​The History Of The Hawaii Horse Show Association

By Terrie Tatum

The Hawaii Horse Show Association (H.H.S.A.) was founded in 1960 to serve all Hawaii residents who shared the common bond of love for horses. This affection has been demonstrated over the years by horse owners, riders, competitors, and enthusiastic observers. Together these

individuals became the foundation for the Hawaii Horse Show Association.

H.H.S.A. competition began in 1960 with the first Annual State Horse Show. This show offered divisions in hunter seat and stock seat equitation, hunters, jumpers, dressage, western pleasure, trail riding and stock horses. By 1974, this two-day show had grown to six full days of competition. According to H.H.S.A. founder Terry Tugman, “Competition gives riders a chance to see how their horses and their riding skills compares with others. It teaches a person to win graciously and lose with sportsmanship. Showing should be both a demonstrating and learning experience. Competitors can show their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain knowledge from other riders' successes."

To provide show management and competitors with a consistent approach to equestrian competition, the Hawaii Horse Show Association developed an official "rule book" detailing show standards and requirements. The H.H.S.A. rule book has grown and changed over the years and continues to serve as the foundation for horse shows in Hawaii supported by the American Horse Shows Association rule book.

In 1973 the Hawaii Horse Show Association introduced year-end awards to encourage active participation in horse shows and to reward the top performers for their many hours or practice and dedication. Many of these awards are still presented each year as perpetual trophies commemorating key individuals for their contribution to the equestrian sport over the years.

Today the Hawaii Horse Show Association continues to offer hunter, jumper and western competitions throughout the year on Oahu. Clinics are also provided periodically to help Hawaii's equestrians continue to learn and grow. And, sportsmanship remains the primary focus for all competitors.

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