USHJA E-Update

April 15, 2009

In this issue:

*Deadline for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session

*USHJA Capital Campaign

*Upcoming USHJA Affiliate Equitation Program

*Member's Choice Awards

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Clinics Calendar

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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby

2008/2009 Schedule, Results and Standings 

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USHJA SPONSORS

SmartPak
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

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

FarmVet
Title Sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

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

Dover Saddlery
Major sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Essex Classics
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands  
  Sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program

Equisure
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook

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

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Deadline Approaching for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session in Zones 2, 5, 7 & 8

Thursday, April 23, 2009 marks the application deadline for Zones 2, 5, 7 and 8 Emerging Athletes Level I Training Sessions.

June 6-7
Zone 7
Texas Rose Horse Park
Tyler, TX
June 8-9
Zone 5
Lamplight Equestrian Center
Wayne, IL
June 22-23
Zone 8
Colorado Horse Park
Parker, CO
June 29-30
Zone 2
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding
Buffalo, NY

Fill out an application to apply to participate in the Level I Training Sessions. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 23 in order to be considered.

The Emerging Athletes Program provides young riders the opportunity to learn from top riders and trainers in the industry while developing their career as a professional. With the creation of a national program, the USHJA hopes to transition young athletes to international competition. At each Training Session, riders will receive guidance and feedback from top professionals in the industry and be evaluated on their horsemanship skills, overall knowledge and riding ability.

Information on the Emerging Athletes Program as well as the application process can be found on the USHJA website.

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USHJA Building For Growth Capital Campaign

Since its inception just four years ago, the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has experienced unprecedented growth and has quickly become the largest recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Albeit the USEF’s largest affiliate, USHJA is also one of the only affiliates to not have its own headquarters.

But that is changing!! On September 24, 2008, the USHJA celebrated two landmark occasions: the launch of the “Building For Growth” Capital Campaign and the groundbreaking of the new USHJA National Headquarters.

Located in a prominent spot within the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky, the USHJA National Headquarters will house office space, conference rooms, a dining lounge, National Hunter/Jumper Sport Museum, courtyard and gardens.

Designed to serve the Association and its members well into the future, the building is large enough to allow for future anticipated growth while providing lease income in the interim. The $6.5 million Capital Campaign will provide all costs associated with construction as well as maintenance funds for the building in perpetuity. Slated for occupancy in October 2009, the building will be fully operational and available to members in time for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Click here for information on how can contribute to the “Building For Growth” Capital Campaign and support this milestone in USHJA’s history.

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Upcoming ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Classes

April 18
Aiken Spring Classic
Aiken, SC
May 1
Texas Shoot-Out
Tyler, TX
May 9
Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Lexington, KY
May 24
Memorial Day Classic
Los Angeles, CA
May 24
Devon Horse Show
Devon, PA

Questions concerning the Derby may be directed to Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.

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Upcoming USHJA Affiliate Equitation Program Events

Purpose:
The purpose of the USHJA Affiliate Equitation Program is to increase USHJA's outreach in the equestrian community, by further informing and educating individuals who partake in equestrian sports at the unrecognized and local horse show level. This Equitation Award program is only offered to organizations that are Affiliate Members of USHJA. Affiliate Organizations may choose to participate through offering Medal Finals Classes at a designated horse show or by using cumulative points through the competition year to determine their year-end award winners.

Upcoming Events:

April 18-19 American National Riding Commission in Laurinburg, NC. Contact Peggy McElveen at mcelveen@sapc.edu. Visit the website at www.anrc.org.

April 30-May 5 Interscholastic Equestrian Association in Painesville, OH. Contact Roxane Lawrence at rlawrence@andrewsosborne.org. Visit the website site at www.rideiea.com.

For more information please contact Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org or 859.825.6009.

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USHJA Member's Choice Awards

The Member's Choice Awards Program, developed by the Show Standards Committee, gives horse show exhibitors and participants the opportunity to award excellence at USEF Licensed Hunter Jumper competitions through their feedback relating to the competition, the facility where it took place, footing, show personnel and hospitality.

The goal of the Member's Choice Awards Program is to promote exhibitor friendly competitions and reward excellence based on the amenities and qualities exhibitors value. Competitions winning the Best Overall Competition awards will receive a USHJA banner, recognizing their accomplishment. Additionally, they will receive free publicity through USHJA’s In Stride magazine, in our E-News Updates and on our website. Click here to vote today!

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Zone News & Deadlines

Zone 5:
An Open Forum will be held Friday, May 8, 2009 during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show to discuss upcoming events and opportunities for Zone 5 USHJA members. The floor will be opened for suggestions and questions. Please plan to attend for a chance to be heard. The forum will take place at 5:00 PM ET in the Pavilion between the Hunter Rings at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information contact hunter committee chair Mindy Darst at mindy@lochmoorstables.com or 513.932.7332.

Zone 6:
The affiliate associations of Zone 6 will be holding open meetings to review the 2009 Zone Specifications and recommendations for 2010. Please refer to the USHJA Zone 6 website for meeting dates.

Zone Deadlines:
National Pony Jumper Championship criteria changes are due May 1, 2009.

