Get Involved! Members Help Shape USHJA Leadership

Now is an exciting time to be a Senior USHJA Active or Associate member, enjoying new member benefits and helping to shape the USHJA leadership. As a member organization, we are pleased to serve at the direction of our volunteer leadership made up of members, and members play an important role in the identification of candidates for leadership positions. In 2020, USHJA will undergo a Board of Directors election for several seats on the Board, and the first phase of that important process begins with you! Senior Active and Associate Members may nominate candidates for President from April 16 to May 1, and for National Vice President/At-Large Director from May 15 to August 14, through their USHJA member account.

Understanding USHJA Leadership Structure in 2020

USHJA Leadership Composition and Selection

The terms of service for USHJA Board of Directors members and Working Group members is four years. In 2020, the terms of service expire for six board member seats—President, National Vice President, and four Director At-Large seats.icon_BODComp.png

Candidates are nominated by members during the designated nomination period (April 16 – May 1 for President, and May 15 – August 14 for Officer/At-Large Director), and the Nominating Committee uses these nominations to identify a recommended slate of candidates. Members are allowed to nominate a single individual for multiple positions, and they may nominate themselves for any available position. After careful review of all nominees, the Nominating Committee recommends two individuals for each position on the Board of Directors. View the full election process here.

USHJA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes Athlete, Discipline Vice President-Hunter, and Discipline Vice President-Jumper representation, and ensures that at least 40% of Directors have designated Jumper as their primary discipline. The Board aims to be balanced in composition, consisting of individuals capable of providing diversified non-equestrian related business experience, in addition to those with deep Hunter and Jumper discipline specific knowledge.

Election Questions & Answers

Q. Does someone need to have prior governance experience or can anyone be nominated?
A. While prior governance experience is preferred, it is not required. Any Senior Active USHJA member in good standing who meets the criteria and qualifications outlined in the position job descriptions and minimum qualifications is eligible to be nominated.

President (one)
National Vice President (one)
Director At-Large (four)

Q. When will nominations be announced?
A. Nominations remain confidential throughout the process. The final Nominating Committee-approved voting slate of nominees for President will be released on July 31, 2020. The final Nominating Committee-approved voting slate of Officer/Director At-Large candidates will be released on November 20, 2020.

Q. Can someone be nominated for multiple positions?
A. Yes. As long as they meet the criteria and qualifications for each position, they may be nominated to all available positions. Additionally, in this election cycle, the Nominating Committee is looking for individuals meeting the following: Competition Management; Amateur competitor status; and individuals with non-equestrian business related experience.  

Q. Can someone nominate themselves?
A. Yes. You may nominate yourself for a position, provided you meet the criteria and qualifications outlined here.