Revised March 2018.

Over the past fifteen years certain policies and procedures have emerged that are repeatedly followed by the Board in making decisions.In 2007 we started to gather these policies and procedures in written form. To date memories and minutes have produced the following list. While it is an internal document for the Board it is also useful as a guideline to the membership in understanding the framework within which the Board operates.

1. Legal Disputes

It was determined by the Board many years ago that it would not be involved in any legal disputes. This was a pragmatic decision resulting from an excruciating and fruitless effort to resolve one.We decided that legal disputes are best left to courts, which have powers and abilities to compel evidence that we do not.

2. Votes in FEIF

The USIHC delegate(s) to the annual FEIF Delegates Assembly shall be aware of the agenda and vote consistently with the direction of the Board. In the event that matters come up at the meeting on which the board cannot comment, the delegate(s) shall use their best discretion in the interest of the USIHC when voting. Committee chairs shall have the discretion to vote according to the needs of their USIHC committees.

3. Document storage

Each officer and committee chair is responsible for storage of documents pertaining to his/her office or committee. In the event two persons have an interest in documents (i.e., the Breeding Committee Chair and the Registrar each have an interest in the evaluation score sheets), these persons shall decide where the documents will be stored.The person not storing the documents shall be entitled to a copy of them if he/she wishes.

4. Reimbursement of Travel and Related Expenses

All travel and related expenses of Board members, Committee Chairs, or members conducting business for the organization are borne by the individual and are not reimbursed by the organization. The Congress will pay the basic FEIF Conference fee for any Board member or Committee Chair who is an active member and attends the full conference on behalf of the USIHC. Decisions to amend this policy will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Each USIHC voting delegate to the Delegate's Assembly at the annual FEIF Conference shall be eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses up to an amount of $1200.00 per delegate. The voting delegates shall be selected/approved by the Board of Directors in advance of the conference and be responsible for the USIHC voting at the Delegate's Assembly at the FEIF Conferences in accordance with FEIF Statutes 5.1.1 and 5.1.2.

Reimbursement for travel expenses will occur after the voting delegates have attended the Delegate's Assembly and have submitted all receipts to the USIHC Treasurer. Voting delegates shall be financially responsible in making their travel arrangements (example: no first class flights).

5. Budgets

Annual committee budgets shall be projected per department by the board in consultation with the respective committee chair. The budgets will be due before the Board’s Budget Meeting which will be held no later than the March Board meeting each year.

6. Notices to the membership

All notices to the membership shall be in writing and mailed to all members.In the event a member wishes to receive such notices by e-mail, he/she shall notify the Secretary by providing an e-mail address and checking the appropriate boxes on the member profile page on the website.Members may change their notification preferences at any time. All changes shall take effect immediately for all future notices.

7. Autonomy of Affiliated Clubs

Affiliated Clubs shall be autonomous units except for such requirements as are contained in the Rules Governing Affiliated Clubs and the requirement that each club designate someone as a Youth Contact. The latter is for the purpose of naming someone from whom young riders in the area covered by the Affiliated Club can obtain information about various opportunities and activities for youth.

8. Committee Chairs.

It is preferred that Committee Chairs be members of the Board. The role of all chairs is primarily to facilitate discussion and communicate proposals formed by committee consensus. Care must be taken to include point persons and timelines for all proposals submitted to the Board for consideration. In the event that a committee requires a skill set not resident in the current BOD members, the BOD may appoint a Committee Chair outside of the BOD. In that event, however, the Board will designate a Board member to be a liaison to the Board from that Committee. The purpose of establishing a liaison is to insure that the Board will be kept informed of any matters within the Committee of which it should be aware and so that the Board will be able to communicate any requests it might have of the Committee. The liaison has no responsibility for the work of the Committee and functions simply to facilitate communication.

The Board selects all Committee Chairs. In the event a Committee Chair wishes to resign he/she may recommend one or more successors to be considered by the Board.

