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October/November 2010 edition

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USHJA Names Shelby French New CEO

In a 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.

The 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.

"It 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."

As a 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 back to Harriet Howell Rogers...click here to read the rest of the article.







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