Committees of the RMHA

Standing Committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Genetics Committee
  • International Show Committee
  • Marketing & Public Relations Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Publications Committee
  • Registration Advisory Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Show Advisory Committee
  • Show Judging Committee
  • Trail Committee
  • Youth Committee

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Nominating Committee
  • Technology Committee
  • Equitana 2020 Committee


Charles Kilburn Society

Rocky Mountain Horse Foal. Photo Credit Toril Strooper.

Standing Committees

Finance Committee

Duties: The purpose of the Finance Committee is to monitor current financial health and plan the fiscal future of the RMHA in conjunction with members of the Board. The committee’s functions are as follows:

Along with the Treasurer and Board to monitor current financial statements.

Assist the Treasurer and Board in setting goals for budgeting.

Interpret the financial status of the RMHA to the Board.

Ellen Knapp—Chair
Claudia Depew
Mark Eastin
Steve Heuslein

Genetics Committee

Duties: The purpose of the Genetics Committee is to monitor the genetic status of the Rocky Mountain Horse. The Genetics Committee will also provide the membership of the RMHA with accurate, timely and detailed statistics and information for the express purpose of sustaining sound breeding practices. Through this activity committed efforts will be maintained to preserve the genetic uniqueness of the breed. The Genetics Committee shall solicit services of professionals in fields of research, medicine and genetics to assist in efforts and/or recommendations to the membership.

Noah Anderson—Chair
Maye Carter
Steve Autry
Larry LeBlanc
Stephanie Moore Murdock
Taryn O’Brien

International Show Committee

Duties: The International Show Committee (ISC) shall be responsible for coordinating all activities relating to the Rocky Mountain Horse Association Annual International Show (International Show). Such activities shall include:

      1. The recommendation of a professional show manager for approval by the Board.
      2. Coordination of all volunteers.
      3. Preparation of Marketing, advertising and general promotional materials and programs.
      4. Management of stall assignments.
      5. Coordination of all matters associated with the Kentucky Horse Park.
      6. Management of vendor contracts.
      7. Recommending the class schedule for approval by the Board. (See Rules, Section 6, for more)

Ellan Knapp—Chair
Lyngle Lawson
Markeeta Moore
Arizona Copher
Gene Brock
Rebecca Fallon
Sharon Dillard

Marketing and Public Relations Committee

Duties: The purpose of the Marketing & Public Relations Committee is to determine and advise the Board regarding media utilization in order to maximize advertising dollars. This committee shall also develop advertising for transmission to selected media and keep current the RMHA’s brochure.  This committee shall develop materials for horse fairs and exhibitions and coordinate distribution of these materials.

Sean O’Bryan—Chair
Kelvin Robbins
Melissa Grimes
Janet Berkin
Michelle Lee
Katy Bender

Membership Committee

Duties: This committee shall recommend ways to increase the membership base, develop different types of memberships not inconsistent with the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws, expanding membership benefits and define responsibilities of members to the RMHA and responsibilities of the RMHA to the members.

Kathy House—Chair
Lori Choate
Linda Clarke
Susan Travers
Darin Woods
Kelli Moore

Publications Committee

Duties: This Committee is established to carry out all responsibilities necessary to facilitate the publication of the RMHA magazine and newsletter. Committee members may solicit or create articles or news items for publication and may carry out all editorial responsibilities within the guidelines established by the RMHA Rules and Bylaws. The Publications Committee chair serves as the direct liaison with the publishing company.

Laura Cleaveland—Chair
Lee Moore
Diana Hastings

Registration Advisory Committee

Duties:This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary of the RMHA. If the position of Registrar is filled that individual shall be a member of this committee. This committee shall develop, devise and propose to the Board such rules, forms and procedures as will promote the smooth and efficient operation of the Registry. This committee shall be responsible for the records of the RMHA pertaining to registered horses. This committee shall investigate any complaint or disagreement concerning The Registry that cannot otherwise be resolved and recommend action to the Board.

Gina Purdue—Chair
Linda Clarke
David Shewmaker
Chad Weaver
Cyndee Davis, Registrar

Rules Committee

Duties: This committee shall be responsible to codify all existing and future actions constituting Rules and Regulations of the RMHA into one published document. This committee shall make suggestions for changes or modifications in wording to existing Rules for purposes of clarity and proper coordination. This committee shall be available as a resource for the Board, other committees and the membership, as requested, to advise on matters pertaining to the Rules and Bylaws. All of the standing committee chairpersons shall be advising members of the Rules Committee for coordination purposes.

John Stivers—Chair
Jason Slone
Michael Brummer
Elsie Hatcher

Show Advisory Committee

Duties: The Show Advisory Committee (SAC) shall include one of the Directors of Examiners. The SAC shall devise and propose to the Board such Rules and Regulations pertaining to shows and other sanctioned RMHA events as will generally promote their efficient and equitable functioning. The SAC shall establish, arrange and sanction shows, rides and other promotional events of the RMHA. Any member of this committee shall not be a member of the Show Judging Committee or the International Show Committee. The SAC shall coordinate it’s activities with the Show Judging Committee and, to the extent applicable, the International Show Committee.

