Education & Opportunities

Member Education & Opportunities Committee

 Chair: Annelise Appleseth, ajaequestrian@gmail.com, (651) 497-7827

Members: Maguire Price


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.

USHJA Outreach Program

USHJA offers Outreach Program members opportunities to earn year-end awards as well as opportunity to enter the National Championship competition. Beginning in the early 2022 show season, SNHSA became a participating organization in the Program. Read more about the Outreach Program below.

USHJA National Championship Invitation

Each year, USHJA Affiliate organizations are invited to select three riders for each Affiliate section of the USHJA National Championships that will take place Nov. 14-20, 2022, during The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Riders and horses from across the nation will be competing during the national competition. As an Affiliate organization, SNHSA is able to participate in this amazing opportunity that might not otherwise be available.

With 14 Affiliate sections offered this year, SNHSA will choose its most qualified horse and rider combinations for each division.

The Championships will include the USHJA Affiliate Championships for Junior and Adult Amateur riders in 3 disciplines and 14 sections, along with many other National Hunter and Jumper Championships. Three rider/horse combinations will be chosen for each section. In order of preference, the #1 rider is guaranteed a spot in the section competition. Riders #2 and #3 are not guaranteed entry as only 30 entries are accepted per section.

SNHSA is seeking scholarship support from sponsors to assist riders in attending the national competition. Please see the information below regarding ways your support can help riders attend this prestigious event.

Equitation Excellence Awards

SNHSA promotes “Excellence in Equitation” by recognizing the accomplishment of riders competing at SNHSA sanctioned competitions. SNHSA/USHJA Equitation Awards are 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 in good standing.

Junior and adult amateur riders must be present at the Year-End Awards event in order to receive their awards.

Member Benefits Program

The Member Education & Opportunities Committee supports 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.

The Member Benefits Program offers several educational clinics for the 2022 season. See the current season's programs below.

USHJA Outreach Program

SNHSA participates in the USHJA Outreach Program, starting early in the 2022 show season with the June 11 Brownlee Equestrian horse show. USHJA recognizes SNHSA local shows and points from SNHSA shows accrue in their Outreach Program point system.

Each Zone (we are Zone 10) will offer year-end awards at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Points accrue for USHJA Outreach in Equitation, Hunter and Jumper divisions, as follows. Note that this is a different point system than the SNHSA points system and will not affect SNHSA year-end points or awards.

1st place – 10 points, 2nd place – 6 points, 3rd place – 4 points, 4th place – 2 points, 5th place – 1 point, 6th place – ½ point

What you should do to participate in the USHJA Outreach Program:

  1. Compete in classes at local SNHSA shows.
  2. Become an Outreach member (or higher) on or before the first day of competition to accrue rider points. Membership is free. See links below
  3. Register your horse with USHJA for points to be tracked. To become a member of the Outreach Program, Horse Registration is $20 for an Annual Recording, or $75 for a Lifetime Recording. See links below.

SNHSA increased its horse fee to cover show fees and expense per horse that USHJA requires for administering the program.

Membership Form
Online Membership Link
Horse Registration Form
Online Horse Registration Link

For more information, go to these links:

USHJA Outreach Program Rewards and Awards
USHJA Competion - Outreach
USHJA Outreach Competition Standings
USHJA 2022 Outreach Competition Program Calendar
(all Brookside Show Park and Let's Show events are included in USHJA Outreach Programs)
Golden Backstage Pass toward Nationals

If you have questions, please reach out to Annelise Appleseth, Member Education & Opportunities Committee chair, at ajaequestrian@gmail.com or 651-497-7827.

2022 USHJA Sponsorship Opportunity

MAKING HORSE SHOWING ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL MEMBERS

SNHSA Sponsorship Opportunity - USHJA Nationals

As a Nationals Sponsor, you'll send a SNHSA rider to the USHJA National Championships, and your contributions makes horse showing accessible for junior and amateur riders who would not otherwise be able to afford to show at the national level.

For more information about the USHJA National Championship, visit National Championship :: USHJA

Sponsorship levels are available.

  • $3,000
  • $1,500
  • $1,000
  • $500

$3,000 Nationals Sponsor Level

Your contribution:
Sends an SNHSA rider who has earned a scholarship to nationals who otherwise would not have the funds necessary to compete.

Sponsorship funds pay for:
  • A stall at the South Point venue
  • Entry Fees
  • Feed & Bedding
  • Additional showing costs
Sponsorship Perks:
  • Sponsor branded jump at SNHSA sanctioned horse shows
  • Logo placed on rider apparel worn at Nationals
  • Banner displayed on the sponsored stall at National competition
  • Personalized thank you collateral from riders
  • Logo in Show Programs & at SNHSA Year-End Awards Banquet

$1,500 Scholarship Sponsor Level

Your contribution:
Helps fund the showing costs for an SNHSA rider who has earned a scholarship to nationals who otherwise would not have the funds
necessary to compete.

Sponsorship funds pay for:
  • A stall at the South Point venue
  • Entry Fees
Sponsorship Perks:
  • Logo placed on rider apparel worn at Nationals
  • Banner displayed on the sponsored stall at National competition
  • Personalized thank you collateral from riders
  • Logo in Show Programs & at SNHSA Year-End Awards Banquet

$1,000 Gold Sponsor Level and
500 Silver Sponsor Level

Your contribution:
Helps fund the showing costs for an SNHSA rider who has earned a scholarship to nationals who otherwise would not have the funds necessary to compete.

Sponsorship funds

are used to help fund the showing costs associated with competing at the
National level.

Sponsorship Perks:
  • Logo placed on rider apparel worn at Nationals
  • Personalized thank you collateral from riders
  • Logo in Show Programs & at SNHSA Year-End Awards Banquet
For more information, please contact Sponsorship Chair, Jacki Dunt, jaclyn1104@gmail.com or call 775-750-3838.
Print this form and send it with a check:

To pay with a credit card online, please access the online form here (there is a 4% convenience fee added):
2022 USHJA Sponsorship Online Form

2022 Member Benefits Program
Educational clinic #2 - Aug. 20 - Rehab & Conditioning Your Equine Partner
hosted by Tahoe Equine Rehab & Conditioning Center

Rehab & Conditioning flyerExpand your knowledge and education in Rehab and Conditioning for your equine partners. This free educational clinic will feature a seminar, demonstrations, free samples and information from these partners and specialists:
•  12:15 p.m. seminar “How to Spot Lameness” by Dr. Shane Miller, DVM
•  PEMF specialists
•  Beamer blanket distributors
•  Supplement and feed representatives
•  All SNHSA members* who attend will have a raffle chance at 3 FREE 2022-23 Jumper or Hunter Benefit classes!
•  and more!

*Raffle not available to SNHSA administration

Rehab & Conditioning clinic flyer

Other 2022 member education clinics:

Feb. 5-6  Pressure Proof your Riding Clinic by Coach Daniel Stewart
Hosted by Brownlee Equestrian, 1115 N. Cantlon Lane, Reno
See clinic photos above, provided by Liz Lacroix Fine Art Photography

Save the Date for Future SNHSA Member Education clinics:
September TBD - Foaling Handling & Groundwork