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.

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...

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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.

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.

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

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.

Some Important Points About Points

Thanks to the tremendous commitment of WSHJA’s Points Chair, Karen Freywald, you might have noticed that your point standings are updated within two weeks of the end of show dates. Not only that, Karen has proactively reached out to everyone to help get their membership current or their horses recorded so that they receive each and every point earned. Please recognize Karen for the spectacular job she’s done so far!

With over 130 year-end award categories, 81 for the National Program and 51 for State, it is quite the undertaking to ensure all points earned from the many horse shows WSHJA members attend up and down the coast are captured and accrued properly.

Read on for the four important steps you can take to ensure every point you worked so hard to earn is tracked and awarded!  More...

WSHJA Community At-A-Glance

by WSHJA Member Services May 24, 2011 in Membership

The WSHJA community is a wonderful reflection of the diverse and talented population involved in the hunter jumper sport here in the Northwest. Year over year the WSHJA community is growing and coming together to ensure a thriving equestrian culture for all. Some interesting facts about the WSHJA membership:

  • Ranging in age from 5 to 72, members show that every age is the perfect age to be involved in the sport.
  • Although the greater majority of the membership is female (91% to be exact), it’s one of the few sports where men & women compete on equal footing.
  • Unlike some other sports where competition careers end at a very young age, our membership (38%) compete as Amateurs. 41% compete in Children's/Juniors. 13% compete among the professional ranks.

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