Evergreen Classic Footing In Good Hands

by Katherine Wade-Easley June 1, 2012 in Shows

When deciding which horse show is a favorite, everyone has a different priority– which one has the most prize money, the best exhibitor parties or the coolest prizes. But when it comes to picking which horse show is the best one for your horse, Trainers, Exhibitors and Owners alike all have the same priority; footing.

Everyone loves the beautiful setting  of the Remlinger Farm’s Equestrian Park; Mount Rainer off in the distance, the grass fields and trees for as far as the eye can see. But getting the footing right has posed a challenge over the years. The WSHJA and Show Manager, Dianne Johnson, knew that the footing had to be addressed in order to make this show a win for riders and horses. With that in mind, Hans Van Meenen was hired to make it work.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hans, a drive down to Bend, OR and a trip around the grass fields at the Oregon High Desert Classic horse show will give you an idea of why the WSHJA chose Hans to be their man. With beautifully groomed fields that last for two weeks of horse showing in both heat and wet, Hans has proven his skills with grass as he developed a scruffy blackberry field into a beautiful hunter/jumper show.  More...

USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program

by WSHJA Member Services May 31, 2012 in Awards, Shows

Letterman jackets and varsity letters have long been a tradition of the American high school experience. Whether it’s from track and field or basketball, earning your letter and wearing it proudly is a rite of passage but until recently, equestrian student athletes were left out of these acknowledged ranks.  Today’s equestrians have more opportunities than ever before to compete on interscholastic equestrian teams and now thanks to the United States Equestrian Federation’s increasingly popular High School Equestrian Athlete program, teens interested in earning their letter in equestrian have got it made.

The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program began in the fall of 2009 and was born out of a growing number of high school students wanting their sport of choice—equestrian—to get the same recognition as all the other traditionally recognized sports.  “What initiated the program,” says Jennifer Mellenkamp, Director of National Breed/Discipline Affiliates and Youth Programs at the USEF, “was simply supply and demand.  We were receiving phone calls from parents saying, ‘is there anything offered that would recognize high school equestrian athletes? They spend just as much time training or competing as football and basketball players,’” recalls Mellenkamp.

The program quickly found its stride, and the response has been overwhelming. “Right now we have nearly 5,000 students enrolled.” says Mellenkamp.  “Parents have told us the school systems don’t understand the training and dedication that is involved to be an equestrian athlete” adds Mellenkamp, “and there is often no recognition for these athletes within their school systems. We felt we needed to start something to give all equestrian athletes the acknowledgement they deserve.”

The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program was created as a means for students to receive recognition for their individual achievements regardless of if their school recognizes equestrian as a sport.  Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and competitions which means support from the student’s school is not necessary to participate.  Individuals who do compete interscholastically are able to use their team practice hours and competitions towards meeting the annual requirements.  The program does provide schools with updates and information about the students. “We’re hoping this will initiate conversations with the schools,” says Mellenkamp, “and that they will start taking notice of the equestrians that are enrolled.” More...

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2012 Evergreen Classic: A Message From the Board

by WSHJA Shows April 26, 2012 in Announcements, Shows

For 2012 there are significant changes for the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show.  The WSHJA Board of Directors would like to share the following message regarding these changes and the investments being made on behalf of the membership:


Show season is upon us, and, once again, WSHJA is proud to bring you the 2012 Spring National Show Circuit, the Northwest Autumn Classic and the October Classic. We hope that you enjoyed these shows last year and we look forward to bringing you another year filled with worthy competition, wonderful hospitality and a winning spirit.

This year, WSHJA is hosting the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show for the first time in several years. The Evergreen Classic has a 30+ year history in the Pacific Northwest as our premier horse show, providing the opportunity to show on the grass and giving us the chance to all come together and celebrate with parties under the tents, fantastic hunter derby events and a challenging Grand Prix.  We have hired Dianne Johnson as the Show Manager; we are excited to see Dianne in action as she puts together another fantastic show for the WSHJA community.

Previously, there has been some concern in regard to the condition of the footing of this show since it’s been held at the Remlinger grounds in Carnation. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the footing will be safe and suitable for our horses. Along those lines, we have hired Hans Van Meenen to assess the footing and give us a plan for the year which we are implementing immediately. Hans is extremely well respected in the field of show grounds footing. He is responsible for the grounds at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal California and others in both the US and Canada. Hans has assured us that he will be bringing his vast wealth of knowledge to our show – giving us the ability to not only improve the footing for this year, but to continue to care for it so that it flourishes in the following years – providing us with a continued investment in the future of The Classic. The Evergreen Classic is a show with a long history in Washington State, and we, as a board, are excited about continuing the legacy of this horse show.  We want to communicate to you, our members, that we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make this show a wonderful experience for all.

For those of you who want this show to be a success as much as we do, we need your help! We are pulling everything together, but we need YOU! We are looking for sponsors, of all levels, to help with the show effort. And we need all kinds of volunteers. In order for The Classic to be the show that we all want it to be, we must come together as a community and work toward that goal. We hope that, by stating our commitment to you, you too, will find yourself willing to help in whatever way possible to ensure The Evergreen Classic reaches the high standards we have all come to look for in this top rated show.

There are many ways to get involved. Please take a moment to look through the sponsorship opportunity documents and the volunteer opportunity document.

