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BWRA AGM , 14th January 2018, Holiday Inn, Burton on Trent.
Meeting opened 12.25
Tony opened the meeting by wishing everyone a happy new year and thanking the committee foe all of their hard work throughout the year and also to everyone else who has worked or helped and supported the BWRA during 2017 it is very much appreciated as without these people we cannot do what we do.
2017 minutes as a true record  proposed Linda Broom seconded John Gill.
Treasurers report;
Phil asked why the cost of the testing kits was so high, Alison explained that the costs were for the kits plus the cost of the samples taken and tested from the straight championships.
Doreen asked what the 270 other championship cost was for, Alison told her this was for the cost of the free hampers that were drawn as a thank you to members at all of the national events in 2017.
Tony asked if there was anyone willing to take on the task of internal auditors to check the books a couple of times throughout the year, Irene Cunningham and Claire Smith volunteered to do this.
Phil asked why there was such a loss at the Jack Cadman, on looking at this it was obvious that is was an error, and as Ray Bourne  ( resigning treasurer ) was not present it could not be explained , other than that Phil thought that auditors and treasurers reports were very good.
Alison thanked Phil for his help in organising the filming of the anniversary straight champs weekend and also for doing the dvds for us, it was greatly appreciated.
Registrars report = No concerns or questions.
Tony then welcomed Neil Gilbert who was taking over as vice chairman from Mark Jones and Sharon Fletcher who was taking over as treasurer from Ray Bourne , a vote of thanks was given to both Mark and Ray for all of the work they have done on behalf of the BWRA.
Dates / Venues.
The dates and venues were given out for those who were in the reps meeting.
We then went on to do discuss the IBM/Grasscutter open.
Two venues were put forward for this event Fordingbridge and Barleylands ( south east )
Doreen said that in the past Thurrock had not put for the IBM as they were not bothered about hosting it, and that she had spoken to Pat Stayte and she had told her that they were not ready to hols an open event at the new track.
Claire replied that they had spoken about it and they willing to host it and were open to any dates.
Steve and Jane  were asked if they wanted to take the open and run it as a regional or club open or leave it as a national event, after further discussion it was decided that it would remain as a national event and it was put to a vote which went in favour of Fordingbridge
13 to 4 votes.
Linda then asked that as the pup/yearling spring championships were a week than usual would we giving an allowance to the pups.
Yes we would be giving a weeks grace for this event only.
Phil Milner then brought up the dope testing and said that we need to make everything clear and that we should have a list od banned substances.
Bill pointed out that when he went to the Newmarket labs years ago that they could not give a list, Alison agreed with this as she had been told the same from the HFL.
A very lengthy discussion followed with different views and opinions on the subject.
Tony said we would try and look into this as to what is needed.
Several other topics and ideas were mentioned, mainly about sponsorship, websites, advertising etc. Tony said that he would speak to Malcolm regarding the existing website and database , regarding bringing it more up to date. New ideas are needed to move forward.
Phil asked if it would be possible to have a national presentation, most felt it would be difficult to do this.
Mark Warren felt that we needed to be more safety conscious at the finishing end of the track with extra fencing after the finishing line to stop people wandering across and causing possible accidents. He also asked if the BWRA had any plans to introduce any other dog classes to their events. Erica said that there was nothing stopping the host clubs doing this as long as it didn't interfere with the running of the BWRA event.
Tony said that lurchers etc, the BWRA championships was not the place to do it.
Phil also asked about pre entry to stop the time waiting about for the  programmes  to be done, it was pointed out that this was not a new thing and had been done in the past and didn't make much difference as dogs still had to be weighed and you end up with dogs not turning up and programmes having to be changed, and some felt that this time was a chance to socialise and see to your dogs especially for the workers.
Meeting closed 3.05



