

     SPRING PULL  Much discussion on how it went… Comments by people seemed to be concentrated on the date.  Doug explained what the Fair people had told him.  We only have a one day event and so we often get Easter weekend because other events want the whole weekend.  They are scheduled and we end up with the one weekend that has the holiday.  We are on the schedule in 2014 for the third Saturday in April ( April 19)  That will also be Easter weekend. 

     Discussion included where else we might have the Spring Pull.  Several places were talked about including the new horse facility in Hamburg. 

OLD BUSINESS  Are truck and boat ready for season?  Truck inspection is due..  Bob Quail asked if we could find another driver to help at some of the fairs when he cannot take off work. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Nothing to report

POINT SYSTEM COMMITTEE   We have added Belfast and Franklinville to the Point System pulls. 

The Appreciation Awards and Point System prizes will remain the same as last year.  You must attend 8 pulls.  Motion to approve- Terry Riese.  Second-Brian Resseguie. ALL IN FAVOR

Eighteen pulls are under contract this season.

·        Candor pull will be July 6th which is a Saturday this year. 

·        Still seeking info re: Owego pull. Fema seems to be the hold up.  They have not released the grounds.

We will have the hundred dollar raffle again this year. 

Motion to adjourn meeting @  3:00 pm. Motion by Mike Hartwell, second by Bob Quail  ALL IN FAVOR. 

December  2012

Meeting called to order at 12:32pm

Members present:                  Members absent:

Larue                                      Jay
Doug                                      
Bob S
Terry
Bob Q
Larry
Tom
Jackson
Ralph
Mike
Ed
Nate

 

        Minutes from last meetings were read and approved

 

        Secretary reports read and approved
 

        A discussion on how this year’s banquet went.  Not as many members attended this year which brought on a discussion of if we should do a pig roast style dinner sometime in the summer.  After discussing it was decided that we would stick with the banquet, the date is set for November 9, 2013.  We talked over whether we should have a band ( the band that we had 2 years ago) or a DJ.  Terry will ask the band and Larry will ask the DJ that he had at his party.
 

        We then discussed whether we should parade our horses after the pull.  Jackson stated that he feels that it should be mandatory for all teams to do this.  He then made a motion to do this seconded by Tom.  (All in favor)

 

        Machine was winterized by Doug.  Larue had the part made for the machine and it will be added before the season.  A new ruler will be purchased as well.

 

        The spring pull date has been changed because the grounds have been rented out to a bigger organization that will bring in way more money.  This will be for 2 years unless the other group decides they do not want it.  The new date that we have been slotted for is March 30th.  Different places for this to be held at were looked into but nothing has worked out.  Ed asked if we have looked into the Polo Barn at Cornell.  Doug and Larue said not at this point.  The question was asked do we even go ahead with this date.   Pros and cons were discussed, it will be cold and what if it snows really badly were more questions.  Jackson stated that we cannot cancel this pull.  Tom also said that we can’t this is what NYSHPA is known for.  Nate says he does not want to cancel but the chance of losing big time is a good possibility.  It was then asked that every board member say what they thought yes or no.

 

Nate- no

Tom- yes

Mike- yes

Ralph- yes

Jackson- yes

Larry-yes

Ed- yes

BobQ- yes

Bob S- yes

Terry- no

Doug- yes

Larue- yes

A motion was made by Jackson to go ahead with the pull and seconded by Tom

Vote 10 yay/ 2 nay /passed to go ahead with the pull.

It was then discussed that seems how we are going ahead with the pull we should make sure we advertise as much as we can.  Jackson stated that he thinks we should send a letter inviting past pullers to join us again.  We can do this and something will be made up and sent out.  Mike said that he has someone that write for the country folks and his wife Sherry will write something to advertise and send it in.  Do we allow the minis to come back?  We should ask for more $ seems how they usually do not pay to watch the pull.  Doug will ask for $500 but Larue said do not scare them away.  Lots of extra help will be need to pull  off this event.  Tickets need to be sold and lots of them!

 

        Insurance what are some more options that we can look into?  Should we make it mandatory that all pullers have a proof of insurance to be able to pull?  Larry will ask his insurance man and Doug and Larue will meet another one and we will get more information for the next meeting.

 

        Next how did we feel the new rule worked this past season, having teams hook to the last load in order to win?  Discussion was had and the majority agreed that there really was no problem with this.  Terry however did write up how the rule can permanently read.  Larue said that he will call a few different clubs to ask how they work it and we would discuss this at next meeting with how it should read.

