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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*USHJA Mentor Program

* Date Changes in Derby Classes

*USHJA Marketing and Communication's presentation on marketing and advertising now on line

*ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery Update

*Open Zone Meetings for Zone Committee Elections

*Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule
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Upcoming Events:

ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance
Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery
Classes


(Unless listed otherwise all classes are $10,000 in prize money)
   
April 20th
Gala Spring in Folsom, LA. 
       
April 27th
Aiken Spring Classic in Aiken, SC. 

May 25th
Memorial Day Classic in 
Los Angeles, CA.

  May 25th
Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA

CLINICS

April 19th
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Horse Care Clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA.


April 26-27th
Val Renihan will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in
Battle Creek, MI. 

May 3-4
Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at MacNairs Country Acres in Raleigh, NC.

May 3-4
Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY

May 11
Gardner Powell will be conducting a clinic at the Missoula Equestrian Park in Missoula, MT. 

May 13-15
John Manning, Mark Jungherr and Todd Karn will be conducting a clinic at Green Mountain Horse Association in S. Woodstock, VT. 

May 17
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a “What the Horse and Rider Should Be Wearing This Year” Clinic at the Sackett Ridge Saddlery in Westfield, MA.

May 17-18
Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. 

May 17-18
Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology Clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. 



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USHJA In Stride

Are You In Stride With the Hunter/Jumper Industry?  

Reserve your ad space today in USHJA In Stride and reach over 35,000 hunter and jumper enthusiasts.

The June issue of USHJA In Stride is the Horse Welfare issue. Advertising deadline is April 15th!

For advertising information contact Hunter Messineo, 
301-977-3900 x 175 or 
Hunter.messineo@equinenetwork.com
 


USHJA AWARDS
 
 
 
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USHJA SPONSORS

ASG Software Solutions
Title sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Walsh Harness & Saddlery
Featuring sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands 
  Sponsor of the USHJA  Rider Recognition Program


Practical Horseman 
Sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program


Equisure
Sponsor of the USHJA Trainer's Directory  and the 2007 USHJA Affiliate Awards Yearbook

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at
wallen@ushja.org
or 859-225-6967.

USHJA E-Update  
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April 16, 2008       
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Are you a Young Professional Looking for Help on Business and Training Issues?

Look No further.

The USHJA Trainers' Mentor Program is designed to provide young, up-and-coming professionals with access to top level professionals for answers to their questions about teaching, training and the horse business in general. The mentor/student relationship is private, consistent and comfortable for both parties. It allows the younger generation to learn all aspects of the business from the people with experience. This program has great potential and we are asking for people to become involved both as mentors and as applicants. A list of professionals and mentors will be provided for applicants to choose from. An applicant may also request an individual not on our list.

Trainer Geoff Teall commented on the program: “The mentor program is possibly one of the best ideas to come forward in a long time. I think it is important for young professionals to be able to learn the ropes from the top people in our sport. I wish this had been available for me when I was a young professional. I know that I have also learned a lot from my applicants as well. It’s a great way to create some long term beneficial relationships in our sport.”

If you are interested in joining the mentor program please click here or contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.    

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Date Changes for Upcoming ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery

 *** DATE CHANGE the  June 7th Derby is now June 17th, 2008 at the Showplace Spectacular II Horse Show in  Wayne, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

*** DATE CHANGE the July 25th Derby is now June 20th, 2008 at the Atlanta Summer Classic Horse Show in Conyers, GA.
For more information, please contact Bob Bell at info@classiccompany.com or 843-768-5503.

*** DATE CHANGE the June 25th Derby is now June 22nd, 2008 at the Colorado Summer Classic Horse Show in Colorado Springs, CO.
For more information, please contact Carole O’Brien at osmhorse@msn.com  or 303-638-9339.

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USHJA Marketing & Communications Committee Marketing and Advertising Presentation Now Available
On Line

The USHJA Marketing and Communications Committee made a presentation on marketing and advertising at the 2007 USHJA Annual Meeting. USHJA has made this presentation available on the USHJA website to asisst members in their marketing and advertising endeavours. The advertising case study is a representation on how to select where to advertise based on your budget. If you have any questions please contact Whitney Allen at wallen@ushja.org. Click here to view the power point presentation and case study.

