Taylor, Gilmore Receive WSHJA Educational Scholarship

educational scholarship picKrista Taylor and Kimberly Gilmore each received a $750 Educational Scholarship—an opportunity presented to them in recognition of their many volunteer hours. The Educational Scholarship can be applied towards participating in riding clinics, attending classes on matters of horse welfare or other educational opportunities directed at improving one’s equitation or horsemanship skills.

To be eligible for the scholarship, members must complete a minimum of 5 volunteer hours at a WSHJA activity.  At the annual members meeting, two names, one child/junior and one adult, will be drawn to receive the scholarship.

Your Input Is Valuable Your Involvement Is Impactful

As we head into the winter,  WSHJA is beginning the search for new board members. This is the time, for all members, new or old, to get involved.

Both during the show season and off, your WSHJA board has been striving to improve your experience as a WSHJA member. To that effect they have taken your suggestions and comments and made changes to your local shows – including rule changes impacting points, tickets for prizes and class expectations – such as all 3’0” classes and above being held in the indoor ring at Monroe. All of these changes (and more!) have come about due to member input and, as we look back over the year, we have the opportunity to revisit the shows – pros and cons – and continue to work toward an even better experience for next year. 

Sponsorship has been a large area for discussion. The WSHJA has representatives that are in charge of caring for, and catering to, sponsors at horse shows, as well as trying to elicit more sponsorships from the community. However, we face a challenge when it comes to encouraging sponsorships from outside of our local barns. As an industry, each of us needs to take this charge up on our own. We must, in order to continue to improve shows and increase an interest in our sport, bring sponsors in from outside of our smaller circle. Our shows offer several different layers of sponsorship, so there is something for everyone, and the more people from outside our show world that we can get involved, the more attendance, revenue and excitement we can generate.  Also keep in mind that WSHJA is a not-for-profit organization, which means all sponsorship monies go directly into the shows.

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Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer

by WSHJA Member Services July 13, 2012 in Volunteer

  1. You need a legitimate reason for spending more time on anything horse-related
  2. You can spot opportunities for improvement five strides out
  3. You enjoy working with people having that familiar barn scent
  4. You want another avenue to explore that very special talent of yours, and have fun doing it
  5. You’re hoping to get to National Finals and could use a scholarship to help defray the cost
  6. You want to participate in the NEW Educational Scholarship
  7. You are at the show already and you could do something to fill the time between rounds
  8. You know that WSHJA is almost nothing without its volunteers
  9. You like the direction WSHJA has been heading and you want to keep it going that way
  10. You want to give back to the sport that you enjoy so very much

There are countless ways in which you can volunteer. No experience necessary and no one is over or under qualified. Please contact the following fellow members to sign-up for the area of interest.

Horse Welfare
Bobbie Harder, bobbie.harder@gmail.com

Hospitality, Awards, Special Events
Lynn Trewin, Lynn@logogarden.net

Marketing & Member Communications
Jessica Vania, jessicavania@msn.com

Scholarship Fundraising
Leah Raphael,  leah.raphael119@gmail.com
Mackenzie Audino,  mtaudino@gmail.com

Sponsorship & Silent Auction
Pat Domine, p_domine@hotmail.com

WSHJA Shows
Dianne Johnson, dianjnsn@aol.com
Heidi Snider Evans, hillcresttraining@live.com