Membership Rules

Renewals

Memberships must be renewed before May 30th in order to compete at the Breed Show.

Members who renew between May 30th and October 31st will only get the rest of that calendar year and will have to renew again the following January. They will also be subject to a late renewal fee of £6 (same as a re-joining fee).

Member who renew after October 31st will have the rest of that calendar year and the following calendar year as members if they are EARLY renewals (e.g. already a member for the current year and renewing for the following year). If they are LATE renewals, they will incur a re-joining fee of £6 and be subject to committee approval as if they were a New Member Application. The committee reserves the right to refuse an application. Also if they are LATE renewals, they will not be eligible to vote at the AGM.

Joint members MUST either live at the same address or be close blood relations e.g. Father/Daughter, Sisters etc.

New Members

New Members are subject to committee approval. The committee reserves the right to refuse an application.

Memberships must be approved by the Committee June in order to compete at the breed show.

New members joining after 1st August but before 1st January are ASSOCIATE members for the period between joining and 1st January and FULL members thereafter. They are not eligible to vote at the AGM in January or any EGM between the date of joining and the start of the following year.

Joint members MUST either live at the same address or be close blood relations e.g. Father/Daughter, Sisters etc.

The Haflinger Society of Great Britain is a company limited by guarantee. This means that it does not have shares or shareholders, but instead it has members. Its day-to-day management is carried out by the directors, but by becoming a member you will be entitled to do the following things:

* to attend and vote at general meetings; normally there will be one meeting per year, called the Annual General Meeting or AGM, and you will be given at least three weeks’ notice of the place and time of the meeting. We may also need to call other general meetings in exceptional circumstances to receive the

annual accounts of the company

* to elect directors by voting at the meeting

* to vote on any fundamental changes to the nature of the company, its

* name, its purposes, or what happens to its profits. .

The constitution is made up of the memorandum and the articles and the rules. The memorandum sets out what the company can do and why it exists; and the articles deal with the holding of meetings, the admission of members, the election of directors and other rules relating to the running of the company.

These are legal documents that are registered on the public records for the company held at Companies House. They may also be inspected at the Companies Registered office, Bryn Tegid, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin, LL15 2UL, where you may also inspect the rules made by the company to date.

You will not be liable for any debts of the company by becoming a member. You will not be liable if someone brings a legal case against the company. This is because like most other companies it is a limited company, which means your liability as a member is limited. If the company is wound up (which may happen, for example, if it cannot pay its debts) then you will have to pay no more than £1 to the company. This is the amount that you ‘guarantee’ or promise to pay to the company by becoming a member, as set out in clause 8 of the memorandum. In addition, if you have paid a subscription to the company there may not be enough funds left to return to you any of that subscription, even if the winding up happens part way through a membership year. Your application for membership is subject to approval by the Trustees in accordance with Article 2 of the Articles of Association.

Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December each year. New Members joining after 1st August receive Associate Membership (no voting rights) for the remainder of the year and then Full Member for the following year. Existing Members who fail to renew until after the 1st August will also only have Associate Membership for that year and Full Membership for the following year. Any member who lets their membership lapse for 12 months or more may be liable for a re-joining fee of £6.

When applying to become member(s) of The Haflinger Society of Great Britain, applicants should enclose their remittance which they understand will be returned to them should this application be rejected. Members must agree to abide by the terms and conditions laid out on this form.

Members can confirm that any persons mentioned above have never been banned from keeping equines or have no pending prosecutions relating to any animal welfare case.

On becoming a member of The Haflinger Society of Great Britain members are to be bound by the Memorandum and articles and all rules, regulations and bye laws there under.

Members are to be bound by the rules laid out in the official Rules of The Haflinger Society of Great Britain, which are revised and published annually. Members agree that the decisions of the Executive Board Stewards and other competent authorities of the Society given in accordance therewith shall be binding upon them and members authorise their name(s) to be placed on the Register of Members of The Society.

Members agree to pay to the Company an amount up to £1 if the Company is wound up while they are a member, or for a period up to 12 months after they have left the Company. Members agree to pay a membership subscription.