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USHJA Continues to Make News with the
ASG Software Solutions/
USHJA International Hunter Derby
Presented by Dietrich Insurance
Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery

The following are excerpts from the original press releases.
Click
here to view the press releases in their entirety.


Results from the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh harness & Saddlery at the
OAKS BLENHEIM SPRING TOURNAMENT

Pl         Horse                           Rider                                        Owner                         

1          On Top                        Keri Kampsen                         Monarch Int’l                          

2          Truly                            Shelby Wakeman                     Ashley Pryde               

3          Cinico                          Katie Taylor                             Stahl Equestrian           

4          Palmar                         Jenny Karazissis                        KMG Equestrian         

5          Aragon                        Jenny Karazissis                        Chelsea Wilkinson       

6          Rumba                         Erin Duffy                                 Chelsea Wilkinson       

7          Wesley                        Shelby Wakeman                      Ashley Pryde               

8          Fiona                           Elizabeth Blainsdell                    Kayce Commerical Group

9          Norah Jones                Ali Leopold                               Phyllis Thomas

10        Rascal                         Archie Cox                                Phyllis Hennigan

11        Mata Hari                    Hillary Neff                                Archie Cox

12        Chaucer                       Peter Lombardo                        Ashley Pryde


Pletcher Claims 2nd Derby win in a row aboard Argenta

Katy, Texas-After winning the Hunter Derby at Pin Oak, Peter Pletcher and Argentum took home the gold for the second time in 2 weeks, winning the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery Class at the Spring Gathering Horse Show in the Houston suburb of Katy.

The class was held under the lights in the main arena at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.  An enthusiastic crowd cheered their favorites as 23 entries competed over the first round track set by Patrick Rodes.  The veteran hunter course designer commented, “Since this is the only time these horses show in this ring this week, I tried to create a fairly straightforward, classic style course for the first round.”  The course incorporated lots of brush and natural obstacles and proved to ride well, with only a few horses incurring major faults.

Two panels of two judges each scored the class.  Scores were moderate until the ninth horse in the order, when Will Roberts piloted Jamie Jarvis’ Sidekick to earn scores of 85 and 86 for a two-round total of 171.  Six rounds later, Tracy Fenny and MTM Farm’s MTM Namesake upped the ante with scores of 89 and 90 for a total of 179. Tammy Chipko and All That followed up immediately with scores 87 and 88 for a 175.  Two horses later, Pletcher and Argentum matched Chipko’s total of 175, scoring 90 and 85.  Peter rode Becky Gochman’s Tuscan Sun to wrap up the first round and, with scores of 84 and 87, tied with Roberts at 171.  The first round ended with two ties being broken using the scores from the first panel of judges.  The top twelve horses were then pinned and slated to return for the second round.

The second round was conducted under standard Hunter Derby format.  Returning in reverse order of first round scores, competitors were scored normally and then were optionally awarded up to 10 bonus points for handiness.

Well known for his handy hunter courses, Rodes provided a second round test with plenty of handy options: multiple rollbacks, a trot fence, hand gallop fence, and a triple combination “chute” featuring a walk jump to a trot jump to a canter jump.  The course proved too difficult for two of the first three competitors, who were eliminated and received no score for the second round.

As the second round progressed, the rides kept getting better.  Will Roberts and Sidekick scored 88 + 7 and 87 + 9, for a second round total of 191 and overall total of 362, leading the second round and overall scores.  Peter Pletcher and Tuscan Sun then scored 87 + 9 and 86 + 10 for 192 and 363, taking over the lead in both.  Tammy Chipko and All That scored 86 + 7 and 86.5 + 9 for 188.5 and 363.5, third in the second round and the overall lead.  Pletcher and Argentum then scored 89 + 9 and 85 + 10 for 193 and 368 and the lead in both.  The last to go were Tracy Fenny and MTM Namesake.  The second round atmosphere proved too much for the 6 year old Swedish warmblood, and after incurring a refusal on course the duo scored 35 + 4 and 35 + 2 for 76 and 255, leaving Pletcher and Argentum at the top.

Argentum is a 6 year old grey Oldenburg gelding owned by Alta Basaldua of Kingwood, Texas.  Peter Pletcher is a 3 time World Champion Hunter rider, a native of Houston who resides in Magnolia, Texas.  The class was graciously sponsored by his parents, Claudine and George Pletcher.

  
Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star Capture Another Victory in $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Equestrian News Release

Naples, FL - April 7, 2008 - Proving they are one of the top hunter combinations in the country, Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, and Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC and Jennifer Burger, won the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery. The event was held on Sunday, April 6, at Jenny Sutton's Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. The High Performance Hunter class benefited the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center.

This is Alfano's third win in the popular new hunter derby series and Rock Star's second. They won the event in Ocala, FL, this winter and were third in the $50,000 class in Wellington, FL. Yesterday's class featured two rounds over new jumps in the beautiful competition field, such as a rolltop, coops, post and rails, and a bank.

Rock Star and Alfano had a great first round and received a total score of 179. They were tied for first place in points, but were awarded third place in the first round by the tiebreaking score of the judges at position one.

The second round was a handy hunter round. Alfano picked up the gallop to the first jump and kept a consistent pace with good turns. Rock Star jumped every jump out of stride in perfect form. Alfano and Rock Star received unbelievable scores of 93 and 95 from the two judging positions. They received another 18 points for handiness for a second round score of 206. They won round two by 20 points. Their overall combined score for the two rounds was 385, which gave them the win in the event by ten points.

Alfano was thrilled to win another hunter derby with Rock Star, who she said loves showing and competing in these classes. "I think that he is truly a show horse," she remarked. "He can tell this is a big event. He loves to show and do different stuff. I'm still constantly amazed by what a great horse he is."

Alfano rode three other horses in the hunter derby. She finished sixth with SBS Farms' Sting and seventh with SBS Farm's Jersey Boy.

** USHJA would like to thank Mrs. Jenny Sutton and Kelli MacDonald for their hard work and dedication in making the Wrenwood Farms Derby a world class event.**

Click here for more information on the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Please refer to the USHJA website for the most up to date schedule. For information on hosting a class, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.

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OPEN ZONE MEETINGS FOR ZONE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

Zone 1 Hunter

There will be a USHJA Zone 1 Hunter Open Meeting which will be held May 1, 2008 at the Westbrook Hunt Club Horse Show.  The meeting will be held following the completion of the Hunter Ring- approximately 4:00 PM.  If you have any questions please contact Pam Hunt at huntpm@aol.com or 508-451-0222.


Zone 2 Hunter and Jumper
An open forum for both Hunters and Jumpers will be held at the Four Seasons Competition in Titusville, NJ on Saturday, April 19 at 3:00 PM; see the show office for more information.

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the forums for the Zone 2 Hunter Committee and Zone 2 Jumper Committee. Additionally, written nominations may be sent to Erin True at USHJA at etrue@ushja.org or faxed 859-258-9033.

 Zone 3 Jumper

The open Zone 3 Jumper Nominating meeting will be held at the Commonwealth National in Culpeper, VA on Friday April 18th after the show.  If you have any questions please contact Oliver Kennedy, at oliverkennedy@verizon.net or (443) 878-8143.

Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper

An open forum for Hunter and Jumper members will take place during the Tulsa Exposition Center in Tulsa, OK on April 24th; tentatively the forum will take place 30 min after the last class of the day; see the show office for more information.

Nominations will be taken from the floor for the both Zone 7 Hunter and Zone 7 Jumper Committees. Additionally, written nominations with accompanying biographies must be sent to USHJA, Erin True at etrue@ushja.org or faxed to 859-258-9033 by May 1, 2008. 


Zone 11 Hunter and Jumper
An open meeting for Zone 11 Hunter and Jumper members will be held on Monday, April 21st at 6:30 PM at the Anderson Residence in Kailua, HI. Location: 736 B Maluniu Avenue. For more information please contact Zone Chairman, Olga Anderson at 808-864-1761.

For questions concerning Zone elections please contact your Zone Chairman or Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org

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Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule

The USHJA Clinics program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA.  Please remember to check the USHJA Clinics Calendar  for updates.
*Indicates clinics new to the calendar.  

