1.Description

The Ulster Rural Riders’ Association (URRA) is a non-profit making organisation and is a Bridleway Group affiliated to the British Horse Society (BHS).

2.Objectives

  • To campaign for safe off-road riding in Northern Ireland.
  • To support members in asserting rights of way for horse-riding.
  • To provide opportunities for riders to access off-road pleasure rides.
  • To inform motorists of the special needs of horses on the roads and riders in the proper use of both roads and bridleways.

3.Membership

Membership of URRA is open to all persons who support the objectives of the organisation, and who, having been accepted by the Committee, have paid the due subscription for the current period.

Honorary membership of URRA may be conferred by the Committee upon any person deemed by them to have rendered notable service to the Association.

4.

Anyone who wishes to be a member of the Association shall forward his/her name and address/contact details to the Membership Secretary who shall keep an up-to date list of members in compliance with data protection legislation.

5.

The annual subscription shall be payable on the first day of the calendar year. Any member whose subscription is more than three months in arrears shall have his/her name removed from the Membership List.

6.

The Committee may expel from membership of the Association any member who has breached any rules of the Association, or who has in the opinion of the Committee been guilty of any conduct derogatory to the character or prejudicial to the interests of the Association. Before expelling a member the Committee shall call upon him/her for an explanation of his/her conduct and provide a proper opportunity of answering the allegations against him/her to a sub-committee of the URRA Committee. There shall be a right of appeal to a separate sub-committee of the URRA Committee.

7.

The Committee:

  • All powers of management shall be vested in the Committee consisting of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and up to 8 other Committee members. 4 members shall form a quorum.
  • At the Annual General Meeting each year one third of the members shall retire from office, the members to retire being those who have been longest in office since their last election. Where there are members with equal service and the number exceeds the number to stand down, decisions on those to stand down will be made by random selection. All members who stand down are eligible for re-election.
  • The Office Bearers will be decided annually by the Committee from amongst their number.
  • The decisions of the Committee shall be final unless over-ruled at a General Meeting.
  • The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of the rules and for anything relating to the Association and their decisions shall be final and binding on the members.
  • The Committee may formulate bye-laws for the detailed running of the Association and elect sub-committees for any special activities of the Association which the Committee may authorise.
  • The Committee shall have the authority to fill any casual vacancy arising amongst members of the Committee, but any such member co-opted shall retain office only until the next AGM and shall then be eligible for election.

8.

The financial year of the Association shall run from 1st November to 31st

9.

The annual subscription shall be determined by the Committee and confirmed for the following year at the AGM.

10.

The Committee may appoint the honorary offices of President and Vice Presidents.

11.

The AGM shall be held at a time to be decided by the Committee each year to transact the following business:

  • To receive and if approved, adopt a Statement of the Association’s Accounts to the end of the preceding financial year.
  • To fill vacancies on the Committee.
  • To deal with any matter which the Committee may desire to bring to the members and to receive suggestions from members for consideration by the Committee.

Notice of the AGM shall be given to members not less than 14 days before the meeting and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.

12.

A special General Meeting may be called by the Committee, or by a request signed by not less than 5 members, specifying the matter(s) to be discussed. The Honorary Secretary shall give all members a minimum of 10 days’ notice and shall specify in the notice the matters to be dealt with.

13.

Notice may be given to a member by post or email at the address supplied by him/her. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by a member shall not invalidate the proceedings of that meeting.

14.

These rules may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution at any Annual or General Meeting provided that prior notice has been sent out to members, stating the proposed amendment. No such change shall be enacted unless it has the support of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting thereon.

15.

Members shall abide by the code of conduct advised by the Committee, including the adherence to all safety recommendations.

16.

In the event of the Association disbanding all remaining funds shall be dispersed to equine charities as recommended by the Committee.

17.

Any Committee member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings without supplying their apologies shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee.