2021 USHJA Annual Meeting

Schedule of Events

All times are EST.

Saturday, December 4th

8:30 a.m.Doors Open-Log on early
9:00-9:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 1 Committee Meeting
The first of our 12 Zone Meetings. If you live in or compete in CT, NH, ME, VT, or MA, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
9:00-9:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 2 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, PA, NY, or NJ, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
10:00-10:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 3 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, DC, DE, VA, MD, WV, or NC, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
10:00-10:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 4 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, GA, SC, FL AL, TN or MS, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
11:00-11:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 5 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, OH, KY, IN, MI, or IL you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
11:00-11:45 a.m.USHJA Zone 6 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, or WI, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
3:00-3:45 p.m.USHJA Zone 7 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, TX, OK, AR, KA, LA, or MO you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
4:00-4:45 p.m.USHJA Zone 8 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, CO, UT, AZ, or NM, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
4:00-4:45 p.m.USHJA Youth Committee Pizza Party and Trivia: Attention Youth Members!
If you want to connect with fellow junior members, grab a slice of pizza and be sure to log on for a fun filled trivia session! There will be great prizes too!
5:00-5:45 p.m.USHJA Zone 9 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, MT, OR, WA, WY or ID you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
6:00-6:45 p.m.USHJA Zone 10 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, CA or NV you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
6:00-6:45 p.m.USHJA Zone 12 Committee Meeting
If you live in, or compete in, Alaska you won’t want to miss out on this meeting. Hear firsthand what is happening in your Zone and have the chance to ask questions of your committee!
6:30-8:30 p.m.Evening of Equestrian
USHJA’s premier awards event. Get a rare firsthand look at our winner from this past year as well as the legends in our sport that we will honor. You’ll want to get comfortable and make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Sunday, December 5th

11:00 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
USHJA State of the Association
USHJA President Mary Babick presents the USHJA State of the Association. An in depth look at the USHJA and the Hunter Jumper Industry over the past year, and into the future. You won’t want to miss this Keynote!
1:00-2:00 p.m.Diversity and Inclusion in Our Sport
Join the USHJA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee and participate in this discussion on diversity in the Hunter Jumper industry, and how to continue to foster an inclusive and open culture.
2:00-3:00 p.m.The (NEW) USHJA Instructor Credential
Instructors, Trainers and young professionals will not want to miss this update on the USHJA Instructor Credential. This session will be jam-packed with information on the Credential, and how to earn it!
3:00-3:45 p.m.USHJA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Foundation Board of Directors discuss the past year and upcoming initiatives.
4:00-5:30 p.m. USHJA Zone Council
The Zone Council is composed of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each USHJA Zone. Listen in as the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each Zone discuss and share plans and strategies for 2021 competition and educational programming.
5:00-5:45 p.m.The USHJA Outreach Program 2.0: The Next Generation of Horse Shows
Horse shows are changing and more and more USHJA Outreach Classes and Competitions are popping up. Come learn about the exciting opportunities Outreach Classes and Competition make available for competitor, trainers and horses. Show manager, trainer, and riders don’t miss this session!
6:00-6:45 p.m.Ready, Set, Show with USHJA Recognized Riding Academies (RRA)!
Looking for the best place to start your riding and showing career? Come Learn about the USHJA Recognized Riding Academies and all they have to offer. Join the conversation with RRA committee member(s) and discuss a big milestone for new riders: “The first horse show”.
7:00-8:30 p.m. USHJA Affiliates Council
USHJA Affiliate members are Hunter Jumper entities: local, state, regional and national organizations, clubs, associations, corporations, and other groups that conduct equestrian competitions or other programs or events; educational institutions that offer equine related programs. Come join the Council, comprised of a representative group of the USHJA Affiliate members, and learn about the Affiliate Member Benefits.

Monday, December 6th

11:00-11:45 a.m.USHJA Safety Committee

12:00-3:45 p.m.USHJA Rule Change Forum
Listen in, ask questions and discuss the rule change proposals from the USHJA committees. You won’t want to miss this session and hear first-hand the proposals and debates surrounding the most important matters in our sport.
4:00-4:45 p.m.USHJA Hunter Working Group
Listen in as the USHJA Hunter Working Group meets to discuss proposed rule changes. The purpose of the Hunter Working Group is to address specific matters within their respective expertise to consider and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and/or as assigned by the President. Consider any policies or programs within their respective areas of expertise and make such recommendations to the Board of Directors as the Working Group finds appropriate.
5:00-5:45 p.m.USHJA Jumper Working Group
Listen in as the USHJA Jumper Working Group meets to discuss proposed rule changes. The purpose of the Jumper Working Group strives to create the framework for an athlete pipeline that provides programs, communication, awards and education for our jumper constituency from its base to the pinnacle of high performance.
6:00-8:00 p.m.USHJA Board of Directors
Listen in as the USHJA Board of Directors elects its new directors to the board.

Tuesday, December 7th

11:00-11:45 a.m. USHJA Young Jumper Task Force Committee Meeting
Listen in as the Young Jumper Task Force discusses plans for the upcoming year. The purpose of the Young Jumper Task Force is to develop opportunities for further progression, participation and retention in our sport while addressing the need to retain a fair and level playing field in this competitive section.
12:00-12:45 p.m. North American Youth Championships (NAYC) Prix de States (PDS) and Pony Jumper Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the NAYC/PDS Task Force is to consider any policies or programs within their respective areas of expertise and make recommendations to the Jumper Working Group. The Jumper Working Group will discuss and consider the Task Force’s recommendations and take actions on what they consider appropriate.
1:00-1:45 p.m. USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Horse and Rider Advocates Committee is to recommend improvements for the well-being of horse and rider, work with the USHJA to educate members, and facilitate the communication of information to the appropriate committees for their consideration.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Hunter Working Group: Part 2
Listen in as the USHJA Hunter Working Group meets to discuss proposed rule changes. The purpose of the Hunter Working Group is to address specific matters within their respective expertise to consider and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and/or as assigned by the President. Consider any policies or programs within their respective areas of expertise and make such recommendations to the Board of Directors as the Working Group finds appropriate.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Jumper Working Group/USEF Jumping Sport Committee Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Jumper Working Group and the USEF Jumping Sport Committee meet to address commonly shared topics of consideration to the Jumper sport, and continue to address proposed rule changes.
3:00-3:45 p.m. USHJA Hunter Working Group/USEF National Hunter Committee Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Hunter Working Group and the USEF National Hunter Committee meet to address commonly shared topics of consideration to Hunter sport, and continue to address proposed rule changes.
3:00-3:45 p.m. USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force meets to discuss proposed rule changes. The purpose of the Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force is to consider any policies or programs within their respective areas of expertise and make recommendations to the Jumper Working Group.
4:00-4:45 p.m. USHJA Young Hunter Pony Task Force Meeting
The Young Hunter Pony Task Force evolved to provide guidance for the Young Hunter Pony Championships, develop opportunities for young ponies and young pony breeders throughout the United States, and create a pipeline for breeders and trainers to develop their young ponies into talented contenders for Pony Finals. Join in for discussion regarding the Young Hunter Pony Championship, any proposed rule changes, and issues pertaining to young ponies.
5:00-5:45 p.m. USHJA Jumper Working Group: Part 2
Listen in as the USHJA Jumper Working Group meets to discuss proposed rule changes. The purpose of the Jumper Working Group strives to create the framework for an athlete pipeline that provides programs, communication, awards and education for our jumper constituency from its base to the pinnacle of high performance.
6:00-8:00 p.m. USHJA Board of Directors
Listen in as the USHJA Board of Directors convenes for its second meeting during the USHJA Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, December 8th

11:00-11:45 a.m. USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Hunter Breeding Task Force is to provide a voice to members involved in its discipline, promote and grow the sport to current and new members through education and facilitate the National Hunter Breeding Championships.
12:00-12:45 p.m. USHJA Joint Hunter and Jumper Working Group Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Hunter and Jumper Working Groups come together for a final discussion on proposed rule changes.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Competition Management Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Competition Management Committee is to review and examine existing and proposed rules, guidelines, and procedures for the operation of hunter/jumper competitions and make comments and suggest changes to improve the hunter/jumper sport. It is imperative that competitions prioritize the safety of horses and riders at competition venues, demand a level playing field, provide fair and impartial sport at all levels, and ensure consistent standards across all competition ratings.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Pony Task Force Meeting
Listen in as the USHJA Pony Task Force discusses rule changes and upcoming events in 2022. The purpose of the Pony Task Force is to evaluate the pony hunter rules as the sport evolves and promote participation in pony divisions nationwide. Provide assistance in the production of the U.S. Pony Finals and USHJA Pony Finals Clinics.
4:00-4:45 p.m. USHJA Owners Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Joint Owners Task Force is to provide a voice to Owners in the sport and promote owner awareness in competition, training and horse transactions through education.
5:00-5:45 p.m. USHJA Equitation Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Equitation Task Force is to evaluate the equitation rules as the sport evolves and promote participation in the Equitation divisions and related programs.
6:00-6:45 p.m. USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the World Championship Hunter Rider Task Force is to facilitate the mission of the program which is to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider through National and regional award recognition and provide quality competitions from Pony riders to Professionals. The Task Force also serves as a voice for the WCHR membership.

