ILR Show Division
PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE Minutes
January 19, 2009
Meeting called to order at 7:05pm EST
Members Karen Baum (ILR BOD Representative), Deb Garvin, Jim
Krowka, Tami Lash, Brian Patterson, Tom Rothering
Members introduced themselves and provided a brief background of
interest and experience in show performance.
Karen introduced 1st item for committee agenda, to elect a chair
and secretary. Following discussion, motion was made by Deb
Garvin that Tami Lash serve as Chair and Jim Krowka as
Secretary. Motion seconded by Brian Patterson. Motion
Jim commented that committee function necessitated member
involvement and it was agreed unanimously that 48 hours notice
would be sufficient for member response to topics for the
committee to assume either agreement or no comment from members.
Flexibility will be allowed for extenuating circumstances when
members have opinions differing from committee consensus that
warrants further discussion.
To facilitate email discussion management, it was recommended
emails from this committee should be headed with an identifier.
It was suggested and approved that ILRP be used by committee
members for emails related to this committee's business.
NEXT TOPIC involved discussion of the focus and goals for this
committee. Email discussion prior to the meeting involved
discussion of level of achievement format VS the tradition of
the obstacle course format. Committee members favored Debi's
email recommendations regarding level of achievement proposals.
The unanimous consensus was that change is needed but that this
will take time to structure and implement. Because the show
season will arrive very soon (some shows such as State Fairs
have already presented class listings) developing a format for
2009 that would not create unnecessary burden or change, yet
reflect a different structure and allow for new structural
implementation over time, would be a reasonable direction for
the committee to pursue. Tami and Tom recommended keeping
things simple for now and still allow all show supers the
freedom to implement ILR Sanctioning, while allowing their
current rulings to be in place.
It was suggested that change, rather than being specific to
performance format initially, could be integrated by how the
reward system and scoring was designed. Jim suggested that
posting a list of the judges scoring for each obstacle for each
participant following each class at shows could
initiate considerable options and opportunity for rewards
and learning. The committee unanimously favored this idea be
recommended show management have at this time the option to
utilize this feature at their discretion at shows.
Considerable discussion continued about the structure of
performance. The committee enthusiastically approved a three
division format for use this year:
Freestyle Obstacle (agility, dressage were alternate terms
that could be utilized as events
became more task specific)
At 8:15 EST Deb Garvin had to leave the meeting for family
commitments. Tami agreed to fill her in on what occurred at the
rest of the meeting.
The group consensus was to allow show management considerable
flexibility for this year to decide what to do. Specific
requirement for classes would be avoided to allow show
management creativity and help keep things simple and utilize
A beginning guideline for Companion, PR was developed:
- Evaluate the relationship
between llama and handler performing the required tasks, as
simulated with public interaction.
Discussion diverged to other areas including costs to show
management. Tom mentioned the costs of ribbons and ideas for
recycling unwanted ribbons. Discussion and suggestions on how
options for certificates VS ribbons could be made available to
show management to help reduce show costs.
Discussion on the reward structure noted that a new system
offered the potential for more rewards and yet offering a top
award was something that would be desired and sought after by
Discussion noted that historically class size as a determinant
of rewards has been problematic. Although the general consensus
initially favored that class size should not be a factor for
reward or points, more discussion on this has been recommended
by Karen prior to making any final decisions.
For the 2009 show season, the performance division will
recognize Novice, Advanced and Open class options.
It was agreed the committee would fill in some details regarding
guidelines for the three divisions via email, hoping to have
them completed by Wednesday evening for Tami to present to the
governing board when they meet this Thursday.
Next meeting: Jan 25, 2009 at 7pm EST
Meeting Adjourned around
Respectfully submitted for approval,
ILR Show Division Performance Committee