What is the Restructuring Resolution?
A Call to Action

The Arabian Horse Promotional Fund is supporting a resolution to modernize AHA, so that it may operate with the efficiency, strategy, transparency and accountability characteristic of successful businesses.

Once restructured we are optimistic that AHA will be positioned for success. 

The newly structured AHA will be able to:

Unite

Unify our broad base of Arabian horse lovers.

Revamp

Refresh how the Arabian breed is perceived, highlighting their emotional intelligence, beauty, spirit and rich history.

Market

To provide leadership in the marketing of Arabian horses.

Grow

Significantly expand the Arabian horse and its community.

Innovate

Transform our Arabian horse shows into Events that are fun, rewarding, entertaining, educational and competitive
experiences, appealing to participants and spectators alike. Develop the best horse registration system in the world.

Join Us in Shaping AHA’s Future

The Promo Fund is endorsing leaders that embrace a new vision for our Arabian horse community starting with Lisa Blackstone, a candidate for AHA President. We will also be endorsing board candidates as they emerge that share this vision.

This November, your support for the resolution to restructure AHA is crucial. By uniting as a community, we can embark on a transformative journey towards a thriving future for AHA and the Arabian horse breed.

Your Voice Matters

We are committed to a data-driven, transparent approach that prioritizes the welfare of the Arabian Horse Community.

Together, let’s usher in a new era for AHA, grounded in professionalism, strategic vision, and collective action.

Meet The Restructuring Resolution Team

Lisa Blackstone
Peter Conway
Becky Nash

Mary Trowbridge

Ralph Manning
Liz Haar

Tex Cam
Russ Taylor
Lara Ames

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the proposed Resolution for Governance Restructure of the Arabian Horse Association is to provide a modern structure that can be more strategic and nimble in order to reverse downward trends in membership and registrations. Specifically as follows:

  1. To reduce the size of the Board of Directors of the Association from 29 members to 14 members consistent with both past recommendations of outside consultants previously retained by the Association.
  2. To permit direct participation by the general membership of Association in the selection of the President and three additional directors of the Association; and thereby provide a greater sense of ownership to the membership at large.
  3. To retain without change the rights of the Purebred Arabian Trust as required by the Bylaws, including the right to disapprove this proposed amendment of the By-laws; the right to appoint two at large officers who serve also as directors of the Association; and the right to appoint one additional director thereby retaining the Trust’s proportional share of the Association’s oversight.
  4. To create a Regional Council consisting of all elected directors of the eighteen regions, which Council in turn will annually elect three of its members to serve as Directors of the Association; and which Council also has the right to veto any resolution by the Board of Directors which amends or replaces a resolution previously adopted by the Delegates at an Annual Convention.
  5. To provide that the Immediate Past President shall also be a member of the Board of Directors; and to fill the remaining two seats on the Board with the Secretary and Treasurer, all selected by the Board.
  6. To change the term of Officers and Directors from 2 years to 3 years.

The proposed Resolution:

  1. Does not change the By-Law requirement that any amendment to the By- Laws require both (i) the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the Delegates at an Annual Convention and (ii) the consent of the Purebred Arabian Trust;
  2. Does not make any change to the number, structure, constituency or internal governance of the eighteen (18) Regions which comprise the Association.
  3. Has no material immediate fiscal impact. Has a positive financial impact over time as current trends are reversed.
  4. Complies with the By-Law requirement that any proposed change to the By-Laws has the consent of the Purebred Arabian Trust.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Arabian Horse Promotional Fund is a charitable organization formed in 2018 by members of AHA who care deeply about the Arabian Horse and Arabian Horse community. All AHPF Board members are long standing AHA members. The AHPF houses many promotional activities such as Horses for Humanity (the Goldies), Keystone, Experience Magazine with the Arabian Horse Times and many others. Providing the Arabian community with a modern breed association capable of growing market share is the most effective breed promotion possible, therefore, the AHPF formed the Restructuring Team to draft this resolution and work to get it passed at the 2024 convention in November. The AHPF has no staff and acts as the steward of donors who have donated their funds to promote the Arabian horse.

