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.

2011 Annual Members Meeting November 30th

The 2011 WSHJA Board cordially invites you to attend the 2011 Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, November 30 in Bothell Washington . Open to all current members, this is a once a year event for the membership to gather in the interest of making WSHJA all it can be!

  • Enjoy a wonderful selection of nibbles and wine in a 1928 restored barn!
  • Share your thoughts about future directions in an open forum.
  • Vote on proposed bylaw changes and additions.
  • Meet and mingle with the newly elected 2012 Board Members.

Kindly RSVP by November 27th.

loft-azurraWhere:

The Loft at Russell's
3305 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, Washington

When:

November 30, 2011 6:30 PM -- 9:30 PM

Look for more important information in your inbox next week!

As a nonprofit organization, WSHJA is always looking for ways to save on expenses while giving the most back to its members. As such, we will be sending the Official Election Ballots and the Proposed Bylaw Amendments to your email address of record.

If you wish to have a hardcopy sent to you via postal mail, please notify us at memberservices@wshja.org

2012 Board Elections

All members will receive an Online Election Ballot for 2012 Board Members. You may submit your ballot online, by mail-in or in-person at the Annual Meeting. Online and mail-in ballots must be submitted by November 29th, 2011 to be counted. You may also submit your vote at the annual meeting.

2012 Bylaw Amendments

All members will receive a copy of proposed bylaw changes in email. Your vote on amended bylaws must be rendered in person at the Annual Meeting.

2012 WSHJA Horse Show Dates Announced

by WSHJA Member Services November 4, 2011 in Shows

WSHJA is pleased to announce its horse show lineup for the 2012 show season:

Spring Nationals Show Series

Evergreen Equestrian Center, Monroe WA

Spring National Inaugural April 4-8th, 2012

Spring National Hunter April 10-15th, 2012

Spring National Jumper April 18-22nd, 2012

Evergreen Classic

Remlinger Equestrian Park, Carnation WA

Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show August 8-12th, 2012

Fall Classic Show Series

Evergreen Equestrian Center, Monroe WA

Northwest Autumn Classic September 12-16th, 2012

October Classic  October 11-14th, 2012

For more than 30 years, WSHJA has been presenting some of the finest Hunter and Jumper shows in the Pacific Northwest. Our premier USEF-rated horse shows offer fun and thrilling competition for beginners and Grand Prix riders alike, and often provide unique skill-building opportunities through clinics and special events. Our distinctive shows feature beautifully designed courses, wonderful prizes and amenities, and an increasing emphasis on exhibitor and spectator-friendliness.

WSHJA is a non-profit member-run association, reliant on the generosity of its sponsors, the charitable contributions of its volunteers and the participation of the hunter jumper community at large to make the show go on! WSHJA is one of the very few USHJA Affiliate Associations in the country to hold its own competitions. All “profits” earned from the shows WSHJA presents are reinvested back into the organization, except when the show is a benefit show, to enhance its offerings to the WSHJA membership and the hunter jumper community as a whole.

Hunters Do It For Show. Jumpers Do It For Dough!

by Katherine Wade-Easley October 4, 2011 in Member Article

If you’ve been to an “A” circuit horse show lately, you may have noticed a new phenomenon; large audiences surrounding the hunter ring. Hunters, not known for their spectator draw, have found a new niche – the Hunter Derbies, and, with exciting option jumps, beautiful fields to ride in and a lot of money to win, not only are some of our best hunters showing up to ride, they are performing in front of ever increasing audiences. So what happened to the jumper ring in our area? The classes known for excitement and drama are being out shown by their quieter cousin. So how do we put the splash back into the jumper rings?

Morgan Carr, the WSHJA Jumper rep and Owner of Encanto Valley Farms, in Auburn, WA pointed to the largest necessity in our jumper rings – sponsors. If we want to encourage an audience to come watch, we need to have something to show off, and the most exciting thing to show off is fantastic horses and riders competing over tough courses. In order to get those horses and riders, we need an incentive, and that incentive is money. However, in order to be able to put up cash that is competitive with the larger venues close by, we can’t rely solely on our local barns for sponsorship; we need to reach out to the surrounding community and shop our sport out to more sponsors. More...

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.