A P R I L

April 19
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Horse Care Clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

April 26-27
Val Renihan will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI.  For more information, please contact Sandi Carlton at windripple@aol.com or 269-317-1529.

M A Y

May 3-4
Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at MacNairs Country Acres in Raleigh, NC. For more information, please contact Melanie Rock at
melanierock@bellsouth.net or 919-609-1045.

May 3-4

Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY. For more information, please contact Maskao Niwa at masakoniwa@optonline.net or 631-682-4079.

May 11
Gardner Powell will be conducting a clinic at the Missoula Equestrian Park in Missoula, MT.  For more information, please contact Susan Bonar Mayer at smayer@litigationabstract.com or
406-728-3830.

May 13-15
John Manning, Mark Jungherr and Todd Karn will be conducting a clinic at Green Mountain Horse Association in S. Woodstock, VT. For more information, please contact Karey Manner at kmanner@gmhainc.org or 802-457-1509.

May 17
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a “What the Horse and Rider Should Be Wearing This Year” clinic at Sackett Ridge Saddlery in Westfield, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

*May 17-18
Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.  For more information, please contact Sandra McCarthy at 419-434-4859 or smccarthy@findlay.edu.

May 17-18
Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology Clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707-769-0180.

J U N E

June 7
Diane Carney and Canterbury Farm will be hosting a Natural Obstacle and HPH Schooling Clinic in Hampshire, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or
847-922-6167.

June 14
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Course and Jump Building Clinic at Lucky Horse Farm in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

June 14-15
Holly Hugo Vidal will be conducting a clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707-769-0180.

June 16
Diane Carney will be hosting a clinic at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

June 28-29
Meg Schulman will be conducting a clinic at J & S Sport Horses in Dillon, MT.  For more information, please contact Dr. John Xanthopoulos at J.Xant@umwestern.edu or 406-660-0558.

J U L Y

July 1-3
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Michelle Christian at www.springdown.com.

July 17
Chrystine Tauber and Timmy Kees will be conducting a clinic at J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR.  For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

July 17-20

Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia, NJ. For more information, please contact Penny Kinnally at pkinnally@aol.com or 201-233-7410.

July 19
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Longing and Long Lineing Clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

July 19
USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Centennial Olympic Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

July 21-22
Archie Cox will be conducting a clinic at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO during the High Prairie Farms Horse Show.  For more information, please contact Page Tredennick at ptredennick@woodrunfarm.com or 303-808-8413.

July 22
Bibby Hill will be conducting a clinic at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Bob Bell at info@classiccompany.com or 843-768-5503.

July 24
Otis Brown and Scott Williamson will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” Clinic at the J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR. For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

*July 28
Geoff Teall, Kim Ablon-Whitney and Doris Worchester will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” clinic at Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA.  For more information, please contact Liz Moakley at liz@grazingfields.com or 508-759-3763.

A U G U S T

August 1
The Zone 5 "Opportunity to Judge Clinic" will be held during the Equifest I Horse Show in Wayne, IL.  For more information, please contact Diane Carney atdtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

August 16
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Flatwork and Gymnastics Skills clinic at Dufresne Park Arena in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

S E P T E M B E R

September 13-14
Andrea Wells will be conducting a clinic at the Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO.  For more information, please contact Tara Hieb at tara@cottonwoodridingclub.com or 303-791-7656.

*September 21
Linda Allen and Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Stone Bridge Farm in Natural Bridge, VA.  For more information, please contact Katrina Weinig at Katrina@stonebridgefarm.net or
540-291-1000.

N O V E M B E R

November 15-16
Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA.  For more information, please contact Tara Dawn Hazen at outlawstable@pa.net or 717-582-8221.

For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.  Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.

 



    


 

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For more information, please contact Whitney Allen, Director of Marketing and Communications at wallen@ushja.org or (859) 225-6967.

Contact us:  Phone: (859) 225-2055, Fax: (859) 258-9033, Website: www.ushja.org. 

USHJA is located at 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

Mission Statement:
The USHJA is committed to advancing and representing the hunter and jumper disciplines by fostering an educated community of equestrians that promotes the welfare of the horse and fairness in competition.



 

 

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