First Rule In Winning: You’ve Got To Show Up

by WSHJA Member Services September 15, 2011 in Membership, Shows

It’s the show season, and, as you walk into the show office at your first show, you realize you forgot to renew your WSHJA membership. Hastily you drop everything into the mail or even manage to go online and submit it that way– but the show has already started. What about your points? Do they count from the moment you mail it, or when you hit the submit button online? Now, thanks to your WSHJA board members, and member feedback, the policy is to back date your membership to the Monday of the week you submit your forms – this means your points for that show will count for the week and you are on your way to earning that Year End Division Championship.

Did you know that if there weren’t enough horses in the first class of your division, the rest of the division wouldn’t count for points? Not anymore! Because of membership involvement and the support of the board, this rule was changed and points were counted in all of the classes in which there were enough riders. (The USEF/USHJA enacted the same rule change)

At the Northwest Autumn Classic you’ll see all classes - hunters and jumpers – that are over a 1.10M competing only indoors. This is another change – brought about by member input, and made realistic by the WSHJA board and Horse Show Committee. Tickets for prizes – and a broader selection of prizes – were also based on membership input, as well as putting a cap on add/scratch fees at WSHJA shows. All of these were changes that the WSHJA hopes will continue to improve your showing experience, and all of them are changes that came about from someone in the community requesting them.

These changes and more all had one thing in common – you. All of the rule changes came about due to membership comments and board participation – each one showing your direct impact on WSHJA and your showing experience.

In our day to day business, we forget that we can have an impact on the groups in which we participate. We sign up for the year, pay our member dues, and then forget about it until we get our yearly banquet invite. We stand at the back gate, or at the end of the year party, and feel as if things are “the way they are” and that they will never change – but the reality is, we can continue to improve and grow our shows and our experiences through our influence at WSHJA, and the current WSHJA board is very open to your thoughts.

Quite often we don’t have a lot of time to attend meetings, or volunteer to be on the board, but WSHJA needs to hear from its members. Policy changes – such as the one in regard to the points being back dated – were the ideas of WSHJA members, and were taken up with the board in order to illicit change – which is exactly what your WSHJA board wants.

This is YOUR association and YOUR membership and the time to get involved is now. Your involvement can range from becoming a board member, to just attending a meeting and sharing your thoughts. But, if nothing else, make the time to talk to one of your WSHJA representatives before the show season ends. Tell them what you like, what you don’t like, or what your wish would be for an even better horse show. Not every change can happen, right away at least, but WSHJA members are fortunate enough to have a board that values their thoughts and is dedicated to making strides towards an association that makes us proud to be a member.

Representative contact info is on www.wshja.org

Save These Dates!

by WSHJA Member Services September 14, 2011 in Announcements

Oct 12-16th: WSHJA’s October Classic | Pacific Northwest Equitation Finals, USEF Hunter rated “C”, Jumper rated 1 |Evergreen Equestrian Park Monroe WA

Nov 30th: WSHJA Annual Meeting | 2011 Annual Review, 2012 Board elections, vote on changes to WSHJA Bylaws

Dec 1st: 2012 Membership year begins | Renew online at wshja.org

Jan 14th: 59th Annual Awards Banquet | Meydenbauer Center Bellevue WA

Nominations Due November 1st For 2012 Board Positions

WSHJA is a non-profit, member-run association reliant on the avid participation of the hunter jumper community to accomplish its mission. Board members are the representatives of that community leading us towards the future we all wish to see in the sport we all are so involved in today. Submit all candidates to WSHJA Secretary Betsy Christianson, christianson.betsy@gmail.com or memberservices@wshja.org. Elections are confirmed at the WSHJA Annual Meeting November 30th.

Scholarship Applicants Must Complete 10 Volunteer Hours

by WSHJA Member Services September 14, 2011 in Announcements

In order to apply for a WSHJA Scholarship you must complete 10 volunteer hours towards a WSHJA activity. There is no shortage of activities that could use you help from awards presentation to fundraising activities at the shows to helping with WSHJA member communications or helping out at the Annual Awards Banquet. Please contact WSHJA Secretary Betsy Christianson christianson.betsy@gmail.com to check on your status on volunteer hours.

As You Plan Your Last Shows Of The Season

by WSHJA Administrator September 14, 2011 in Announcements, Points, Shows

Everyone at WSHJA hopes you have enjoyed this show season--having had fun and success at all the shows you attended. Please keep in mind that qualifying for year-end awards requires you and each horse show in TWO USEF-rated Washington State shows. That’s two shows for you the rider to earn equitation points and two shows for each horse registered with WSHJA to earn hunter or jumper points. Any questions please direct to Karen Freywald at points@wshja.org.

A Little Bit of Fashion Raises Over 9K!

by WSHJA Shows September 14, 2011 in Announcements
It was an enchanting evening at the Evergreen Classic as Little Bit Therapeutic Center riders showed off the latest equestrian fashions as they walked the red carpet in front 130 cheering and adoring fans. Co-sponsored by WSHJA and Olson’s Tack Shop the benefit fashion show raised over nine thousand dollars for Little Bit. The smiles say it all.

WSHJA Little Bit Fashion Show at the 2011 Evergreen Classic

Tate Goff