 

        Larry and Tom will find out from Wayne if the Skyline pull will happen again.

 

        Terry asked that we add a few of the smaller pulls to the points pulls.  After much discussion it was decided that we would not.

 

        Fair convention who is going and for one or two days.

 

 

2 days                                                             1 day

 

Doug                                                                Bob Q
Larue                                                               Brian
Tom
Bob S
Jackson
Mike
Terry

It was discussed if they should do an invite for fair boards to come and see them and what each member was going to bring.

Meeting ended at 3:40

    November 10, 2012

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 8:47pm @ The Owego Treadway Inn in Owego, NY.

Roll call was ready…

Present were:                                      

Larue Austin

Terry Riese

Melody Dodge

Doug Smith

Jackson Sterle

Bob Quail

Robert Simpson

Brian Resseguie

Larry Dodge

Jay Kessler

Nate Wooster

Tom Newman

Bob Williams

Ralph Canniff Jr

Mike Hartwell

 

SECRETARY REPORT  was read Questions, comments,or additions?? Motion to approve the minutes given by Jackson Sterle.  Seconded by Mike Hartwell.  ALL IN FAVOR

TREASURERS REPORT was read by Doug Smith.  Questions, errors, additions?  Motion to approve made by Tom Newman.  Seconded by Ralph Canniff Jr.  ALL IN FAVOR

OLD BUSINESS  Nominating committee reported the results of the ballots.  New 3 year directors are  Larry Dodge, Robert Simpson, Bob Quail.  Officers will remain the same.

Larue Austin, Melody Dodge, Doug Smith and Terry Riese have been re-elected.  Congratulations to you all.

BOD  awarded a new briefcase to VP Terry Riese in acknowledgement of all the work he does every year to improve the sport of horsepulling. 

 

POINT SYSTEM WINNERS: 

LIGHTS                                          HEAVIES

1. Francis Root                           1. Francis Root

2. Doug Smith                             2. R&R Windows Contracting

3. R&R Windows Contracting     3. Rex Bough

4. Champagne & Smith               4. Karl Root

5. Ira Kessler                               5. Don Middaugh Sr

 

Jackets were awarded to 1st place winners.  Second place points winners received chairs and Third place winners were given fleeces. 

Terry Riese played a trivia game with the audience.  Several people received prizes.

2012 Annual Tom Smith Award went to Larry Dodge.  Plaque was awarded by president Larue Austin, Dan and Doug Smith.

APPRECIATION AWARDS were awarded to those pullers who attended 8 or more ‘points pulls’. Those who received the $ prize money were

1. Bob Simpson

2. Francis Root

3. Roger Fuller (R&R windows)

4. Doug Smith

Winners for this year’s drawing were as follows

$10,000 Rod Chambers

$1,500 Karen Myers

$1,000 Brian Resseguie

$500.  Don Burhan

$500   Pat Hanley

Motion to adjourn meeting was given by Jackson Sterle @ 8:30pm  Second by Brian Resseguie.  ALL INN FAVOR

 

October 2012 BOD Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 12:30pm at Larry Dodge’s house on October 7, 2012.

Roll call was taken. In attendance were: Larue Austin, Terry Riese, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Tom Newman, Bob Quail, Robert Simpson, Jay Kessler, Ralph Canniff Jr., Larry Dodge, Mike Hartwell, Jackson Sterle. Absent were: Bob Williams, Nate Wooster, Brian Resseguie.

Secretary’s minutes were read.  Discussion.  Motion to approve by Tom Newman, seconded by Jackson Sterle  All in favor.

Treasurer’s report read.  Discussion. Motion to approve by Larry Dodge and second by Mike Hartwell.  All in favor.

Discussion about  State Fair money, that has not been received yet.  Money is owed to NYSHPA.

OLD BUSINESS: Fair pulls…any comments, questions or complaints about the new rule…much discussion.   (rule about teams having to hook) Most BOD members agreed that it worked well. Discussion about what consequences will be in place if teamsters refuse to hook. 

Altamont has not paid all of the horsepullers.  Doug will call again to see if we can straighten this out. 

Parading the teams after each pull.  This was discussed at length because it would clarify to the crowd what order the teams finished in.  Motion to table discussion until a later meeting was made by Tom Newman and second was made by Bob Quail.  All in favor.

A detailed report will be given at the December meeting with new members in place about making this the responsibility of the judge. ? 

Machine will be made ready for Winter by Doug.  It needs a pulley fixed.  We may have to order the part.  Doug will look into this.

