September 3, 2008
In this issue:
*Congratulations to Team USA Show Jumping
*Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Deadline
*USEF Youth Sportsman Charter Award
*Derby Schedule for December-May
*USHJA Competitions & Facility Directory
*Dr. Andrew Weiner on Building and Maintaining a Great Culture
2008 USHJA Annual Meeting Update
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Title sponsor of the 2008 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program
Sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook
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WAY TO GO TEAM USA!!
USHJA congratulates the members of the 2008 Olympic Show Jumping Team for their
Gold Medal win in Hong Kong:
Laura Kraut and Cedric
Beezie Madden and Authentic
Will Simpson and Carlsson vom Dach
McLain Ward and Sapphire
George Morris-Chef d'Equipe
Congratulations to Beezie Madden for winning the Individual Bronze Medal.
USHJA thanks our members for their support of these and all athletes of the High Performance Show Jumping Program.
Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards
The deadline to submit your Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Nominees is September 6, 2008. The nomination forms can be downloaded from our website. Completed nominations, along with essays and photographs, can be e-mailed to Christine Kennedy at email@example.com or faxed to 859-258-9033. Nominations may also be mailed to USHJA, attention Christine Kennedy at, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. For any questions, please contact Christine at 859-825-6009.
USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award
The nomination deadline for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award is quickly approaching! Nominations should be sent to USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 26, 2008. Click here for the USEF Nomination Form and more information.
USHJA Announces the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Schedule for December 2008-May 2009
The 2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series is presented by Dietrich Insurance, featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery
USHJA Competitions and Facility Directory
Attention Competition Managers and Facility Owners
USHJA would like to encourage competition managers and facility owners to list their competitions and facilities on the Competition and Facility Directory. With the new competition year beginning December 1, it is a perfect time to get a jump-start on advertising your 2009 competitions.
The Directory is a search engine, similar to the Breeder’s and Trainer’s Directory, which allows members to query USEF licensed competitions, as well as USHJA Affiliate designated competitions, all across the country. Some of the search options are the name of competition, location of competition (city, state, zone), date of the competition, as well as searches relating to the number of horses that competed at the competition in previous years and competition rating.
For questions regarding the Competition and Facility Directory please contact Christine Kennedy at email@example.com or at (859) 825-6009.
Dr. Andrew Weiner in "Building & Maintaining a Great Culture"
Dr. Andrew Weiner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the graduate program of teaching, coaching and sports leadership at the University of Kentucky and has worked as a consultant for the USHJA since 2006.
In the inaugural installment of the on line series I discussed the importance of creating a shared vision for USHJA. Vision is a critical element of association culture. The other two critical elements of culture are mission and values, both of which are subjects for this installment.
I would venture to say that if you randomly select a sample of books and/or articles pertaining to organizational excellence you would find some common themes running through all the publications. One theme for certain would be “culture building.” If the concept of “structure” represents “the way things are supposed to work” in an organization, meaning all the written and recorded stuff, i.e. rules, regulations, codes, policies, etc, then culture represents “the way things actually do work.” Cultural standards or rules are often referred to as norms, and these norms can be explicit (codified in a written document) but, are most often implicit (unwritten rules indicating the “way things are usually done around here.”). When a member asks a question, and the response is something similar to “that’s the way we have always done it but, I can’t give you a reason for it,” that’s a typical cultural response.
A culture is built over time because it takes time to establish norms, customs, traditions, and values. When an organization is first created, it must rely more on the “structural entities,” but, as time passes and members begin to internalize the stated values of the organization, a shared image or perception is built thus, allowing less reliance on written elements of structure.
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Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule
The USHJA Clinics program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete listing of clinics check the USHJA Clinics Calendar.
New clinics added to the schedule:
October 18-19 Beth Nielsen will be conducting a clinic at Legacy Stables in Fort Collins, CO. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-689-3847
October 25-26 Andrea Wells will be conducting a clinic at the Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO. For more information, please contact Tara Hieb at email@example.com or 303-791-7656.
October 31-November 2 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at the Garrison Forest School Stables in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Miraim Schulman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-559-3481.
December 5-7 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at the Palmer Divide Ranch in Larkspur, CO. For more information, please contact Karen Goodell at email@example.com or 719-339-0085
S E P T E M B E R
12-13 The Liberty Side Saddle Network will be hosting a clinic with Roger Philpot, Heidi Opdyke and Kit Roszko in Gladstone, NJ. For more information, please contact the Liberty Side Saddle Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-364-3759.
21 Linda Allen and Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Stone Bridge Farm in Natural Bridge, VA. For more information, please contact Katrina Weinig at Katrina@stonebridgefarm.net or 540-291-1000.
27-28 Linda Allen will be conducting a riding clinic at Foxton Farm in Romney, IN. For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at email@example.com or 765-586-1952.
29-October 1 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Fox Creek Farm in Sequim, WA. For more information, please contact Lori Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-681-4892.
11-13 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. For more information, please contact J. Michael Halbleib at email@example.com or 205-283-3082.
*25-26 Linda Andrisani will be conducting a clinic at Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY. For more information, please contact Masako Niwa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-704-8668.
For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at email@example.com or 859-225-6960. Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.