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.

 

 

Landscape of Pre-Purchase Examinations, Dr. Krauter, DVM, DACVS

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 12, 2012 in Education

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Dr. Lisa Gift Krauter, DVM, DACVS, discusses the purpose and landscape of pre-purchase examinations as a tool to assist potential buyers in making informed decisions about a horse's physical ability to suit their needs and objectives.

http://www.pilchuckvet.com/articles/a-horse-buyer-s-guide-to-the-prepurchase-exam

Dr. Krauter has been a member of Pilchuck’s team of board certified large animal surgeons since 1992. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, and received her equine surgical training at Kansas State University. Her areas of special interest are equine lameness diagnosis and treatment, and colic surgery. She enjoys the challenge of helping her equine patients achieve their athletic potential and is frequently consulted on subtle lameness issues.

Tendon & Ligament Injuries, Dr. Delco, DVM, DACVS

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 12, 2012 in Education

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital's Dr. Michelle Delco, DVM, DACVS discusses tendon and ligament injuries from prevention to prognosis, advanced therapies, and rest and rehabilitation.

http://www.pilchuckvet.com/articles/tendon-and-ligament-injuries-from-prevention-to-prognosis

Dr. Delco received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2002. After a one-year post-doctoral internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, she completed an equine surgery residency at the University of California, Davis and obtained board certification through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Delco then joined the faculty at Kansas State University as an assistant professor in equine surgery. Although she greatly enjoys teaching, Dr. Delco left academic practice to join Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in July 2008, and is excited to live and work in the Northwest. Her professional interests include orthopedic surgery, sport horse lameness diagnosis and treatment and minimally invasive surgery.
 

Basic Equine Immunizations For The Road, Drs' Abramson-Mooney DVM, Garrett DVM, Williams DVM

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 10, 2012 in Education

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Drs' Alexandra Abramson-Mooney, DVM, Ragan Garrett,DVM, and Crystal Williams, DVM outline basic equine immunization guidelines for both horses on the road and at home.

http://www.pilchuckvet.com/articles/equine-vaccinations-basic-guidelines-for-horses-at-home-and-on-the-road

All three authors are equine surgery and medicine interns currently working at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Abramson joins our team all the way from Florida where she grew up riding hunter/jumper horses competitively in the southeast region. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 2007 where she graduated with honors and a distinction in research. Dr. Garrett is from Bend, Oregon where she grew up riding hunter/jumper horses and trail riding every summer with her dad. She completed both her Bachelor of Science and Veterinary Medicine degrees at Oregon State University. Dr. Williams grew up in southern California and has spent the last nine years in Davis, California. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at UC Davis and worked in the Large Animal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine before entering vet school. She also spent six months working at an equine intensive care unit during the thoroughbred foaling season in Australia.

Advancements In Diagnosing Equine Lameness, Dr. Bryant, DVM, DACVS

by WSHJA Horse Welfare July 9, 2012 in Education

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital's Dr. James Bryant, DVM, DACVS discusses advancements in diagnosing equine lameness.

http://www.pilchuckvet.com/articles/advances-in-diagnosing-equine-lameness

After receiving his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, Dr. Bryant completed an internship at Texas A&M University, followed by a surgical residency at the University of Florida. He was a member of the clinical faculty of both Kansas State University and the University of Florida before returning to the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up. Dr. Bryant has a strong interest in equine sports medicine, particularly lameness diagnosis and treatment of all types of sport horses. He is actively involved in the sport of endurance, both nationally and internationally, and serves on the veterinary committee of the American Endurance Riding Conference. His surgical interests include soft tissue surgery, colic, upper airway, and orthopedic procedures.

 

Fun-Loving Members Share a Passion for the Sport

by WSHJA Member Services June 5, 2012 in

What a great group of people make up the WSHJA membership! From all around the Northwest, WSHJA members enjoy showing their fabulous horses at every level of competition.  The WSHJA membership is diverse, but it is united by a love of the horse and the thrill of jumping. This camaraderie adds so much to the enjoyment we all take from our sport.

This slideshow of recent photographs contributed by WSHJA members, their families, and fans, captures the fun and excitement of being a part of the Washington State Hunter Jumper community.  Enjoy!

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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