USHJA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Today, July 6, 2009, marks the fifth anniversary of the United States Hunter Jumper Association as the Recognized Affiliate for the Hunter and Jumper disciplines as deemed by the United States Equestrian Federation. In this short time, the USHJA has grown from an idea to a nationally recognized source of education and a leader in our sport for developing programs and resources the members need and desire.
USHJA President Bill Moroney reflected on the past five years. “When I look at everything this association, its members and volunteers have accomplished and everything we have on the horizon, it is almost impossible to believe it has only been five years since the USEF named the USHJA as the Recognized Affiliate for Hunters and Jumpers. The mission we set forth from the start still rings true each day and guides us in developing innovative and productive programs and resources to benefit our members. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this association through its first and most critical years, and I look forward to being a part of this association as a leader and a member for years to come.”
As it has grown, the USHJA has stayed true to its mission, which is the commitment to advancing and representing the hunter and jumper disciplines by fostering an educated community of equestrians that promotes the welfare of the horse and fairness in competition.
Among its many accomplishments, the USHJA has developed and nurtured the International Hunter Derby, the Emerging Athletes Program, the Trainer Certification Program and an Outreach level of competition for grass root and affiliate level members. The USHJA has over 36,000 members that are served by 14 staff members and supported by 34 committees.