Nominations Open for 2024 USHJA Annual Youth Awards

Lexington, Ky.—May 1, 2024—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Annual Youth Awards. Based on member nominations, these awards recognize the significant accomplishments and potential leaders of youth USHJA members in varying aspects of the sport.

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The USHJA Youth Leadership Award aims to identify potential future leaders in the equine industry by recognizing a Junior member of the USHJA between the ages of 12 and 15. Applications must be submitted by August 15. Liam Gaspar was selected as the 2023 recipient for his dedication to the sport, volunteering for various organizations, and for making a difference in his community by raising funds to donate over $15,000 in essentials to New Yorkers in need. 

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Each year USHJA selects one Nominee for the USEF National Youth Sportsman's Award. Young riders from every discipline apply through his or her affiliate organizations—like USHJA—to be considered for the USEF National Youth Sportsman's Award. USEF presents this award annually to a USEF member under the age of 17 who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the promotion of equestrian sport, serves as a positive role model for their peers, is involved in community activities and exhibits characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles. Applications must be submitted to the USHJA by August 15. Receiving the honor in 2024 was Vivienne Zakrzewski for her dedication to scholastic excellence, and contributions to volunteering for her school and local equestrian therapeutic riding program. She also raised over $5,000 for the Special Olympics through a “No Stirrups November” ride-a-thon. 

For more information about USHJA awards, including nomination-based awards, visit

Photos: Terise Cole/USHJA