Evergreen Classic Sponsorship Listing 

Evergreen Classic Sponsor Donation In-Kind List

Evergreen Classic Volunteer Opportunities

We look forward to working with you. And thank you in advance for your support of the Evergreen Classic.

The WSHJA Board of Directors

 

2012 Evergreen Classic Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

by WSHJA Shows April 18, 2012 in Shows


WSHJA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting sponsorship reservations for the 2012 Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show.

The Evergreen Classic is the premier hunter jumper equestrian event in the state of Washington. Featuring the top hunter jumper horses and riders in the region, this show benefits deserving charities each year. Don't miss this opportunity to expose your brand  to a highly targeted audience at this exceptional event!

Sponsorship details and more informaion is available here:

 An overview of all WSHJA sponsorship opportunities and benefits can be viewed here

Experience The Excitement Of Spring Nationals

by WSHJA Member Services April 10, 2012 in Shows

WSHJA invites you out to enjoy the show. Worthy competition. Wonderful hospitality. Winning Spirit.

 

Collinswood Hunter Under Saddle Challenge

Friday April 13th 5:00pm

Join us for some ringside nibbles as you watch riders compete in the Collinswood Hunter Under Saddle Challenge.

 

Parkside Stables Derby Party
Saturday April 14th 5:00pm

Parkside Stables has graciously sponsored this year's pizza party. Straight from the brick pizza oven to you and ready to take to the stands to watch the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby.

 

Gambler's Choice
Friday April 20th 5:00pm

Its anybody's game. One of the most fun events to watch as riders choose their jumps to go for the most points. Join us for a beer and a cheer generously sponsored by Sundance Equestrian.

 

Jumper Jamboree
Saturday April 21 6:00

You won't want to miss the Farpoint Farm $2,000 NW Futures Class (1.20M). And the $10,000 Spring National Grand Prix (1.4M). Enjoy some wine and hors d'eouvers courtesy of Red Gate Farm.

Register Today For The 59th Annual Awards Banquet

by WSHJA Member Services December 12, 2011 in Awards

Join us for a night of celebration and giving as we congratulate our 2011 award winners and support the WSHJA scholarship fund through our silent auction!

RSVP today: Registration for WSHJA 59th Annual Awards Banquet

WHSJABanquetInvite (410x640)This year’s Washington State Hunter Jumper Association Annual Awards Banquet promises to be the best ever as we celebrate the 2011 accomplishments of our member riders and horses. Year-end awards in both the WSHJA State and National Points Programs will be presented.

Evening Program

  • 5:00 Welcome Reception & Silent Auction
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:15 Awards Presentation
    -  State Awards
    -  National Awards

Event Details

When:
January 14, 2012
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where:
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street , Bellevue, Washington

Reservations:

  • $75 adult (21+)  $85 after January 4
  • $65 youth (under 21) $75 after January 4

Note: Online registration requires a unique email address. Each member registering online may include up to 20 guests. WSHJA uses PayPal to process credit card payments but you are not required to have a PayPal account.

Registration

RSVP today:  Registration for WSHJA 59th Annual Awards Banquet

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Nancy Lewis, WSHJA Treasurer at 425 503-5061

Annual Meeting Agenda and Proposed Bylaw Changes

by WSHJA Member Services November 20, 2011 in Membership

The 2011 WSHJA Board sincerely hopes you will be joining us at the Annual Members Meeting, November 30th, 2011 at The Loft at Russell’s in Bothell, WA., at 6:30pm.  The Annual Members Meeting is open to all current Regular (WA residents) members and/or their parent representatives, and is your opportunity to review and vote on important matters of the Association.

Reminder: if you have yet to RSVP, please do so here: WSHJA 2011 Annual Meeting Event Reservation

We understand that it is a weeknight (school night and late night), so the Board pledges to keep it informative and moving along. You’ll be presented with:

  • A Year In Review and Open Forum, including horseshows, membership, financials
  • Vote on the proposed bylaw amendments
  • The Year Ahead and Open Forum, including the future of our shows particularly the Evergreen Classic
  • Final Vote on the 2012 Board Member election. Ballots will be available to those who wish to vote at the meeting.

Please review the supporting documents:

If you wish to receive any of the above documents in hardcopy, please notify memberservices@wshja.org. All documents also will be available at the annual meeting.

 

2012 Member Registration Now Open

by WSHJA Member Services November 11, 2011 in Membership

WSHJA is now accepting new applications and membership renewals for the 2012 show season.  A reminder: if you join or renew on or before December 31, you qualify for a 10% discount on both your membership and horse registration!

To get started with your new WSHJA membership, see our membership sign-up page and apply today!

Note: the online membership and horse rosters will reflect the 2011 season until after the close of the current year on November 30.

59th Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction, Saturday January 14th, 2012

award-cupJanuary 14, 2012: save the date!  Invitations will go out December 1st, 2011.

Each year, the Washington State Hunter Jumper Association holds its Annual Awards Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of its member riders and horses. Awards in both the WSHJA State and National Points Programs are presented.

Winning can be attributed to many hours of hard work and training, early mornings in the saddle, and the untiring support of family, friends and trainers. And of course, none of it would be possible without the fabulous horses that we ride. The WSHJA Annual Awards Banquet is our way of bringing the membership together to celebrate the love of the sport and the love of the horse!

This year’s banquet is being held in the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue Washington.