Boat and trailer:  It is registered in Larry’s name.  We need a new metal ruler for the boat.  Can’t read numbers. 

The Association wishes to thank Larry Dodge for getting the July 4th pull going again in Candor.  They also wish to thank Wayne Dodge and Deby Drave for all of their hard work setting up and running the Owego pull. 

Harpursville would like a discussion about the Memorial Day pull.  We will discuss at a later date.

INSURANCE for pullers…Larry is to ask his insurance man to come to the December meeting.  Larue will also ask an insurance guy that he knows about  it.

BOD will plan an overweight pull for this coming year.  We will also decide at a later date to pull the heavy teams first at one of the pulls. 

COMMITTEES:  Points committee has six teams that qualified for point system prizes this year. 

           LIGHTS:                                                  HEAVIES:

  Francis Root                                                         Francis Root

  Doug Smith                                                          R&R Windows Contracting

  R&R Windows                                                      Rex Bough

We discussed the prizes. .  Doug will check with Deb Williams to see if she can do the halters.  If she cannot, perhaps we can try Sue Smith.  Larue will check to see if we have shirts.   Giving the winners some chairs was suggested and everyone liked the idea.  Doug will check into it.

APPRECIATION AWARDS: Only 4 winners this year.  They are Francis Root

                                                                                                       Doug Smith

                                                                                                       R&R Windows

                                                                                                       Robert Simpson

NEW BUSINESS:  Banquet…Band discussion…Terry will ask the two bands that we have had in the past to see if any one of them can do it.  Larry will check with DJ we had at pig roast to see if he might be available if we cannot book a band. 

We looked at the menu and chose what we will get on the buffet at the banquet. 

If anyone has any door prizes, we would appreciate the donations. 

Tom Newman again volunteered to take care of the door at the banquet.  Thank You.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  New ballot was completed and will be mailed out with the next newsletter. 

Much discussion about what to do about Syracuse.  We are not getting the dates that we have asked for.  Doug and Larue are going to a meeting (maybe in Dec.) to see what can be done about it.  This year’s date is March 31 and we worry about snow. 

Much discussion surrounding a new place.  Hamburg has it’s facility booked for several years ahead.  We discussed Cornell’s polo barn, Morrisville, Cobleskill, etc. 

PA system… Can we buy the system that we used at Union Fair?  Terry will check and ask if we can add more speakers to it.  At Hi-way Hifi in Ithaca, a new amp will cost between $300 and $400.

Motion to adjourn by  Jackson Sterle, second by Bob Simpson  All in favor  (3pm)

    Respectfully submitted by

          Melody Dodge

 

May 6, 2012 

 Meeting was called to order by Larue Austin at 12:30pm at Larry Dodge’s

house.  In attendance were; Larue Austin, Doug Smith, B. Simpson, Larry Dodge

Melody Dodge, B. Quail, Terry Riese, Ralph Canniff, Jr. Tom Newman, Jackson

Sterle, B. Williams, Mike Hartwell, Brian Resseguie.

Absent were; Nate Wooster, Jay Kessler

Secretary’s Report: February 2012 minutes to be read and approved at next meeting.

Treasurer’s report: Read by Doug Smith. Motion to approve made by Jackson Sterle.  Second by Bob Quail.  All in favor. PASSED

OLD BUSINESS:  Spring pull discussion.  Comments -Machine breakdown was unfortunate and discussion surrounding what can be done to make sure this doesn’t happen again.  We will test out machine at Doug’s house on May 20th @ 11am to make sure it works well before Memorial Day pull.

Melody will send out thank you notes to our many generous sponsors.  We could not do it without them.

Discussion was about whether or not boat was ready to go.  Larry is going to do the transportation and will judge all boat pulls where NYSHPA boat is used.  Discussion about registration and whose name it should be in,  Larry will look into legalities of registration.  He will also keep track of gas and mileage for this season. 

Candor American Legion pull will take place again this year.  Date will be on the fourth of July.  Weight will be 3425 & over  Weights will be highlighted on July sheet. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Nominating Committee:  T. Newman, Ralph Canniff Jr and Jackson Sterle have nothing to report.  Progress is ongoing.

Point System Committee: Terry Riese has nothing to report yet.  Discussion centered around  whether or not prizes will remain the same. 

NEW BUSINESS; Banquet this year will be held at Owego Treadway Inn and will take place on November 10.  BOD members have looked into having it elsewhere and will look into changing it next year.  Terry will ask  the band if they are interested in playing for us again this year.

