USHJA E-Update

August 19, 2009

In this issue:

*View Live Streaming Coverage of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

*Nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award Close Friday

*Outreach Medal Points Available Online

*Nominations Open for Amateur Sportsmanship Award

*Deadline Approaching for Affiliate Associations

*Essex Classics: Raising the Standard of Equestrian Style

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Clinics Calendar

_______________________

2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Class Results

_______________________

USHJA SPONSORS

The Chronicle of the Horse
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

SmartPak
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

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

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

FarmVet
Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

The Clothes Horse
Sponsor of the 2009 International Hunter Derby Finals and 2009/2010 International Hunter Derby

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dover Saddlery
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Essex Classics
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles  
  Title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program

Equisure  
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook

Grand Prix Riding Apparel
Awards sponsor of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby and 2009 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

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

_______________________

USHJA In Stride

In need of one great place to buy and sell a horse, truck, trailer or tack?

Look no further than the
USHJA Classifieds
powered by equine.com

Reserve your ad space today in USHJA In Stride Magazine Contact:
Hunter Messineo at 301-977-3900, ext 175 or
hunter.messineo@Equinetwork.com

_______________________

In Stride Sales Barn

Your ad includes:
~Color Photo
~HEADLINE
~40 word description
~Bold type
~6 months online at
ushja.equine.com

USHJA Member Pricing:
$200 per issue

Add Practical Horseman (65,000 circulation)
$300 per issue

For more information or to get your horse listed contact:
Hunter Messineo hunter.messineo@Equinetwork.com

Having trouble viewing this page? Click here

____________________________________________

View Live Streaming Coverage of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals!

Patricia Griffith and North Country en route to a Derby victory at the 2008 Showplace Spectacular II. Photo by OC Imageworks.

 

On Friday, August 21, the inaugural USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will take center stage at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Can’t make it to Lexington to watch? Log on to www.equestrianlife.com/derby to watch live streaming coverage beginning at 8:00 AM eastern on August 21.

You can also stay up to date on all the Derby news on USHJA’s Twitter page http://twitter.com/ushja as well as www.USHJA.org/Derby where you will be able to find the latest information and follow our Derby Blog!

____________________________________________

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Close Friday

The USHJA is accepting nominations for the 2009 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was first presented in 2008 to honor members whose lifelong involvement in the sport and the USHJA itself has benefited the industry. Last year’s honorees were Beth Miner of Hugo, Minnesota and Alvin Topping of Sagaponack, New York, both of whom were instrumental in founding the USHJA.

The 2009 honoree will be selected by the USHJA Officers in the fall of 2009 and will be presented with the award at the 2009 Evening of Equestrians dinner held during the USHJA Annual Meeting in December. The 2009 recipient will join Miner and Topping in having their name engraved on the Eugene R. Mische Perpetual Trophy.

All active USHJA members are encouraged to nominate a worthy individual for the prestigious award. Written nominations should include: the nominee’s name; the city and state of residence; supporting accomplishments and accolades; and any other information pertinent to any involvement in the horse industry. Nominators should also include their name, USHJA member number, mailing address and daytime telephone number so the USHJA may contact them for additional details. The nomination form can be downloaded from the USHJA website.

Nominations must be received in the USHJA office by August 21, 2009. Please submit nominations to Kristyn Kay at kkay@ushja.org or mail them to 4047 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511.

Questions concerning the Lifetime Achievement Award may be directed to Kristyn Kay.

____________________________________________

Outreach Medal Points Available Online

The points for the Outreach Medal classes are now available on the USHJA website. Competitors may search for their points by class, state or with their USHJA membership ID. As new competition points are posted, the standings on the website will automatically update. For questions regarding standings or the Outreach Medal Program, please contact Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org.

____________________________________________

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, submit a nomination for the Amateur Sportsmanship Award to the USHJA's Amateurs Committee. In its fourth year, the award was created by the Amateurs Committee to honor an amateur for their contributions to the sport.

"While amateurs are very dedicated to horse showing, they're also committed to giving back to the industry. We wanted to find a way to recognize the amateurs who go above and beyond," Betty Oare, vice-chairman of the Amateurs Committee, explains. "This award is about the bigger picture - demonstrating a genuine love of the horse, helping fellow competitors, giving back to the sport by volunteering to sit on committees or assisting at shows, and being generous with their time in the industry in general. For that reason, it's called a sportsmanship award because it encompasses a lot more than just show ring success."

Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues, peers or even amateurs themselves. The nominee must be an active or associate member of the USHJA.

The June Kaneti Trophy donated by Marianne Kutner and Yvetta Rechler-Newman in memory of their friend is presented to the Amateur Sportsmanship Award winner each year.

A completed application with all contact information and a list of the nominee's notable accomplishments and services, along with a letter of recommendation, must be submitted to the USHJA office by Monday, October 19.

For more information on the award and to download nomination forms, please visit the USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award website or contact Programs and Education Coordinator, Sterling Berry.

____________________________________________

Deadline Approaching for Affiliate Associations

The deadline for submission of your Affiliate Sportsmanship Award nominees is September 15, 2009. Please submit your Junior, Amateur, Riding Instructor and Professional bios, essays, as well as a photo, with photographer's permission, to Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org. Alternatively, you may send your nominee information to 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 or via fax to (859) 258-9033. Questions regarding the Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Program may be directed to Christine Kennedy at 859.825.6009.

