Bylaw Updates & Rule Changes | Submissions Due November 1st

 

Submissions due November 1st . As a member of WSHJA, you are invited and encouraged to submit for member vote any Bylaw updates or rule changes you think would support and/or enhance WSHJA's charter for the benefit of the membership at large.

Review the WSHJA Bylaws as they stand today at wshja.org.

TO SUBMIT BYLAW UPDATES & PROPOSED RULE CHANGES FOR A MEMBER VOTE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, SEND EMAIL TO secretary@wshja.org  or memberservices@wshja.org  

PLEASE INCLUDE:

YOUR NAME,  WSHJA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER AND THE BYLAW UPDATE OR RULE CHANGE YOU ARE PROPOSING BY NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013.

PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION THE BYLAW OR RULE AS IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN WITH A STATEMENT OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE INCLUDING ANY SUPPORTING RATIONALE. 

Nominations Due November 1 for 2014 Board

by WSHJA Member Services October 22, 2013 in

Do you have a vested interest in seeing the hunter jumper sport thrive in Washington?

Do you have ideas that could take our sport to the next level?

 

Please consider joining the Washington State Hunter Jumper Association's Executive Board of Directors.

 

WSHJA is directed by a member elected Executive Board, consisting of the following positions;

  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Secretary (appointed by President-elect, approved by incoming Executive Board)
  4. Treasurer (appointed by President-elect, approved by incoming Executive Board)
  5. Hunter Representative
  6. Jumper Representative
  7. Equitation Representative
  8. Pony Representative
  9. Junior Representative
  10. Amateur Representative
  11. Members At Large

All members of the Executive Board have equal voting rights on matters of policy, major financial decisions and strategic direction of the Association. Role & Responsibility descriptions for each position can be found on the WSHJA.org website. 

 

All involved in the sport are welcomed: Industry Professionals, H/J Riders, Horse Owners, Parents...

Time Commitment: The Board meets once a month for 2 hours to discuss agenda items requiring a decision. As an elected Board Member you are needed at these meetings (in person or by phone), in addition to representing matters of importance for your constituency. Some, not all, Board Members also Chair or participate on a specific committee such as the Horse Show Committee or the Marketing & Member Relations Committee.

Except for the President and Vice-President which are 2-year terms (alternating), all positions are one-year terms.

 

TO NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL OR SUBMIT YOUR NAME FOR INCLUSION ON THE BALLOT, SIMPLY REPLY TO THIS EMAIL INCLUDING YOUR OR NOMINEE'S NAME AND THE BOARD POSITION. You may also send to memberservices@wshja.org or to WSHJA Secretary at secretary@wshja.org

 

PLEASE SUBMIT BY 5:00PM NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013.

 

Ballots will be emailed to all 2013 Regular Members November 15th, 2013. Elections are confirmed at the WSHJA 2013 Annual Meeting (December 4th at the Hollywood School House in Woodinville)

First Jr./Am 1.20m Team Takes 5th at Championship Event in Sacramento

by WSHJA Member Services October 22, 2013 in Member Article, Shows

The team comprised of 4 horse/rider combinations included  Tia Carr & Showgirl, Danielle Bogardus & BB Orphan Andy, Courtney Youell & Juliander C, Cassie Thomas & Mason. Morgan Carr was the team’s chef d’equipe.

Placing 5th overall, the team put in a good competitive effort, representing WSHJA well. The 1.20m championship event ran over 3 days and featured an Individual Championship as well as a Team Championship. Two of the team’s members have these impressions to share.

Danielle Bogardus and BB Orphan Andy | The experience of competing on the Washington State Team was amazing. I started to look into the team at the Evergreen show this last August and from that point on everyone was welcoming and there was a feeling of excitement. This opportunity gave me a chance to show in California, which I have never had before. The caliber of horses and riders there is one unlike here. Just being able to watch riders like Hans and Susie Hutchinson is a learning experience in itself.

