ILR Show Division
PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE Minutes
January 31, 2009
Meeting called to order at 8:05 EST
Members attending Karen Baum , Deb Garvin, Jim Krowka, Tami
Lash, Brian Patterson, Tom Rothering
AGENDA ITEM 1 – Budget Worksheet – PC:
Committee members seemed unclear as to what
specific financial responsibilities should be attached to the
performance committee or even other committees other than the
cost of conference calls. It was suggested that the show
division costs and income primarily involve fees paid to the
Show Division and to show management and that costs to operate
involve office and clerical expenses. Even certificates for
achievement in performance realistically have nothing to do with
the cost of operating a performance committee or a performance
budget. This would fall under office operating expenses to be
offset by membership costs and the cost to participate in shows.
It was also suggested that the finance committee be questioned
about what specifically they want from committees or mean by
expenses for the committees, and also what anticipated income
will be for the SD from individual shows based on participation
levels. The ILR-SD-PC did send in their PC Budget as requested
with some questions pertaining to the above.
AGENDA ITEM 2 – Finalize the minutes from 1-25-09 meeting:
Discussion involved Jim's request to re-visit 10 task
requirement for all courses and the refusal obstacle situation
based on conversations and concerns by a judge and experienced
show person who felt 10 obstacles [per class] and unlimited
refusals would unduly compromise the length of some of the
larger shows with many entries per class . After discussion the
motion was made and seconded to keep the 3 refusal rule for
Open, Novice and Advanced courses but to allow all youth to
finish the course and be judged regardless of refusals.
Youth and novice courses would have 8 tasks; Open and Advanced
would have 10 tasks. Motion approved unanimously.
favored leaving it up to the discretion of show management
and/or judges to allow competitors to continue and finish the
course without being judged if the refusal limit is reached and
if course design allows.
AGENDA ITEM 3 – CompanionPR Tasks and PerformanceRules:
As per Tom's
suggestions discussion began on names such as:
Instead of courses call them Challenges.
Instead of obstacles call them Tasks.
Discussion moved through each of the performance trials, Trail,
Freestyle and Companion. Many different tasks were reviewed and
discussed. Jim noted that in our lists it would be a good idea
to note those that were primarily for advanced VS those that
could be modified in difficulty level to accommodate novice and
It was agreed that these lists of obstacles would be kept
updated by Tom (Freestyle), Brian (Trail) and Debi (Companion)
and that the rest of the group would submit ideas over the next
week to 2 weeks hoping to get some degree of completion to this.
Consensus favored keeping these lists flexible and open ended to
accommodate new ideas as they emerge as well as suggestions and
approval from other committees.
Committee consensus favored lists of recommended tasks for each
trial (course) with no mandatory tasks (obstacles). Show
management would have the discretion which ones to use.
Committee consensus favored adding a rule that not more than two
divisions could offer the same type of task. For example, a ramp
task could not be offered in all three divisions Freestyle,
Companion/PR and Pack/Trail.
Meeting time involved considerable discussion of specific tasks
within each division.
AGENDA ITEM 4 – Karen's idea – offer an optional
class(es) for the public.
(Guidelines: The intent to expose the Public to the joys of
working with llamas/alpacas. Animals must be previously entered
in the show. Scores will reflect animal/new handler interaction
and negotiation of task.)
Discussion and consensus favored recommending this to show
management to offer as an optional class. It was discussed that
we recommend shows to give awards to all participants in these
classes. This activity falls under the category of marketing and
publicity and more directly involves local show management.
Guidelines for these could be established by this committee.
Committee consensus agreed on sharing suggested rules
w/Youth Committee, Rules Committee, and in some cases Judge's
Committee, before finalizing, and those committees relating to
us when their discussion topics revolve around Performance.
AGENDA ITEM 5 – Other ILR member suggestions:
To suggest that shows to offer a small discount for people
entering all three performance classes, Obstacle/PR/Pack.
Offer a Novice handler class to try and get new people involved
– maybe even Youth & Open.
Committee consensus agreed these would be good ideas but
tabled the discussion of guidelines for these until the next
Performance Course Guides and Gauges
Next Meeting date February 15 2009,
Meeting adjourned at 10 PM ET.
Respectfully submitted for approval,
ILR Show Division Performance Committee