THE OKLAHOMA COWGIRLS ASSOCIATION 2014 RULE BOOK

CONSTITUTION

TITLE

This Association shall be known as THE OKLAHOMA COWGIRLS ASSOCIATION, herein referred to as OCA.  The OCA shall at all times be operated and conducted as a non-profit Association in accordance with the laws of the State of Oklahoma, providing for such rights as granted to Associations of this kind.

 

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the OCA shall be to promote barrel racing, at all levels, to anyone who enjoys the sport of barrel racing.  The OCA will strive to promote the sport, fellowship, fairness and FUN among barrel racers.

 

PLACE OF BUSINESS

The principal place of business shall be Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Business may be carried on at any place convenient to the members or officials, as may be participating.  Jackpots will be held within a 50 mile radius of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

 

ASSOCIATION EMBLEM

   

BY-LAWS

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to everyone who enjoys the sport of barrel racing.

Annual dues become payable on January 1 or at the year-end banquet, whichever comes first.  The fiscal year will run from January 1 through December 31.  Fiscal year of points will run Nov 1 to Nov 1 (with exception of rain dates).

 

MEMBERSHIP FEES

$30.00                  Single – Open 4D and 1 set of points.

$30.00                  Junior (12 & Under) and 1 set of points.

$10.00                  Each additional horse for points.

$30.00                  Futurity nomination fee (you do NOT have to pay an Open & Futurity nomination fee unless you are nominating for both)

$10.00                  Each additional Futurity horse for points.

 

A member must designate on the membership form if they wish points to accumulate on HORSE or on RIDER.  If points are on RIDER, nominated RIDER must ride in order to get points, however, they may ride any horse.  A member can ride a nominated horse for another member for points.  There will be no backtracking of points regardless of sale or injury. Designation must be done prior to running. All nominations must compete or buy in($25) at 10 jackpots to receive awards. Points will not be counted until membership dues, additional horse fees and any prior obligations are paid.

If an additional horse fee has been paid and the horse is sold during its competition year, the points will go with the horse. The horse may continue to compete if the new owner is, or becomes a member and can fulfill all requirements to receive year-end awards (this includes fees paid, work requirements, etc.).

 

Non-members may compete, but will not be eligible for OCA year-end awards.

While in good standing, all members shall have equal rights, interests and responsibilities with respect to the Association and it's property.  Shall obey and be bound by all rules of the Association and decisions or actions of the Board of Officers; shall have the right to vote by personal attendance at membership meetings; and shall have the right to hold office and committee assignments.

The Board of Officers may expel and/or penalize members for conduct that is not in accordance with such rules and regulations of the Association.

If an additional horse fee has been paid and the horse is sold during its competition year, the points will go with the horse. The horse may continue to compete if the new owner is, or becomes a member and can fulfill all requirements to receive year-end awards (this includes fees paid, work requirements, etc.).

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Each member must meet the appropriate age requirement to enter Junior Class (12 & Under).  Eligibility for the Junior Class (12 & Under) will be as of January 1 of the current year.

1. All members are required to pay an entry fee and attend ten (10) OCA jackpots to receive year-end awards.  At least 10 jackpots must be paid for BY THE START of the last jackpot in order to receive awards/jackets. 

 

2. All members must work at 5 jackpots and spread them throughout the season, not just at the beginning.  Also, you can buy in at $20 per jackpot.

 

3. All members are encouraged to sell Fundraisers (jerky and candy). In order to receive year-end awards, members must sell at least one box of candy or 2 boxes of jerky. You may also “buy-in” on the profit of this at $30 per set of awards. All Fundraises must be paid for WHEN you pick them up. You may post date a check if necessary.

 

4. Members receiving year-end awards, but cannot attend the business meeting and banquet, must contact the President by letter and provide someone to accept their awards in person at the banquet or their year-end awards will be forfeited to the next qualified person in the standings.  Unless there are extenuating circumstances.

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The election of Officers will be by a majority vote, by either secret ballot or a show of hands, of members present at the year-end business meeting preceding the banquet.

 

BOARD OF OFFICERS

The Board of Officers will consist of:

President

Vice-President

Jackpot Secretary

Correspondence Secretary/Point Tabulator/Futurity Director

Donation Officer(s)

Junior Director

Arena Director(s)

Worklist Director

Fundraising Director

Website Coordinator

 

         The Board of Officers will manage the business and property of the Association.

 

The Board of Officers will by majority vote make any decision regarding any problem arising that may not be covered by the Association rule book and their decision is final.