BWRA reps meeting 14th January 2018, Holiday Inn, Burton on Trent.
Mid West = Bill/Doreen Hopkins
North West = Linda Brook / John Marsden
North Yorks = John Gill / Angela Donahue / John Noble
East Mids = Audrey Johnson
North East = Pat Jobson / Elaine Roy
South East = Darren/Claire Smith.
Committee - Tony Cooper ( chairman ) Alison Armstrong ( secretary ) Erica Miller ( registrar )
2017 minutes were given out for everyone to read.
2017 minutes accepted as a true record. proposed John Gill  seconded John Noble.
Matters arising;
Doreen said that a comment regarding Poolsbrook was made by herself and not Bill, Alison disputed this.
We then went on to 2018 dates and venues
Tyrone 1th March - Highgate
Bend Champs - 25th March Highgate
Spring pup/year/Andy Patterson - 8th April Old Hall ( week later than it should be due to Easter )
Lord Byron - 22nd April - Shildon
IBM / Grasscutter - held over until the agm as Steve and Jane Rowell were attending
Straight Champs - 25/26th - August = Old Hall
Autumn pup/year/ Jack Cadman = 1st October Old Hall
Tony informed the room that he had received phone calls regarding allegations of wrongful parentage on a possible three litters.
This was received with great shock by everyone, a lengthy discussion followed with the main concern being that if it was true hoe it would effect breeding further down the line.
Doreen stated that if there was any proof then a meeting should be held with those making the allegations and the committee.
Tony stated that we were all part of the executive committee and as such could change the breeding rule as he felt this could possibly be why these allegations had come to light, however the reps were not prepared to do this, and it was left to the discretion of the top table.
Therefore due to allegations of wrongful parentage and or dates of birth of some registrations, the top table committee have decided to relax the ruling on at least a 12 month gal between litters. In future the top table will police on an animal welfare basis being the first priority as it always has been. Breeders will be given guidance and advice wherever it is felt needed.
Erica pointed out that if it is not working we can always change it, and that we are only penalising BWRA members as the dogs in question would still be racing at clubs and the NNWRF, and that we can only take each case on its own merit.
Tony pointed out that we have accepted dogs from rescues etc with out knowing their breeding or age. He said that he would do his best to look in to this and follow up the accusations as best he could with the information he had.
He said that had thought long and hard about it, but felt that he was open about it by putting it to the reps.
Alison stated that we will be accepting original vaccination certificates for new registrations.
Pat Jobson asked if we would also be wanting proof of microchips also, Erica replied that we were not policing that and it was down to the owners if they got their dogs chipped.
Meeting closed 11.55.




The first event for the BWRA of 2018, firstly thank you the Myers family who are back in charge at Highgate and are very helpful also thank you to Jane Rowell who stepped in when needed in the box and Christina for the lovely pics taken of the winners of not only the Tyrone but also some of the Top three winners who were present.


Well done to Tom and the lovely LOOBY LOU on winning today this bitch is certainly on fire at the moment and a favourite for the bend champs coming up in 2 weeks time, also well done to Mick Clemmit and JUMP THE GUN taking supreme scratch today Reggie is certainly at home on the bends and well done to Chris and Julies KENTUCKYS CHARM on winning the yearlings after just having a trial on the morning, the veterans saw a very close race with litter sisters Polaris just getting beat by  DENESIDE PAMELA, the veteran scratch saw a good win for Jimmy with RAGGIE BLACK, and the consolations saw win for MISSOURRI well done to Jake and Chloe.
Everything went well with a little hiccup with the hare but other that that we enjoyed a good days racing, on a sadder note condolences are sent to Bill on the loss of his lovely little bitch Marrill words are not enough.
20lb bitch Bag it Up
23lb bitch Sky Lantern + l/w winner
26lb bitch Looby Lou _+ h/w winner
29lb bitch Cotton Picker
32lb bitch Ones Trouble
17lb dog Niklaus
20lb dog That's Andys +l/w winner
23lb dog Secret Shadow
26lb dog Little Mischief + h/w winner
29lb dog Technical Ted
Tyrone Final.
2nd Little Mischief
3rd That's Andys
4th Sky Lantern w/d
36lb scr Insane Bolt
45lb scr JUMP THE GUN + supreme
33lb scr Dead Ringer for Love
vet scr Raggie Black
24lb veteran DENESIDE PAMELA + winner
28lb vet Polaris 2nd
24lb year  Mamma Loves Hu 3rd
28lb year  KENTUCKYS CHARM winner
32lb year  Floki 2nd
24lb cons  MISSOURRI winner
32lb cons Paranoid
scr cons Big Red.
Pics on British Whippet Racing face book page or Christina has them.




This year is proposal year, these can be sent or given to the:

 National Secretary Alison Armstrong,

These can be sent any time up to August  12th, these will then be given out at the straight champs.





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