Meeting Highlights

Throughout Convention 

Silent Auction Benefiting the USHJA Foundation
Get your holiday shopping done at the 2018 Annual Meeting Silent Auction and know that the money you spend to supports the hunter/jumper community! The funds raised at the silent auction will help the USHJA Foundation support an important set of educational, competition, and humanitarian programs designed to strengthen our hunter/jumper community. Items will be on display beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9th, and the auction closes promptly at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 11th. The auction will be located in the Foyer near registration. This year log in online to make your bids, for more information visit the registration desk. 

The USHJA and the USHJA Foundation extends a huge thank you to the donors!

Stay Charged! 
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 at registration. Take advantage of this free service to stay up-to-date with current rule change proposals and the event schedule, both of which are available online. While working away, stop by our mobile charging station, generously sponsored by Great Southwest Equestrian Center & Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, to charge up all your electronic devices.

*NEW* Annual Meeting App
New in 2018, USHJA will have an interactive event app to help keep you current on everything Annual Meeting. Powered by Pathable, this app is available in the app store on all devices. Set your own schedule, connect with other meeting attendees, access conference materials and receive meeting updates. As a registered attendee, you should receive an invitation to log-in and or to download the event app. Can't find your invite? Visit Having trouble getting started, come see us at registration. 

Sunday, December 9th 

Lunch with the Zone and Affiliates Forum 
Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bayshore 1 Ballroom for a buffet lunch. Immediately following lunch, we will have keynote speaker Jen Roytz, executive director of the Retired Race Horse Project, followed by a full afternoon of Zone and Affiliate programming. Zone programming will start with a presentation from the USHJA member benefit partner, Affinity Travel. Next, there will be a Zone Panel Discussion led by Mark Aplin, Otis Brown, Troy Hendricks, Kathy Hobstetter, Nancy Jones, and Page Tredennick. Diane Carney will finish off the education speaking about the USHJA Zone Jumper Championships and the Gold Star Clinics. USHJA Zones will then breakout into individual meetings. The Affiliate Round Table will be held 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Photo Shawn McMillen Leading the way in safety #Safety365 Official Helmet of the USHJA.

Private Screening of DESERT FLIGHT
Join us for a private screening with a pre-screening reception of the award winning film DESERT FLIGHT, graciously hosted by the creators of DESERT FLIGHT. Reception will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Bayshore 6 & 7 Ballrooms. A love letter to the sport of show jumping, DESERT FLIGHT is a documentary short film that explores the unique relationship with the horse and why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life. Filmmaker and show jumper Samia Staehle’s goal was to capture the visceral way in which horses enrich our lives and heighten our senses. The film showcases the amazing kind of people that horses always seem to attract: individuals of enormous character, possessed of infinite work ethic, and often a very sharp sense of humor. 

Monday, December 10th 

USHJA Rule Change Proposal Session 
Get the latest information about all proposed rule changes during in-depth sessions presented by Mary Babick and Mike Lowry with support from committee and task force chairs. 

All current rule change proposals will be available online throughout the meeting at Located in the Bayshore 2-4 Ballrooms. 

Working Group Meetings 
After reviewing the rule changes join the USHJA Hunter Working Group from 10:30 a.m. until noon and the USHJA Jumper Working Group from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Bayshore 6-7 Ballrooms. During these workshops each committee will make changes and recommendations to rule change proposals that have been referred to USHJA. Suggestions from the general forum, member feedback and committee responses will be taken into consideration. 

Buffet Lunch
Monday’s luncheon is generously sponsored by Equestrian Athlete Training Camps. Lunch will be held from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Bayshore 1 Ballroom. From 12:45 to 1:00 p.m. stick around to learn more from Daniel Stewart about these unique camps. 

Young Hunter Round Table
Join Carl Weeden for an open discussion to evaluate the Young Hunter section and ensure that it is serving its intended purpose to the fullest extent possible. 

Welcome Reception
End the day with the beautiful view at Jackson’s Bistro. Just a quick bus ride away join us to celebrate the 2018 Annual Meeting presented by The World Equestrian Center. Food and drinks will be provided. Shuttles will leave every 10 minutes from the lobby doors located next to the hotel bar. 

Tuesday, December 11th 

Town Hall with Mary Babick & State of the Association 
Immediately following breakfast, sponsored by Visit Sarasota & Fox Lea Farm there will be a general forum meeting with Mary Babick held in the Bayshore 2 – 4 Ballrooms. This session will address the State of the Association: Past, Present and Future of the USHJA. Followed by an open Town Hall and concluding with a USEF presentation about the Safe Sport initiative. 

Buffet Lunch
Return to the Bayshore 1 Ballroom from noon to 1 p.m. 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 beautiful awards. 

TCP Presentation 
Interested in learning more about the USHJA Trainers Certification Program (TCP). Find out what is New with the TCP, with a presentation from the TCP Committee. Located in Palma Ceia 2 Ballroom from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. 

Evening of Equestrians 
USHJA’s premier awards ceremony the Evening of Equestrians will begin at 6:45 p.m. The evening will feature a formal sit-down dinner and presentations honoring some of the most influential equestrians in our industry. 

USHJA will recognize the USHJA Nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award and recipients of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award, Dash for Cash Award, Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owner’s Legacy Award, Vital Horse Show Staff Award, Amateur Sportsmanship Award, Jane Marshall Dillon Award, President’s Distinguished Service Awards, Volunteer of Year Award and culminate with the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Due to limited space for the Evening of Equestrian Dinner, ticket sales will close on Monday, December 10th, at 5 p.m. 

Awards Dinner After-Party 
We invite all attending the Evening of Equestrians to a unique after-party. Enjoy dessert, drinks and live music. Don’t miss the chance to grab your favorite equestrian and stop by the USHJA Photo Booth to make the memories last. 

Wednesday, December 12th

Buffet Lunch 
Take a break from Committee Meetings and join us from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Bayshore 1 Ballroom for our last buffet lunch, sponsored by The United States Equestrian Federation. 

Safety Ad Hoc/Amateurs Task Force Presentation
Join the Safety Ad Hoc Committee and Amateurs Task Force as they discuss Safety at Shows and improving rider outcomes in emergencies. Located in Bayshore 5 from 2:40-4:10 p.m.