 

At meetings of the Board of Officers, the President (Vice-President if the President is unable to attend) shall preside and conduct at all meetings.  Business shall be transacted in such order as the Board may determine.  The President shall preside at all meetings and see that the by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association are enforced.

It will be the President's duty to notify all Board members of meetings, which a quorum of five (5) Officers are needed to vote on any issue.  The President has the ability to call emergency meetings at any time, as long as a quorum is present to vote or discuss miscellaneous topics.  It shall be the duty of the Board members to attend all Board meetings and general membership meetings.

The Board of Officers from time to time may create and empower other committees, standing, general or special as deemed necessary.  

ELECTIVE OFFICERS AND DUTIES  

The Board of Officers of the OCA will consist of President, Vice-President, Jackpot Secretary, Correspondence Secretary/Point Tabulator/Futurity Director, Donation Officer(s), Junior Director, Arena Director(s), Worklist Director, Fundraising Director, and Website Coordinator.

The Arena Director(s) will assign the dates and arenas for the jackpots of the upcoming year and approved by the Board.  In the choice of arenas consideration shall be given to cost, ground and location as to evenly cover the membership area.  The Board of Officers shall have the authority to pay any fee deemed necessary in conjunction with a jackpot.

 

PRESIDENT:         The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings.  The President shall see that the by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association are enforced and will have final decision authority on all rules and regulations in any dispute.  Plus, the President will have full authority and support of the Board of Officers.  It will be the President's duty to notify all Board Members of meetings and/or the ability to call emergency meetings at any time it is called upon, as long a quorum is present to vote or discuss miscellaneous topics.  If a problem arises and a quorum is not available, the problem will be tabled until a quorum can be called.  The President shall perform such other duties as are necessary to the proper administration of the affairs of the Association.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT:    The Vice-President shall assist the President and fulfill the duties of the President in his/her absence.  This office will monitor, along with the President, the running of the jackpots.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board.  Duties will also include auditing of the points for the Points Tabulator.

 

JACKPOT SECRETARY:    The Jackpot Secretary shall have custody of the Association funds.  The Jackpot Secretary will keep accurate records of the funds and give an accounting of such at all Board meetings and monthly in the monthly newsletter.  If the Jackpot Secretary cannot attend a jackpot function, he/she will find a replacement, which must be approved by the President. The Jackpot Secretary shall also keep an accurate financial record of all monies (income and expenses) for the Association and submit to the President and Correspondence Secretary.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board.

 

CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY/POINT TABULATOR/FUTURITY DIRECTOR:    The Correspondence Secretary shall be at all of the Association functions.  The Correspondence Secretary will be responsible to see that our sponsors get proper advertisement at each jackpot.  The Correspondence Secretary will also send notices of general membership meetings, take minutes of meetings, and keep an accurate record of the points (Point Tabulator).  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board.

 

DONATION OFFICER(S):    The Donation Officer will write companies to obtain donations, visit, and solicit companies in the immediate area.  The Donation Officer will make a proposal for the disbursement of the donations for year-end awards and give this to the Board of Officers for approval.  The Donation Officer will see that the donations and year-end awards are delivered to the year-end awards banquet.  Each Officer may assist the Donation Officer to obtain donations and sponsors.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board. DO are in charge of locating and discussing with the Board a date for the Banquet.   DO is also in charge of Banquet Programs and Decorations.

 

JUNIOR DIRECTOR:      The Junior Director will be responsible for the Junior Barrels (12 & Under).  The Arena Director will see that the barrels are properly staked, the timer in the proper place and the ground conditions are safe.  Drags will be set at 5 runs regardless to retain the safety of horse and rider UNLESS Officers determine ground is acceptable to be fair and go 7 or 8 (e.g.: If there are 14 in the Jrs, if the ground is acceptable drag in the middle). A drag will be made before the class.  The Junior Director will also see that all members in this event are of proper age.  Eligibility for the Junior Barrels (12 & Under) is January 1 of the current year.  The Junior Director will keep the Jackpot Secretary notified of any person who is not eligible to compete at each jackpot.  The Junior Director will be responsible to investigate the eligibility (according to OCA rules) on a person if requested or if there is any kind of probable cause.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board. The Junior Director is responsible for coordination of Food stand items at jackpots where the OCA runs the Food stand.  This director is the "go to" person for who is bringing what.