North American Junior Young Rider Championship criteria changes are due 60 days prior to the Zone's qualifying period.

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USHJA Clinics Program Schedule

The USHJA Clinics Program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete listing of clinics check the USHJA Clinics Calendar.

Upcoming Clinics

APRIL

17-19 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Clermont Equestrian in Woodside, CA. For more information, please contact Craig Clermont at craig@clermontequestrian.com or 650.851.2230.

18-19 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada Flintridge, CA. For more information, please contact Ellen Narver at enarver@hei.org or 213.989.7494.

21-23 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Woodmyst Farms in Gilroy, CA. For more information, please contact Hollie Wilent at hollie@woodmystfarms.com or 408.782.0311.

25-26 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Cindy Bacon at cindybacon@gfs.org or 410.559.3450.

25-26 Hank Bloom will be conducting a clinic at Star Ridge Stables in Hardeeville, SC. For more information, please contact Stella Prescott at stella@starridgestables.com or 843.784.7845.

25-26 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic in Watsonville, CA. For more information, please contact Paige Pierce at pep73164@charter.net or 831.840.7572.

25-26 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Ridgefield in Wildwood, MO. For more information, please contact Tracey Gentry Ryan at tgryan@ridgefieldarena.com or 636.527.3624.

28-29 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Woodmyst Farms in Gilroy, CA. For more information, please contact Hollie Wilent at hollie@woodmystfarms.com or 408.782.0311.

MAY

2-3 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, OH. For additional information, please contact Aubrey Sears at info@lochmoorstables.com or 513.836.0500

2-3 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Copley Place in Ocala, FL. For additional information, please contact Scott Hofstetter at msh110868@aol.com or 352.804.7906.

3-4 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at The Jones Farm in Kaneohe, Hawaii. For more information, please contact Helena Barahal at hbarahal@mac.com or 808.255.7163.

9-10 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Ridge Farm in Sparta, MI. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bradley at rbrad10172@msn.com or 616.887.1419.

9-10 Ron Danta and Danny Robertshaw will be conducting a clinic at Everlong Equestrian Centre in Monroe, NC. For additional information, please contact Laura Fincher at everlongequestrian@alltel.net or 704.243.2875.

16-17 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut, MA. For more information, please contact Marina Burliss at info@cutterfarm.com or 978.697.7858.

JUNE

6-7 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Stepping Stone Stables in Blacklick, OH. For additional information, please contact Lindsey Yinger at lnyinger@aol.com or 614.348.5915

26-28 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Beach Lake Stables in Sacramento, CA. For more information, please contact Karen Colston at karencolston@att.net or 916.485.0483.

12-14 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at the Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Cindy Bacon at cindybacon@gfs.org or 410.559.3450.

19-21 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Miwok Stables in Mill Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Linda Rubio at miwokoffice@aol.com or 415.389.9414.

30-July 2 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Diane Allison at sdecenter@aol.com or 650.851.1114.

JULY

10-12 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Riverside Equestrian in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Marian Nelson at mnelson196@aol.com or 415.710.1116.

24-25 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. For more information, please contact Cara Chapel at contactus@follyfarm.us or 860.658.9943.

AUGUST

7-9 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at D & J Equestrian Center in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Miriam Schulman at miriamschulman@gfs.org or 410.559.3481.

SEPTEMBER

19 Dan Keen will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

OCTOBER

3-4 Linda Allen 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.

6-8 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Diane Allison at sdecenter@aol.com or 650.851.1114.

10-12 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. For more information, please contact J. Michael Halbleib at JMichaelH1@aol.com or 205.283.3082.

NOVEMBER

9-10 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

14-15 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.

JANUARY

2-3 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Lehman Farms in Pitsford, NY. For more information, please contact Craig Brown at cmbrown@rochester.rr.com or 585.657.4528.

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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ENDS

For more information, please contact Whitney Allen, Director of Marketing and Communications at wallen@ushja.org or 859.225.6967.

Contact us: P: 859.225.2055, F: 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.

USHJA Resources

USHJA Events Calendar

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Program Quick Links

FarmVet Equine Retirement Facilities Directory is an informational listing of retirement facilities for horses complied by the USHJA.

USHJA Merchandise offers closeout deals on select items and the latest USHJA fashion and apparel. Merchandise includes hats, polos, vests, bags, trinkets and videos.

Jr. Career Development Program gives members the opportunity to apprentice with a competition official for a day.

Trainer Certification Program is a comprehensive education and certification program for all levels of professional trainers that will debut in June.

Trainer Symposiums offer attendees the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. Register today for the next Symposium on May 1-3, 2009 at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA.

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USHJA Awards

Nominations Open for Amateur Sportsmanship Award

Do you know an amateur who exhibits excellence and integrity by supporting fellow competitors and volunteering their resources to the industry? If so, throughout the 2009 competition year, USHJA's Amateurs Committee asks that you keep the Amateur Sportsmanship Award in mind. In its third year, the award was created by the Amateur Committee to honor an amateur for their contributions to the sport. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. For more information on the award and nomination forms, please visit www.ushja.org.

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