9. Committee membership.

  1. Except for the Sport Committee, the membership in committees shall be open to any member of the Congress. With regard to the Sport Committee, membership is restricted to those persons who have attended certain educational seminars. A Board member may belong to any Committee without satisfying any prerequisites.
  2. A Committee chair may remove from membership any member (other than a Board member) who has not participated in the discussions or work of the Committee for a period of six months. The Committee chair shall give 30 days notice of the proposed removal to the member in question so that the member may provide reasons for his/her non-participation if he/she wishes to continue to belong to the Committee.
  3. A Committee chair may remove from membership any member (other than a Board member) who has behaved inappropriately in the discussions or work of the Committee.The Committee chair shall give 30 days notice of the proposed removal to the member in question so that the member may provide an explanation for his/her actions if he/she wishes to continue to belong to the Committee.
  4. Committee members shall be current USIHC members.
  5. Members who have not paid their USIHC dues shall be removed from committee rolls on March 1st.

10. Financial accounts of the Congress

The accounts of the USIHC shall bethe responsibility of the Treasurer. The appropriate officer or chair shall review and approve bills before they are submitted to the Treasurer. The treasurer shall prepare monthly and year-to-date statementsfor the all Board meetings. The Treasurer shall work with the committee chairs and officers to project budgets for the coming year. The Treasurer shall be responsible for annual tax filings.

11. Dissemination of Board decisions

Minutes of Board meetings will be posted in full on the USIHC website after all Board members attending the meeting in question have had three days to submit corrections. Certain meetings (or portions of meetings) are deemed closed to the membership.These primarily concern issues involving an individual member and the purpose of closing the meeting is to protect the privacy of the individual member. Minutes of these meetings or portions of meetings are prepared and approved but are published at the discretion of the Board.

No matter for which the entire Board is answerable shall be reported to the membership until each Board member has had an opportunity to review the matter.

12. Website Calendar

The purpose of the Calendar of Events on the Website is to publicize events (such as clinics, seminars, competitions, exhibitions, etc.)put on by USIHC members as well as official events of other FEIF member organizations. The listing shall include the name of the event, type of event, date and location of the event and the name and contact information of the member or association putting on the event.

13. Midyear Membership Applications

All memberships expire on their one-year anniversary regardless of when the membership begins.

14. General Expense Reimbursement

Members seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred in performing work for the Congress shall obtain prior approval for all anticipated expenses.Reimbursement of any expenses, anticipated or unanticipated, is at the discretion of the Board.Members seeking reimbursement for approved expenses must submit receipts for all expenses for which reimbursement is sought.

15. Program Financial Self-sufficiency

All programs and activities of the Congress should be developed with a goal that they become self-sufficient. Since reaching this goal is often not possible in the initial stages of a program or activity, the responsible Committee shall develop a plan for initial financial support of programs and activities in their early developing stages as well as the plan to achieve self-sufficiency.

The budget for any sanctioned seminar shall be designed to break even.In the event a seminar generates a profit, the profit shall be forwarded to the USIHC Treasurer and retained to support future sanctioned seminars.

16. Board Meetings & Agenda

Board meetings are held by telephone conference call on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise agreed to by the Board. The Agenda for each meeting (including any Committee reports) should be determined by Friday of the preceding week and placed on the website for review by the Affiliated Clubs who may have an observer present on the conference call.While every effort shall be made for the Agenda to include all items to be considered, the Board shall not be limited in its ability to discuss and determine any matter it deems appropriate, whether or not it has been included on the agenda.Closed meetings or closed portions of the meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board.

17. Seminar Sanction

The content and organization (logistical and financial) of seminars or programs that result in official recognition (i.e., certification or acknowledgement of completion) by the USIHC must be recommended by the Education Committee and approved by the Board.

18. USIHC Sanctioned and Sponsored Event Participation

All USIHC sanctioned seminars (Judge Seminar - Education Committee), shows (Sports Committee) and breed evaluations (Breed Committee), as well as events that receive partial funding such as clinics (Affiliated Clubs Committee) and schooling shows (Sports Committee and possibly Affiliated Clubs Committee) must require all participants be given the option of becoming USIHC members prior to participation in the event, or be charged the non member fee set in Policy # 25 (2018: fee set at $50). Overseeing committee chair will be responsible for compliance verification (participants in Judge seminar, owners of horses in USIHC sanctioned breed evaluations, riders in all USIHC sanctioned shows, riders in USIHC funded schooling shows and riders/auditors of USIHC funded clinics.)