 

ARENA DIRECTOR(S):       The Arena Director will see that each jackpot site has been verified and that someone is responsible for contacting the jackpot site to see that the ground and everything is in order prior to the jackpot.  The Arena Director will be responsible for the timer, stakes, and speaker system.  The Arena Director will see that the barrels are properly staked.  The timer in the proper place and the ground conditions are safe.  Drags will be set at 5 runs regardless to retain the safety of horse and rider UNLESS Officers determine ground is acceptable to be fair and go 7 or 8.  A drag will be made at the beginning of the class.  The Arena Director shall give the Jackpot Secretary the measurements of the pattern before the class starts in case a stake is lost.  The Arena Director will see that the above equipment is ready before each jackpot, and in their possession at the end of each jackpot.  Other duties will be left to the discretion of the Board.

 

WORK LIST DIRECTOR:      The Work list Director shall be at all of the Association functions.  The Work list Director will be responsible for the work list and ensuring that the persons on the work list are in place at their designated times.

 

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR:    The Fundraising Director will be responsible for all fundraising items.

 

WEBSITE COORDINATOR:     The Website Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the site is accurate and posting of the results and points as they are accumulated.

 

BOARD MEMBER INCENTIVES: Dues will be paid for board members for the year they are in office.  And banquet dinner will be paid by the association. (voted in 2014)

 

GENERAL RULES

There shall be fifteen (15) approved point jackpots during the fiscal year.  Rain Dates/Moneymakers will be scheduled as needed.  Rain Dates will be counted as a point jackpot.  It is suggested that members attend Moneymaker jackpots to support the Association.  The jackpots will be scheduled in an attempt to benefit members of the Association without scheduling over other functions if possible.

There will be a $3.00 timer charge and a $2.00 per person per jackpot charge.  These charges are in addition to the entry fee for each class and will not be figured in the payoffs.

 

Example:     4D Entry Fee                                       $20.00

                    Timer Charge                                      $3.00

Office Charge (per jackpot)          $2.00

                                                                               $25.00

Exhibition costs are $4.00/each.   

 

If a member must make a re-run due to timer failure, any penalties incurred in the first run will not be carried over to the second run.  The member or non-member DOES NOT have the option of riding a different horse on the re-run.

 

All dogs are to be kept on a leash, at all times.

No horse will be allowed in the arena after the jackpot has started, even during a drag.  However, a horse maybe assisted into the alleyway, but not into the arena to start the run.

If a General Membership meeting is called at the time of a scheduled barrel race, for any reason, it must be held at the starting time of the jackpot to give everyone time to arrive on the premises.   This will allow everyone to have a vote on the issue.

 

If a timer should fail completely or if the jackpot is rained out in the middle of a point jackpot, the winners will receive payout and the remaining non-runners will be reimbursed their entry fee(s) and the jackpot will be considered a non-point jackpot.  The jackpot will then be rescheduled on the next available Rain Date listed on the schedule.

There will be no re-runs for tack failure in any event.

If a member is unsure about a jackpot or meeting, it is up to that member to call a Board Member to get the information.  However, regarding any schedule change or a rain out an officer will try to notify all members, but it is still the responsibility of each member to reach a Board Member.

If a stake is lost or pulled up the pattern will be re-staked using the measurements the Director gave the Jackpot Secretary.

OCA Officers and Associates will not be held liable for accidents or theft during all OCA functions.

 

Members may be disqualified for any of the following reasons:

a.       Cheating or attempting to cheat in any way.

b.       Misconduct.

c.       Working horse on barrel pattern after the ground has been worked.

d.       Use of drugs (personal or on animal) and/or alcohol

 

EVENTS

OCA Division Classes will consist of and ran in this order:

          Junior (12 & Under as of January 1 of the current year) – At the discretion of the Jackpot Secretary if we have 20 or more nominated by the second jackpot, we will pay out in a 3D, 1 second split. Junior times will NOT be allowed to carry over to the Open class.

 

          Open 4D - 1/2, 1/2, whole split

All classes will draw for positions.

Event and Entry Fee ($5.00 timer/arena fee included):

          Juniors  (12 & Under)                           $15.00

          Open 4D                                                 $25.00

          Futurity                                                     $25.00

          Building Fee  (where applicable)      $7.00

          BBR Fee  (where applicable)               $1.00

           

Equal payoff and last place of payoff will payback a minimum of entry fee.

 

Fees must be paid BEFORE a number will be drawn.  Fees can be paid by anyone, they do not need to be paid by the contestant.

