Please see below the results of the 2013 ABRA Survey. Please note that the board has reviewed all of this information as well as the pertinent data that goes with this decision and reviewed all the aspect of how this would affect the organization as a whole. Below are the results of the survey please note below our second post the changes we have made to our rule book.
The 2014 ABRA FINALS will be a 5D with a 6/10tenth split. In review of the data of the 2013 ABRA finals as a whole the board chose to go with a 6 tenth split as it was the most equally balanced. Once again we struggle to be fair to everyone please note that each year we review our financial ability as well as the previous year’s results to come up with something that is fair to all competitors and that we can afford to complete.
4D option will be available to hosts with the following rules:
Hosts must advertise in their jackpot host notes that if over 80 entries are received they will be choosing a 4D format. They must then also advertise and choose either a time split of 7tenths or 1second.
The 4D payout will reflect as follows.
No Entries Places %
81-120 5 30/25/20/15/10
121-160 6 28/22/18/14/10/8
161-200 7 26/20/15/12/10/9/8
201 + 8 24/18/15/12/10/8/7/6
Please note the following for 2014 ABRA Finals. Dates will be August 19-24 2014. Tentatively the schedule will be as follows: Start times etc. to be posted closer to the finals or with the draw.
Tuesday: Time Only's
Wednesday: OPEN Round 1 1st Half
Youth Round 1
Thursday: OPEN Round 1 2nd Half
Youth Round 2
Friday: OPEN Round 2 Reverse Order 1st Half
Youth Short Go
Saturday: OPEN Round 2 Reverse Order 2nd Half
Sunday: Open Short Go
Please note that when entries Open April 1st there will be a Entry form on the ABRA Website. Each Entry will be able to select a preference of Wed/Sat or Thur/Fri. Priority will be attached to each entry in the order they are received. Please note that there is no guarantee you will get the preference you picked. Please also note that there is NO TRADES when the draw is posted it is finalized.
2014 ABRA FINALS Open division will be a 5D with a 6/10tenth split.
For those who did not attend the AGM the following Members Only was proposed and was undefeated. The reasons for the Members Only are as follows. The insurance company has approached us regarding having non-members competing at our events. All Insurance Companies we have spoken with will not cover an association to which there is non-members or anyone not signing an official waiver to be held on file with the office with their contact information. The board has spent the last few months reviewing the process of the non-member waiver. Many of which are not turned in or incomplete. Our insurance company stated they would not cover the association, the host or any participants with a claim that has not completed the signed waiver. This leaves the association, hosts and facilities completely liable should a non-member who is not contributing to the association open for law suits. The board is doing their best to protect the association our dedicated and supportive members have built over the past 18 years, which one law suit could take away. We felt that to be fair to our hosts as well as ourselves and those members supporting our association we would implement a Permit membership to ensure that everyone attending our jackpots has insurance. We caution all members who attend non approved events that have no insurance coverage as well as all members wishing to host a non-approved events. The possibilities of a law suits are becoming more common. Our insurance company provided us with a list of examples and this is one:
Two riders riding side beside one horse attempts to bite the other horse missing the horse but bites the riders leg taking the muscle off the bone. This person is now no longer able to complete his/her job, tend for their animals, children and will receive months of expensive operations and therapy. This claim was paid out at $2,000,000. The person had no choice but to sue the host of the event and organization to be able to take care of herself and family. The insurance company stepped in and paid the claim out.
These are simple reasons why our large successful organization cannot run without insurance and without non-members signing waivers. It is not a matter of why or how the organization has started it is a matter of growth of society and how to better protect an organization and its volunteer hosts from situations such as this. We do not wish to be difficult or hard to deal with however, who is going to stand up for the organization when a law suit hits our table. Please have some understanding as to why this was necessary for us to move forward. Simply put it is just good business to have protection.
Thank you to all those members and sponsors who have supported this organization in the past and the future.
The Scholarship Committee would like to announce our recipients for this year.
Our 2013 recipients will each receive a $750 scholarship. They are:
Tulsa Johnson: University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Julie Primrose: Red Deer College
Practical Nursing Diploma
ABRA would like to encourage all members who will be applying for colleges and universities for the 2014 year to send in their applications for our scholarships. The cost of a post-secondary education is growing each year and we at ABRA would like to assist our members in following their career dreams.
In closing, please remember to consider ABRA when applying for scholarships. The process is painless and could garner you some extra money for school!
As of October 1, 2013, anyone wishing to run at an ABRA approved jackpot will be required to buy a membership with the ABRA. You will not be allowed to run at an ABRA jackpot without presenting your membership card.
AVAILABLE MEMBERSHIPS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
o *Permit - $30 – You may compete at all ABRA events but are not eligible for the ABRA finals.
ü Includes $25 mandatory insurance fee and $5 office fee.
ü Permits can be bought by a Youth or Open Member.
ü Permit members must follow the rules and regulations as set out by the ABRA. Permit memberships are not eligible to compete at ABRA added $$ jackpots.
o *Pee Wee Permit - $15 – You may compete at all ABRA events but are not eligible for the ABRA finals.
ü Permit Pee Wee members must follow the rules and regulations as set out by the ABRA.
o ABRA Open Full Card - $100 - You may compete at all ABRA events and are eligible to qualify for the finals.
o ABRA Youth Full Card - $75 - You may compete at all ABRA events and are eligible to qualify for the finals.
o ABRA Pee Wee Full Card - $30 - You may compete at all ABRA events and are eligible to qualify for the finals.
All memberships for the year expire on July 20, of that year no matter when you join.
Our new membership year will start July 21.
RENEWING FULL CARD MEMBERSHIPS – Open, Youth or Pee Wee
All Members renewing their membership for the new season will be allowed a 6 week grace period to run on their old card until September 1 of that year.
You must renew your membership by September 1 for any jackpots that you have run at between July 21 and September 1 to count towards qualifying for the new season’s finals. (All qualification rules remain the same.)
If you choose to buy your membership after September 1, all jackpots attend prior to this date will be null and void.
NEW MEMBERSHIP OPEN, YOUTH or PEE WEE
To run at an ABRA Jackpot you will be required to purchase either a Full Open, Full Youth or Full Pee Wee Membership prior to attending a jackpot. You must present your membership card to enter an ABRA jackpot, there will be no exceptions. You may compete at all ABRA events but and are eligible to qualify for the ABRA finals.
ALL PERMITS NEW MEMBERSHIP –
To run at an ABRA Jackpot you will be required to purchase either a Permit Membership prior to attending a jackpot. You must present your Permit membership card to enter an ABRA jackpot, there will be no exceptions. You may compete at all ABRA events but are not eligible for the ABRA finals.
PROCESSING OF ALL MEMBERSHIPS
Your signed membership form and signed waiver must accompany your payment or your membership will not be processed and is considered invalid. Once your payment and all forms are received by the office your membership will be processed.
WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD
Please note that once your membership is received by the office, expect a two week time period for your membership to be processed and mailed.
BUYING YOUR MEMBERSHIP AT THE FINALS
All memberships will be sold at the finals on assigned dates. When you buy your membership at the finals you will receive you membership card at that time.
THE ABRA WILL BE USING IT'S OWN WEBSITE AS THE OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE OF THE ABRA.