Dear USMMA members.
Rick Schatz has stepped down as USMMA President, citing personal reasons. The resignation is effective immediately.
Rick provided a leadership role during a transition to a new USMMA Board of Directors. He solidified and improved relationships with Brazil and the ABCCMM. However, even though he won’t be serving on the Board, Rick will continue to breed Marchador horses and support our efforts in promoting this magnificent breed. We thank him for his many years of service.
Under the USMMA by-laws, the Vice President assumes that vacated role and a new Vice President will be voted in at our next board meeting.
My wife Michelle and I, breed and own four Marchador horses and just recently moved to Arizona from North Carolina. I have been active in the association for many years and like many of you am passionate about the breed.
While this was unexpected, I am ready to assume the responsibility having served as Vice President and working closely with Rick for 2 years. I met many USMMA members at the two PBR events in 2015 including the Las Vegas clinic. Prior to that, you may have also met me at the 2012 USMMA Clinic in Ocala FL.
Our Board remains intact. The next Board meeting focuses on the budget, planning for a clinic, the registry and more.
2016 will be another exciting year with many Marchador events planned — like the ABCCMM inspection, the USMMA clinic and BREYERFEST at the KY Horse Park which will feature the Mangalarga Marchador!
You will be hearing from me often as we try to keep you informed and involved. I welcome your input on what you need from our association.