PRE ENTRIES - OCA will accept PAID pre entries ONLY.  May be mailed in to Pre Entry Secretary or put into an envelope at the previous jackpot.  May ask for Early, middle, or end of jackpot.  NO requesting top of ground draws.  May only pre enter one jackpot at a time.  No entering for several. IE: may enter #3 jackpot after #2, etc.  Pre entry must be received by Pre entry Secretary by Wednesday prior to the jackpot entering. Also if you pre enter and the draw has been posted, you cannot roll your entry to the next jackpot or recieve your money back. The only way you can get your pre entry money back is to have a vet release. This was voted on at the 2014 membership meeting.

 

FUTURITY INCENTIVE

1) Futurity Incentive is a side pot off of the Open class.  It is open to horses 5 & under who have not competed prior to December 1 preceding their futurity year.

2) A copy of horse’s papers must be turned in with nomination in order for points to begin counting.

Fees
1) Nomination fee $30.
2) Class fee $25.($5 awards, $20 jackpot)

Pay Out
1) Straight payout paying 1 place per 4 entries.
1-4 pays 1, 5-8 pays 2, 9-12 pays 3, 13-16 pays 4, 17-20 pays 5, etc.

2) By jackpot #5 if there are 10-19 nominations, Futurity changes to 2D - full second split.

3) By jackpot #5 there are 20+ nominations, Futurity changes to 3D - 2 second off 1D time.

Points
1) Points given 25 to 1.

Awards
1) Must have at least 20 nominations to give a saddle, unless a member gets a saddle donated. Awards will be given to all who receive points and perform requirements as stated in the Open Division.

 

PAYOFF SYSTEM  

For the Junior Points awarded will start with 25 through 1 and any time not receiving a NT will receive at least 1 point.

Payout is at the discretion of the Jackpot Secretary. 

For the Open 4D jackpot the number of places and amount paid will be as follows:  # of riders x $20 divided by 4 x the percentage.   Points awarded will start with 50 through 1 and any time not receiving a NT will receive at least 1 point.

4D FORMAT

Number of Entries

PLACES

1 - 13

14 - 26

27 - 53

54 - 80

81 - 107

108 - 134

135 - 161

162+

1ST

100%

60%

50%

40%

30%

28%

26%

24%

2ND

 

40%

30%

30%

25%

22%

20%

18%

3RD

 

 

20%

20%

20%

18%

15%

15%

4TH

 

 

 

10%

15%

14%

12%

12%

5TH

 

 

 

 

10%

10%

10%

10%

6TH

 

 

 

 

 

8%

9%

8%

7TH

 

 

 

 

 

 

8%

7%

8TH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6%

 

AWARDS & POINT SYSTEM

The calendar fiscal year for the OCA points is from November 1 through November 1 of the following year (with the exception of rain dates). Points will be counted only after dues, additional horse fees and any prior obligations are paid.

 

When a jackpot is involved with the Better Barrel Races (BBR) a change in payout will take place. It would change the equal payout to 35%, 30%, 20% and 15% for those jackpots only. Each run would also have to pay an extra dollar office charge at all BBR approved jackpots.

 

In all jackpots, points will be given only to members.  Non-members will not be considered.  Points will stay in the payoff “D” of the jackpot.  Fastest member’s time in the “D” will earn 50 points.  Second fastest member’s time will earn 49 points, etc.

 

Saddles will be awarded to the Open 4D Champion in each division.  Reserve Champion buckles will be awarded in each division of the Open 4D.  If the Junior (12 & Under) class supports itself only then will a saddle and Reserve buckle be given in each division.  Otherwise donations would need to be used to purchase saddles and buckles.

Equal number of places awarded to each division, which will be determined by the number of members along with the decision of the directors mid-way through the season. (After the 8th jackpot).  Board will make every effort to give progressive awards in descending order.  IE: 1st-5th place will receive more than 6th-10th place, etc.

Every member who completes all requirements will receive a jacket at year’s end.  These jackets were voted on and will be NICE jackets and 1 per person, not per set of awards.  This was voted on and won unanimously at the 2007 awards banquet.

To receive year-end awards, the rider must have a membership and fulfill all required duties.  In the event of a tie in a division, the tie will be broken by:

1.      The amount of money won in the division.

2.      Number of runs made.

3.      Choice of a coin toss or run off.

 

EVENT RULES

There will be at least two (2) people keeping time.  A Junior (12 & Under) will not be allowed work in the office or alone in the arena as a work requirement.

