The Manitoba Barrel Racing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of barrel racing in the province of Manitoba. Divisional (3D and 4D) barrel racing events give riders and barrel horses of different ability and skill levels the opportunity to compete in three or four divisions based on their running times.
Members must meet the minimum attendance requirement at MBRA sanctioned or co-sanctioned races to qualify for the Annual Manitoba Barrel Racing Finals. Thanks to generous barrel racing sponsor support, the MBRA adds money and prizes to each division within the Open, Youth and Select classes at the year-end finals.
The board would like to welcome Dawn Vandersteen as the new Secretary/Treasurer of the MBRA. We are excited to have Dawn on board as she was one of the founders of the MBRA as well as the first MBRA President. Dawn has been busy getting up to speed on all her new duties and is trying to make the transition as smooth as possible for our members.
With this change please note that the MBRA office address has changed. Please send any correspondence that needs to go by mail to the new mailing address:
MBRA C/O Dawn Vandersteen
Due to work commitment and acceptance of a full-time position applications are currently being accepted to fill the role of secretary/treasurer. If you are interested, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will close June 11, 2021.
The Secretary / Treasurer
The Secretary / Treasurer position will be filled by an expression of interest and interview process. They shall be responsible for setting up an office, deal with correspondence, update the website, send correspondence to the newspaper and take minutes at all meetings. He or she will keep an updated spreadsheet of memberships, sanctioned jackpots and the prize fund. He or she also will keep an updated spreadsheet of sponsors, sponsor packages, and prize lists. In preparation for finals, the secretary will send out finals packages, receipts, sponsor information, thank yous, worker lists and help with general planning of the finals. The secretary will assist in sponsorship and fundraising. They will also keep an updated ledger of all aspects of the MBRA financial account. He or she will provide a statement at each meeting and a prepare a current financial statement for the AGM. With board approval, the treasurer is responsible for having an audit completed.
With the announcement of tightened restrictions in the province of Manitoba extending to June 12, 2021, the MBRA board has voted to remove the jackpot attendance requirements for the for the 2021 season to attend our Fall Event. Our intention with this decision is that it will reduce travel, as members will not need to travel to the required 5 jackpots for this season and to ensure members residing in areas not yet able to sanction are not being denied the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 Fall Event.
May 26, 2021
To all MBRA members,
The board is continuing to closely monitor Covid-19 restrictions and working hard to keep moving forward in these trying times. With the announcement of tightened restrictions in the province of Manitoba extending to June 12, 2021, the MBRA board has voted to remove the jackpot attendance requirements for the for the 2021 season to attend our Fall Event. Our intention with this decision is that it will reduce travel, as members will not need to travel to the required 5 jackpots for this season and to ensure members residing in areas not yet able to sanction are not being denied the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 Fall Event.
As mentioned in a previous update, the association is going with a regional/area approach regarding sanctioning, since the membership is made up of members from multiple provinces and even the USA. This decision was based off what we experienced in Manitoba in the Summer of 2020, where the Manitoba Government assigned different response levels to different Health Regions within the province. Therefore, we wanted to look at a similar approach for the association so events can begin to happen when and where they would be allowed under Provincial Public Health Orders. For events sanctioned outside of the province of Manitoba, they must follow the restrictions of their Provincial Public Health Order and Health Region. It will be the responsibility of the members know the current Public Health Order of the region/province they reside in and of the region/province of the event they are attending. As per the current Manitoba Public Health Order, 14 days of self-isolation is required for all individuals returning to or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions.
We are mindful of the concerns on the decision to do a regional approach to sanctioning and sanctioning outside the province; however, we are doing so to keep the association moving forward where allowed. Events being hosted outside the province of Manitoba are not something new, as the association has annually sanctioned multiple events outside the province in the past. These events have totaled between 43% - 55% of the MBRA’s yearly prize fund going back to 2017. Every year the association incurs expenses whether we are sanctioning events or not which need to be paid. By allowing the association to sanction where it is allowed, those members and hosts can continue supporting the association and covering those expenses.
We are still optimistic to see everyone again at the Keystone Centre in October, for our Fall Event and are doing everything we can to make the best of these uncertain times.
The MBRA Board and Executive
May 31, 2021
To All MBRA Members,
We as a board are striving to keep our members informed and up-to-date with MBRA news. Recently the board met and several items of consideration were discussed including the sanctioning of events.
It is with great enthusiasm that the Manitoba Barrel Racing Association board has decided to sanction jackpots by area. What does this mean? It means that MBRA will be breaking the province of Manitoba into the health regions. If your health region is not in code red and events are allowed we will be happy to sanction them. Anything outside the province will also be allowed to sanction as long as restrictions allow.
All forms have been uploaded to the website and must be adhered to. There will be two sets of sanctioning packages – a package for the province of Manitoba and a package for outside of Manitoba.
In regards to the 2021 finals/fall event, the board is going ahead with planning of an event in whatever form we are able. We will continue to do the best we can with our membership’s safety in mind.
The board would like to welcome and thank our new directors that have stepped up to finish out the year – Rebecca Craig, Brenna Waylett, Ashley Langevin, Madison Leonard, Shelley Adams and Whitney Gallant.
The MBRA board and executive
May 13, 2021
Memberships purchased July 15, 2021 and after are 2022 memberships
Membership year is July 15th to October 4th of each season year. (example: July 15 2020 - October 4 2021)
More information to come
Tentative Dates October 1 - 3, 2021
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