What a party! Thanks to Banquet Chairman Mariah O’Malley and co-chair Melissa Kovner, the 2016 UHJA Banquet was a huge success with close to 170 guests showing up at the Radisson Hotel on December 3. Numerous members commented that it was the best banquet ever!
Members and guests who arrived were treated to a cash bar and hor d’oeuvres in the hallway where the Silent Auction was located. Entrees and desert followed at the numerous tables set in the dining room. Several guests commented on the excellent quality of the chicken, salmon and alternatives.
Awards followed dinner. Champion and Reserve winners of all the UHJA hunter and jumper divisions mounted the stage to receive ribbon boxes. Equitation riders took home embroidered jackets. Numerous special annual trophies were awarded to talented riders. Chairman of the Awards Committee, Jodi Ray gave thanks to four equine retailers who helped provide the prizes: Horse Crazy, Alta Hills Tack, A.A. Callister and WCEquestrian (the Zupancics). The coveted junior and adult sportsmanship awards that are voted on by the entire UHJA membership were presented to Emily Wagstaff and Janna Hambor.
Lots of photos opportunities followed with Pam Olsen; a D.J. and dancing completed the evening's festivities.
Showtime, ridden by Emma Ericksen and owned by Anne Godfrey is the 2016 winner of Rose Ranch’s 2nd Annual Triple Crown Jumper Series. The winner earned 45% ($135) of the $300 prize money. Showtime competed in all three legs of the series and wound up the season with 91.5 points after competing in several divisions—Pony, 2’6 Jumper, Hopeful and Warm-up Jumper.
Second place winner, Twilight took second place prize money in the series. Ridden by Allison Wicks, Twilight competed in all three shows
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