Moroney, who has been the association’s only president, originally said he was giving up his seat at the end of the year. He also endorsed the candidate chosen by the nominating committee, Mary Babick. Prior to the deadline, Moroney accepted a nomination that came from the floor. The reason? The new governance model – the same reason he initially said he would not seek another term.
The Chronicle of the Horse reports that Moroney expressed his regret for the turn of events. “Mary, I want to apologize to you for any awkwardness in this situation.” He continued saying, “Thank you for your fellowship and for your willingness to remain in the race. You’re a class act, and you gave this organization the chance to have a democratic election. I apologize for getting you in this situation.”
Babick will serve as Vice President of Hunter Discipline. David Distler, Vice President of Jumper Discipline; Larry Langer, Secretary; and Dianne Johnson, Treasurer.