Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards
USHJA recognizes the juniors, amateurs, professional riders and riding instructors* who exemplify high-quality horsemanship,
sportsmanship and integrity through the USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Award. Participation in the USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship
Awards Program is open to all USHJA Affiliate Member Associations.
*The goal of the Affiliate Riding Instructor Award is to recognize
those individuals who are dedicated to teaching and provide riders with
their initiation to the sport. By mentoring riders and instructing them
in good horsemanship, riding basics, and the love and respect of the horse,
they are building the strong foundation of our future horsemen. This
award is designed to recognize those dedicated teachers who have spent
their time "in the ring" encouraging love and growth of our sport to
entry-level riders, primarily at the unrecognized-competition-level.
Recipients of this award must be, at minimum, an Outreach member of
USHJA, at least 18 years of age and in good standing with USHJA.
USHJA Affiliate Associations opting to participate in the Sportsmanship Awards Program will have the flexibility
necessary to create a set of criteria that best meets the goals and mission of their association. Associations will
be required to submit a set of their individual criteria to USHJA each year.
Each USHJA Affiliate Association will have the opportunity to select up to four award winners per year. Associations may choose to select one individual from each category (junior, amateur, professional rider and riding instructor), multiple winners from one category and no winners from another, or not bestow all four awards in order to best meet the needs of each individual association. Nominees must be current members of the USHJA at the $15 Outreach level or higher.
Sixteen Regional Affiliate Award winners - one winner from each category (junior, amateur, professional rider and riding instructor) in each of the four affiliate regions (Western, Central, Northeast and Southeast) will be selected from the pool of individual winners. Those individuals that best demonstrate ongoing commitment and dedication to the USHJA and their affiliate will be selected as the regional winners.
All USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Award winners will receive a gift from the USHJA and have their names, biographies and photos included in the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook. In addition, regional winners will receive a free USHJA membership at their current level!
Each affiliate organization must submit the name, along with a letter of recommendation for each affiliate award winner, by September 1 in order to be recognized and printed in the Affiliate Yearbook.
Each individual winner must submit a completed biography, 200-word essay and a photo to be eligible for one of the 16 Regional Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards.