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...

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

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.