We will have the hundred dollar raffle again this year.

Discussion about helping the Owego pull get started.  We will  give the Owego pull a cut rate on the machine operation.  Hopefully, we can make this pull an yearly event.  Motion made to help with cost of machine made by Doug Smith.  Second by Mike Hartwell.  All in favor  PASSED

Much discussion about how to make sure each teamster gets paid for their participation at the fairs.  Terry wants all participants to go home with at least a little cash.  Could we raise money by having a 50/50 at the fairs? 

Could we have at least one pull where the heavies pull first?  We will see if we can get permission from some of the fairs. 

Can we have at least one overweight pull ?  Terry makes a motion to have at least one overweight pull next year.  Second by Bob Quail.  All in favor  PASSED

Motion to ajourn made by Bob Williams.  Second by Brian Resseguie.  All in favor PASSED  Adjourned 2:45pm

2012 Pull Assignments

Date Place Weighmaster Judge Announcer Books Measuremen
26-May Lisle          
27-May Owego          
04-Jul Candor  
17-Jul Angelica Brian Resseguie Brian Resseguie      
18-Jul Hemlock B. Simpson B. Williams   Mel/Sue Simpson?  
25-Jul Boonville B.Williams B. Williams      
             
28-Jul Canandaigua Larry Dodge B. Williams   Mel  
03-Aug Honesdale Larry Dodge Ralph Jr/Doug       Mel  Mel  
13 & 14Aug Hamburg          
16-Aug Altamont Larry Dodge Larry Dodge Howard Smith Howard Smith  
17-Aug Walton Brian Resseguie Nate (lights) Doug    Brian R   B. Quail/Mike H
18-Aug Grahamsville Larry Dodge Larry/Doug Mel Mel Larue/Mike H
22-Aug Trumansburg Jay K Jay K Mel Mel  
20-Aug Harford          
 26&27Aug  Syracuse  Larry Dodge Larry/Doug Ask D. Berwanger?   B. Quail/Mike H
Sept. 3 Meshoppen, PA Nate Nate         
06-Sep Alexander Larry Dodge Larry Dodge Mel Mel  

 

February 12, 2012

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 12:25pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Larry Dodge’s house in Brooktondale, NY 

Roll call was taken.  Present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Terry Riese, Bob Quail, Bob Williams, Jay Kessler ,Ralph Canniff, Jr., Mike Hartwell  Absent were:  Brian Resseguie  and Jackson Sterle, 

Secretary’s report was read . Questions, comments discussion….Motion made to approve by Bob Williams.  Second made by Nate Wooster.  ALL IN FAVOR

Treasurer’s report was read . Questions, comments, discussion…Motion made to  approve  by  Larry Dodge, second by Tom Newman  ALL IN FAVOR

OLD BUSINESS:

Doug gave report on Fair Convention Most pulls were signed up and have contracts signed that we had last year.  We have yet to hear from Dunkirk.  Fees for the boat and truck had to be raised because of increased costs of maintenance and fuel.  Discussions centered around the Tioga (NY) fair and Broome county fair . 

Franklinville wants to be added to the points system.  Discussion.  APPROVED

Insurance representative could not come to this meeting  We are still looking into what kind of insurance the Association needs and could afford.  Mike Hartwell will ask a friend to come and Larry Dodge will continue to pursue his insurance guy.  Report at next BOD meeting.

WORK DAY for getting the machine ready for the Spring pull will be April 1st  @ Doug Smith’s house   Will meet at noon.

Much discussion about adding a new rule to NYS Horsepulling rules.  Many spectators are confused and upset about pulls where the final pairs all quit.  We will revise the rules to add  ‘if two or more teams remain on the final load, everyone cannot quit.  Someone has to hook to win’  Wording will be worked on and we will consult other state’s rules.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Nominating Committee: nothing to report at this time

Point System Committee:  Nothing to report at this time.