Working with Morgan Carr for the week prior and then at the show was also a very positive learning experience. He was so supportive and just by watching him; you could tell how passionate he was about this show as well. He was an excellent leader, getting everyone on the team where they needed to be on time and making everything fun even in a competitive environment where nerves can sneak in.

By competing on a team, it was a bonding experience too. For as long as I can remember I have always competed against Cassie, Tia, and Courtney, but now we had the opportunity to put our competitive relationship aside and work together. I built friendships with all of them that I am so thankful for. Whether just hanging in the aisle way or going out for a team dinner we were always together and always laughing. The team aspect also added an element of responsibility unlike most horse shows. Now when you walked into the ring, your score didn’t just affect you, it affected three other people. This added another layer of responsibility but it was a positive one. It brought out the best in us.

This trip to Sacramento gave me just a taste of what is out there and now I have more drive than ever to push myself to be able to compete at that level more often. I was so excited and thankful for the opportunity to represent Washington and this was an experience I will never forget. The team idea is a great one; it has built a sense of camaraderie and strengthened our horse community on a whole back home. While we were there we have had a few moms come and watch that didn’t have any kids there but wanted just to be part of the experience for example.

Thank you very much again and I hope in the future there may be more opportunities to represent Washington State and the WSHJA!

Tia Carr and Showgirl | This experience is one that every rider should strive for. I was unable to participate at Young Riders prior to aging out, so the new 1.20M Championship peaked my interest when I heard about it last year. As an amateur, there aren't very many finals for us to strive for. The 1.20M Championship gave me a goal to work towards and being able to participate on a team filled with such talented and dedicated juniors as Courtney Youell, Danielle Bogardus and Cassie Thomas was extremely rewarding. In a sport, that is primarily individual, riding on a team brings such camaraderie and support that isn't always attainable at shows. This team allowed four riders from four different stables to come together and form a cohesive unit showcasing what excellent show jumpers we have in Washington State. It was so fun to cheer everyone on and know when I walked in the ring they were there cheering me on too. I hope that WSHJA continues to send a 1.20M junior/amateur team in the future so that others can enjoy this unique experience. I appreciate all the support we received from our trainers, other riders, our families, friends, local businesses and WSHJA.

Mark Your Calendars | Important Dates

 

December 4th: WSHJA Annual Meeting. Hollywood School House Woodinville, WA

December 1st: 2014 Membership Year Begins . Renew early. Renew Online

January 11th: 61st Annual Awards Banquet . Maydenbauer Center Bellevue, WA

 

2014 WSHJA Shows

Spring National Inaugural Monroe, WA April 2-6, 2014

Spring National Hunter Horse Show Monroe, WA April 8-13, 2014

Spring National Jumper Horse Show Monroe, WA April 16-21, 2014

Evergreen Classic Carnation, WA August 6-10, 2014

Northwest Autumn Classic Monroe, WA September 10-14, 2014

October Classic Monroe, WA October 9-12, 2014

Dianne Johnson Renews Contract for 2014 Season

by WSHJA Member Services October 22, 2013 in Shows

dianne johnsonWSHJA is pleased to announce that Dianne Johnson has renewed her contract as show manager for the all of WSHJA’s shows next year including the Spring National Series, Evergreen Classic, Northwest Autumn Classic and October Classic.

Dianne Johnson is a founding member of WSHJA and continues to this day to give back to the sport—graciously offering her experience, uncompromising organizational skills and lifelong passion for the sport to help the industry and WSHJA shows flourish.

61st Annual Awards Banquet | January 11th, 2014

by WSHJA Member Services October 11, 2013 in Awards

close up horseSave the date January 11th, 2014 for WSHJA’s 61st Annual Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet is a special celebration of all those wonderful horses that have made our sport and our lives so rewarding.

Evites will go out and online registration will open early December.

In the meantime, start collecting those photos of the horses that are so special to you.