Vital Staff Support Award
The USHJA has created a new award to honor the support staff of our sport, often working behind the scenes, whose current role is essential to the success of our horse shows. These announcers, starters, secretaries, technical coordinators, facility managers and their crews, ring crews and assistants of every type, who every day assist in moving our sport forward, are often overlooked and unacknowledged when awards are being distributed. Many of these individuals have worked in our discipline for decades, and we want to recognize their contributions through this award.
As you consider who you might nominate, think of those individuals who have helped make your competition or educational experience a little easier and more enjoyable. Nominees do not need to be active members of the USHJA. This award is meant for those individuals who are currently not participating as a competitor, rider, owner, A-rated show manager or licensee, but rather someone who provides the support that makes showing, judging and managing competitions and participating in educational events something to enjoy. Minimum qualification is 20 years actively working in our discipline in a support role.
Each year, we will honor two recipients of this award at the USHJA Annual Meeting. One honoree will be from the East and one
from the West, with the Mississippi River serving as the dividing line. Nominations are open to the membership and will also be
solicited from the USHJA Competition Management, Officials and Stewards Committees. Using the attached nomination form, please
include a detailed description of the nominee's contribution to and role within our sport. Nominations need to be submitted on or
before October 7 of each competition year.
Vital Staff Support Nomination Form
Julie Agar has been extremely essential to the success of many shows, serving as lead show secretary for 41 shows per year.
She has a unique ability to balance the needs of the exhibitors, staff and the licensee, which in turn makes the shows run smoothly.
She has a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations and is always willing to help everyone understand them as well.
Julie has suggested many improvements to show facilities that have proven to make the shows more enjoyable as a result and her
efforts have been a vital part of the growth of the shows.
Janet Fall deals with all aspects of the horse shows on a daily basis, from posting course and order of go to checking the
timing equipment in the Jumper rings, then meeting with security staff to discuss prior and potential safety issues. Throughout
the years, she has worked as a farrier, paddock steward, USEF steward and USEF Jumper Judge. Always putting the welfare of the
horses and the riders above anything else, she goes above and beyond to ensure that the horse shows run smoothly. She is often the
first one to arrive at the show and the last to leave. She has dedicated her life to making the horse show industry the best it can be.
George Heston has dedicated more than 20 years of service to our sport. His valuable contributions to the sport have provided exhibitors, as well as their horses, with a safe and orderly competition. George is always willing to help in any aspect of the competition, making him a devoted member of any management team.
Brenda Outwater is well-known in the industry, and her good nature has made
her well-loved by officials, exhibitors and competition staff alike.
Brenda has 40 years of experience in the industry, which has made her an important part of the success of competitions held by Langer Equestrian Group.