2016 USHJA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California
Silent Auction Benefiting the USHJA Foundation
Get your holiday shopping done at the 2016 Annual Meeting Silent Auction and know that the money you spend goes back to support the hunter/jumper community! The funds raised at the silent auction will help the USHJA Foundation support four areas of the Foundationâ€™s charitable work: education, inspiring individuals to overcome adversity, helping members in times of need, and helping to preserve the history of our sport. Items will be on display beginning at 7 a.m. Monday morning, December 12th, and the auction closes promptly at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13th. The Auction will be located in the Foyer near registration.
We want to extend a huge thank you to our donors!
FREE Wi-Fi is available in the Foyer and Rule Change Proposal Session rooms for all Annual Meeting attendees; log-in directions and information are located in your Annual Meeting bags and at registration. Take advantage of this free service to stay up-to-date with current rule change proposal updates and the event schedule â€“ all available online. While working away, stop by our mobile charging station, generously sponsored by Great Southwest Equestrian Center, to charge up all your electronic devices.
Sunday, December 11th
Buffet Lunch with the Zone and Affiliates Forum
Start off your 2016 Annual Meeting by joining us from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Las Palmas Ballrooms for a buffet lunch sponsored by The United States Equestrian Federation. Immediately following lunch, we will have a full afternoon of Zone and Affiliate programming. The following will be up for discussion during the forum: Zone Grants and Scholarships; Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Championships; Affiliate Member Organizations; Zone Funding Requests. The forum will also include a section about Zone committee member education led by Diane Carney.
Monday, December 12th
Morning Welcome and Recap
Join us at 7 a.m. for a special welcome by Mary Babick. In addition to reviewing the prior day's highlights, any updates to the convention schedule will be announced during this time. These sessions will take place each morning outside in the picturesque Starlight Terrace, located above the meeting space, where a hot breakfast will be provided.
USHJA Rule Change Proposal Session
Get the latest information about all proposed rule changes during in-depth sessions presented by Mary Babick and Brian Lookabill with support from David Distler and Geoff Teall, along with committee and task force chairs. With minimal rules proposed by USHJA this year, many rule change proposals that will be discussed are USEF General Rules, which would affect all competitions including hunter/jumper competitions.
All current rule change proposals will be available online throughout the meeting at http://prc.usef.org/portals/ushjaforum.aspx. Located in the Las Palmas Ballrooms, this forum is generously supported by Equine Exchange.
USEF Strategic Direction
Following the Rule Change Proposal Forum, USEF President-Elect Murray Kessler and USEF CEO Bill Moroney will give a brief presentation on the USEF Strategic Direction and how it relates to the hunter/jumper industry and the USHJA.
Working Group Rule Workshops
Meeting simultaneously the Hunter Working Group and Jumper Working Group will hold workshops from 9:30 a.m. to Noon to make changes and recommendations to rule change proposals that have been referred to USHJA. During these workshops suggestions from the general forum, member feedback and committee response will be taken into consideration.
Take a break and join us back outside on the Starlight Terrace from Noon to 1 p.m. A full buffet lunch will be served. Mondayâ€™s lunch is generously sponsored by The World Equestrian Center, Home of Roberts Arena.
Rule Change Proposal Review
Following lunch at 1 p. m., there will be one more rule change proposal review to be held in the Las Palmas Ballrooms. This session will readdress any rules that have been amended by the working groups, since the general forum and also speak to any rules that were not clarified in the first forum.
Sport Growth Presentation
Starting at 2:45 p.m., there will be a presentation in the Las Palmas Ballroom on USHJA priorities and our sportâ€™s growth. During the presentation we will discuss items such as future Championships, a Jumper Pathway and The Recognized Riding Academies.
End the day with food, drinks and entertainment at the welcome reception, hosted by our gracious presenting sponsor HITS at their Coachella facility. You wonâ€™t want to miss the special presentation by the Foxfield Equestrian Drill Team! Complimentary transportation will be provided by HITS. Buses will depart at the Omni Resort at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., directly outside of the meeting space. Return buses will depart HITS for the Omni Resort at 8:15 and 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13th
Morning Welcome and Recap
Mary Babick will review the prior day's highlights and announce any changes to the convention schedule during this time. It will again be located on the Starlight Terrace, and a hot breakfast will be provided. In addition to the announcements, we will present the 2016 Committee Excellence Awards. Tuesdayâ€™s breakfast is generously sponsored by USHJA Contributing Sponsor Perfect Products.
Microchip Training and Age Group Verification Session
Join Mary Babick and Summer Stoffel at 7:30 a.m. for the Microchip Training and Age Group Verification informational session located in the Las Palmas Ballrooms. During this session you will get in-depth information about the microchipping and age group verification requirements, and you will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from various breed registries.
Return to the Starlight Terrace from Noon to 12:45 pm to enjoy a buffet lunch sponsored by Hodges Badge Company. Hodges Badge Company, the official ribbon supplier of the USHJA, will be displayed in the Foyer. We encourage you to stop by and take a look at some of their awards.
Joint Hunter Working Group and Jumper Working Group Session
Each Working Group will work to assign the new working group chairs and provide a preview of what they have on their 2017 agendas, including new programs, changes to existing programs, and athlete and horse development pipelines. Input from members on specific areas that could impact the future of our sport will be welcomed.
USEF/USHJA Update on Sport Integrity
From 2:45 to 4 p.m., Mary Babick and Bill Moroney will give an update on USEF/USHJA Sport Integrity. This session will include topics such as: Microchipping, age verification, anti-doping and horse welfare, how drug testing works and the role of trainer certification in sport integrity.
Board of Directors and Foundation Training
Angela Bailey of HR Affiliates will provide the annual board training on legal issues and liability and the prevention of harassment; all attendees are encouraged to attend.