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2014 Member PhotosThe Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association was founded in 1987 by a small group of riders and trainers. Their purpose was to develop a local association dedicated to supporting, educating, and introducing beginning and intermediate riders and horses to the horse show environment, and to provide a consistent framework for local shows. SAHJA members have the opportunity to compete for year-end awards.

Over the years SAHJA has continued to meet its goals by setting standards for shows and show judges similar to those of the US Equestrian organization.


SAHJA is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected for staggered two-year terms. A variety of committees oversee point tabulations, show registration, membership, Newsletter, educational programs, a scholarship fund, the Championship Show and Medal Finals Show, and the annual year end Awards Banquet. The Board and committee members meet the first Monday of every month, and all members are invited, and encouraged, to participate.

2014 Member PhotosSAHJA’s show season runs from the third week of January through the last week of November. During the season, riders and horses registered with the Association have the opportunity to compete at SAHJA sanctioned shows for points in 18 different divisions, and for equitation medals in three different divisions. All classes are designed to give entry level and intermediate riders and horses the opportunity to learn and build confidence in their skills and preparation for riders desiring to continue on to larger association rated shows. SAHJA shows are also an ideal place to learn traditional horse show etiquette and procedures.

SAHJA riders and horses have gone on to compete regionally, statewide and nationally with great success. SAHJA also provides a competitive local level format filled with challenges and camaraderie.


Mailing Address:

2443 Fair Oaks Boulevard, #218
Sacramento, California 95825

SAHJA 2017Board of Directors:
SAHJA is pleased to announce its 2017 Board of Directors.
Each member brings unique perspectives, talents and backgrounds to the organization. Contact information will be updated over the next few weeks so please check back. 

Lisa M Watts, President and Information Officer
(916) 802-5523

Karine Brooks, Vice President and Education/Judges Committee

Erin Pett, CFO/Treasurer

Stacy Garland, Secretary and Communications/Membership Committee
(916) 747-6420 | sahjamember@outlook.com

Hali Durand, Show Manager Liaison/Points Committee

Kate Jutagir, Fundraising Committee

Michelle Klaff, Banquet and Events Committee

Michele Vaughn, Awards Committee

Thank You to Outgoing Board Members
With the announcement of the new SAHJA Board, we bid farewell to three extraordinary members who have helped shape SAHJA, Anne Polli, Yvonne Miller and John Warren. They have been instrumental in supporting SAHJA’s mission and we are grateful for their service. We send a heartfelt thank you for their time, hard work and leadership over the years.

Last year, the SAHJA Board lost a long time member, Sue Mir-Afzali. Sue will be forever remembered as a fierce champion and supporter of SAHJA.


Header & Medal Final photos by Deb Dawson Photography