19. Recognition of Foreign-trained Intern Judges

Any individual who has received judge training outside the United States and wishes to act as an Intern Judge shall submit a written request including a summary of his or her training to the Chairman of the Sport Committee.If the Chairman concludes the individual's training and experience is equivalent to the training offered in the United States, he shall forward the request with his endorsement to the Board for approval.Upon receipt of the Board's approval, the individual may exercise any privilege of an intern judge at USIHC sanctioned or schooling shows.

20. Quarterly Magazine Distribution
(Based on a print-run of 600 copies)

  1. Copies for Membership:
    • All current members receive all issues of the Quarterly published each year as part of their membership; members can opt out of receiving the printed Quarterly and ask to receive the e-Quarterly instead.
    • All FEIF officials receive all issues of the e-Quarterly published each year, as per FEIF rules; these issues are sent electronically only.
    • New members get 1 copy of the most recent issue available free in their Welcome Packet when they pay their first year's dues.
    • Any current member whose current address is on file in the USIHC database and seems to be correct, but who did not receive an issue of the Quarterly, gets 1 free replacement copy on request, if a copy is available. If not available in print, back issues can always be downloaded in e-Quarterly form for free from the website.
    • Any current member who has filed a change of address with the USIHC within 3 months of receiving a copy of the Quarterly, but was not in time for the new address to appear on the Quarterly mailing list gets 1 free replacement copy on request, if a copy is available. If not available in print, back issues can always be downloaded in e-Quarterly form for free from the website.
    • A current member whose address is incorrect in the USIHC database because the person has moved, but he/she has not filed a change of address with the USIHC, does not receive any free copies. Back issues can always be downloaded in e-Quarterly form for free from the website.
    • A current member whose address is incorrect in the USIHC database because of a typo made when entering the data (either by the member or by the USIHC, if the information was submitted on paper) gets 1 free replacement copy on request, if a copy is available. If not available in print, back issues can always be downloaded in e-Quarterly form for free from the website.
  2. Copies for Promotion:
    • USIHC and Affiliated Club members can distribute copies of the Quarterly at shows & expos and to Affiliated Club members for free.
    • If Promotion anticipates needing more copies, they can order them from the Quarterly Committee in advance of printing at the per-copy cost plus postage.
  3. Copies for Quarterly Contributors:
    • All current members who contribute an article, photograph, illustration, or paid advertisement to an issue of the Quarterly may request 2 additional free copies of that issue; they must do so before the issue is mailed so that the extra copy can be mailed at the cheapest bulk rate from the printer. The Quarterly Committee will contact each contributor in time for them to make this request.
    • All non-members who contribute an article, photograph, illustration, or paid advertisement to an issue of the Quarterly may request 2 free copies of that issue; they must do so before the issue is mailed so that the extra copy can be mailed at the cheapest bulk rate from the printer. The Quarterly Committee will contact each contributor in time for them to make this request.
    • The person pictured on the cover of an issue (or whose horse is on the cover) is considered a "contributor" and can get 2 free copies of that issue by asking; they must do so before the issue is mailed so that the extra copy can be mailed at the cheapest bulk rate from the printer. The Quarterly Committee will contact each contributor in time for them to make this request.
  4. Copies for the Registrar and new Icelandic horse owners:
    • Anyone who has sold an Icelandic horse to a non-member can request that a free copy of the Quarterly be sent to that new horse owner. Requests can be made via the website or by contacting the Quarterly Committee.
    • Any non-member who registers an Icelandic horse in the USIHC Registry or transfers an already registered horse into his/her name will be sent a free copy of the Quarterly by the Registrar or, at the Registrar's request, by the Quarterly Committee.
  5. Sale of Current and Future Issues:
    • Current Issues are defined as copies of the printed magazine that are within 3 months of their print date. Print Dates are March 1 for Issue One, June 1 for Issue Two, September 1 for Issue Three, and December 1 for Issue Four of each calendar year. Future Issues are those not yet printed or mailed.
    • Contributors (defined above) who receive 2 free copies can order additional copies of the current or a future issue for $5.00 per copy. This price includes postage. The Quarterly Committee will contact each contributor in time for them to request extra copies before the issue is printed and mailed.
    • Anyone (readers, members, non-members) can buy extra copies of the current or a future issue for $5.00 per copy, as available. This price includes postage. If not ordered in advance of printing and mailing, these copies will be mailed by hand by the Quarterly Committee after the issue has been printed.