The Restructuring Team is comprised of the AHPF board and several others from the Arabian horse community that have been asked to help with this important initiative. The group consists of Becky Nash, Peter Conway, Mary Trowbridge, Lara Ames, Lisa Blackstone, Ralph Manning, Tex Kam, Russ Taylor, and Liz Haar. The AHPF formed the Restructuring Team to draft the Restructuring Resolution and work to get it passed at the 2024 Convention in November.

Absolutely not. The Restructuring Team is proposing a new structure for AHA within the parameters of the AHA Bylaws, and through the process specified by AHA; a resolution the delegates will vote for or against at the November convention.

AHA is organized in the same structure that IAHA initiated back in the 1950s. The basic idea was similar to many service organizations of that era: a large social club formed by a lot of smaller social clubs. This was fine back then, but the 21st Century is a different time, with different social, economic, and communication environments. It’s time to update AHA so it can function effectively in the 21st century. While we may share the same love of the horse as the founders of AHA and want to promote these horses as much as they did, successfully accomplishing that timeless mission requires us to rethink how we function in today’s ever-changing world. That begins with the organization’s structure.

We are failing to compete successfully in a 21st century world because we are using a 1950s playbook. We need a more agile, and responsive form of governance to facilitate innovation and growth. Improvements this new structure will allow include:

  • faster decision making and policy implementation.
  • leaders who are directly accountable to the membership
  • outcomes evaluated on the basis of measurable market results.

No, that would be counterproductive. The resolution is written to benefit everyone. The Restructuring Team is not the whole picture, we are simply the initiators of this resolution. To be successful we will need everyone, from every corner of the Arabian Horse community. This is something we all need. Everyone will benefit from an organization that is successful and can produce real growth in market share.

To a certain extent, but the Arabian Breed has declined faster and farther. Our decline is second only to the Tennessee Walking Horses, astoundingly. Many other breeds have already restructured their breed organizations. Other breeds are already innovating new events and approaches to promotion that are leaving us behind. Our organization must be able to respond quickly and decisively to external events. Our organization needs to encourage innovation and value creativity. We need a 21 st century association that is accountable to its members for tangible results.

The Restructuring Team will ensure that any resolution that comes forth will have the approval of the Purebred Arabian Trust.

A resolution to restructure AHA will be coming forward at the 2024 AHA convention in Reno, Nevada this November. We ask for your support. If you are a delegate, we ask for your vote. If you are not a delegate and support this measure, we ask that you become one. If you are a club member, we ask you to discuss this with your club members and ask your delegates to vote in favor.

Above and beyond that, however, we ask you to talk this over with your friends. Share this idea with as many other Arabian horse lovers as you can. When we come together to serve the Arabian Horse, everyone wins.

The American Horse Council, breed associations including AHA, AQHA, APHA, Morgan and Saddlebred Associations.

Once restructured we are optimistic that AHA will be positioned for success. The newly structured AHA will be able to:

  • Unite our broad base of Arabian horse lovers.
  • Revamp how the Arabian breed is perceived, highlighting their emotional intelligence, beauty, and rich history.
  • Innovate and transform our Arabian horse shows into “events” that are fun, rewarding, entertaining, educational and competitive experiences, appealing to participants and spectators alike.
  • Develop the best horse registration system in the world.
  • Market the Arabian horse to potential buyers and significantly expand the community.

Because the new board members will be voted on by our membership and our Regional Council members based on their requisite business experience combined with their knowledge of the Arabian horse industry and will be laser- focused on developing and implementing the strategic plan of the association. That will be their primary charge. This board will be comprised of people voted in with the skill sets to fulfill this task, and accountable for their results.

In the unusual event the new board wants to change a resolution (due to welfare, safety issue, etc.) the 18 Regional Council members can veto such a change with a majority vote. This ensures the delegates, through their director, can have a voice into the matter.

This provision was created in an effort to assuage those who said they felt disenfranchised from our association, that they did not have a voice. By bringing all our members into the fold, membership in AHA may be more valuable. There are several companies we have consulted with who offer these services, including the American Arbitration Association.

Each candidate interested in running for a Board position shall complete a questionnaire promulgated by the Nominating Committee addressing, among other matters, the candidates experience, knowledge, and expertise in financial matters, organizational skills, communication skills, and history of involvement and activities with the association; and be available for interview by the Nominating Committee either in person or electronically. The Nominating Committee shall forward all qualified candidates.

