USHJA Annual Meeting Draws Many Viewpoints and Record Attendance

Hot topics include the money-won structure, zone standardization and redefining the amateur rule.

A record number of attendees gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for the sixth annual United States Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, presented by the Texas Hunter Jumper Association. There they discussed a number of issues, including standardizing zone children’s and adult specifications, a revamped amateur definition and whether or not money won in derbies and classics should be counted toward Horse of the Year Awards.

The 346 attendees traveled to the Westin La Cantera Resort, where there were plenty of passionate viewpoints expressed but also many standing ovations as deserving equestrians received awards during the Evening of Equestrians Dinner and the Showcase Luncheon.

“So many members came and got involved with the process, wanted to learn about the process and understood it,” said USHJA President Bill Moroney. “Through experiencing the process, they better understand the dedication of the people who are on these committees. And they were able to see that meeting after meeting was added to hear everyone?s voices, opinions and expand the data.” Click here http://www.ushja.org/content/news/pr.aspx?id=690 to read more.