21. Affiliated Clubs Promotional Breed Demo & Display Stall Matching Funds

USIHC may provide matching funds for breed demonstrations or display stalls at trade shows and events across the country for the purpose of promoting the breed and organization.

  1. The total amount of funding for 2018 is $750 with a maximum limit of $150 per event to be dispersed on a “first come, first served” basis.
  2. For every dollar spent from the affiliated club, USIHC will match 50% up to $150.00. (to receive the full $150, the club must spend at least $300)
  3. The funds are for the purpose of a breed demonstration OR for a display stall at the event.
  4. Only USIHC Affiliated Clubs may request funding for this policy. Individuals who are requesting funding on behalf of their affiliated club need to also be current USIHC members in good standing at the time of the request through the end of the event.
  5. Breed demo or display stall must be for promotional club purposes only, not an advertisement/sales opportunity
  6. Each club can only receive up to $150 per year
  7. Requests for funding must be submitted to the USIHC promotion committee chair no less than thirty (30) days in advance of the event. Copies of the agreement with the venue and receipts showing the exact amount paid to the expo organizers must be provided prior to reimbursement.
  8. After all of the above information has been received by the USIHC Promotion Committee Chair, it shall be reviewed for approval/denial of funding. If approved, the USIHC Treasurer will be notified to make the reimbursement, and if denied, a written explanation will be sent.

22. Membership Standing

In the event a member owes the Congress monies and fails to make payment in a timely manner, the following procedure shall be followed to designate said member "not in good standing":

  1. After 30 days of sending an invoice, the treasurer shall follow up with a certified letter notifying the member who owes the Congress money, specifying what is owed and when it was owed and consequences if not paid within 60 days of the invoice date.
  2. Allow the member to respond in writing within the original invoice date 60 day period.
  3. If no response, the member shall become "not in good standing" after the 60 day past due date and notified of such in writing.
  4. If they do respond, the Treasurer shall notify the Board, for further instruction and response to the member..

Once a member is designated "not in good standing" he and all individuals in his household shall be restricted as follows:

  1. Be barred from trying out as a World Championships team member.
  2. Be barred from running for or holding office.
    (Constitution Article III, Section 7)
  3. Shall not be entitled to vote.
    (Constitution Article III, Section 7)
  4. Shall not be entitled to to propose amendments to the Constitution.
    (Constitution Article III, Section 7)
  5. Shall not be appointed to an election committee.
    (Constitution Article IV, Section 2)
  6. Shall not be allowed to join or serve on any committee.
  7. Shall not be allowed to second any nominations for Board candidate nominations.
  8. Shall not be allowed to attend any seminar that results in certification.
  9. Shall not participate as a Congress member in a sanctioned competitions or breeding evaluations. Individuals may still participate but must pay any non-member penalty fees.
  10. Shall not be permitted to advertise on the website or in the Quarterly magazine.
  11. Shall not represent the Congress at any FEIF conference.
  12. Shall not advertise events on the website's bulletin board or event calendar.
  13. Shall not be allowed to renew membership until all past due monies are paid.

The sanctions and limitations described above shall apply to all persons associated with a membership if at least one person associated with the membership is "not in good standing". If a business is responsible for the debt to the Congress, all persons associated with all memberships held by the owners of said business shall be subject to the sanctions and limitations.

23. Errors and Omissions Insurance

The Congress purchase and maintain Errors and Omissions Insurance for the Board and Registry with a $250K level of coverage and an annual premium not to exceed $1000.

24. "Foreign Friends" Membership Alternative

The following program exists to offer a means for interested individuals to participate in Congress sponsored activities if they are constitutionally prohibibited from being members of the USIHC. This alternative to membership is only offered to those who are expressly excluded from joining.