Chastity Adkins—Chair
Marianne Jolley
Jeff McCarty
Debbie Maxon
Luka Young
Derick Tipton
Tim Spencer

Show Judging Committee

Duties: The Show Judging Committee (SJC) shall be responsible for making recommendations to the Board for the establishment and maintenance of an RMHA Show Judge licensing program. The SJC will be responsible to develop consistent training needs including, but not limited to, written and video education material, apprenticeship programs and RMHA Show Judge license requirements. The Show Judging Committee will be responsible to define licensing requirements. Any member of this committee shall not be a member of the Show Advisory Committee or the International Show Committee. The SJC shall coordinate it’s activities with the Show Advisory Committee and, to the extent applicable, the International Show Committee.

Gina Purdue—Chair
Robert Lawson
Jane Collins
Samantha Abney Miller

Trail Committee

Duties: This Committee is established to carry out the management and administration of the RMHA Trail Mileage Program. This committee makes recommendations to the RMHA Board for improvements in the program or the awards for mileage achievements.

Angie Emmert
Jan Dunn
Janet Peters – Co-chair
Tess Smith – Co-chair

Youth Committee

Duties: The purpose of this committee is to develop a multifunctional program dedicated to the RMHA junior members. As an international youth program the purpose is to:

      1. Develop activities and promote the growth of our young people
      2. To help in the promotion of both the Rocky Mountain Horse and the RMHA
      3. To provide our young people with a means and place for them to grow into our future leaders.
      4. Provide educational and fun activities for our youth.

Jolene Holbrook—Chair
Patricia McCarty
Jennifer Allen
Linda Kowal
Brittany Hopkins
Derek Vance

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are established at the discretion of the President and the RMHA Board. Ad Hoc Committees are appointed to carry out specific responsibilities as designated by the RMHA Board. Ad Hoc Committees are made up of RMHA members and by non-members as designated by the RMHA Board.

Ad Hoc Nominating Committee

Duties: This Ad Hoc committee is established to carry out the task of soliciting and vetting members applications for nomination to run for Board positions in that year. Nomination and election of the members of this committee is carried out in August of each year by the Board through a nomination and election process described in the Rules of the RMHA. Members are nominated by the Board and an election is carried out, if necessary. Members of this committee serve for a two year term. 4 members are appointed in even years, 3 in odd years. The chair is appointed each year, by vote of the members of the committee.

Janet Peters–Chair
Melissa Grimes
Pam Higgins
Ellen Knapp
Lyngle Lawson
Sean O’Bryan
Mindy Smith

Ad Hoc Technology Committee

Duties:This committee will work with the General Manager and technology contractors to facilitate a smooth transition to our new website, new email program, and new membership management software and to integrate these new programs with our pedigree database and financial management software.
Mik Fenn – Chair
Steve Heuslein
Sean O’Bryan

Ad Hoc Breed Standards Committee

Duties:This committee is established to look into defining a breed standard for use in grading horses in a voluntary grading program.
Tara Stone – Chair
Kelvin Robbins
Janet Peters
Cyndee Davis
Marianne Jolley
Advisory – Wayne Hipsley
Advisory – Elizabeth Graves
Advisory – Amy Demersman

Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee

Duties: This committee will oversee the implementation of the 5 year strategic plan adopted by the RMHA Board in 2018.
Janet Peters – Chair
John Stivers
Kelvin Robbins
Ellen Knapp

Ad Hoc Equitana USA 2020 Committee

Duties:  This Ad Hoc committee is tasked with planning and preparation for the RMHA’s participation in Equitana USA 2020. The Committee Chair will serve as the RMHA’s point of contact with the Equitana USA management team. The Committee will recruit and recommend to the Board all volunteers and horses to participate at Equitana and will coordinate the activities of all representatives of the RMHA at this event.

Julia Tucker—Chair
Melanie Hubbard
Myranda Elliot
Luka Bowman
Jo Ernest
Elsie Hatcher

Ad Hoc Defining Employee Roles Committee

Diana Hastings
Steve Heuslein
Kelvin Robbins

The Charles Kilburn Society

The Charles Kilburn Society is an Honorary Standing Committee Committee of the RMHA. It is a separately established society recognized as an honorary affiliate of the RMHA. As such, the Charles Kilburn Society operates under its own rules, as noted in the Rules of the RMHA. Its members may serve in an advisory role to the administrative leaders of the RMHA. Its members are respected for their knowledge of the workings of the association over its lifetime and for their many and varied contributions for and in the best interests of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed and the RMHA.

The Charles Kilburn Society Committee
Michael Kilburn, Chair
Steve Autry–Co-Chair
Paul Kilburn
David McGuire
Ruth Purcell
Rea Swan
Current President of the RMHA