SPRING PULL:

Will we give blankets and shoes to first and second place winners again?  Yes, APPROVED

Welcome Party:  Will we have it?  Yes, APPROVED

JOBS  Larry will check on National Anthem singer

Auctioneer           Brian Ressigue

Ring Master         Ralph Canniff, Jr  & Bob Simpson

Announcer           Doug Berwanger

Calcutta               Nate Wooster

$20 Raffle           Tom Newman

50/50                   Bob Quail/Tom Newman

Books                  Melody Dodge or Sue Simpson

Stalls/Campers   Larry Dodge

Gate                    Nate Wooster

Judge                  Larry Dodge

Weighmaster       Doug Smith

Measuremen        Mike Hartwell

Programs             Larue Austin/Doug Smith

Gate Passes       Doug Smith

NEW BUSINESS:

Memorial Day pull  The decision was made that we will not go back to Harpursville  Reasons include, no use of bathrooms, no food or drinks available, etc

Discussion was centered around where we could have a pull on either Sunday or Monday.  How much it would cost the Association and how soon we could get it organized.  Mike Hartwell  will check into using the grounds at the local American Legion.  Also was discussed whether we could use the Whitney Point fairgrounds or  Greene. 

Meeting adjourned at 3pm  Motion made by Bob Williams, Second by Jay Kessler  ALL IN FAVOR

 

December 4, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 12:24 @ Larry Dodge’s house by President Larue Austin.  Roll Call was taken. Present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Terry Riese, Melody Dodge, Bob Williams, Bob Quail, Tom Newman, Brian Resseguie, Jackson Sterle, Robert Simpson, Ralph Canniff Jr., Mike Hartwell, Larry Dodge  Absent were Jay Kessler, Nate Wooster

Secretary’s report:  Minutes from the October 2011 meeting were read:  Discussion?  Comments?  Additions?  Motion to approve made by Tom Newman. Second made by Bob Quail. ALL IN FAVOR

Treasurer’s report was given by Doug Smith.  Any discussion, comments, or additions?  Motion to approve was made by Jackson Sterle.  Second was made by Brian Resseguie.  ALL IN FAVOR

OLD BUSINESS:  Thank yous to go out to Deb Williams, JoJo Duvall, and Caroline Smith for help with our banquet prizes and appreciation awards.  Thanks to all others who helped in making the banquet a success. 

DISCUSSION ABOUT BANQUET:  Many positive comments about the banquet.  Band was good this year.  Most people liked the food  A few suggestions about changing the menu.   We had 105 members and guests in attendance.

POINTS SYSTEM/ APPRECIATION AWARDS Comments?  Much discussion about whether to continue for next year  Can we afford this?  Decision was made to table the discussion until later in the horsepulling year.

NEW BUSINESS:

COMMITTEE Reports

Nominating committee:  This year consists of: Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Ralph Canniff Jr.

Point Systems Committee:  Terry Riese has agreed to continue heading this committee.

Larry Dodge has agreed to take on the position of boat operator, judge and weighmaster for the year.

FAIR CONVENTION   Who will attend?  Many individual issues were addressed as to the fairs.  Discusssed were Walton, Altamont, Trumansburg, and Weedsport.   Also other fairs that we could approach for having a pull again? 

Discussion on raising the price of having the boat at pulls because of the higher cost of maintenance and fuel. 

Motion was made to renew our  membership with Horsepullresults.com  by Larry Dodge.  Second was made by Ralph Canniff Jr   ALL IN FAVOR

We will also ask Bill Torrey to help with our sponsors for the Spring Pull again this year  Spring  Pull will be early this year on April 7, 2012

We will again have the $20.00 raffle.  Doug will order tickets.

Discussion about whether we will again have a mini pull?  Have not heard anything.

MEMORIAL DAY PULL.   After much discussion, the decision was made to not return to Harpursville.  It is a sad decision, since the NYSHPA has pulled in Harpursville at the Legion since the 1940s.  We will explore other options for that weekend  Lisle will still have their pull on Saturday, May 26, 2012. 

Troy Maple Fest  in Troy, PA pull still uncertain.  Larue will look into it.

Larue Austin read the rules aloud and discussion followed as to the need to revise any or leave as is.  Questions and clarification about some of the rules followed.  We will ask for a copy of Ohio rules and do a comparison.

Discussion about insurance for participants in horsepull events  We will look into it.

Motion to adjourn @ 2:20pm made by Jackson Sterle.  Second was made by Mike Hartwell.  ALL IN FAVOR

 

November 12, 2011

The Annual Meeting of NYSHPA was held November 12, 2011 at the Owego Treadway Inn, Owego, NY.  Meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm by President Larue Austin.  ROLL CALL was taken: present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Wayne Dodge, Jackson Sterle, Bob Williams, Bob Quail, Robert Simpson, Larry Dodge, Terry Riese, Tom Newman, Brian Resseguie, Nate Wooster,   Absent was Jay Kessler and Howard Smith

