USHJA Names Shelby French New
joint statement, Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va., and
the United States Hunter Jumper Association have announced that
Shelby French, currently the director of Sweet Briar's riding
program, has been appointed chief executive officer of the USHJA
effective May 5, 2011. French will be replacing former USHJA
Executive Director Susan Dotson, who recently relocated to
Atlanta. Merrilee "Mimi" Wroten, who has served as associate
director at Sweet Briar since 1999 and instructor since 1996,
has been named to succeed French.
French has been actively involved in the USHJA as a volunteer
and board member since it was approved as the national
hunter/jumper affiliate in 2004. She will be the association's
first CEO, leading an organization that encompasses more than a
dozen employees servicing over 37,000 members from its new
headquarters in Lexington, Ky.
"While we know that this will be a great loss for Sweet Briar,
the USHJA is pleased to welcome Shelby French as our new CEO.
Shelby brings many years of experience in the hunter/jumper
sport as well as the strong business and people skills necessary
for the position," said Bill Moroney, USHJA president.
CEO appointment represents a new stage for the young
organization with the creation of an executive position that
will share responsibility for its vision as well as
implementation of the board's directives.
has to be a partnership with the volunteers," French said. "For
me it's exciting to see my sport have an organization that's
dedicated to its growth and sustaining its education mission.
It's even more exciting to know the leadership has the same
vision you do."
volunteer, French has already helped shaped the USHJA's
direction and knows her values and approach to riding are in
sync with its mission. It was the same philosophy she brought to
Sweet Briar, an all-women's liberal arts college, where the
forward system of riding was already the teaching foundation
under former director Paul Cronin - and his predecessors, going
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