Junior Ambassadors Program
The Member Education and Opportunities Committee and the Junior Ambassadors Program support the Vision, Mission, Sportsman’s Charter and Core Values of Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association, as adopted from United States Equestrian. Amateurs, Amateur/Owners, Juniors and Advocate members are an integral part of this committee and its associated programs. Our goal is to educate the equestrian community and support grassroots efforts to elevate our support for generations to come.
Responsibilities and Requirements of the Junior Ambassadors
Our committee is looking for dedicated SNHSA members who are looking to grow in their riding and make a positive impact in the equestrian community. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Junior Ambassadors!
A current member of SNHSA in good standing.
Attend monthly meetings. (Members under the age of 13 are not required to attend.)
Participate in and support the committee planning and program delivery efforts.
Contact the Committee Chair, Tiffany Portia Coury at (941) 807-1426
Education and Opportunity Programs
This committee is responsible for implementing and managing a number of programs that are integral to the SNHSA organization. Please be aware that in addition to the general eligibility requirements and rules stated below, all programs follow SNHSA’s rules and bylaws.
USHJA Affiliate Association
SNHSA is an Affiliate Associate of USHJA. Through this membership, SNHSA is supported with quality educational and competitive programs aimed at developing cohesion among the various tiers of the hunter/jumper industry for the benefit of our sport.
Equitation Excellence Awards
SNHSA promotes “Excellence in Equitation” by recognizing the accomplishment of riders competing at SNHSA sanctioned competitions. Awards will be given to the top ten junior and amateur riders based on their cumulative competition-year points earned in SNSHA-sanctioned equitation divisions.
In order for competition-year points to count for this award, junior and amateur riders must be a member of SNHSA and USHJA in good standing. Membership forms must be turned into the competition office prior to the end of the event for points to count.
The USHJA Outreach Membership ($15) is the minimum membership required to participate in this program. To sign up online or print a form: http://www.ushja.org/membership/member.aspx
Junior and amateur riders must be present at the Year-End Awards event in order to receive their awards.
Equestrian Sportsmanship Program
This program is a grassroots effort to honor the United States Equestrian Sportsman’s Charter and carry its mission forward. Open to Junior and Amateur members in good standing. Riders must submit an essay application to the committee chair prior to the first SNHSA sanctioned event of the year. The essay should be no more than 500 words and should be written on what the positive virtues of the sport mean to them. Essays might be selected for publication in the SNHSA news.
The Sportsman’s Charter (Adopted from US Equestrian)
- That sport is something done for the fun of doing it and that it ceases to be sport when it becomes a business only, something done for what there is in it;
- That amateurism is something of the heart and spirit, not a matter of exact technical qualifications;
- That good manners of sport are fundamentally important;
- That the code must be strictly upheld;
- That the whole structure of the sport is not only preserved from the absurdity of undue importance, but is justified by a kind of romance which animates it, and by the positive virtues of courage, patience, good temper, and unselfishness which are demanded by the code;
- That the exploitation of sport for profit alone kills the spirit and retains only the husk and semblance of the thing;
- That the qualities of frankness, courage, and sincerity which mark the good sportsman in private life shall mark the discussions of his interests at a competition.
- Riders that are accepted into the program will complete three phases.
- Personal responsibility:
Rider must demonstrate a personal responsibility to continue growing in their knowledge of horse welfare and the sport itself as evidenced by attending at least two unmounted or combination clinics throughout the year. These clinics can either be SNHSA sanctioned or another, as long as it is approved by the board.
- Serve local community:
Rider must volunteer at least 30 hours and earn sponsorship funds that will go toward the educational end-of-year mounted clinic.
- Horsemanship Exam:
Rider must complete and successfully pass (70%) a horsemanship exam that will be issued by the board. Upon successful graduation of the program, riders will receive full sponsorship of an educational mounted clinic with a well-respected clinician. These clinics typically take place in December of every year and clinicians are selected for a two-year term. All graduates will receive recognition at the Awards Banquet and one recipient will be awarded the SNHSA Sportsmanship Award as selected by the board.
Junior Ambassador Collegiate Preparatory Program
This program is a grassroots effort to honor the United States Equestrian Core Values and carry its mission forward. It is designed for those Junior riders who would like exposure to the collegiate level format within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. It is only open to Junior riders in good standing and only those who are enrolled in high school. Riders must submit an essay application to the committee chair prior to the first SNHSA-sanctioned event that they compete in that show season. The essay should be no more than 500 words and should be written on what the Core Values of the sport mean to them. Essays might be selected for publication in the SNHSA news.
Core Values: RIDE (Adopted from US Equestrian)
- Respect: to honor and celebrate the love of horses and equestrian sport’s traditions which unite SNHSA members of all breeds and disciplines.
- Integrity: adherence to ethical principles that support the policies and procedures of the sport’s governance.
- Dedication: a commitment to formulating and implementing rules that ensure realistic and fair competitions at all levels.
- Enterprise: to provide the enthusiasm and creativity to grow and advance equestrian sport and the determination and teamwork to face any challenges the future may hold.
Riders that are accepted into the program will complete three phases.
- Collegiate Preparatory Horse Shows:
Rider will be eligible to participate in the “Collegiate Prep Classes” offered at SNHSA sanctioned shows throughout the year. These classes will be “catch ride” format and must have at least two entries in order to proceed. Riders will enter his/her horse and each will draw for their new mounts. A horse bio must be completed at the show. There will be two options offered (flat or 2’ over fences) and each will be judged separately.
- Academic Standings:
Rider must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the current school year.
- Horsemanship Exam:
Rider must complete and successfully pass (70%) a horsemanship exam that will be issued by the board. All graduates will receive recognition at the Awards Banquet and special All-Academic Awards will be given to those riders successfully completed this program, maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale) and are nominated by their coach or other representative within the equestrian community or school district. Nominations and grades must be submitted at the end of the school year.
- All-Academic First Team: GPA of 3.8 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
- All-Academic Second Team: GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale)