Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 10, 2020—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association September Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually on Monday, September 14, at 7 p.m. ET. USHJA members and members of the media are invited to attend by registering in advance here.
Key agenda items for the meeting include the election of the USHJA President and discussion about the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting.
The Nominating Committee will present its official nomination of current USHJA President Mary Babick during the meeting, and upon approval Babick will continue a second term as president.
Babick, who has served as President of the USHJA since December 2016, has dedicated her time to the betterment of the Hunter/Jumper community. A professional for more than 40 years, Babick operates out of Knightsbridge Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey, where she trains riders of all levels from beginner through national level championships and competitions. Babick is a USHJA Certified Trainer and holds certification with the British Horse Society. She is also a USEF licensed official, holding her “R” judges card for Hunter and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation.
In addition to being involved in the sport as professional and trainer, Babick has extensive experience in sport governance, having served on the USEF Board of Directors and numerous USHJA and US Equestrian committees for more than a decade. In addition to her current role as USHJA President, she also serves as chair of the US Equestrian National Breeds and Disciplines Council.
Babick was selected for the nomination through a multi-step process. Members submitted nominations for the office of President, which were then reviewed by the USHJA Nominating Committee. The committee interviewed candidates before submitting to the USHJA Board of Directors their recommended nominee.
The Board will also discuss plans for the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting, scheduled for December 6-8, and whether the meeting will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections for the office of National Vice President and four Directors-At-Large will also take place during this year's Annual Meeting. A final slate of candidates will be announced after November 20.