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MFTHBA Affiliate Program

New Program Effective January 1, 2020

Affiliates are formed by local, state or regional groups through application for recognition and approval of the MFTHBA Board of Directors. The MFTHBA encourages and supports Affiliate participation in equine events as a means to promote our Missouri Fox Trotting Horse. In  order to qualify for Affiliate status, the following initial guidelines must be met and maintained:

Affiliate requirements

  • The MFTHBA requires each affiliate to actively promote the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse and the MFTHBA.
  • All affiliate officers must be current members of the MFTHBA. The MFTHBA requires that affiliates report a list of new officers each year as elections are held, including date and location.
  • The Official Rules, Standards, and Policies Book of the MFTHBA must be followed by each affiliate.
  • Each affiliate is encouraged to present a yearly report to the MFTHBA board, through their elected representatives.
  • Each affiliate should actively encourage and promote the formation of a Youth Horsemanship Program for Missouri Fox Trotters in their area.
  • Each affiliate agrees to keep records and supply those records, upon request, to the MFTHBA board.
  • The leadership of each affiliate is strongly encouraged to become educated on the MFTHBA member benefits and to educate their members regarding those benefits.
  • Each affiliate is encouraged to host at least one National Trail Ride each year.
  • Each affiliate must meet and maintain the criteria of their affiliate level (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Iron).

Annual Report and Affiliate Dues

  • Annual reports must be submitted to the MFTHBA office by March 1.
  • Affiliate dues must be submitted to the MFTHBA by March 1st of each year at the rate of $1.00 per affiliate member. Example: The annual affiliate dues for an affiliate with 15 members (whether each affiliate member is an MFTHBA member or not) would be $15.00.
    • A “grace period” of 2 months will be provided allowing an affiliate to move up to the next affiliate level, after the March 1st deadline, as long as the annual dues and reports were submitted on time and additional affiliate dues are submitted by May 1st.

Affiliate Benefits

All affiliates will receive the following support from the MFTHBA.  Additional benefits may be available to affiliates based on their affiliate level.

  • Complimentary space is available for affiliate news on the MFTHBA website. Group or individual photographs of events are encouraged.
  • Complimentary use of the MFTHBA online calendar. All affiliate events may be listed.
  • Upon request, the affiliate may receive a list of the MFTHBA members within the affiliate area to be used for affiliate membership recruitment purposes.
  • Upon request, the affiliate may receive assistance with promoting affiliate events. The MFTHBA will utilize its available marketing tools including website, social media, email newsletters, and text blasts.
  • Upon request, the MFTHBA will provide the affiliate promotional materials for distribution at events.

Affiliate levels

Iron Level: No minimum number of MFTHBA members.

  • The affiliate should strive to reach the Bronze Level of 10 MFTHBA members.
  • Iron Level affiliates will have five years to reach the Bronze Level, which requires a minimum of 10 MFTHBA members.
  • Listed as an “Iron Level Affiliate” on the MFTHBA affiliate page.

Bronze Level:  Minimum of 10 MFTHBA members, while striving to reach the Silver Level of 20 MFTHBA members.

  • Eligible for the MFTHBA Cost-Share Program for Equine Expos and Clinics, but not eligible for both in the same calendar year.
  • Listed as a “Bronze Level Affiliate” on the MFTHBA affiliate page.

Silver Level:  Minimum of 20 MFTHBA members.

  • Eligible for the MFTHBA Cost-Share Program for Equine Expos and Clinics.
  • Listed as a “Silver Level Affiliate” on the MFTHBA affiliate page.

Gold Level: Minimum of 50 MFTHBA members.

  • Eligible to receive up to $200.00 in financial support from the MFTHBA for any affiliate sponsored event. This event may be a show, trail ride, seminar, clinic, banquet, or other affiliate events.
  • Twenty percent (20%) discount on advertising rates for MFTHBA produced publications
  • Eligible for the MFTHBA Cost-Share Program for Equine Expos and Clinics.
  • Listed as a “Gold Level Affiliate” on the MFTHBA affiliate page.

Platinum Level: Minimum of 100 MFTHBA members.

  • Eligible to receive up to $500.00 in financial support from the MFTHBA for any affiliate sponsored event. This event may be a show, trail ride, seminar, clinic, banquet, or other affiliate events.
  • Complimentary business card size advertisement in the World Show and Celebration Program.
  • Twenty percent (20%) discount on advertising rates for MFTHBA produced publications
  • Eligible for the MFTHBA Cost-Share Program for Equine Expos and Clinics.
  • Listed as a “Platinum Level Affiliate” on the MFTHBA affiliate page.

 

For more information, please contact the MFTHBA office at foxtrot@mfthba.com or 417-683-2468.

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