The Vital Horse Show Staff Award honors the support staff of our sport that often work behind the scenes and 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 the industry for decades, and this award recognizes their contributions.
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. The minimum qualification is 20 years of active work in the hunter/jumper sport in a support role.
Each year, the USHJA 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 nomination form, please include a detailed description of the nominee's contribution to and role within the sport. Nominations close September 1.
2020 - Michele Markward and Janice “Jan” Murphy
2019 - Julie O’Connor, West Coast, and Troy Powell, East Coast
2018 - Anderson "Andy" Burney, West Coast, and Liz Soroka, East Coast
2017 - Nancee Tepley, West Coast, and Kristen Vale-Mosack, East Coast
2016 - Denise Wiemers, West Coast, and Mike Puffer, East Coast
2015 - Maureen "Mo" Moffett, West Coast, and Francisco "Lefty" Gomez, East Coast
2014 - Ricky Rollins and Barbara Baierle
2013 - JP Bordeleau and Adrienne Karazissis
2012 - Julie Agar and Janet Fall
2011 - George Heston and Brenda Outwater