The expectation is that the new board will be filled with qualified people with the requisite skill sets to develop and implement a strategic plan for success. If for some reason any individual fails to perform as expected, they will be voted out and another candidate with equal or superior abilities will be voted in. Terms are such that every year one member of the Board is up for election by the membership and one member is appointed by the Regional Counsil.

Candidates will declare themselves prior to or at convention this first year. In years after, there will be a 21 day voting period ending at Convention.

The final version of the Restructure Resolution is in its final stages and will be ready for publication by July 1st or earlier.

The AHA staff will benefit immensely by reporting to a board of directors with years of collective experience dealing with staffs of various companies. This board will have the leadership skills to offer guidance and mentorship to help the staff maximize their potential.

We see no significant changes to the AHA budget due to this Bylaw change.

Lifecycle of an Association

Proposed Board Structure

6 Key Concepts

1.

The 18 regional directors remain intact with similar duties and responsibilities with the new name of Regional Directors Council.

2.

There are no changes to the structure of Committees, Commissions and Delegates.

3.

The new Board members will be elected based on their requisite business experience combined with their knowledge of the Arabian horse industry. They shall be laser- focused on the strategic plan of AHA and charged with reversing the downward trends within our industry.

4.

The Board should have, in rare situations, the ability to modify Resolutions that threaten the welfare of the horse, the best interests of our members, the integrity of the sport, or implementation of the strategic plan. The Regional Council can veto such a modification with a majority vote.

5.

The President, the Vice President, and three board members will be voted on by the entire membership, to give everyone a voice in our process.

6.

The P.A.T. maintains proportional representation on the EC and the Board.

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Looking Forward

The AHA's Recent Years by the Numbers:

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A Letter to Members of 
the Arabian Horse Community...

How do we turn around our Arabian Horse Breed? How do we reverse the dangerous downward trends within our industry? We invite you to join us in this vital journey of transformation.

The Arabian Horse Promotional Fund recently gathered in Ocala after the Thanksgiving horse show for a pivotal discussion hosted by Peter and Lori Conway surrounding the pressing challenges faced by the Arabian Horse Breed and the Arabian Horse Association (AHA).

A diverse group of over 60 attendees included AHA Board members, the Executive Director, a past President, show managers, farm owners, breeders and trainers united over a shared goal: revitalizing our beloved breed.  This meeting was intentionally positive and forward looking.  The key question posedWhat can we do to make our organization more effective?  The consensus view was that over the past 20 years many good people in leadership have worked very hard with good intentions and yet the results have been ineffective.

The Problem:

AHA’s primary mission, promoting the Arabian horse, has been hindered by an outdated, antiquated and cumbersome organizational structure. This has contributed to a significant decline in horse registrations, membership, and show participation. Despite well-intentioned efforts by AHA leadership over the past two decades, the current approach is no longer sustainable in today’s rapidly changing 21st century world.  The root cause of the problem is that we have a:

  • Member service organization unable to react quickly and effectively in today’s fast paced rapidly changing business environment
  • An outdated and ineffective governance structure
  • Lack of effective long term strategic planning

These drivers have resulted in our inability to effectively respond to external factors including but not limited to increasing cost, inaccessibility and cultural change that have led to an alarming decline in Arabian horse participation.    The result is an UNSUSTAINABLE trend line over the past 20 years despite a total horse population of over 7.2 million in the United States where over 17% of the horse population is engaged in competitive activities and where a full 1/3 of all U.S. households have some involvement in horses.  The macro trends of the overall horse industry support future growth while the trends in the Arabian horse industry do not.   The history of decline in the Arabian horse industry over the past 20 years is self-evident:

  • Registrations of Arabian horses (pure and half) have dropped from 14,429 per year to 4010 per year, a decline of 80%
  • Membership has plummeted from 40,110 t0 15,862, a decline of 64%
  • Local shows are disappearing
  • Participation at Regional shows is declining

For further context, the Merger Agreement of 2002 between IAHA and the Registry that created today’s AHA recognized the need for change and required the new organization engage a governance consultant to address these issues.