Secretary read minutes from the last Annual Meeting.   Any additions or errors?  NONE Motion to approve last year’s minutes made by Tom Newman, Second by Jackson Sterle  ALL IN FAVOR

Treasurer read report.  Any addition or errors?  NONE Motion to approve made by Nate Wooster Second by Brian Resseguie  ALL IN FAVOR

OLD BUSINESS:  Committee Reports

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:   Report on election of officers and BOD members

President  Larue Austin

Vice Pres  Terry Riese

Secretary   Melody Dodge

Treasurer  Doug Smith

NEW THREE YEAR DIRECTORS  Jackson Sterle

                                                        Tom Newman

                                                         Ralph Canniff Jr

* Since Terry Riese has been elected to  the Vice President office, Mike Hartwell will fill in  the vacant BOD space. 

POINT SYSTEM WINNERS

Lights                                                                  Heavies

Francis Root                                                        Jackson Sterle

Doug Smith                                                          Francis Root

Champagne & Smith                                           Rex Bough

R&R Windows Contracting                                  R&R Windows Contracting

Ira Kessler                                                            Larue Austin

Bob Williams                                                        Champagne & Smith

Robert Simpson                                                   Canniff Family

                                                                              Bill Fisher

                                                                              Dunn Bros

                                                                              Larry Dodge

APPRECIATION AWARDS (must be present at banquet to win)

Lights                                                   Heavies

Doug Smith                                          Jackson Sterle

Robert Simpson                                    Rex Bough

Francis Root                                         Larue Austin

R&R Windows Contracting                  Canniff family

Champagne & Smith                            Dunn Bros.

                                                             Larry Dodge

TOM SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD   This year went to Robert Simpson and Larue Austin.  Congrats to both teamsters.

NEW BUSINESS:  Motion was made by Tom Newman to change the yearly dues for membership in the NYSHPA from $10.00 to $20.00.  Discussion…All costs for printing, ink, paper, postage, etc have gone up  Dinner costs at banquet have gone up also.  Second was made by Larry Dodge  ALL IN FAVOR  PASSED  Effective November 12, 2011, membership cost will be $20.00 per person   

No more new business  Motion to adjourn meeting made by  Bob Quail, Second by Nate Wooster  ALL IN FAVOR

Door prizes drawn

RAFFLE DRAWN   RESULTS ARE:

$10,000  Nate Wooster

$1500     Cathy Halpin

$1000     Sheila Fox/Rod Chambers

$  500     Jack & Jim Cady

$  500     Norm Rifenburg

CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS

 

October 2011

Meeting was called to order by President Larue Austin at 12:25pm on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Larry Dodge’s house in Brooktondale, NY 

Roll call was taken.  Present were Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Larry Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Robert Simpson, Terry Riese, Brian Resseguie and  Bob Quail.  Absent were:  Wayne Dodge, Jay Kessler, Howard Smith Bob Williams,  and Jackson Sterle, 

Minutes from the last meeting were read  Motion to approve was made by Bob Simpson.  Second by  Bob Quail  All in favor  APPROVED

Treasurer’s report read by Doug Smith was read  Motion to approve made by Tom Newman  Second made by Larry Dodge  ALL IN FAVOR  APPROVED

OLD BUSINESS:    *Canandaigua  Fair committee was happy with the date change this year and the increased attendance that was a result . 

  • Hemlock boat needs repairs.  One of the fair officials says he will do it. 
  • Dunkirk fair officials were happy with their pull this year,
  • Concerning Trumansburg, discussion regarding how to draw more teams.  We only had two teams in the lightweights this year

Much discussion surrounding how and when to pay participants in Spring Pull.

MOTION  We will hold all winnings at the Spring pull for tested teams.  Money will be awarded after tests results are back.  Motion made by Larue Austin  Second by Nate Wooster  ALL IN FAVOR   APPROVED

Machine has been winterized and is at Doug’s for the winter.  BOD will have a work day in March to make sure that machine is ready for season to begin in April.

Boat and trailer needs an operator for the 2012 season.  Much discussion about hiring someone to be boat operator, judge, and weighmaster.  Suggestions for someone that we can hire?

