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 2018, 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 now nominate candidates for open positions from June 15 to August 15 through their USHJA member account.

Read on to learn about how the USHJA Board of Directors, working groups, committees and task forces are composed and positions are filled.

Understanding USHJA Leadership Structure in 2018

USHJA Leadership Composition and Selection
The terms of service for USHJA Board of Directors members and Working Group members is four years. In 2018, the terms of service for six board member seats—Secretary, Treasurer, and four at-large directors—and all Jumper and Hunter working group seats expire.

The six board of directors seats are nominated by members during the two-month nomination period (June 15 – August 15), 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 a single individual for each position on the Board of Directors. At that time, the Board has 10 days within which to submit additional nominees for consideration by Nominating Committee. Those individuals will be added to the voting ballot as long as the Nominating Committee determines the nominees meet the established required criteria for the nominated position(s). View the full election process here.

USHJA Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of 22 Directors and maintains Athlete, Discipline Vice President-Hunter and Discipline Vice President-Jumper representation as well as ensures that a minimum of one third (1/3) of the Board of Directors members 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.

In addition to the six board seats that will undergo the Nominating Committee process in 2018, there will be five Hunter Working Group and five Jumper Working Group representatives appointed by each working group to serve on the USHJA Board of Directors, each for a four-year term.

USHJA Working Groups
While the terms of service for the seats that comprise the Jumper Working Group and Hunter Working Group expire in October, all committee members currently serving in these seats are eligible to continue a new term of service. The President leads the seating process of the working groups in consultation with other committee members. With both working groups, the President seeks to ensure the committee is diverse, reflecting the constituency including, but not limited to, amateurs, professional trainers, competition organizers and licensed officials.

Jumper Working Group
The President seeks recommendations from the USEF International Disciplines Council, USEF Jumping Sport Committee, USHJA Jumper Working Group, and Zone Committees in appointing the Jumper Working Group. The Jumper Working Group (19 members) is composed of four Athletes and 15 individuals who have a range of expertise in the Jumping discipline at the national level, two of whom must be recommended by the Zone Committees.

Hunter Working Group
The President seeks recommendations from the USEF National Hunter Committee, USHJA Hunter Working Group, and Zone Committees in appointing the Hunter Working Group. The Hunter Working Group (19 members) shall be composed of four Athletes and 15 individuals who have a range of expertise in the hunter discipline, two of whom must be recommended by the Zone Committees.

The newly seated Working Groups are responsible for appointing their chair and directors to the USHJA Board of Directors. In 2018 the Working Groups will each appoint a discipline Vice President and four discipline directors to the USHJA Board of Directors.

Working Group Task Forces
The seats on the Working Group task forces (all task forces that report to a Working Group) expire at the end of December 2018. All committee members currently serving on a task force or task forces are eligible to continue a new term of service. The President leads the seating process of these task forces in close coordination with the newly seated Working Groups. The President aims to confirm task force seats early in 2019 calendar.

Standing Committees
Standing Committees include administrative and sport committees that are not Hunter or Jumper discipline specific. Members of these committees serve four-year terms, and their terms of service expire in 2020. The USHJA President appoints members to these seats based on consultation with appropriate working groups and committees.

Zone Committees
Zone Committees are composed of elected and appointed positions. Members of these committees serve four-year terms, and their terms of service expire in 2020. In each election cycle, Zone members elect a maximum of six committee members (three Hunter and three Jumper). The four largest Affiliate Member Organizations with the highest number of Senior Active members within the Zone may recommend a representative for appointment to the Zone committee by the USHJA President. Finally, the President appoints a minimum of five additional Senior Active Members to the committee with special consideration to zone level experience, geographic and constituency representation, technical expertise and governance experience.

The Role of Members
As a volunteer led organization, the selection of leadership for our organization and sport is an important role that members play, and the USHJA looks forward to member involvement in the nomination of Board of Directors positions in 2018, as well as future involvement in elections and nominations.

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 outlined in the position job descriptions and minimum qualifications is eligible to be nominated.

Secretary (one)
Treasurer (one)
At-Large Director (four)

Q. When will nominations be announced?

A. Nominations remain confidential throughout the process. On November 19, 2018, USHJA will release the final Nominating Committee-approved voting slate of candidates, including those who were nominated by members of the USHJA Board of Directors.

Q. Can someone be nominated for multiple positions?

A. Yes. As long as they meet the minimum qualifications for each position, they may be nominated to all available positions.

Q. Can someone nominate themselves?

A. Yes. You may nominate yourself for a position, provided you meet the minimum qualifications outlined here.

Q. Are the six board seats up for election the only Board seats that may be changing this year?

A. In addition to the six seats up for election, the terms for eight discipline director (four Hunter and four Jumper) and two discipline vice president (one Hunter, one Jumper) positions are also expiring. All of the individuals currently occupying these positions are eligible for another term of service. Either the Hunter or Jumper Working Groups will appoint members to these seats.