  • In 2003 AHA engaged Management Advisors, Inc at a cost of over $200,000 to conduct an organizational assessment and make recommendations.
  • In 2007 AHA engaged Charney Associates at a cost of over $200,000 to conduct an organizational assessment and make recommendations.
  •   Both consulting firms made similar recommendations including:
    • Reduce the size of the board – too large in current form to be effective
    • An Association this size must be run like a business and be staffed accordingly
    • Its board must have the authority to implement strategic planning and other changes in a timely manner

Needless to say, the recommendations above have not been successfully implemented.  There is no need to engage more consultants when we know what needs to be done.  It is time to execute, not produce another study.    There is no time to wait. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Group Consensus:

There is an urgent need for change. 

After a 6-hour discussion, the group unilaterally recognized the necessity to transform AHA into a nimble, strategic, and effective organization in order to attract new people to our community and reverse these alarming and unsustainable trends. Key areas requiring immediate attention include:

  • Governance Structure Reform:
    • Reduce the size of the Board to a more manageable size, directly accountable to the membership,
    • Amend current requirement that Board members be a designated representative from a particular region of the country to a set of defined qualifications for executive level Board members i.e. must possess the requisite business management experience combined with a deep understanding of the Arabian horse community,
    • Empower Regional Directors to appoint a portion of the Board,
    • Enable the delegation to elect a majority of the Board directly.
  • Strategic Planning: Developing long-term strategies to enhance breed awareness, increase participation, and adapt to market changes.
  • Member Engagement: Actively seeking input from our community to guide necessary changes.
  • Technology and Business Approach: Modernizing our operational tools and adopting a business-like approach to improve efficiency and member experience.

Next Steps:

  • Sign up here TODAY to receive ongoing communications about how you can Be A Part of The Solution!
  • Stay tuned for announcements regarding our upcoming Zoom calls beginning in January.
  • Together we will draft a resolution for bylaw changes, seeking approval from the Purebred Arabian Trust “PAT” and aiming for a 2/3 majority at the 2024 convention.

It is critical that the AHA membership unite around a common plan/goal if we expect to turnaround our Association and the Arabian breed!

Call to Action

It is critical that the members of AHA unite around one common vision!  This is a pivotal moment for our community.  To enact these changes, we need your active participation and support. We will be holding Zoom calls via the Arabian Horse Promotional Fund to discuss and define the necessary bylaw changes. Your insights and ideas are invaluable as we chart a new course for our organization.

The Alternative?

If not now, when? If these trends continue in just a few short years we will have no more local shows, more Regional shows will decline, memberships and registrations will be so meager our Association may not be sustainable.  We must fix the problem or face extinction!

Failure to be brave enough to change will end up being our own failure to the Arabian horse, the community that surrounds them today, and the many people still unaware of the life changing values that come from this amazing horse.

Will you join us?

It is time for all of us who love the Arabian breed to get involved, to define the needed changes, and to step up and be part of the solution.

Sincerely,

Arabian Horse Promotional Fund

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For Love of the Arabian Horse...

The Arabian Horse Promo Fund came into the world five short years ago when it became clear that our current organization could not be all things to all facets of a diverse Arabian community.

Promoting our breed to the world beyond our existing community is a vastly different enterprise than the membership services required by our organization today, and after many years of trying to accomplish both from within the AHA, the founders of the AHPF recognised the need for a separate vehicle to revitalise that mission.

Once we were on that path, however, it became ever clearer how vital  an effective, 21st century organization that supports the internal  community is to engaging and maintaining new people once they are smitten with this incredible horse.  We are all currently living in a moment that bears witness to the voids  that a lack of structural change have helped to create, and the pressing question becomes, if not now, when?

This endeavor is simply an effort, started by a small group in conjunction with the board of directors of the Arabian Horse Promotional Fund, to engage us all to improve the organizational structure of the AHA so it can more nimbly enable our community  to thrive and create greater opportunities for growth and ownership of the Arabian horse.