Individuals may become "foreign friends" of the USIHC by paying a fee equal to the current membership fee plus an increase to offset the costs of mailing the Icelandic Horse Quarterly to addresses outside the United States. The current fee shall appear on the membership application form as well as on the website with the fees for the various classes of membership. This fee is due and payable on the same schedule as the membership fees.

In exchange for payment of the "foreign friends" fee, individuals shall receive:

  1. A subscription to the Icelandic Horse Quarterly
  2. The ability to list events on website calendar
  3. The right to participate without non-member fee in any Congress activities where membership or non-member fees apply. This includes but is not limited to:
    1. Sanctioned Competitions
    2. Clinics and seminars
    3. Breeding Evaluations
    4. Stallion listings
  4. The ability to purchase Farm Listings on the website and in the Quarterly.
  5. The ability to advertise on the website
  6. Have written information on their farm or events on display at Congress Booth locations

While "foreign friends" are not members and may not exercise the rights and privileges of members, the "member not in good standing" policy applies to individuals who have not met financial commitments to the USIHC.

25. Non-member Fee Determination

Membership status for all Congress (USIHC sanctioned and sponsored) events, which have non-member fees (see policy # 18), shall be determined and included in the event registration materials. Any participant who is not a member in good standing shall be required to pay the appropriate non-member fee (2018: fee set at $50). Non member fees should be collected prior to the event, if USIHC membership cannot be verified. If the participant can prove USIHC membership at the time of the event, the fee may be reimbursed at the conclusion of the event. The event organizer shall be responsible for the collection of all non-member fees and they shall be paid to the USIHC prior to the release of any USIHC funding (for example: Policy 30, Flagship Funding; Policy 31, Regional Club Clinic and Schooling Show Funding). These fees should also be included with the show report form and fee for sanctioned shows.

26. General Members Meetings

In order to facilitate communication between the Board and membership as well as conduct such business requiring membership approval, such as amendment of the constitution, the Board shall:

  1. Schedule at least one meeting per year; maximum of three.
  2. Hold meetings at events which usually have a large draw (estimate of 30 members)
  3. Post all Officer and Committee Annual Reports on the website by January 15th. (For 2011 reports: February 1st.)
  4. Post selected meeting venues on the website as soon as they are selected with a minumum of 60-days notice.
  5. Obtain the permisison of the event oraganizer before scheduling the meeting and coordinate logistics with the event organizer.
  6. Ensure at least 3 Board members be present at each meeting. Every Board member is strongly encouraged to attend a meeting not in his/her area; Board members present must be reasonably knowledgeable about reports submitted by those not present.
  7. Rreimburse any Board member's nonrefundable travel expenses in the event the meeting is canceled.

27. Project/Event Funding

The "grant" funding model was suspended in February 2016.

All members and clubs are welcome to present ad hoc funding requests to the Board for consideration.

28. Promotional Brochure Distribution

USIHC brochures are available to USIHC members and Affiliated Clubs upon request, from the Promotion Committee Chair, for use in promoting the breed and Congress. The brochures are 8 1/2" x 11" tri-fold style and in full color. Along with general information about the breed, a listing of all USIHC Affiliated Clubs is included on the back page of the brochure. Distribution of the brochures is as follows:
  1. The brochures are available in multiples of 50.
  2. There is no charge for the brochures.
  3. USIHC will pay for standard USPS First Class Mail shipping of the brochures.
  4. Requests for quantities of 500 and above for use at events such as trade shows must be made at least 4 weeks in advance.

29. Young Horse Linear Description Financial Support - There is no funding for Young Horse Assessment in 2018.

In 2017, the Board has approved a total of $2,000 to be to be divided into four separate grants of $500 each for Young Horse Linear Description events. Applications post-marked on or after June 1, 2017 will be considered for funding. Funding will be awarded on a first-applied first-funded basis as long as all other criteria are met. Once the event has been approved by the US Breeding Leader as successfully completed and all documents received, payment will be issued to the organizer by the USIHC Treasurer.

Requirements:

Event organizers that follow these guidelines but do not access funding are still strongly encouraged to submit the data in the forms requested (iPad and paper) to the USIHC Breeding Leader in order to facilitate submission of the data to the FEIF researchers.

