Education & Opportunities

Education & Opportunities

Member Education & Opportunities Committee

 Chair: Annelise Appleseth, [email protected], (651) 497-7827

Members: Maguire Price, Cori Egger

Clinic photos above were provided by Liz Lacroix Fine Art Photography

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. 13-19, 2023, 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 16 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 16 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 on the Sponsorship Page 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 six 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 2023 season. See the current season's programs below.

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Nov. 13-19, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV at the Southpoint Hotel, Casino & Spa

USHJA Affiliate National Championship Specs

SNHSA Declaration of Intent pdf form

FILLABLE SNHSA Declaration of Intent Form (save it to device, fill in information, save, then email to [email protected])

Online SNHSA Declaration of Intent Form (Payment is through PayPal with 4% convenience fee)


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
(look for Zone 10)
USHJA 2023 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 [email protected] or 651-497-7827.

Member Benefits Program

2023 SNHSA Volunteer Report Form
2023 member education clinics:

April 2  Judging Clinic with Tricia Booker
Hosted by Brownlee Equestrian, 1115 N. Cantlon Lane, Reno, NV 89521

Tricia Booker, co-author of the acclaimed “Judging Hunters and Equitation WTF? (Want the Facts?)” will be teaching this judging clinic for SNHSA.

The day includes a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. Tricia will speak of the history of Hunters and Equitation, judging basics, keeping a card, faults and scoring. Attendees learn how judges set up a card, use judging symbols, score, keep a stagger and compare the exhibitors to place them in a class. There will be a PowerPoint presentation on judging Hunters and Equitation, with discussions on rider strategies to improve scores and best practices for exhibitors. The afternoon will feature video practice judging of over fences classes (Hunter and Equitation), discussion of judging flat and under saddle classes, handy hunters, Hunter Derbies and Medal work-offs.

Online Registration Link
Flyer and Registration Form
Fillable Flyer and Registration Form pdf - save to device, type in information, save, then print or email


Braiding Clinic with Lisa Mays, Mar. 19, 2023
Hosted by Pair of Aces Stables at The Historic Silver Circle Ranch, 3400 Holcomb Ranch Ln., Reno, NV 89511

Lisa showing students how to braid
Lisa Mays shows students how to braid a mane.
student practices braiding
A student practices the braiding technique for the horse's mane