COMMITTEE REPORTS     :  Nominating committee has filled the ballot…Motion to approve ballot by Brian Resseguie, Second by Bob Simpson.  ALL IN FAVOR

POINT SYSTEMS WINNERS:

LIGHTS                                               HEAVY

1. Francis Root                                    1. Jackson Sterle

2. Doug Smith                                      2. Francis Root

3. Champagne & Smith                        3. Rex Bough

4. R&R Windows Contractors              4. R&R Windows Contractors

5. Ira Kessler                                        5. Champagne & Smith

6. Bob Williams                                     6. Canniff Family

7. Robert Simpson                                7.Bill Fisher

                                                              8. Dunn Bros.

                                                              9. Larry Dodge

PRIZES

1ST JACKETS

2ND HALTERS

3RD SHIRTS

4TH SHIRTS

5TH SHIRTS

Motion TO APPROVE RESULTS AND PRIZES MADE BY Nate Wooster Second by Bob Quail   ALL IN FAVOR

APPRECIATION AWARDS (need to be present to win)

LIGHTS                                            HEAVY

1. Doug Smith                             1. Jackson Sterle

2. Robert Simpson                      2. Rex Bough

3. Francis Root                           3. Larue Austin

4. R&R Windows Contractors     4. Canniff Family

5. Champagne & Smith              5. Dunn Bros.

                                                   6. Larry Dodge

Suggestion made to add some more explanation to pulling sheets explaining about Points System  procedure

NEW BUSINESS:  Banquet time change (already noted on letters that went out)  Doors open at 5:30pm  Cocktails available at 6pm, Dinner served at 7pm  

BAND MOTION made to hire last year’s band  Motion made by Tom Newman  Second by Larry Dodge  ALL IN FAVOR

MOotion  to adjourn made by  Terry Riese  Second by Brian Resseguie  @ 2:37PM  ALL IN FAVOR    Next meeting will be ANNUAL DINNER MEETING  on NOVEMBER 12 @ OWEGO TREADWAY INN 

 

 MAY 15, 2011

Meeting called to order at 12:25pm at Larry Dodge’s house, Brooktondale, NY by President, Larue Austin.

Roll call was taken PRESENT  were:  Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Tom Newman, Nate Wooster, Jay Kessler, Jackson Sterle, Robert Simpson, Bob Williams, Bob Quail, Terry Riese, Howard Smith, Brian Ressequie, Larry Dodge.  ABSENT: Wayne Dodge

Minutes from the February meeting were read and motion made to approve by Tom Newman, second by Bob Williams..all approve.

Treasurer’s report was read Motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, second by Brian Resseguie.  All in favor

OLD BUSINESS:  Thank you notes have been sent out to sponsors and friends of the Spring Pull. It was noted that many others helped to make this year’s pull a success.  Those who deserve our thanks include, Ed & Wayne Dunn, Mike Hartwell, Sue Simpson, Chris Nunn, Carlene Austin, Chris Nunn and Linda Smiley.  Many others helped and we appreciate all of their efforts as well.

Pull went well and also the mini-pull went off well.   Fred Wolfer called to express his thanks for having the mini pull.

Clarification on a rule.  Any driver at a NYSHPA pull has to be a member  of the Association to drive a team.  Membership cost remains at $10.00.

NEW BUSINESS:  Harpursville pull to be held on Memorial Day, May 30th

JOB ASSIGNMENTS:

Weighmaster & Judge:  Jay Kessler

Auctioneer: Brian Resseguie

50/50 Tom Newman

Measuremen: Doug Smith/ Larry Dodge

Books: Melody Dodge

Announcer: Howard Smith

Weigh slips from Lisle will be honored

Brian requested help from Melody to do books at Cato.  Also Larry Dodge or Terry Riese will judge??

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Nominating:  Progress ongoing

Points system:  Discussion about awards…jackets..what about second and third place?  Perhaps a jacket, a fleece and keep the halters?  Terry will research other options. 

NJ pull.  Wayne Vaughn called to ask for a donation to keep their pull this year.  There is some controversy between the State Fair and the Horse Show.  Larry Dodge will call and inquire about what the money would be used for. 

WEEDSPORT: probably no pull this year…Brian Resseguie will keep us informed if anything changes.

Boat is ready to go Mike Holm will be in charge of driving it to appropriate pulls. 

Machine has been worked on and is ready to go. 

Terry Riese will put out an informational questioner about each puller to gather info.  How can we improve the pulls,etc

Motion was made to donate to this year’s Bluegrass Draft Horse & Mule Classic in Bowling Green, KY.  Motion made by Bob Williams, second by Jackson Sterle.  All in favor. 

Banquet in November will be Nov.12,   Teamsters will receive same $200. award for attending 8 pulls Teamsters must be in attendance at the banquet.