30a. Sanctioned Show Funding

TThe USIHC understands the needs to provide support for Sanctioned Sport Shows, especially in new regions. In order to provide the substantial financial support needed the USIHC has decided that for the 2018 calendar year a total of $3,250 will be budgeted to support these events. This amount will be distributed on a sliding scale for the first four times the event is held (an event will be determined by location and/or show organizer) The first funding amount will be$1,000, the second will be $750, the third $500 and the fourth and final will be $250. Funding qualification is based on the date the sanction is granted not the date of the event.

After the qualifying event has been deemed successfully completed by the US Sport Leader, the USIHC Treasurer will distribute the supporting funds to the designated party. Events that have qualified, but fail to successfully be completed, will not be funded and may not be funded in the future under this program at the discretion of the USIHC Board of Directors.

30b. Breed Evaluation Funding (2018)

The USIHC understands the needs to provide support for critical programs such as breed evaluations. The USIHC recognizes the great expense of a breed evaluation and that most organizers do not have adequate experience in anticipating and managing the costs. The goal is to assist organizers with funding to enable them to ultimately become self sufficient.

The budget for Breed Evaluations in 2018 is $2000. The distribution of these funds will be recommended by the Breeding Committee and approved by the BOD, within the following parameters.

After the qualifying event has been deemed successfully completed by the US Breeding Leader, the USIHC Treasurer will distribute the supporting funds to the designated party. Events that have qualified, but fail to successfully be completed, will not be funded and may not be funded in the future under this program at the discretion of the USIHC Board of Directors.

31. Regional Club Clinic or Schooling Show Support (2018)

Policy #31 has been budgeted $3500 by the USIHC to support clinics or schooling shows held by USIHC regional clubs ($250 per club). Funds will be distributed in $250 increments, for the calendar year 2018 subject to the eligibility requirements below.

Eligibility:

  1. The event must be open to the public to either participate, or audit.
  2. The event details must be submitted to both the Affiliated Club Committee Chair (affiliated_clubs@icelandics.org) and the USIHC Secretary (calendar@icelandics.org) for inclusion in the USIHC Calendar of Events no later than 1 month (30 days) before the event.(The club hosting the event must be in good standing with the USIHC at the time of event submission for inclusion on Event calendar.)
  3. Each regional club will be eligible for one $250 grant in 2018. (No more than one grant/club will be approved. Maximum is $250.)
  4. The regional club hosting the event must be in good standing with the USIHC at the time of the event.
  5. New regional clubs formed after January 1, 2018, will be eligible for funding only if the budget allows and therefore are not guaranteed funding.
  6. All riders and auditors must be in compliance with Policy #18. Organizer must submit a list of riders and auditors for verification of USIHC membership (prior to the event) to the Affiliated Club Committee Chair, any rider found not to be a USIHC member is subject to a $50 non member fee due to the USIHC, see policy #25.
  7. All participating horses must be Icelandic horses
  8. The event must be approved as successfully completed by the Affiliated Club Committee Chair.
  9. Once the event has been approved as successfully completed payment will be issued to the Regional Club by the USIHC Treasurer.
Suggested (but not required): Affiliated Club include a write up of the event in the Quarterly.

32. Schooling Show Support (2017) Please refer to Policy 31

The USIHC has budgeted to support Schooling Shows. Funds will be distributed in increments of $250 per event for up to 12 events in the 2017 calendar year subject to the eligibility requirements below.

After the qualifying event has been deemed successfully completed by the US Sport Leader, the USIHC Treasurer will distribute the supporting funds to the designated party. Events that have qualified, but fail to successfully be completed, will not be funded and may not be funded in the future under this program at the discretion of the USIHC Board of Directors.

33. Breed Evaluation Education

The USIHC Board has budgeted $500 in 2018 as a loss prevention for an educational seminar with the goal of educating members of the breeding committee as well as breeders, owners, and potential buyers about breed evaluations.

34. Email Voting

If an issue is critical and a vote is needed before a Board Call, a BOD can request an Email Vote. This email should be flagged with ‘VOTE NEEDED’ in the subject line. Each BOD has 48 hours to respond. A super majority of seven positive votes carries the proposal.

If a proposal does not pass, it can be brought into the next board call for further discussion. All email votes are to be included in the next month’s minutes after committee reports.