The pattern is made up of three (3) 55-gallon drums.  The contestant will do a cloverleaf pattern around the barrels.  The time will begin when the horse crosses the timer light.  Time will end when the horse completes the pattern and returns across the timer light.  The contestant may start either to the left or to the right.

 

Knocking over a barrel shall carry a “no time”.  Disqualification consists of turning a barrel twice or making more than the three turns of the cloverleaf pattern or crossing the finish line prior to completion of run.  Any of these actions will result in a "no time".  In other words, the rider must always be in a forward motion to qualify as a good pattern.

 

The course must be measured exactly and the pattern will be staked, if possible.  The barrels will be set in accordance with the measurements of the arena, but not to exceed 90' x 105’with a 60’ score line and 15' from the fence.  The starting line should be sufficient to properly start and stop.  The Director of the class shall give the Jackpot Secretary the length of the pattern before the class starts in case a stake is lost.  The Director of the class will see that the barrels are properly staked, the timer in the proper place and the ground conditions are safe.  Drags will be set at 5 runs UNLESS officers determine ground is acceptable to be fair and go 7 or 8..  A drag will be made at the beginning of each class.

Contestants may ride any horse, regardless of ownership, and may ride as many horses as they choose in a class. However, a horse may not be shown by more than one person in a class, unless the following conditions are met:

a. Both contestants are members of the same immediate family who reside in the same household (husband, wife, children and grandchildren 21 and under). Children and grandchildren 21 and under who are attending school away from home, but who reside part of the year with their parents or grandparents are included under this rule.

b. Neither contestant is showing any other horse in that class.
c. In no case will the same horse be run more than twice in the same class.

Clarification: If a Junior chooses to run in the Juniors ONLY, Anyone can run that horse in the Open. If the Junior pays BOTH the Junior and Open fee, then the above rule applies...

Clarification: A horse, regardless of nomination, member or non member, can only receive ONE time per class, UNLESS the above rule applies to them.

 

MEMBERSHIP & ADDITIONAL HORSE FEE RULES

When you pay your membership dues you are entitled to points on yourself (RIDER). You can ride any horse to receive these points. However, if you ride more than one horse at a jackpot, you must state on the entry form which horse will receive membership points PRIOR to the jackpot. A member can also pay a $10.00 nomination fee for each additional horse to receive points and year-end awards on that horse(s) only.  A nominated horse must compete in 10 jackpots to receive awards. A member must designate on the membership form if they wish points to accumulate on HORSE or on RIDER.  If points are on RIDER, nominated RIDER must ride in order to get points, however, they may ride any horse.  A member can ride a nominated horse for another member for points.  A junior member must ride a junior nominated horse.   There will be no backtracking of points regardless of sale or injury.   

Points will not be counted until membership dues, additional horse fees and any prior obligations are paid.

 

If an additional horse fee has been paid and the horse is sold during its competition year, the points will go with the horse. The horse may continue to compete if the new owner is, or becomes a member and can fulfill all requirements to receive year-end awards (this includes fees paid, work requirements, etc.).

 

PENALTIES AND VIOLATIONS

Board of Officers will be responsible for taking any grievance.  If possible, the grievance will be taken care of on the spot.  If not, the Officers will make a decision at a special meeting.  The meeting will take place no more than five (5) days after the incident and a decision will be made and given to the member.  The member(s) involved has the right to be present at this meeting.

No member shall refuse any reasonable request to assist the association, its officers, committees, or sponsors in the proper conduct of the affair of the OCA.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE:

          Any member may be disciplined, fined, suspended, expelled or denied any or all privileges of the Association.  Whenever satisfactory evidence can be given to the Board of Officers that a member has knowingly and willfully violated any pertinent rule of the Association.  All contestants are required to read the rules carefully.  FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN EXCUSE.

          After a rule has been questioned by a member and the President makes the decision to abide by the written rule, under NO CIRCUMSTANCE will the President or any Director be verbally threatened or abused in any way.  The President’s decision  will be final.  The member has the right to withdraw their membership (any fees that have been paid will not be returned) at anytime.

          Violations of the pertinent rules of this Association shall be divided into two categories:

MINOR VIOLATIONS

          Minor violations are those hereafter listed.  A violation of any of these rules may result in a fine not less than $10.00 and not more than $50.00 per violation.  A decision as to the minor violation shall be based upon the written statements from the complaining party and their witnesses and a similar statement by the member complained of and their witnesses.  A decision shall be made by the Board of Officers upon said written documents without hearing by the parties involved.

