Andrew Philbrick and Anne Kursinski among candidates for directors of USHJA (2)
November 22, 2021
By Staff Writers
LEXINGTON, Ky.--A number of the candidates on the ballot to be directors of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association have very close ties to the community in the Delaware Valley, particularly Anne Kursinski, whose clinics many in this ares attend, and Andrew Philbrick, whose horse shows many in this area compete in.
Andrew PhilbrickThe U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announce the slate of candidates who will be on the ballot for the USHJA Board of Directors election in December during the USHJA Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually this year Dec. 4-10.
The Board of Directors will vote on the candidates for four Director At-Large positions during their meeting session on Monday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. ET.
The USHJA Nominating Committee sought individuals meeting the following criteria—Hunter Athlete, Jumper Athlete, Zone Council and Affiliate Council—for the four open Director-At-Large positions.
The following are the nominees for the Board of Directors positions open for election this year:
Director At-Large Seat 1, Hunter Athlete
Caroline Weeden, Lake Bluff, Ill. (Hunter)
Director At-Large Seat 2, Jumper Athlete
Anne Kursinski, Frenchtown, N.J. (Jumper)
Mary Lisa Leffler, Brookeville, Md. (Jumper)
Director At-Large Seat 3, Affiliate Council
Cricket Stone, Gladys, Va. (Hunter)
Suzanne Warmack, Wimberley, Texas (Jumper)
Director At-Large Seat 4, Zone Council
Andrew Philbrick, Princeton, N.J. (Jumper)
Eric Straus, Tryon, N.C. (Jumper)
These candidates were determined through a multi-step process.
USHJA members submitted nominations for USHJA Board of Director positions, from which the above slate was developed by the USHJA Nominating Committee.
All elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors will assume their duties immediately following the close of this year's Annual Meeting on December 10. Each position will serve a four-year term.
THE U.S. HUNTER Jumper Association also recently announced the newly-seated USHJA Zone Committee members.
Zone Committees are made up of a minimum of 15 members: six representatives elected by the Zone membership (three designated Hunter and three designated Jumper), four members appointed by Affiliate Member Organizations (with the largest number of members), and a minimum of five individuals are appointed by the USHJA President.
“We extend a warm welcome to our new USHJA Zone Committee members as they begin their terms,” Knowlton said. “We are excited to have them join the committees and be a voice for members in their zones. We know our newly-seated members have a wealth of knowledge and a wide range of experience in the sport, and we look forward to working together to continue to improve the sport for our members.”
Amy Eidson, Chair
Jay Mullen, Vice Chair
Melissa Barden (New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association)
Sally Hinkle Russell
Felicia Knowles (New England Horseman's Council)
Carol J. Law (IHSA Zone 1)
April Renzella (Massachusetts Horseman's Council)
Sheila Murphy (non-voting advisor)
Carla Sharp (non-voting advisor)
Katie Benson, Chair
Andrew Philbrick, Vice Chair
Wendy Chapot Nunn
Mary Drueding (IHSA Zone 2)
Clare Knapp (IHSA Zone 3)
Eric Straus, Chair
Alan Lohman, Vice Chair
Miranda Grabill (Maryland Horse Show Association)
Peggy McElveen (IHSA Zone 4)
Denice De Risio-Perry
Catherine Schlaeppi (North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association)
Cricket Stone (Southwest Virginia Horse Show Association)