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.

 

 

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...

2012 Evergreen Classic: A Message From the Board

by WSHJA Shows April 26, 2012 in Announcements, Shows

For 2012 there are significant changes for the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show.  The WSHJA Board of Directors would like to share the following message regarding these changes and the investments being made on behalf of the membership:


Show season is upon us, and, once again, WSHJA is proud to bring you the 2012 Spring National Show Circuit, the Northwest Autumn Classic and the October Classic. We hope that you enjoyed these shows last year and we look forward to bringing you another year filled with worthy competition, wonderful hospitality and a winning spirit.

This year, WSHJA is hosting the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show for the first time in several years. The Evergreen Classic has a 30+ year history in the Pacific Northwest as our premier horse show, providing the opportunity to show on the grass and giving us the chance to all come together and celebrate with parties under the tents, fantastic hunter derby events and a challenging Grand Prix.  We have hired Dianne Johnson as the Show Manager; we are excited to see Dianne in action as she puts together another fantastic show for the WSHJA community.

Previously, there has been some concern in regard to the condition of the footing of this show since it’s been held at the Remlinger grounds in Carnation. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the footing will be safe and suitable for our horses. Along those lines, we have hired Hans Van Meenen to assess the footing and give us a plan for the year which we are implementing immediately. Hans is extremely well respected in the field of show grounds footing. He is responsible for the grounds at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal California and others in both the US and Canada. Hans has assured us that he will be bringing his vast wealth of knowledge to our show – giving us the ability to not only improve the footing for this year, but to continue to care for it so that it flourishes in the following years – providing us with a continued investment in the future of The Classic. The Evergreen Classic is a show with a long history in Washington State, and we, as a board, are excited about continuing the legacy of this horse show.  We want to communicate to you, our members, that we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make this show a wonderful experience for all.

For those of you who want this show to be a success as much as we do, we need your help! We are pulling everything together, but we need YOU! We are looking for sponsors, of all levels, to help with the show effort. And we need all kinds of volunteers. In order for The Classic to be the show that we all want it to be, we must come together as a community and work toward that goal. We hope that, by stating our commitment to you, you too, will find yourself willing to help in whatever way possible to ensure The Evergreen Classic reaches the high standards we have all come to look for in this top rated show.

There are many ways to get involved. Please take a moment to look through the sponsorship opportunity documents and the volunteer opportunity document.

Evergreen Classic Sponsorship Listing 

Evergreen Classic Sponsor Donation In-Kind List

Evergreen Classic Volunteer Opportunities

We look forward to working with you. And thank you in advance for your support of the Evergreen Classic.

The WSHJA Board of Directors

 

2012 Evergreen Classic Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

by WSHJA Shows April 18, 2012 in Shows


WSHJA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting sponsorship reservations for the 2012 Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show.

The Evergreen Classic is the premier hunter jumper equestrian event in the state of Washington. Featuring the top hunter jumper horses and riders in the region, this show benefits deserving charities each year. Don't miss this opportunity to expose your brand  to a highly targeted audience at this exceptional event!

Sponsorship details and more informaion is available here:

 An overview of all WSHJA sponsorship opportunities and benefits can be viewed here

Experience The Excitement Of Spring Nationals

by WSHJA Member Services April 10, 2012 in Shows

WSHJA invites you out to enjoy the show. Worthy competition. Wonderful hospitality. Winning Spirit.

 

Collinswood Hunter Under Saddle Challenge

Friday April 13th 5:00pm

Join us for some ringside nibbles as you watch riders compete in the Collinswood Hunter Under Saddle Challenge.

 

Parkside Stables Derby Party
Saturday April 14th 5:00pm

Parkside Stables has graciously sponsored this year's pizza party. Straight from the brick pizza oven to you and ready to take to the stands to watch the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby.

 

Gambler's Choice
Friday April 20th 5:00pm

Its anybody's game. One of the most fun events to watch as riders choose their jumps to go for the most points. Join us for a beer and a cheer generously sponsored by Sundance Equestrian.

 

Jumper Jamboree
Saturday April 21 6:00

You won't want to miss the Farpoint Farm $2,000 NW Futures Class (1.20M). And the $10,000 Spring National Grand Prix (1.4M). Enjoy some wine and hors d'eouvers courtesy of Red Gate Farm.

2012 WSHJA Horse Show Dates Announced

by WSHJA Member Services November 4, 2011 in Shows

WSHJA is pleased to announce its horse show lineup for the 2012 show season:

Spring Nationals Show Series

Evergreen Equestrian Center, Monroe WA

Spring National Inaugural April 4-8th, 2012

Spring National Hunter April 10-15th, 2012

Spring National Jumper April 18-22nd, 2012

Evergreen Classic

Remlinger Equestrian Park, Carnation WA

Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show August 8-12th, 2012

Fall Classic Show Series

Evergreen Equestrian Center, Monroe WA

Northwest Autumn Classic September 12-16th, 2012

October Classic  October 11-14th, 2012

For more than 30 years, WSHJA has been presenting some of the finest Hunter and Jumper shows in the Pacific Northwest. Our premier USEF-rated horse shows offer fun and thrilling competition for beginners and Grand Prix riders alike, and often provide unique skill-building opportunities through clinics and special events. Our distinctive shows feature beautifully designed courses, wonderful prizes and amenities, and an increasing emphasis on exhibitor and spectator-friendliness.

WSHJA is a non-profit member-run association, reliant on the generosity of its sponsors, the charitable contributions of its volunteers and the participation of the hunter jumper community at large to make the show go on! WSHJA is one of the very few USHJA Affiliate Associations in the country to hold its own competitions. All “profits” earned from the shows WSHJA presents are reinvested back into the organization, except when the show is a benefit show, to enhance its offerings to the WSHJA membership and the hunter jumper community as a whole.

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

As You Plan Your Last Shows Of The Season

by WSHJA Administrator September 14, 2011 in Announcements, Points, Shows

Everyone at WSHJA hopes you have enjoyed this show season--having had fun and success at all the shows you attended. Please keep in mind that qualifying for year-end awards requires you and each horse show in TWO USEF-rated Washington State shows. That’s two shows for you the rider to earn equitation points and two shows for each horse registered with WSHJA to earn hunter or jumper points. Any questions please direct to Karen Freywald at points@wshja.org.

Northwest Autumn Classic Honored To Host Zone IX Finals!

The USHJA Zone 9 Finals will return to WSHJA’s Northwest Autumn Classic, September 14th-18th at the Evergreen Equestrian Park in Monroe, WA. USHJA Zone 9 will be awarding great awards to the top six places for all Rated Hunter Sections, Children's, Adult Amateur, Pony and Amateur Owner/Junior Jumpers.

The USHJA has introduced a new point system for the Zone Finals—essentially that instead of one class counting bonus points for the year end awards, the whole divisions will count for bonus points as follows: 1st – 50, 2nd – 40, 3rd – 30, 4th – 20, 5th – 10, 6th – 5, 7th- 4, 8th- 2 and Champion – 100, Reserve Champion - 75

Zone Finals competition will include 2 O/F and 1 U/S class for each section and zone bonus points will be awarded based on the newly revised criteria. This applies to all Rated Hunter Sections and Children's(1.10m), Adult Amateur(1.10m), and Pony Jumpers.

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 excluding Champion and Reserve Points.

Junior Jumper and Amateur Owner Jumper points will be based on one point for every dollar won unless no money is awarded and then these classes will receive points from the Zone Finals Bonus Point Chart excluding Champion and Reserve points.

Please direct any questions regarding the Zone 9 Finals to Dianne Johnson dianjnsn@aol.com