Additionally June spent many hours teaching horsemanship and sportsmanship through example. Whether at the barn or a horse show she was always first in line to help others master the proper and kind way to groom and handle horses (and people) along with lessons in how to win and lose graciously, with good humor. June was everyone’s barn mom, quick to correct a bad polo wrap or sloppy grooming job with humor and good technique. Although she wasn’t a formal teacher, the support, encouragement and genuine care for the well-being of the horses, fellow riders and competitors she gave, taught those around her so much.
Even in the last year of her life, one of June’s greatest joys was visiting the barn, “poodling” the horses-if her strength allowed, giving pep talks and encouraging everyone to help each other. Upon losing such a special person, friends believed it only natural to honor her with a lasting tribute to real sportsmanship and love of the horse and the sport. June would love knowing that what mattered most to her about the sport is now an annual award to others who share her values.
AMATEUR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD SPECIFICATIONS
The goal of the Amateur Sportsmanship Award is to recognize Amateur Owner and Adult Amateur exhibitors who exhibit a degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteering their time and resources to various aspects of the industry. Examples of this include serving on committees, providing sponsorships and promoting the welfare of the horse. Success in the show ring is a secondary factor.
Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. The nominee must be an Active or Associate member of USHJA. Members of the Amateurs Task Force are not eligible for nomination. Previous winners of the award are not eligible for further nomination, however, prior nominees are encouraged to be resubmitted for future consideration.
The 2014 Amateur Sportsmanship Award nomination form will be available in May 2014. The members of the USHJA Amateurs Task Force will review the nominations and select the winner.