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.

More...

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.

An Impressive Showing at the NW Autumn Classic

by WSHJA Shows September 17, 2012 in Shows

 A wonderful show with lots of  winning spirit shown by all! Here are just some of the highlights.

The NWAC Grand Prix 1.30m was fast and then some. Congratulations to all 24 who participated. Thanks for an exciting performance.

  1      Lolita        Margie Gass       Megan Jordan

  2      Zico 13     Tammy Chipko    Tammy Chipko

  3      Atlantis     Venture Inv.         Megan Jordan

  4      Caspar T  Cara Anthony       Cara Anthony

  5      Valentina  Tia Carr                Morgan Carr

  6      Musketeer Blue Meadows     Kaylee Cox

  7      Top Shelf  Margie Gass        Megan Jordan

  8      Oz 42        Lindsay Uyesugi  Lindsay Uyesugi

 
Equitation at its finest was demonstrated by all riders in the Region 7 NW Aspca Maclay Regional Finals 3'6" 

CHAMPION  Sara Nordstrom  Trainer John Turner

RSV CHAMPION Ali Cornish    Trainer Jeff Cook

3 Lauren Myers

4 Mackenzie Audino

5 Brittyn Niemi

6 Jocelyn Evans

7 Kendall Pedigo

8 Claire Doty

9 Natalie Hill

10 Vivian Keller

11 Avery Worthington

12 Nicole Musser

 

WSHJA Good Seat & Hands Finals 3'-3'6"

CHAMPION Natalie Hill

RSV CHAMPION Sara Smith

3 Taylor Kungle

4 Katie Sputh

5 Hannah Weaver

6 Michaila Forte

7 Lisa Williams

8 Katie Gwiazdon

 

WSHJA Good Seat & Hands Finals 3' 
CHAMPION   Annaliese Fries
RSV CHAMPION  Terry Garfield

3 Olivia Cerino

4 Stephanie Yerigan

5 Lauren Mamaghani

6 Tara Heffernan

7 Catherine Guyman

8 Marissa Manzanares

 

Ariat Natl Adult Medal Regional Finals 3'
CHAMPION      Gwen Mccaw
RSV CHAMPION  Sue Macintosh

3 Luann Berman

4 Margo Saunders

5 Patty Osberg

6 Kristi Zimbelman

7 Leah Raphael

 

Taylor Harris Childrens Medal Regional Finals 3'
CHAMPION   Samantha Smith
RSV CHAMPION  Olivia Cerino

3 Terry Garfield

4 Annaliese Fries

5 Jennifer Gates

6 Rylie Porter

7 Catherine Guyman

8 Lauren Mamaghani


USHJA Natl Htr Derby 3'-3'3"-3'5"
1 The Cellist  Heidi Seidelhuber  Nancy Free

2 Avant  Jocelyn Krabbenschmidt  Sara Smith

3 By The Bay  Christy Larson  Shannon Hendrickson

4 Papiro  Karen Badgley  Sara Smith

5 Fleetstreet  Lisa Williams  Lisa Williams

6 Simplicity  Leslie Thornton  Corene Smith

7 Bayardo  Fern Ridge Farm  Samantha Smith

8 Lexington  Sue Macintosh  Sue Macintosh
 

For a complete listing of results including Zone 9 Finals & Championship placings please check results at horseshowtime.com (nwac) and/or USHJA.org

 

 We Sure Hope You Enjoyed The Show!

First Rule In Winning: You’ve Got To Show Up

by WSHJA Member Services September 14, 2012 in Membership

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 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.

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. Tickets for prizes – and a better 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. More...

Wither Rock & Lift, Megan Ayrault LMP

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 17, 2012 in Education

Click here to view now!

Enjoy this video lesson (17 min) showing you one of the techniques from Megan's book, The Horse Lover's Guide to Massage. The video includes an anatomy lesson on the spine, explanations of the benefits for your horse and for you, some warm up techniques, and use of the Wither Rock and Lift as a helpful assessment tool.

 

Megan Ayrault is a Licensed Massage Practitioner for horses and their human partners (and canine friends :-). Her main interests and training in bodywork have included Myofascial Release, Shiatsu/Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, and a variety of massage approaches. In her Seattle-area practice, she has been massaging horses since 2001, people and dogs since 2002, and has taught equine and canine massage with the Northwest School of Animal Massage since 2004.  Megan is the founder of AllAboutAnimalMassage.com, providing education for animal owners, and continuing education for professionals, through on-line videos, classes, books, e-books and e-mail coaching. You can also hear Megan's horse massage tips on-line (recorded podcasts) on the Horse Tip Daily Radio Show.

