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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*USHJA International Hunter Derby
*USEf Hunter Seat Medal Finals Qualifying Criteria Changes
*Renew Your Membership
*Zone News
*Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule

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2007 USHJA Annual Meeting

The 2007 USHJA Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ, December 11-14, 2007.
Click here for the Annual Meeting registration form, schedule and hotel information.

Highlights of Annual Meeting 2007:

Tuesday, December 11
A Wine & Cheese Reception
will be held in the Falls Terrace from 7:00 pm -8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 12

Marketing 101 Seminar-Ask The Professionals

The USHJA Marketing and Communications Committee will be hosting a Marketing 101 Seminar on reaching your marketing goals.

Year in Review Luncheon
During lunch, attendees will be presented with a presentation highlighting the achievements of the USHJA staff and committee members on the programs and events that have been developed and implemented over the past year.

 The Welcome Reception sponsored by Arizona Hunter Jumper Association will be in theHidden Valley from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Thursday, December 13
Leadership Seminar
with Dr. Andrew Weiner, Ed.D.
Dr. Weiner is an associate professor in College of Education at the University of Kentucky. He will present ideas and concepts for running an efficient meeting, provide valuable tools to work through conflict resolution and resources for having a difficult conversation.
All meeting attendees are welcome to attend and we ask that all committee chairs and vice chairs to attend the meeting.

Presidents Reception will be held in the East Courtyard from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Evening of Equestrians -Sponsored by Stadium Jumping
The Evening of Equestrians will feature the presentation of the following awards: Foundation Awards, USHJA Volunteer of the Year, the Affiliate Awards Regional Winners, Rider Recognition Awards presented by World Equestrian Brands, the Owner Recognition Award, Youth Sportsmanship Award and the Amateur Sportsmanship Award.

Tickets for the Dinner can be purchased until Wednesday, December 12th. After this date, we will not be able to sell tickets for the awards dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the time of Registration or on-site.


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Click here to learn more about USHJA's exciting awards program.

World Equestrian Brands
Sponsor of the USHJA Hunterdon Cup and Rider Recognition Program

Practical Horseman
Sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program

Sponsor of the USHJA Trainer's Directory  and the 2007 USHJA Affiliate Awards Yearbook
For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at
or 859-225-6967.

USHJA E-Update  
December 5, 2007  

Inaugural Year of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series Kicks Off December 7th 2007

 Manager Tommy McIntyre will take the reins and set the stage for the first class of the 2008 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series on December 7th, 2007 in Lake St. Louis, MO at the Lake St. Louis Holiday Series Horse Show. The winner of each class will receive a cooler and the top 10 riders of each class will receive ribbons and prizes including an array of halters and lead ropes provided by Walsh Harness.

The class will consist of two rounds with the first round being a classic hunter round and the second round will be a handy hunter round. Fences will be set at 3’6” to 3’9” with four 4’ option fences. Obstacles must simulate those reminiscent of the hunt field and the course should offer a variety of jumps with different appearances such as: natural post and rail, stone wall, white board fence or gate, coop, aiken, hedge, oxer, brush, logs, natural foliage. Natural obstacles such as banks and ditches are encouraged.

The greatest difference between the hunter classes you would see at a regular hunter competition and the classes that are involved in this program will be the courses and specifically the construction of the fences and the track the course will follow. The courses will be built to encourage and reward brilliance and daring from the rider and true athletic ability from the horses.

 The horseman behind this effort believe that riders and breeders in Europe have an interest in this sport and would like the opportunity to showcase their horses in international show hunter competition. The WCHR World Cup Hunter Challenge proved that there is international interest in show hunters and the USHJA International Hunter Derby is the catalyst for bringing people from around the world to our sport. This series was created to bring show hunters to the international level, to increase spectator, media and sponsorship interest and to bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters.

There are several classes already on the calendar for the 2008 series with new classes being added weekly. Scheduled classes include:

 December 7, 2007Lake St. Louis Holiday Series Lake St. Louis, MO Tommy McIntyre tommymcintyre@aol.com (630) 842-7650

February 10, 2008 HITS Desert Circuit IIIThermal, CA Tom Struzzieri/HITS www.hitsshows.com

March 16, 2008HITS Ocala Winter Finals Ocala, FL Tom Struzzieri/HITS www.hitsshows.com

April 6, 2008 Tournament of Champions Naples, FL Kelli MacDonald kelliwren@aol.com (239) 633-1949

 June 8, 2008Showplace Spectacular/Canterbury Farm Hampshire, IL * For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com 847.922.6167

 For more information please visit www.ushja.org or contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.

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USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals Qualifying  Criteria Changes

USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Rule Change effective October 2, 2007

For the 2008 competition year qualifying requirements for the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals have changed. Effective October 2, 2007 the number points required to qualify in all states has been increased by 25%. In addition to this change, riders competing in the Northeast are required to have at least 2 first place ribbons and in the Southeast riders must win at least 1 first place ribbon. For the complete rule EQ 112 please see the 2008 rule book on the USEF website.