Minor violations shall be dealt with by the Board of Officers.  A contestant cannot be flagged out for any minor violations.

          Minor Rule Violations: Any member who is subject to a written complaint for a Minor Rule Violation will receive a form letter from the Correspondence Secretary notifying them of the alleged violation within 30 days of said violation.  Member must then submit the money for the fine within the 30 days.  The fine will be increased $5.00 for each month thereafter until paid.  There will be a 60-day time limit on filing minor violations.  A member shall not submit their fine to anyone other than Jackpot Secretary and should not submit a fine until they receive a notice from the Correspondence Secretary.

Insufficient Checks: WILL NOT BE TOLERATEDIf an insufficient check is given, points will not count until the check has cleared or repaid in cash.  Any member who has a check returned to the Jackpot Secretary will be fined $25.00 for the first offense.  Cash will then be accepted from this person, for any fees paid to the OCA thereafter, as long as they hold a membership.

Working your horse on the pattern after the stakes or barrels has been set.  If rule is violated, rider could be subject to forfeiting points received at that jackpot.

Any member who willfully causes trouble inside or outside the ranks of the OCA by excessively complaining, willfully causing disturbances, or unnecessarily aggravating the Officers, judges, or committees.  This includes failure to observe any of the major rules.

Five (5) or more violations of any of the aforementioned over a three (3) year period may result in a major violation.

The decision and action of such Board of Officers shall be final and binding upon all parties, subject only to an appeal to the Board of Officers.  Such appeal shall be made by delivering to the Correspondence Secretary within 20 days of the Board of Officers decision, a notice that the approved party desires an appeal.  The appealing party will be responsible for the cost incurred in obtaining a witness on their behalf and to ensure the payment of such costs.

MAJOR VIOLATIONS

          Major violations are those hereinafter listed.  Whenever anyone shall be accused of any major violations, they shall be given not less that 30 days notice of appointed time.  A place for hearing such accusations by the Board of Officers at which time they shall have an opportunity in person or by counsel (licensed attorney only) to be heard and to present

evidence in their own behalf and to hear and refute evidence offered against them.

          All evidence in a major case will be in person or by written deposition with the aggrieved party having the right of cross-examination.

          There is a 30-day time limit on filing a major violations.

          The accusing party must have at least one witness.

Any member found guilty of using alcohol or drugs in any quantity while competing in an OCA event or under influence of alcohol or drugs in the arena or grounds.  Any member who willfully by an act, whether by commission or omission, the result of which is to place the competitor in a favored position over other contestants.

Any person having a relationship with an OCA competitor, whether related or not, complaining to or interfering with the management, director, committee or judge on behalf of their competitor makes said competitor responsible and liable to this subjection.

Any person having a relationship with an OCA competitor, whether related or not, commits or assists in any act by commission or omission.  The result of which, is to place the OCA competing member in a favored position, makes said competitor responsible and liable to this subjection.

Attempting to fix, threaten, bribe, influence or harass any official or committee or move markers at any time between opening and closing times of events.

Accusing or making statements detrimental to the OCA officials or committee.

Cheating or misusing OCA rules.

Abuse of horse in view of public.  Such accusations must be supported in writing by at least two persons, the complaining party and one witness.

The Board of Officers shall have the authority to suspend for a period not to exceed one year.  Fine in an amount not less than $50.00 and not to exceed $150.00 for first offense, or both.  Expel any member, whenever it shall have been established by satisfactory evidence that such contestant or committee member has knowingly and willfully violated any major pertinent rule of the Association.  The decision and action of the Board of Officers shall be final and binding on all parties and there shall be no appeal therefrom.

After a date a person has been denied the privileges of the Association they shall not be allowed to compete or participate in any contest approved by the OCA.

AMENDMENTS

Any rule change(s) addressed by a member(s) will be made in writing and presented to the Board of Officers.  Any rule change(s) will be placed on the agenda to be voted on at the year-end banquet.  Change(s), addition(s), deletion(s) may amend the rules and regulations, or repeal by a majority vote of the paid membership attending the year-end banquet or at a General Membership called by the President.  Notice will be given to the members of the proposed change(s) at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting if a General Membership meeting is called and held at the time of a scheduled barrel race.  For any reason, it must be held at the starting time of the jackpot to give everyone time to arrive on the premises.   This will allow everyone to have a vote on the issue(s).