Based on the nominations received from members, the Nominating Committee reviewed candidate questionnaires and conducted interviews with the nominees and submitted the committee's nominee, Mary Babick, to the Board of Directors on July 1. Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee's recommendation, board members were permitted to make additional nominations for 10 days. Diane Carney is a nominee from the board floor.
"We value the participation of the membership in the nomination process, as well as the roles of the Nominating Committee and the Board in determining the candidates," said Kevin Price, USHJA executive director. "The USHJA team looks forward to continuing to serve the mission of the USHJA in partnership with the new President."
The USHJA Board of Directors plans to vote for the office of president during the September 12 meeting at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel
which begins at 1 p.m. CT. The meeting will be open to members and available to the broader membership via a recorded webcast that will be posted on the USHJA website no later than the following day. Members interested in attending the meeting should contact Leslie Mangan for comprehensive details at
A professional horsewoman for 38 years, Babick has trained several well-known riders in hunter, jumper and equitation, who have continued successful careers in the industry. She is a USEF Registered judge and has officiated at competitions all across the United States. Babick earned her instructor certification from the British Horse Society and is a USHJA Certified Trainer. Also, she has trained in certified management accounting and worked on Wall Street in the area of compliance.
Babick has served as a member of the USHJA Board of Directors since 2010, most recently serving as the Hunter Discipline Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee since 2012. Additionally, Babick has served on the Planning Committee, the Emerging Athletes Committee (on which she still serves), as well as chairing the Youth Committee. Her committee work dates back to the earliest USHJA committees. In addition to her USHJA service, Babick currently serves as Chair of both the USEF National Breeds and Disciplines Council as well as its Horse Identification Task Force.
Carney is a horsewoman with more than 35 years of experience as a grand prix rider, hunter rider, clinician, USHJA Certified Trainer, event organizer, commentator, course designer and USEF Registered Judge. Carney has taught clinics of varying levels from learning to post the trot to open water schooling. In addition to her own clinics, she has organized and hosted top-level clinics for the past 30 years including, most recently, the George H. Morris Gladstone Program at Annali-Brookwood Farm in both 2014 and 2015. Additionally, she continues to coach and train clients to the top levels of the sport in hunters, jumpers and equitation.
Carney has served on the USHJA Board of Directors, since 2015, and has been very actively involved on several USHJA committees over the years including the Junior Hunter Task Force, High Performance Hunter Committee, and the Zone 5 Hunter Committee, since as early as 2006. She has been involved in various initiatives, including the clinics program, with the USHJA since it was established in 2004. In addition to having a seat on the USHJA Board of Directors, Carney currently serves as Chair of the Zone 5 Jumper Committee and was named this past January as USHJA's representative to the USEF International Disciplines Council.
The president-elect will work with the current president during the transition but will take office at the conclusion of the 2016 USHJA Annual Meeting
, which is scheduled for December 11-15, 2016, in Palm Springs, CA.
In addition to the presidential election taking place in September, the USHJA is currently accepting nominations
from the membership for three Director At-Large positions and National Officer (Vice President and Treasurer) positions on the USHJA Board of Directors. Nominations for these positions will close August 15.