Final  Resolution for Governance Restructure of the Arabian Horse Association

Whereas, the purpose of the Arabian Horse Association (the Association) is to Aid, promote and foster the preservation and use of purebred Arabian Horses and the Arabian breed1; as well as Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabian horses2 and

Whereas, the membership of Association has been in a state of continuous decline; and

Whereas, outside consulting firms engaged by the Association in 2003 and again in 2007 identified the structure of the Association as an impediment to operating in a business-like manner or responding to changing circumstances and challenges; identified the unwieldy size of the board as a cause of that circumstance; and recommended a reduction in the size of the Board; and

Whereas, in the opinion of the Proponent, it is necessary and desirable to modify the structure of the Association in a manner that allows for the implementation of good business practices and provides for participation of the membership at large in the selection of management, while at the same time preserving the rights and privileges of the individual organizations that are components of the Association; and

Whereas, in accordance with Article XVI of the Association Bylaws, The Purebred Arabian Trust has consented to the adoption of the following Resolutions amending the Association Bylaws;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that Article IV, Section 1, paragraph c. “Regional Director Duties” is amended by adding a new subparagraph (v) to read as follows:

(v) Each Regional Director as defined in Article IV, Section 1 shall be a member of the Regional Council established pursuant to paragraph (f) of this section.

Be It Further Resolved that that Article IV. Section 1. Regions is amended by the addition of a paragraph (f) to read as follows:

Paragraph f. Regional Council

(i) A Regional Council consisting of the eighteen Regional Directors is hereby established for the purposes set forth herein.
(ii) The Members of the Regional Council at its first meeting shall elect a Presiding Officer and a Secretary to serve until a successor is elected. Any vacancy occurring shall be filled at the next meeting of the Regional Council.
(iii) The Regional Council shall meet at least once at the Annual Convention of the membership for the purpose of electing three (3) members to serve as Directors on the Association’s Board of Directors.
(iv) The Secretary of the Regional Council shall certify the names of each of the elected Directors to the President of the Association.

Be It Further Resolved that Article V Corporate Powers, Section 3 Powers of the Board of Directors, subparagraph a, Annual Budget and Authority is amended to read as follows:

(i) The Board of Directors shall have final authority to approve the annual operating budget and shall have all power to take any action not inconsistent with law, with the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, the Merger Agreement, or except as provided in subparagraph (ii) herein, with any duly enacted resolution of the Annual Convention. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Directors shall have no power to take any action regarding the rules, policies, practices, and procedures applied to the Arabian Horse Registry or the Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Horse Registry.

(ii) A Resolution by the Board that amends or replaces a resolution previously adopted by the Delegates at an Annual Convention (an Amendatory Resolution) shall take effect on the thirtieth (30th) day following adoption unless prior to that date the Secretary of the Association has received either:

(a) a written certification from the Presiding Officer of the Regional Council that at a meeting of the Regional Council no fewer than a majority of all members of the Regional Council voted to disapprove the Amendatory Resolution; or

(b) written objection to the adoption of the Amendatory Resolution from no fewer than a majority of all members of the Regional Council.

(iii) Immediately upon adoption by the Board of an Amendatory Resolution, the Secretary of the Association shall furnish each member of the Regional Council by US mail, postage prepaid, by e-mail or by personal service,

(a) a copy of the Amendatory Resolution adopted by the Board;

(b) a statement from the Board explaining why the Amendatory Resolution is necessary and in the best interests of the Association;

(c) a statement whether each member of the Board appointed by the Regional Council voted in favor of, did not vote, or voted against adoption of the Amendatory Resolution; and

(d) the date upon which the Amendatory Resolution will become effective unless disapproved in the manner provided above.

Be It Further Resolved that Article VI. Section 4. Voting, paragraph c. Ordinary Measures. is amended by the addition of paragraphs f, g, and h to read as follows:

Paragraph f. President, Vice President and Three (3) Directors to be elected by the Membership at large.

Upon effectiveness of these Resolutions and thereafter, the President, Vice President and three (3) directors shall be elected by the majority vote of the membership at large including electronic vote, commenced no later than twenty one (21) days prior to, and continuing through the second to the last day of, an Annual Convention. The presence of a quorum at the Annual Convention shall satisfy any quorum requirement for an electronic vote.

Paragraph g. Eligibility to Vote.

