Vote For Your 2013 Board

by WSHJA Member Services October 12, 2012 in Announcements, Board

Click Here to access the online ballot

 

Regular Members (in-State residents) are eligible to vote. Voting may also be done at the Annual Meeting.

WSHJA counts on its Board of Directors to fulfill the association’s mission to promote the hunter jumper sport in Washington State and to provide its members and the community with unique equestrian opportunities that uphold the highest standards of membership, showmanship, and horsemanship.

WSHJA is Washington State’s official governing organization for the hunter jumper sport, and is a proud affiliate of both the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). WSHJA owns the right to presents 6 USEF-sanctioned horse shows each year (Spring National Show Circuit, Evergreen Classic, NW Autumn Classic, October Classic), and offers its members official recognition of achievement through its annual awards points program. In addition, WSHJA partners with the USHJA to hold judge's clinics and trainer symposia by renowned experts, supports equestrian causes within local communities, and provides valuable scholarships to help deserving Washington State riders.
Each board member represents various aspects of the sport and often Chair special committees. The WSHJA Board is your representative to making Washington State’s hunter jumper community all that it can be.

Your Input Is Valuable Your Involvement Is Impactful

As we head into the winter,  WSHJA is beginning the search for new board members. This is the time, for all members, new or old, to get involved.

Both during the show season and off, your WSHJA board has been striving to improve your experience as a WSHJA member. To that effect they have taken your suggestions and comments and made changes to your local shows – including rule changes impacting points, tickets for prizes and class expectations – such as all 3’0” classes and above being held in the indoor ring at Monroe. All of these changes (and more!) have come about due to member input and, as we look back over the year, we have the opportunity to revisit the shows – pros and cons – and continue to work toward an even better experience for next year. 

Sponsorship has been a large area for discussion. The WSHJA has representatives that are in charge of caring for, and catering to, sponsors at horse shows, as well as trying to elicit more sponsorships from the community. However, we face a challenge when it comes to encouraging sponsorships from outside of our local barns. As an industry, each of us needs to take this charge up on our own. We must, in order to continue to improve shows and increase an interest in our sport, bring sponsors in from outside of our smaller circle. Our shows offer several different layers of sponsorship, so there is something for everyone, and the more people from outside our show world that we can get involved, the more attendance, revenue and excitement we can generate.  Also keep in mind that WSHJA is a not-for-profit organization, which means all sponsorship monies go directly into the shows.

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Submit Nominations For 2013 Board & Proposed Bylaw Amendments by November 1

by WSHJA Member Services October 12, 2012 in Announcements

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 confirmed at the WSHJA Annual Meeting November 28th.

Once a year, the membership has the opportunity to propose bylaw changes and/or amendments Submit proposals to WSHJA Secretary Betsy Christianson, christianson.betsy@gmail.com or memberservices@wshja.org. Proposals will be voted on at the WSHJA Annual Meeting November 28th.

2013 Membership Year Begins December 1st

by WSHJA Member Services October 12, 2012 in Membership

The WSHJA membership year begins December 1st, 2012 and runs through November 30th, 2013. Renew or join early to get a full year of benefits, including your FREE subscription to Flying Changes magazine! The sooner you renew or join, the sooner your membership is active and the sooner you can continue enjoying all that WSHJA offers you including;

  • Exclusive invitations to educational events, including judges’ clinics, trainer symposiums, and a range of lectures by locally and nationally renowned experts in a range of equestrian related fields.
  • The opportunity to participate in the WSHJA Annual Awards Program at either a National or State level, earning points accruing towards year end championships.
  • Access to WSHJA Scholarships to financially aid in attending Regional and National Finals.
  • A voice in the governance and shape of the hunter-jumper sport in Washington
  • Access to a thriving community of equestrians who share your interest and passion for the hunter/jumper sport.

WSHJA is offering 10% off your membership dues when you join/renew by January 1, 2013!  Beginning Nov 15th, go online at WSHJA.org to join or renew. Please note you will receive immediate confirmation of your payment and an email confirmation with membership card will be sent within one week. Paper applications take up to two weeks to process but all memberships are active the Monday prior to the date received.

60th Anniversary Awards Banquet | January 12th, 2013

by WSHJA Member Services October 12, 2012 in Awards

 60th annual awardsSixty years ago WSHJA was founded, with a purpose to promote the sport of horsemanship, welfare of the horse and the equestrian art; to hold or arrange matches and competitions and offer or grant or contribute toward the provision of prizes, awards and distinctions.

Sixty years since its founding, WSHJA is one of the more successful USHJA-affiliated organizations in the country. It is also one of the few hunter jumper associations in the country to own and present its own USEF rated horse shows: Spring National Circuit, Evergreen Classic, NW Autumn Classic, October Classic. WSHJA supports a membership base of over 400 active members and a community of 1,000+ friends and fans.

Sixty years have seen a lot of riders and horses born, raised and still going today. WSHJA has had many legends, leaders, and loved one whose contribution has shaped the association and championed its mission with unwavering commitment.

Sixty years gives us all a lot to celebrate. Please join us for 60th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet. Held in the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Washington January 12th, 2013.

The 60th anniversary is the diamond anniversary and is as precious as the jewel. Not sure how this will factor into the year-end awards, but just saying it is the diamond anniversary and it will surely be a diamond worthy affair.

Registration opens online December 1st, 2012. Check your inbox for an e-invite.