2014 Annual Awards Banquet Announced

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The Washington State Hunter Jumper Association 2014 Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

The doors open at 4:30 pm, and the first presentation will start promptly at 5:00 pm.

Don’t miss this year’s celebration of the accomplishments of our exciting Washington State riders and horses. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!



2013 Annual Awards | Registration Open

by WSHJA Member Services December 5, 2013 in Awards

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You are cordially invited to attend

WASHINGTON STATE HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION

2013 Annual Awards Banquet

January 11th, 2014

 

An evening of celebration, WSHJA honors its year-end high point award recipients and recognizes its community of outstanding individuals.

Together we'll celebrate your winning spirit, and the highest standards in sportsmanship, horsemanship, and membership. The evening will also include a special tribute to all those magnificent horses that make our sport a joyous affair.

                              Register Now!

Register by January 1, 2014 for early bird ticket prices. Registration closes December 8th, 2014. Online registration and payment only.   If you don't have access to online registration please contact WSHJA Banquet Registrar Nancy Lewis at (425) 503-5061

61st Annual Awards Banquet | January 11th, 2014

by WSHJA Member Services October 11, 2013 in Awards

close up horseSave the date January 11th, 2014 for WSHJA’s 61st Annual Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet is a special celebration of all those wonderful horses that have made our sport and our lives so rewarding.

Evites will go out and online registration will open early December.

In the meantime, start collecting those photos of the horses that are so special to you.

Congratulations Encanto Valley Riders On 11 Champion/Reserve Championships At HITS Arizona

by WSHJA Member Services March 21, 2013 in Awards, Points, Shows

Cruise On | Morgan Carr  Tucson Winter Classic – Champion Level 2 Jumper - Sahuaro Classic – Champion Level 3 Jumper

Cruise On | Katie Gwaizdon Tucson Winter Classic – Res Champion Child/Adult Low 1.00m
Cruise On & Katie Gwaizdon Train at Sandamar Farm.

Deuce Coupe | Morgan Carr Tucson Winter Classic – Champion Level 6 & Res Champ Level 5 Jumper
Deuce Coupe is owned by Brenda Biggerstaff

Johny B Good | Morgan Carr Tucson Winter Classic – Champion Schooling Hunter
Sahuaro Classic – Champion Training & Res Champion Schooling Hunter

Johny B Good | Alice Heusel
Tucson Winter Classic – Res Champ Short/Long Stirrup Hunter & Equitation

Prelude | Cammy Wittrell Tucson Winter Classic – Reserve Champion Novice Adult Hunter

Prelude | Brenda Biggerstaff Sahuaro Classic – Reserve Champion Adult Novice Adult Equitation

Showgirl | Tia Carr Sahuaro Classic – Champion Junior/AO Jumper 1.30m

Starbuck | Vivienne Carr Tucson Winter Classic – Champion Short/Long Stirrup Hunter & Equitation

Encanto Valley Farm is located in Maple Valley, WA. Trainer | Morgan Carr

Congratulations Parkside Riders On Your Impressive Showing At HITS Thermal I-III

by WSHJA Member Services March 20, 2013 in Shows, Awards

Parkside Stables Takes Home 5 Mid Circuit Awards From HITS Thermal 

Hurricane | Allison Talbot  Mid Circuit Champion Level 3 Jumper
Odyssey | Catherine Guyman Mid Circuit Champion Modified Child Hunter 2’6”
Perfection | Marielle Fries Mid Circuit Champion Thermal Hunter 2’3”
Mid Circuit Champion Modified Child Hunter 2’6”
Cantalupo | Pattie Sciola Mid Circuit Reserve Champion Thermal Adult Hunter 2’3”
Mid Circuit Reserve Champion Modified Adult Hunter 2’6”
Royal Tuscany | Grace Pearson Mid Circuit Reserve Champion Children’s Hunter Pony

HITS Thermal Show Champions Weeks I – III

Ferrari | Shalini Singh HITS I – Champion Children’s Jumper 16-17
Celano | Mackenzie Audino HITS I – Reserve Champion Adult Equitation 18-35
Game On | Catherine Guyman HITS I – Reserve Champion Children Jumper 1.00m
My Lucky Star |Olivia Brandon HITS I - Reserve Champion Small Schooling Pony
Story Book | Alia Pappas HITS I – Champion Adult Jumper 1.00m
HITS II – Reserve Champion Adult Jumper 18-35
Stone’s Benchmark | Nicole Lamp HITS II – Champion Short Stirrup Equitation Horse
Zorro | Catherine Guyman HITS II – Champion Junior Limit Equitation

Parkside Stables is located in Bellevue, WA. Trainers | Anne Selinger and Jodie Davis

WSHJA Honors Four Outstanding Individuals With The 2012 President's Cup Award

by WSHJA Member Services February 11, 2013 in Awards

The President's Cup Award is presented to an individual or individuals who contribution to WSHJA has made a significant impact on WSHJA achieving its goals and fulfilling its mission. WSHJA President Shelly Kerron had the pleasure of presenting four individuals with the 2012 President’s Cup Award. Every last one of them a tribute to the hunter jumper sport and to the WSHJA community.