FAIR JOB ASSIGNMENTS

Candor: Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Judge Nate Wooster & Bob Simpson, Announcer & Books: Melody Dodge,  Auctioneer: Brian Resseguie,  

Angelica: Weighmaster & Judge Brian Resseguie

Hemlock: Weighmaster:  Robert Simpson, Judge: Larry Dodge & Bob Williams, Announcer & Books Melody Dodge

Boonville: Weighmaster & Judge: Howard Smith

Dunkirk: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer & books: Howard Smith

Canandaigua: Weighmaster: Larry Dodge, Judge: Larry Dodge & Bob Williams, Books: Melody Dodge

Honesdale: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer & Books: Melody Dodge

Altamont: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer & Books: Howard Smith

Walton: Weighmaster: Tom Newman, Judge: Larry Dodge & Bob Williams, Measuremen: Larue Austin & Doug Smith

Grahamsville: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer: Howard Smith, Books Melody Dodge Measuremen: Jackson Sterle & Doug Smith

Trumansburg: Weighmaster & Judge: Jay Kessler, Announcer & books Melody Dodge

Syracuse: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Measuremen: Nate Wooster & Bob Quail

Meshoppen, Pa: Weighmaster & judge: Nate Wooster,

Alexander: Weighmaster & Judge: Larry Dodge, Announcer & Books: Howard Smith

 Meeting adjourned at 2:30pm Motion by Larry Dodge, second by Jay Kessler All in favor
 

  February 27, 2011

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm at Larry Dodge’s house.  ROLL CALL:  Present were: Larue Austin, Doug Smith, Melody Dodge, Bob Williams, Bob Quail, Robert Simpson, Brian Ressigue, Terry Riese, Larry Dodge, Jackson Sterle, Tom Newman, Jay Kessler, Nate Wooster.  Absent were: Howard Smith, Wayne Dodge.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Minutes from last meeting were read and approved. 

TREASURER’S REPORT:   Doug read the report and motion made to approve by Jackson Sterle, seconded by Nate Wooster…all in favor (approved)

Old Business:  Report given on Fair Convention. 

*Hemlock agreed to fix the boat and recover all blocks so pull can be with the Buckeye boat again this year.

* no pull in Waterloo this year

*Will be a pull in Dunkirk this year

*Weedsport is still in discussion about having a pull this year.  Brian Ressigue will follow up.

*Candor American Legion will host a July 4th pull again this year.  The track to pull on will be changed.   Legion is excited to have us back.

* Many  fairs have signed contracts and calendar of dates should be out soon. 

Tools to have and keep with the pulling truck have been purchased and are ready to go.  Larry Dodge took care of this. 

** BOD agreed to keep the hospitality room at the convention in Rochester.

NEW BUSINESS:

COMMITTEE REPORTS  * nominating committee—ongoing progress

 *point systems—nothing to report at this time

                                                   (progress ongoing)

SPRING PULL   * Bob Williams has graciously volunteered to donate shoes again to the second place  winners.  Doug will get the blankets that are given to the winners.

*Julie Dodge will ask her friend Alexa to sing the National Anthem again (done)

*We have agreed to use the lines in the ring again.

 JOB ASSIGNMENTS

Judge—Larry Dodge

Stalls & Campers- Wayne Dodge & Wayne Dodge

Announcer- TBA

Auctioneer- Brian Ressigue

Calcutta- Nate Wooster

$20.00 raffle—Julie Dodge

Ringmen—Bob Williams & Jackson Sterle

Programs & Gate—Larue Austin

Measuremen—discussion on who to ask

Book keeper- Melody

Weighmaster/ Gate--Doug Smith

Nate will help with gate until pull begins

Much discussion on how many programs to order?  Decision was 400 copies

Much discussion on whether to change the rules surrounding weighing teams together or can teamsters change horses around as long as they weigh in at the correct weight. 

Motion made by Jay Kessler that you can split up your teams  if you need to, as long as;

  1. the weights  of the horses are the same when they weighed in
  2. All of the horses concerned, weighed at the same time
  3. you must notify the weighmaster before you leave the scales.

Vote    In favor      2

          Opposed   11

Harpursville Pull there this year ?  Motion to pull on Memorial Day ( May 30) in Harpursville made by Tom Newman, seconded by Robert Simpson All in favor

Lisle Fire Dept will have their pull again the Saturday before Memorial Day ( May 28)

NEXT MEETING:  March 27  Work day on the truck to make sure it is ready to go on Saturday, April 16th for Spring pull.

Meeting adjourned:  2:47  Motion by Bob Quail, second by Terry Riese



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