Only persons who are adult or life members in good standing of the Association on June 30 of the year in which an Annual Convention is to be held shall be entitled to vote for the election of a President and Vice President and the election of Directors.

Paragraph h. Initial Nomination and Election of Three Directors.

(i) Upon receipt from the Nominating Committee of the names of nominees for election to the Board as authorized by this Resolution, the Secretary shall distribute to the membership at large for each nominee his or her qualifications and biographical information as detailed on the standard biographical information form; and shall arrange for an election to be held electronically no sooner that thirty (30) nor later than forty-five (45) days following receipt of the list of nominees.

Paragraph i. Election of President and Vice President by the delegates at the Convention adopting these Resolutions.

(i) The President and Vice President elected at the Convention adopting these Resolutions shall have their term of office extended to a three year term; and thereafter shall be elected by majority vote of the Membership.

Be It Further Resolved that Article VIII. Directors, Section 1. Qualifications is amended to read as follows:

Section 1. Qualifications

The Board of Directors of the Arabian Horse Association shall consist of fourteen (14) persons comprised as follows:

(i) An Executive Committee numbering seven (7) composed of a President and a Vice President, each elected by the membership at large at an Annual Convention; a Treasurer and a Secretary each appointed by the Board; the immediate past President of the Association; and two directors appointed to the Executive Committee by the Purebred Arabian Trust; and

(ii) Seven (7) additional Board members selected as follows: (a) three (3) Directors nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Membership of the Association at an Annual Convention; (b) three (3) Directors elected by the Regional Council established pursuant to these Resolutions, and (c) one (1) Director appointed by the Purebred Arabian Trust.

(iii) Subject to the provisions of subparagraph iv hereof, the President and all officers and directors (excepting only the Directors appointed by the Purebred Arabian Trust who serve at the pleasure of the Trust), shall be elected and serve for a term of three (3) years.

(iv) To facilitate continuity necessary and beneficial to the Board’s functions, only a portion of the elected Board members should stand for election or appointment at any Annual Convention. There is, therefore, hereby created Class A Directorships, Class B Directorships and Class C Directorships for the Directors elected by majority vote of the Membership and separate Class A, B and C Directorships for the Directors elected by the Regional Council .

(v) Class A Directors to be elected by majority vote of the membership shall be elected for an initial term of three (3) years; the Class B Directors, for an initial term of two (2) years; and Class C Directors, for an initial term of one (1) year. At Annual Conventions thereafter all Classes of Directors shall be elected to three (3) year terms.

(vi) Excluding the President, Vice President and the three Directors appointed by the Purebred Arabian Trust, the initial Class A Directors to be elected by majority vote of the membership shall be the first name on an alphabetized list of the last names of the Directors elected by the membership; the initial Class B Director shall be the next name; and the Class C Director shall be the last name on that alphabetized list. Thereafter all Directors to be elected by majority vote of the membership shall have a three year term. A successor director shall have the same classification as the director whom he or she succeeds regardless of alphabetizing.

(vii) The Regional Council shall designate which Directorship Class is applicable to the Directors it elects. The Class A, B and C Directorships shall have initial terms of three (3), two (2) and one (1) year respectively. Thereafter all Directors elected by the Regional Council shall have three year terms. A successor director shall have the same classification as the director whom he or she succeeds regardless of alphabetizing.

(viii) Excepting Directors and Officers appointed by the Purebred Arabian Trust who serve at the pleasure of the Trust, and excepting the succession of a Vice President to the office of President, all other Officers and Directors shall be limited to two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms of office; and may not again be elected as an Officer or Director until one (1) year following the expiration of their second term of office. Provided, however, the initial terms of office for Class B or Class C Directors, as defined above, shall not count in determining the length of permitted service. Provided further, however, an immediate past President may serve as a Director until his or her successor replaces him or her.

(ix) Vacancies. In the event an office becomes vacant by reason of resignation or otherwise, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor to fill the unexpired term of an office appointed by the Board or elected by the Delegates at an Annual Convention; The Regional Council shall elect a successor to a director elected by it; and the Purebred Arabian Trust shall select a successor to an office appointed by it.

(x) Removal for Cause. The Board of Directors may remove a Director for cause upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors. Removal “for cause” may be determined by the Board of Directors when the Director has engaged in inappropriate conduct including, but not limited to, theft, dishonesty, or moral turpitude.

