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

Check Your Spring National Results Online!

by WSHJA Shows April 5, 2011 in Announcements, Shows

This year it is easier than ever to check your results from the Spring Nationals and other WSHJA horse shows. Just go online at www.wshja.org, navigate to our 2011 Show Calendar page, and click on the ‘Results’ link for the show you are interested in.  You can also find links to the online results on our show details pages. Have a great show!

Spring National Show Series Entries Now Online!

by WSHJA Shows March 3, 2011 in Announcements, Shows

For the 2011 shows season, WSHJA has partnered with HorseShowTime.com to bring online show schedules and entries to our membership and exhibitors!  The Spring Nationals are one of the Northwest's signature show series, and represent for many the start of the show season. Now it’s easier than ever to enter!  For links, check out our newly updated show information here.

2011 WSHJA Horse Show Lineup Announced

by WSHJA Shows November 27, 2010 in Shows, Announcements

The Washington State Hunter Jumper Association has recently announced its 2011 horse show lineup:

  • jump_clipartSpring National Inaugural:  April 6-10, 2011
  • Spring National Hunter:  April 12-17, 2011
  • Spring National Jumper:  April 20-24, 2011
  • Evergreen Classic Benefit*:  August 10-14, 2011
  • Northwest Autumn Classic:  September 14-18, 2011
  • October Classic:  October 13-16, 2011

Your WSHJA membership and participation in these shows enables WSHJA to continue making investments that provide you with top quality showing experiences in Washington State.

For more details, please see our 2011 Show Calendar.

*Leased by WSHJA to the Washington Hunter Jumper Foundation.

Words from the Wise: The 2010 Northwest Autumn Classic "Ask the Judges" Clinic

by Betsy November 17, 2010 in Education, Shows

Photos courtesy Jay Goss Photography.

It is a unique skill to be able to have twenty five restless teenagers hanging on your every word, but that is just what United States Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney and Vice President Chrystine Tauber achieved during the "Ask the Judges" clinic at the 2010 Northwest Autumn Classic Horse Show.

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The clinic was held in conjunction with the draw for the order of go for Saturday night's ASPCA Maclay Regional Final. The "Ask the Judges" clinic consisted of a USHJA Zone question and answer session for which Mr. Moroney and Ms. Tauber, who were judging the 2010 NWAC horse show, were joined by Dianne Popp, USHJA Director of Zones, Data, and Competitions, and a general question and answer session with the judges. More...