A NOTE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Welcome! The United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., represents Painted Desert Sheep, Corsican Sheep, Texas Dall Sheep, Mouflon Sheep, Multi-Horned Hair Sheep, New Mexico Dall Sheep, Desert Sand Sheep, and the Black Hawaiian Sheep. We are an incorporated, NON-PROFIT Organization. Our Organization is a member-owned and member-operated organization for the benefit of the breeds we represent, the members, and the public. Feel free to browse through our website and to email us or call with any questions at 281-468-7744. We look forward to assisting you in Breed Promotion, Registration, and networking with other shepherds! We are also on Facebook – be sure to visit and become a fan!Sincerely,
The Initial Board of Directors
The United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., with 9 divisions representing the breeds of Painted Desert Sheep, Texas Dall Sheep, Black Hawaiian Sheep, Corsican Sheep, Desert Sand Sheep, Multi-horned Hair, New Mexico Dahl, American Heavy Horned Sheep, and Mouflon Sheep officially began registrations late Fall 2009. Individual Registries for the various breeds had been considered at various stages since 2005 and even earlier by various breeders.
Initially, a group of 9 sheep breeders, from across the nation, worked to create a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the members. While one breeder needed to retire from active assistance, the remaining continued on with the full support of the retired individual.
When in conception and development, there were no other registries for Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Corsican, Desert Sand, nor Mouflon Sheep. As for the Painted Desert sheep breed, there was a need to move away from a sole-proprietorship registry to a member-owned and member-operated non-profit organization to help benefit and promote the breed.
Including all the divisions of these separate but related sheep, seemed to be the best way to produce an organization that would be positioned to promote and educate other sheep breeders and the general public about the breeds represented.
It was decided to include the parent breed which ties all of these breeds together, the Mouflon Sheep, in the UHHSA, Inc., in order to help promote knowledge and education about one of the remaining natural, wild sheep and for conservation efforts to attempt to retain some bloodlines of sheep which, at the very least, physically resemble the Mouflon sheep as found in the wild.
In 2013, at the First Membership Meeting held on January 26 via the internet, the membership voted to approve adding two new Breed Divisions: Multi-horned Hair Sheep and New Mexico Dahl Sheep. Later, at another Membership Meeting, it was approved to add another Breed Division: American Heavy Horned Sheep.
The UNITED HORNED HAIR SHEEP ASSOCIATION, Inc., was created to help fulfill the need for an organization that, as a non-profit organization, will benefit the breeds represented, the membership, the breeders, and the public. Our Purpose as an incorporated non-profit organization (from our ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION):
The purpose of the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc. is
1. To engage in the promotion, conservation, education, and furtherance of public awareness of each of the breeds represented within the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
2. To assist members in developing new markets and expanding current markets.
3. To keep a breed standard that will serve to identify and register individual animals which qualify as one of the breeds represented.
4. To promote interest in the breeds represented and whenever possible to attract new breeders for promotion, preservation, and well-being of the breeds.
5. To register and keep pedigrees and records of all animals that qualify as one of the breeds represented. The Registry portions of each division are dedicated to serving as a holding place for Official Records of Pedigrees based on information that members submit to the registry.
6. To promote more education, research, or studies on the advantages of hair or shedding sheep and diseases affecting sheep in general.
Here are some of the activities which the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., hopes to participate in and offer at points in the future:
- offering electronic submission for membership applications and registration submissions resulting in quicker turnaround and higher accuracy rates – plus less time consumption
- assisting with staffing or financing booths at Fairs or Shows,
- financing youth scholarships,
- financing adult scholarships,
- hosting educational gatherings, in person or via the internet,
- regularly producing and publishing a newsletter(s),
- promoting, as able, shows which allow the breeds represented by UHHSA, Inc., to be shown,
- working toward sponsoring UHHSA, Inc. Shows for the breeds represented,
- encouragement of members to participate in studies and research promoted by universities in the United States of America,
- providing written articles for periodicals, books, or websites related to sheep and farming.
The Initial Articles of Incorporation were originally filed on June 19th with the Secretary of State of where the incorporation was completed. The United Horned Hair sheep Association, Inc., was officially recognized as an Incorporated Non-Profit Corporation on July 6, 2009.
We hope you will come and join us in our efforts for these wonderful sheep which the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., represents! If you are interested in learning more about the UHHSA, Inc., please feel free to contact us.