First-ever virtual USTA District Meeting a success

Columbus, OH – On Thursday (Oct. 8), Chairman Joe Faraldo and the directors of District 8A successfully conducted the first-ever online, virtual USTA District Meeting.

The meeting included opening messages from USTA Executive Vice President/CEO Mike Tanner and USTA President Russell Williams.  The remainder of the agenda included a discussion of and voting on 17 rule change proposals then a discussion with and a Q&A from district members.

Following are the results on the 2021 rule change proposals from District 8A:

Rule Change Proposal                                                                                 Result

Proposal #1 (Yearling price in program)                                                       Reject
Proposal #2  (Prohibit seeding of any divisions)                                            Reject
Proposal #3  (Showing the number of claims on a horse)                              Reject
Proposal #4  (List of claimants; reason claim lost)                                        Reject
Proposal #5  (Electronic draw details)                                                          Reject
Proposal #6  (Publish entry sheets online)                                                    Accept
Proposal #7  (Electronic draw guidelines)                                                     Reject
Proposal #8  (Driver choices prior to draw)                                                   Reject
Proposal #9  (Position of handholds)                                                            Reject
Proposal #10  (Hobbles – accurate program information)                               Reject
Proposal #11  (Nerved horses reporting)                              *Accept w/amendment
Proposal #12  (Gelding/spaying of horse reporting)             **Accept w/amendment
Proposal #13  (Increase horse name – 18 to 20 spaces)                                Reject
Proposal #14  (Outside source approval of horse names)                               Reject
Proposal #15  (Ownership percentages recording)                                         Reject
Proposal #16  (Syndicate member requirements)                                          Accept
Proposal #17  (Sulky change submission requirement)                                  Accept

*Adding underlined: It is the responsibility of the owner of the horse or the owners authorized agent to the report the date of nerving

**Adding underlined: It is the responsibility of the owner of the horse or the owners authorized agent to the report the date of gelded….

“We held the first Zoom (district) meeting today and I thought the format worked well exceeded only by the work of the USTA staff on setting it all up,” said Faraldo after the meeting.  “Surely this will be a more economical use of resources and could result in larger numbers than we were getting at our in-person meetings.”

All the USTA’s District Meetings this year will be conducted utilizing the same format. For the schedule of remaining USTA District Meetings, click here.  (Schedule subject to change)


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