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AQHA axes 14 jobs in reorganization

grass-featThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is axing 14 positions to align staffing with current demand for registration, transfer and membership services.

It said the move was part of a reorganization to address its current business and financial needs.

The association said it was a difficult decision to eliminate jobs.

“Evaluating and reorganizing the way AQHA does business is not unprecedented and needed to be done in anticipation of top leadership changes,” president Johnny Trotter said.

“There is no good way to announce job eliminations, and I hope the industry will see that AQHA is like many other organizations in that it must keep employee costs in line with current business trends.

“We are working to protect and preserve our financial condition and will continue to monitor demand and activity, and make adjustments where they are necessary.”

AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway

Don Treadway

The association, with a membership of more than 270,000, said it was also beginning to prepare for the retirement of its executive vice-president, Don Treadway Jr.

Last week, the AQHA Executive Committee named Trent Taylor as acting chief operating officer and treasurer. Taylor will take a more active role in the day-to-day management of the association as Treadway focuses on its strategic plan, business development, foundation gifts, and securing some expiring AQHA corporate partnership agreements.

Tom Persechino will assume the duties for AQHA’s marketing, communications and publications entities as the transition of shows and judges to Pete Kyle continues to move ahead. Other changes will be announced as they become final.

The association said it was continuing to look at cost-saving or income-generating measures.

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