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 2021, USHJA will undergo a Board of Directors election for four seats on the Board, and the first phase of that important process begins with you! Senior Active and Associate Members may nominate candidates for At-Large Director from May 14 to August 16, through their USHJA member account.

Understanding USHJA Leadership Structure in 2021

USHJA Leadership Composition and Selection

The term of service for USHJA Board of Directors members and Working Group members is four years. In 2021, the terms of service will expire for four Director At-Large seats: two from the Hunter Working Group and two from the Jumper Working Groupicon_BODComp.png

Candidates are nominated by members during the designated nomination period (May 14 –August 16), and the Nominating Committee uses these nominations to identify a recommended slate of candidates. For the 2021 elections, nominations will be accepted from the following lists of individuals.

 VIEW ATHLETE Nomination List 


 VIEW ZONE COUNCIL Nomination List

(Please note: Athlete and Affiliate Council lists will be available on May 14. The Zone Council list will be available in July, at the conclusion of the Zone election and Council seating process). After careful review of all nominees, the Nominating Committee recommends two individuals (where possible) for each open position on the Board of Directors. View the full election process here.

USHJA Board of Directors

The Board aims to be balanced in composition, consisting of individuals capable of providing non-equestrian related business experience, in addition to those with deep Hunter and Jumper discipline knowledge and experience.

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 is a Hunter Athlete, Jumper Athlete, or member of the Zone or Affiliate Councils as listed here, is eligible to be nominated.

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 Director At-Large candidates will be released on November 19, 2021.

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 criteria: Hunter Athlete, Jumper Athlete, ZoneCouncil, and AffiliateCouncil. Please see the list of eligible individuals here.

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