____________________________________________

Essex Classics: Raising the Standard of Equestrian Style

History
Essex Classics has been considered the finest riding shirt available for the hunter/jumper rider for over 30 years. Using the most luxurious fabrics, Essex show shirts are exquisitely tailored using over 24 stitches per inch for an elegant appearance. The show shirts have a slightly tapered European fit and feature single-needle tailoring to provide smooth seams, an eight button front to prevent gapping, and long shirt tails for a perfect tuck.

Innovations
Since the inception of the company, Essex Classics has always been innovative in their styling and design features. For example, Essex was the first riding shirt to offer two matching chokers with every shirt. Also, they provide their riding shop dealers with a swatch binder which allows you to choose the fabric and size you desire even if that shirt is not currently in the shop’s inventory.

As new fabric technologies developed, Essex Classics was the first company to introduce a Performance Collection of CoolMax fabric show shirts which wick moisture from the skin keeping the rider cool during competitions.

Initially a women’s riding shirt company, Essex expanded their line by offering Men’s riding shirts and white neckties. Also recognizing an opportunity, Essex started a new division, Beacon Hill, which offers a more generous cut riding shirt at a lower retail price point.

Trend Setting
Essex Classics is always on the cutting edge with regards to setting fashion trends in the show ring. One such fashion trend found on many Essex shirts is the contrasting trim look. Riding shirts which have a normal traditional appearance when “buttoned up” suddenly look relaxed and trendy without the choker, the collar left open, and the cuffs rolled up. Contrasting trim, ranging from floral prints to checks and stripes, give these shirts a special appeal since they can double as a show shirt and a casual shirt.

What’s New?
The latest fashion trend from Essex, which is currently sweeping the show circuit, is the new “Wrap Collar” riding shirt. As Olympic rider, Anne Kursinski so aptly observed “you will never forget or lose your choker again…stylish, modern, and practical!”

These wonderful new CoolMax “Wrap Collar” shirts have no chokers, but the collar snaps to create the appearance of a traditional riding shirt in the show ring. The Essex Classics “Wrap Collar” shirts are literally revolutionizing the design of competitive show shirts.

_____________________________________________

Zone News & Deadlines

2010 Zone Finals:
Information on zone finals can be found on the USHJA Zone web pages. If you have questions regarding your zone’s finals please contact USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org for more information.

____________________________________________

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 Events Calendar.

Upcoming Clinics

AUGUST

21-23 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. For more information, please contact Kelly Van Vleck at kvvrm@aol.com or 916.296.9688.

29-30 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Brookfield Corner Farm in Brookfield, NH. For more information, please contact Janet Murfey at janet.murfey@murfey.net or 603.522.6440.

SEPTEMBER

12-13 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology clinic at Shiloh West Equestrian Center in Castro Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Kelly Maddox at kellymaddox5@aol.com or 925.575.4818.

15-16 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at SDSU Equestrian Center in Brookings, SD. For more information, please contact Megan McGee at megan.mcgee@sdstate.edu or 605.690.7726.

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 roxannecook@pinoak.org or 713.621.6290.

26-27 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at Rose Dhu Creek Stables in Bluffton, SC. For more information, please contact Eddie & Kate Maple at katemaple@aol.com or 843.815.3428.

OCTOBER

3-4 Melanie Smith Taylor will be conducting a clinic at Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL. For more information, please contact Lauren Medlin at heritagehorseshow@aol.com or 954.448.5492.

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.

10-11 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Ridge Farms in Sparta, MI. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bradley at rbrad10172@msn.com or 616.887.1419.

10-11 Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Los Cedros in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association at debbiejamsa@happydreamsranch.com or 928.899.3373.

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.

16-17 Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at Thoroughbred Training Center in Mocksville, NC. For more information, please contact Jenn Church at hiddencreekstables@charter.net or 336.927.5378.

NOVEMBER

5-6 The Virginia Intermont College Equine Studies Program will be hosting a “Liability and Risk Reduction for Equine Professionals” seminar at the Harrison Jones Auditorium in Bristol, VA. For more information, please contact Eddie Federwisch at edfed@chartern.net or 276.669.8398.

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 roxannecook@pinoak.org 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.

14-15 Paige Rassas will be conducting a clinic at Irish Oaks in Pfafftown, NC. For more information, please contact Karen Bruce at irishoak@triad.rr.com or 336.945.5178.

DECEMBER

5-6 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact Betty Beran at bizberan@aol.com or 602.524.7627.

JANUARY

1-3 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at T.Ed Garrison Arena in Pendleton, SC. For more information, please contact Sherry Pace at camdenequestrian@aol.com or 803.713.3953.

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.

_____________________________________________________

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

______________________

Program Quick Links

Click here for FarmVet's featured item of the week.

FarmVet Equine Retirement Facilities Directory is an informational listing of retirement facilities for horses compiled 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.

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 October 25-27, 2009 at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.

Member's Choice Awards Program 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.

_______________________

USHJA Awards

Accepting Nominations for:

Amateur Sportsmanship Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Affiliate Sportsmanship Award

_______________________

NOW AVAILABLE!

"More Than Just Ribbons"

A great resource for schools, parents and potential sponsors, this video will provide a brief introduction into the world of horse showing for junior equestrians.

While focusing on the bond between child and horse, it delves into the challenges of balancing school, riding, and horse care.

Click here to purchase.