 

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Not a year passes without the sponsorship support of Olson’s Tack Shop. Through his unwavering commitment the sport and WSHJA, Mike has helped keep WSHJA going strong. And all of us looking good in the latest equestrian fashions. Thank you Mike for all your years of support.

Z1-0025eKATHERINE WADE-EASLEY

Whether its writing inspiring articles or reaching out to WSHJA friends through Facebook, Katherine’s words have informed, inspired, and energized  the membership. Thank you Katherine.

 

 MELODY GILMOREZ1-0018e

There are some volunteers that no matter what is asked of them, you can count on them to show up with a smile. Melody is just this kind of volunteer. Her list of contributions are too numerous to include, but WSHJA is indebted to her for many many volunteer hours. Thank you Melody.

 

WSHJA 2012 Annual Awards Banquet

BARBARA BAIRELE

When it comes to running a show office with efficacy and grace, Barbara is WSHJA’s shining star. One of WSHJA’s founding members, Barbara has championed WSHJA and its horse shows throughout the years and through many changes. Thank you Barb.

WSHJA Celebrates 60th Anniversary Awards With Lots Of Sparkle

by WSHJA Member Services February 2, 2013 in Awards

It was a festive and glittery evening for the recipients of WSHJA 2012 Annual Awards. The room filled with riders and their adoring fans (aka parents, grandparents, fellow barn mates, and longtime supporters of WSHJA) to celebrate not only this year’s award recipients but to remember many of the greats from a 60 year history.

There was a lot to celebrate. And many people to recognize. WSHJA presented 36 State Awards, 82 National Awards, 30 USHJA Zone 9 Awards. Plus WSHJA honored four President’s Cup Awards recipients, three Sportsmanship Award recipients and three USHJA Affiliate Equitation Awards for the WSHJA Good Seat & Hands Medal. That’s a lot of celebrating.

The whole evening was made possible through the generous contributions of our member volunteers. A huge thanks goes out to;

  • Our talented announcers Scott Trewin, Bo Masters and Trevor Peterson we made it through in record time. A full evening indeed, but with 129 awards to present what are you going to do. Our announcers kept it flowing, presenting each award with enthusiasm and good spirit throughout the night.
  • Karen Freywald and her well organized team of ribbon and prize presenters Kim Gilmore, Melody Gilmore, Amy Kosmos, Val Nelson, Stephanie Von Gortler, Diane Renihan.
  • Betsy Christianson, Gillian Baird, Peter Brandon and Grady Kerron for presenting all the perpetual trophies. Lauren Myers and Emily Hilton for handing out the USHJA Zone 9 trophies.
  • The whole stylish movie star worthy room is thanks to Lynn Trewin and her band of volunteers Laney Senyohl, Krista Taylor, Liza Taylor, Camille Brash, Kim Stuckens, Jennifer Sparks
  • Jessica Vania for the commemorative program that will surely be a keepsake for years to come. And to Gary Voth, Rory Wade-Easely, Bobbie Harder for the photo slideshows that reminded us all what great company we are in.
  • Pat Domine and all the donors and bidders who made the silent auction a success, raising $6200 in support of the WSHJA Scholarship Fund.
  • Nancy Lewis, Suzanne Hitz and Katie Seymour for handling 420 registrations with grace and efficiency.
  • The Katies for raising $1300 in the raffle. Katie Nubel of CWD for donating the bridle and reins.  Katie Sputh for her stellar ticket sales.

We also owe a great deal of thanks to the evening's sponsors. Clare Warren of Archway Equestrian for generously hosting the welcome bubbly. Dacels Jewelers for making it possible for WSHJA to give the beautifully engraved watches and pendants to our champions and reserve champions.


Our sincere apologies if we have forgotten to mention someone. The Annual Awards Banquet is only possible with the support of our members. We appreciate you all and hope you enjoyed the evening.

 

60th Awards Commemorative Program.pdf (7.21 mb)

Invitation | 60th Anniversary Awards Banquet

by WSHJA Member Services December 6, 2012 in Awards

 

Sixty years gives us so much to celebrate. You, your family and fans are cordially invited to attend the festivities.

Together we'll celebrate your winning spirit and honor the highest standards in sportsmanship, horsemanship, and membership with a little trip down memory lane.  

So don that top hat or glittery gown and join us for this ever so special event.

When | Saturday January 12, 2013 5:00 PM
Where | Meydenbauer Center Bellevue, WA 98004

Kindly respond by January 2nd 2013  

RSVP Now!

Reservations received after January 2nd, subject to late fee

 

RSVP via mail-in registration

2012 WSHJA Banquet Invite RSVP card.pdf (697.51 kb)

 

Any special requests or questions regarding registration please contact Nancy Lewis at treasurer@wshja.org or call 425 503-5061

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.

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...