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 MBRA board would like to take this time to thank you for your patience as we navigate through these uncertain times, also to apologize for our lack of communication over these past few months. Given the province’s code red status over the winter there wasn’t any new information or updates to pass onto you in regards to reopening sanctions. We apologize if it seemed we were leaving everyone in the dark, as that was not our intention. We would like you to know the board of directors has been monitoring the Covid-19 situation and unfortunately the government’s current regulations do not allow us to sanction at this time, though we are eager to get back to sanctioning once the restrictions allow us.
Our board has also been through some recent changes we want to make you aware of. As most can understand, many of us went through significant changes in 2020 with our lives and our work situations which no one could have anticipated. We are saddened to inform you, MBRA President, Tanis Shackleford, has submitted her resignation of her position on the MBRA Board. The board would like to thank her for navigating the association through the hard decisions we had to make this past year. We wish her all the best in the future. The roll of the interim President will be fulfilled by Vice President, Charmaine Grad, until our 2021 AGM. The 2-year term will be up for election at that time. If you have any questions please reach out to the MBRA office, we would be happy to address them. We would also like to welcome Rae Lyng and Aisha Janssen to the board, they were nominated during our 2020 AGM.
The board is excited to announce we have been in discussion and planning for a 2021 fall event/finals. We want to remain optimistic that we will all be able to meet at the Keystone Centre in the fall for a great weekend of barrel racing, likewise, we need to be prepared for possibility of limited capacities. In our last meeting, we had some great ideas brought forward to still provide a great event with reduced numbers. As a board, we feel it is best to include our membership in this decision, therefore there will be a survey out shortly to gather your feedback on the scenarios we have come up with.
In addition to planning for a 2021 fall event, the board is going to put $5,000 in added money back into MBRA sanctioned jackpots this year. The association will be split into 5 regions, with each region getting $1,000 to have an added money jackpot once sanctions reopen. Hosts will be able to apply to be the added money jackpot host for their region and members will be able to attend any or all of those jackpots should they choose. Additional information on this will be posted shortly. We will continue to monitor the provincial guidelines and hope we can get back to barrel racing with you all soon!
The MBRA board and executive
March 30, 2021
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