Introduction to Equine Dentistry, Dr.Delorey DVM

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 15, 2012 in Education

Click Here to View

Dr. Mary DeLorey DVM, provides an in-depth (and illustrated) introduction to Equine Dentistry. 

Dr. DeLorey DVM, graduated from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.  Through her Northwest Equine Dentistry practice, Dr. DeLorey is devoted exclusively to high quality general and advanced equine dentistry.  Northwest Equine Dentistry's mission is to complement and enhance the care given by your regular equine veterinarian.

http://www.nwequinedentistry.com/video.php

Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer

by WSHJA Member Services July 13, 2012 in Volunteer

  1. You need a legitimate reason for spending more time on anything horse-related
  2. You can spot opportunities for improvement five strides out
  3. You enjoy working with people having that familiar barn scent
  4. You want another avenue to explore that very special talent of yours, and have fun doing it
  5. You’re hoping to get to National Finals and could use a scholarship to help defray the cost
  6. You want to participate in the NEW Educational Scholarship
  7. You are at the show already and you could do something to fill the time between rounds
  8. You know that WSHJA is almost nothing without its volunteers
  9. You like the direction WSHJA has been heading and you want to keep it going that way
  10. You want to give back to the sport that you enjoy so very much

There are countless ways in which you can volunteer. No experience necessary and no one is over or under qualified. Please contact the following fellow members to sign-up for the area of interest.

Horse Welfare
Bobbie Harder, bobbie.harder@gmail.com

Hospitality, Awards, Special Events
Lynn Trewin, Lynn@logogarden.net

Marketing & Member Communications
Jessica Vania, jessicavania@msn.com

Scholarship Fundraising
Leah Raphael,  leah.raphael119@gmail.com
Mackenzie Audino,  mtaudino@gmail.com

Sponsorship & Silent Auction
Pat Domine, p_domine@hotmail.com

WSHJA Shows
Dianne Johnson, dianjnsn@aol.com
Heidi Snider Evans, hillcresttraining@live.com

 

USHJA Zone 9 Finals & Championships Held At NW Autumn Classic

by WSHJA Member Services July 13, 2012 in Shows

Both the Zone 9 Finals and Championships will be during the NW Autumn Classic at the Evergreen Equestrian Center in Monroe, WA, on September 12 to 16, 2012.

The NW Autumn Classic Prize List is now online. Entries due WEDNESDAY, August 22, 2012

Sections for both the finals and championships include:

High Performance Working Hunter
Performance Working Hunter 3'6" to 3'9"
Performance Working Hunter 3'3"
Green Working Hunter: 1st and 2nd year
Amateur Owner Hunter: 18 to 35, and 35+
Amateur Owner 3'3"
Regular Conformation Hunter
Green Conformation Hunter
Junior Hunter: small 15 and under
Junior Hunter: large 15 and under
Junior Hunter: small 16 to 17
Junior Hunter: large 16 to 17
Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large    Pre-Green sections
Children's Hunter Horse: 13 and under, 14 to 17
Children's Hunter Pony
Adult Amateur: 18 to 35, 36 to 49 and 50+
Low Junior Jumper
Junior Jumper
Low Amateur Owner Jumper
Amateur Owner Jumper
Children's Jumper High
Children's Jumper Low
Pony Jumpers
Adult Amateur Jumper
Young Jumper: 5-, 6- and 7/8-year-old

USHJA Zone 9 Finals
Zone Finals Bonus Point Chart
Placing Bonus Points for each class
1 = 50
2 =40
3 =30
4 = 20
5 = 10
6 = 5
7 = 4
8 = 2

Champion (Hunter only) 100
Reserve (Hunter only) 75
Champion and Reserve bonus points will be given to Zone Hunter Finals sections that follow HU148.
Champions will receive 100 bonus points for each section completed and Reserve Champions will receive 75
bonus points.
Children's Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, 5-Year Old, 6-Year Old, and 7/8-Year Old Jumper will
receive points from the Zone Finals Bonus Point Chart.
Junior Jumper and Amateur Owner Jumper points will be based on one point for every dollar won.

USHJA Zone 9 Championships
Zone Championship Bonus Point Chart
Placing Bonus Points for each class
1 = 100
2 = 80
3 = 70
4 = 60
5 = 50
6 = 40
7 = 30
8 = 20

Zone Championship Classes will only receive the bonus points for 1-8th places.