Taylor, Gilmore Receive WSHJA Educational Scholarship

educational scholarship picKrista Taylor and Kimberly Gilmore each received a $750 Educational Scholarship—an opportunity presented to them in recognition of their many volunteer hours. The Educational Scholarship can be applied towards participating in riding clinics, attending classes on matters of horse welfare or other educational opportunities directed at improving one’s equitation or horsemanship skills.

To be eligible for the scholarship, members must complete a minimum of 5 volunteer hours at a WSHJA activity.  At the annual members meeting, two names, one child/junior and one adult, will be drawn to receive the scholarship.

Long Distance Travel and Show Ground Health Techniques, Dr. Sarah Jane Owens, DVM, MRCVS

by WSHJA Horse Welfare December 21, 2012 in Education

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Dr. Sarah Jane Owens founded Owens Equine in Issaquah WA in 2009. She brings a lifetime of sport 

horse expertise to the area, as well as cutting edge diagnostics. She has hauled her own horses to

California many times, as well as shipped them between North and South America and Europe. She

was involved in pre-Olympic prep of team members for the USA for the Sydney Olympics, and for

Great Britain for the Athens Olympics. Dr. Owens has also cared for teams of up to 40 polo ponies who

played on up to three continents per year at high levels. While working in Wellington FL, the ‘Florida

Crud’ as well as South American diseases like screwworm and Piroplasmosis were a constant fear for

horses coming from all over the country to compete in polo, showjumping, and dressage. At FEI level

competitions, Dr. Owens has been involved in barn biosecurity and quarantine and pre-competition

health screening.

 

Many of us are about to join the big parade down to Thermal California or other sunny climes to give our riding aspirations solid footing for the winter.

Recently, very public disease outbreaks at large show gatherings have put travel health at the forefront

of our concerns. The combination of immune suppression due to stress and the physiological obstacles

faced by the respiratory system during travel make keeping horses healthy a particular challenge.  

 

Dr. Owens contributed these slides (with valuable links including required biosecurity measures  for 2013 HITS Thermal Shows) to help raise membership awareness of challenges and best practices to maintain your horses' health when shipping to, and while at, competition show grounds. 

WSHJA Offers Educational Scholarships

Beginning in 2012, WSHJA will award two educational scholarships.

Purpose

Educational scholarships shall be awarded to attend clinics, seminars, or classes related to improving performance or increasing education in equine care, maintenance, or training for participation in the hunter/jumper community. They will be awarded in the amount of $750.00 to one junior and one amateur each year.

Eligibility

Applicants must be resident of Washington State and member in good standing of WSHJA. Applicants are not eligible for an educational scholarship if they have received funding from the Washington State Finals Scholarships or the Emerging Athletes Program Scholarships. Applicant must complete a minimum of 5 volunteer hours with WSHJA during the show year in order to be eligible. The applicant must submit, in writing, their request for an Educational Scholarship to the Secretary of WSHJA NO LATER THAN one day prior to the Annual Members Meeting. Applicant will include a list of his or her volunteer activities and hours.

Process and Operation

At the Annual Members Meeting the Educational Scholarship recipients names WILL BE SELECTED BY A RANDOM DRAWING from among qualified applicants, one for a junior and one for an amateur. An alternate name will be drawn in each category in the event scholarship winner is unable or chooses not to participate. The Executive Board and/or an Executive Board officer must approve the educational opportunity selected and will arrange payment and/or reimbursement. The board may adjust scholarship amount if the financial status of the Association warrants.