Each elected member of the Board of Directors shall be an Adult or Life Member. Each appointed member of the Board of Directors shall be an Adult or Life Member.

Be It Further Resolved that that Article VIII. Directors is amended by deleting Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5; by renumbering Section 6 as Section 2; by deleting subparagraph d of the newly renumbered subparagraphs and renumbering the following subparagraphs of the newly numbered Section 2;

Be It Further Resolved that that subparagraph f of the newly numbered Section 2 of Article VIII is amended to read as follows:

Paragraph e. Voting by Mail or Electronic Communication.

1. The Board of Directors may take action, without a meeting, by mail, e-mail, fax, or similar communication when a notice stating the action to be taken and the time by which a Director must respond is transmitted by mail, e-mail or fax or similar communication to each member of the Board, and, a majority of the members of the Board, by the time stated in the notice, vote in favor of the action proposed to be taken.

2. The notice required by subsection 1 of paragraph f shall state:
(a) The action to be taken; and
(b) The reason the action must be taken without a meeting; and
(c) The time by which a Director must respond; and

And that subparagraph 3 be deleted and subparagraph 4 be renumbered subparagraph 3.

Be It Further Resolved that paragraph d of the newly renumbered Section 2 Meetings is deleted, and the subsequent paragraphs are renumbered.

Be It Further Resolved that Article IX. Officers Section 2. Election, paragraph a is amended to read in its entirety as follows:

Section 2. Election

Paragraph a.

The President and Vice President shall be elected by majority vote of the Membership at large for a period of three (3) years until adjournment of the third Annual Convention following his or her election. The two (2) At-Large Vice Presidents shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Trustees. All other Officers shall be elected for a term of approximately three (3) years, shall take office upon adjournment of the annual Convention at which they (or their predecessor in case of a replacement officer) were appointed, and shall serve until their successors are elected (or appointed by the Trustees in the case of At-Large Vice Presidents). All elections shall be conducted by a written or electronic ballot; except, that in the event but one person is nominated for an office, that person will be declared elected by the chair.

Be It Further Resolved that Article IX. Officers Section 2. Election, paragraph b is to read as follows:

Paragraph b

In the event there are three or more candidates for any office, and no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected.

Be It Further Resolved that Article XI, Committees and Commissions, Section 2. Nominating Committee, subparagraph b (i) is amended to read as follows:

(i) Each member of the Regional Council may place in nomination the name of one nominee to be considered by the Delegates for a position on the Nominating Committee.

Be It Further Resolved that Article XI, Committees and Commissions, Section 2. Nominating Committee, subparagraph c (i) is amended to read as follows:

(ii) To require each nominee to complete a Candidate Questionnaire promulgated by the Nominating Committee addressing, among other matters, the candidate’s experience, knowledge and expertise in financial matters, organizational skills, communication skills, and history of involvement and activities with the Association, and to submit the same to the Nominating Committee at least ninety (90) days prior to the elections at the Annual Convention; and to require each nominee to be available for interview by the Nominating Committee in person or electronically. The Nominating Committee shall also cause the Arabian Horse Association to distribute prior to election for each Director to be elected by the Membership his or her biographical information as detailed on the standard biographical information form.

Be It Further Resolved that Article XI, Committees and Commissions, Section 2. Nominating Committee, subparagraph c is amended by adding a new subparagraph (v) to read as follows:

(v) The Nominating Committee shall also cause the Arabian Horse Association to distribute at least thirty (30) days prior to election for each Director to be elected by the Membership his or her biographical information as detailed on a standard biographical information form to be promulgated by the Committee.

Be It Further Resolved that, upon adoption of the foregoing Resolutions by the Delegates at an Annual Convention, the Secretary of the Association shall prepare a single document that incorporates all of the additions to and eliminations from the Bylaws, and shall certify the same to be a true and correct copy of the Bylaws as amended by the 2024 Annual Convention of the Arabian Horse Association.

1. Articles of Incorporation of Arabian Horse Association; Article 2.1.
2. Articles of Incorporation of Arabian Horse Association; Article 2.1 (3).