The USHJA has created a new award to honor the support staff of our sport, often working behind the scenes, whose current role is essential to the success of our horse shows. These announcers, starters, secretaries, technical coordinators, facility managers and their crews, ring crews and assistants of every type, who every day assist in moving our sport forward, are often overlooked and unacknowledged when awards are being distributed. Many of these individuals have worked in our discipline for decades, and we want to recognize their contributions through this award.
As you consider who you might nominate, think of those individuals who have helped make your competition or educational experience a little easier and more enjoyable. Nominees do not need to be active members of the USHJA. This award is meant for those individuals who are currently not participating as a competitor, rider, owner, A-rated show manager or licensee, but rather someone who provides the support that makes showing, judging and managing competitions and participating in educational events something to enjoy. Minimum qualification is 20 years actively working in our discipline in a support role.
Each year, we will honor two recipients of this award at the USHJA Annual Meeting. One honoree will be from the East and one from the West, with the Mississippi River serving as the dividing line. Nominations are open to the membership and will also be solicited from the USHJA Competition Management, Officials and Stewards Committees. Using the attached nomination form, please include a detailed description of the nominee's contribution to and role within our sport. Nominations need to be submitted on or before October 5, 2018.
2017: Kristen Vale-Mosack, East Coast & Nancee Tepley, West Coast
2016: Denise Wiemers, West Coast & Mike Puffer, East Coast
2015: Maureen "Mo" Moffett, West Coast & Francisco "Lefty" Gomez, East Coast
2014: Ricky Rollins & Barbara Baierle
2013: JP Bordeleau & Adrienne Karazissis
2012: Julie Agar & Janet Fall
2011: George Heston & Brenda Outwater