Thursday, December 9th

12:00-12:45 p.m. USHJA Competition Standards Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Competition Standards Committee is to identify, develop, and maintain the standards for hunter/jumper competitions as required by the USEF.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Officials Education Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Officials Education Committee is to provide its input and expertise in the Hunter/Jumper discipline to help the USEF meet its broader commitment of providing education to the many breed and discipline licensed officials under its umbrella.
2:00-2:45 p.m. USHJA Young Hunter Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
The Young Hunter Ad Hoc was created to develop a long-range vision for growth and development of hunter breeding, and the Young Hunter division. Listen in as the Ad Hoc discusses the exciting new rule changes and plans to expand the Young Hunter divisions throughout our sport from grassroots through Premier level.
3:00-3:45 p.m. USHJA Child/Adult Amateur Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter Task Force is to create, promote and support programs for the Children’s and Adult Amateur hunter constituency. They are committed to developing opportunities for further progression, participation and retention in our sport while addressing the need to retain a fair and level playing field in these sections.
3:00-3:45 p.m. USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge-Adults Committee
Come listen in on the discussion USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge for Adults, outcomes of the inaugural year, and plans for the future!
4:00-4:45 p.m. USHJA Amateurs Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Amateurs Task Force is to foster sportsmanship and horsemanship throughout our constituency. The task force is committed to protecting the welfare of our equine partners, promoting the highest standards of ethical competition, providing a voice and a venue for every amateur rider and preserving the quality of competition at the highest levels of amateur jumpers and hunters.
5:00-5:45 p.m. USHJA Awards Committee Meeting
Join the USHJA Awards Committee and participate in discussion as we conduct analysis of various USHJA awards and award programs.

Friday, December 10th

12:00-12:45 p.m.USHJA Steward Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
The mission of the USHJA Steward Ad Hoc Committee is to facilitate constructive communication surrounding day-to-day issues encountered by Stewards, and to work with the United States Equestrian Federation to promote practical and enforceable rules, all of which protect human and horse welfare for safe, fair competition and for the future of the sport.
2:00-2:45 p.m.USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Emerging Athletes Program Committee is to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community.
2:00-2:45 p.m.USHJA National Hunter Derby Committee Meeting
The purpose of the National Hunter Derby Task Force is to identify and preserve the core traditions of the sport of show hunters and create new opportunities for National Hunter Derby participants.
3:00-3:45 p.m.USHJA International Hunter Derby and Incentive Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the International Hunter Derby and Incentive Task Force is to promote horsemanship, tradition and horse welfare through competition in the International Hunter Derby and Green Hunter Incentive Programs. The Task Force also plans for the future health of the Green Hunter Incentive Program and provides expert insight into this segment of the industry.
4:00-4:45 p.m.USHJA Junior Hunter Task Force Meeting
The purpose of the Junior Hunter Task Force is to provide a voice to junior riders, trainers and owners in the sport and promote the continuous growth of the section while monitoring its implementation in competition.
5:00-5:45 p.m.USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Committee Meeting
The purpose of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program Committee is to identify and recognize youth members with exceptional horsemanship knowledge and skills through qualifying tests and a Nationals event. Participation in the HQC program will provide ambitious young horsewomen and men with opportunities to advance their horsemanship education while simultaneously creating a broad based network to connect young horsemen across the industry.
6:00-8:00 p.m.USHJA Board of Directors
Listen in as the USHJA Board of Directors make their final vote and recommendation on all the proposed rule changes discussed throughout the week.