mablerodeogirl wrote:I am in full support of the ABRA's wise decision to implement a mandatory membership....I am not a board member & never have been, nor do I agree with every rule that the ABRA has in place. But I have hosted jackpots and I know that I would not want to be responsible for uninsured riders/horses. I also like the idea of not needing to do extra paperwork & trying to establish who is a member or non member and having to chase people down to get them to sign waivers (while they are warming up their horses etc..)which are often barely legible (hand writing). And the amount of work that the dedicated volunteers, sponsors & board members put in is well worth a fee to play at ABRA jackpots...(such as a membership fee). To compete in any other organization you have to pay a membership fee that includes an insurance cost. I was happy to see that they have given people the option of even buying a permit...so obviously they are not looking for a fundraiser here folks! I further think it is great that they allow all those who want to enter the finals to do so without making people qualify based on points or money won throughout the season...As many horses and riders would not even have a chance to enter the finals if qualifying was based on performance. I would encourage all individuals to look into the costs of event insurance...So if you wish to run private jackpots...that is still an option if hosts are willing to cough up the money to pay insurance costs or run them at their own risk....no one is forced to run at or host ABRA jackpots. I think the reason jackpot hosting has declined is due to liability fears and possibly hosts getting tired of doing all the work. I hate to see costs go up...every year...But I guess it is like anything else...sporting and recreation costs money.
One rule I would like to see in the future is NO DOGS ALLOWED!!! I am getting tired of heading for first barrel and having a dog or two joining me in the arena...that could trip my horse...Or stepping in dog poopy everywhere...or enjoying the howling and barking of dogs all night with no owners in sight at both rodeos & jackpots.
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