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About the Grant 

The Dianne Johnson Legacy grant is for those junior and amateurs who exemplify hard work, dedication to the sport of equestrian, good sportsmanship, and leadership. The applicant must be a junior or amateur and has plans to show in the upcoming show season. Each term takes place from January 1st to December 31st. One junior and one amateur will be chosen as the recipient for each season.


Application Process 

Applicants must be WSHJA members and submit a written application and a letter of recommendation from an industry professional by September 1st.Applications may be submitted via email to or hard copy to Mary Christy, Head of WSHJA Member Services. Recipients will be announced at the NW Autumn Classic. The scholarships consist of $1200 in credit for one horse at each WSHJA show for following season.

Recipients Benefits 

  • Stall fee waived

  • Class entry fees & ring nomination waived up to $1200 at every WSHJA show for one season.

  • Entitled to keep all prize money won.

Recipients Responsibilities 

  • Occasional assistance for ring awards presentations

  • Represent WSHJA in a positive way

  • Minimum of two Social Media posts during each show attended tagging WSHJA

  • Minimum 3hrs volunteer work per show attended.

Honoring Dianne Johnson and the impact she’s had on the Equestrian community in the Pacific Northwest:

Dianne Johnson has been a fixture on in West Coast Equestrian community for 40+ years. Owning a top show barn in Washington and Oregon, competing at the highest levels and building, developing and managing amazing hunter jumper shows.


It all started when she as a little girl trying to get her horsemanship badge for girl scouts.  She immediately fell in love with horses, becoming a working student, cleaning tack and mucking out stalls to earn lessons.  When her grandfather realized this was a passion for her, he bought Dianne her first horse.


Dianne spent the rest of her childhood showing English, western, confirmation, pair, bareback, cutting and lots of other disciplines.

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At 16 she won the WCHR Sweepstakes and she’s also known for winning the Cow Palace Grand Prix 7 years in a row!

Dianne and her late husband Johnny Johnson, showed, trained horses, taught lessons and had a large sales program with Sterling Stables in Oregon and Washington. Dianne and Johnny, along with Chuck and Barbara Baierle also created one of the pacific northwest’s primer hunter jumper shows, The Evergreen Classic.


In 2015 Dianne received the WSHJA Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2017 Dianne received the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award!

Dianne has managed 8 shows in the northwest and stewards 8+ shows on the West Coast and a few back east. In addition, she has been involved with multiple boards and committees at USHJA and USEF, including serving as USHJA Vice President and Chair of the USHJA Hunter Working Group.


When not at horse shows, Dianne can be found cuddling up with her beloved corgi’s and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks!

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