EQ112 Requirements for Specific Classes.


a. Open to Junior Active Members of the Federation who have not yet reached their 18th birthday. Application for membership can be made direct to the Federation office or the exhibitor can join prior to the class through the steward. To be shown over a course of not less than eight obstacles at 3’6” which must include one combination including an oxer and two changes of direction (change of lead) after the first obstacle. Two cumulative refusals in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals will result in elimination, see EQ110.1. In CT, NJ, NY a rider must win 75 points and must have at least 2 first place ribbons; in FL, MA, PA, and RI 47 points and must have at least one first place; in AL, CA, DE, GA, IA, IL, MD, MN, NC, NE, ND, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA and WI 31 points and at least one first place; in all other states, Canada and Puerto Rico 17 points to qualify for the final ride-off. On qualifying a rider will receive a Silver Medal. Two or more tests of the top four competitors are required. Tests 1-19. Any exhibitor who does not participate in the testing is placed last of those exhibitors called back to test. Should more than one exhibitor fail to return for testing they will be placed at the judge’s discretion. Only one rider per horse. To fill a class six competitors must complete the course (five in Zones 8, 11 and 12). For purposes of determining the number of entries for the increment system, the number of entries is determined by the number of exhibitors who compete in a class or section of the class. If there are 50 or more entries at the beginning of this class, it must be divided by every other number and run as two or more separate sections. A class with fewer than 50 entries cannot be split. The USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals will be judged by at least one judge who holds an "R" Registered status in the Hunter Seat Equitation Division. Additional judges are eligible to judge if they have 'r' recorded status. EC 11/19/07 Effective 12/1/07

Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership

 2008 Membership Renewal

The 2008 competition year is HERE! If you have not already renewed your membership and would like to get it done early, you may do so online at www.ushja.org.

Forms are available to print from the website as well and may be mailed or faxed, or if you prefer to do your membership over the phone you may do so by calling (859) 225-2055.

Please note there is a $15 processing fee when applying for your membership over the phone.

Click here for a complete listing of USHJA Member Benefits.

USHJA Zone News 


Zone 1:
          January 26, 2008 at Capital Plaza in Montpelier, VT
          Contact: Cindy Travers at (603) 887-6342.

Zone 2:
           Sunday Brunch, January 20, 2008, Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ, 11:30 a.m.
           Contact: Katie Benson at Jackkate@aol.com

Zone 3:
           12:00 pm on January 6, 2008 at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
           Members who live in North Carolina will have the option of picking up their ribbons at            North Carolina Hunter & Jumper Association awards dinner on Saturday, January 5th in Pinehurst, NC

Zone 4:
Zone awards presented in conjunction with the GHJA Banquet Sunday, January 20, 2008.  The banquet starts at 5:30 pm with the awards being presented at 7:00 pm.
  Location: Crown Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody, Atlanta, GA, 30346
Reservations should be made with Jane Stallman 404-580-2571 orjanestall@bellsouth.net

Zone 6: MHJA Banquet: November 17, 2007 at the International Market Square in Minneapolis   Contact: Gail Brandt at gbrandt@fredlaw.com.

WHJA Banquet: November 24, 2007 at the Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha, WI.        Banquet will again include a silent auction that last year had over 100 raffle items.  Special rates are given to those guests that would like to stay for the night and there is a water park for all to enjoy.  For more information, please go to  www.whja.org.
INHJA Banquet – Jan 26th at the Stoney Creek Lodge in West Des Moines, Iowa
Contact: Mandy Killam at mandy318@hotmail.com.

Zone 8:
            Radisson Hotel, Aurora, CO, January 5 at 7:00 pm.
            Contact: Kristina Matthews at (303) 902-8848 orkjmathews3@aol.com
            Arizona Hunter/Jumper Assn Banquet, January 5, Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort,         Scottsdale, AZ Contact: Wendy Johnson at RanchoDecano@aol.com

Zone 9:
           Washington Banquet: Bellevue Westin, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 5, 2008.
  Contact: Heidi Snider, (206) 795-5900, 16128 N.E. 145th ST, Woodinville, WA, 98072.
Banquet: Jim Dahlquist’s home in Portland, OR, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 8,   2007.  Contact: Jim Dahlquist, (971) 506-2245, 1231 S.W. Cardinell Dr., Portland, OR, 97201.

Zone 10:
             PCHA Convention: January 4-5, Las Vegas, NV
             USHJA Zone 10 Awards Friday evening, January 4
             CPHA Awards luncheon Saturday afternoon, January 5
             PCHA Annual Awards Banquet, Saturday evening, January 5
             Contact: Call toll free 866-791-7626 and mention Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association    Annual Meeting to obtain a special group rate.  Please make reservations prior to December 14, 2007.

Zone 12:
             Held in conjunction with the Winter Forum.  Saturday February 23, 2008 at O’Malley’s on    the Green in Anchorage.  The forum starts at 3:00 pm and the banquet starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $35.
             Contact: Mary Kaye Hession at Hession@gci.net .

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.  


December 8-9
Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at the Top of the Line in Chestnut Ridge, NY.  For more information, please contact Leslie Ward at info@topofthelinestables.com or 845.735.5979.

December 15-16
Geoff Teall will be conducting a clinic at Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale , AZ.   For more information, please contact Betty Beran at bizberan@aol.com or 480-860-9579.

December 29-30
George Morris will be conducting a clinic at the Camden Equestrian Center in Camden, SC.   For more information, please contact Sherry Pace at camdenequestrian@aol.com or 803.713.3933.


January 5-6
Patrick Rodes and Mindy Darst will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy , TX .  For more information, please contact Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713-621-6290.

*January 5-6
Christina Schlusemeyer will be conducting a clinic at the Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL.  For more information, please contact Butch Medlin at heritagehorseshow@aol.com or 954-347-1799.

February 16
Dr. Tim Lynch will be conducting a clinic at Post Time Farm in Ocala , FL. For more information, please contact Dana Noga at lonepalm1701@hotmail.com or 352-598-4552.

February 18
Kevin Babington will be conducting a clinic at Post Time Farm in Ocala , FL. For more information, please contact Dana Noga at lonepalm1701@hotmail.com or 352-598-4552.

February 23-24
Rita Timpanaro will be conducting a clinic at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA.  For more information please contact Shelby French at sfrench@sbc.edu or 434-381-6347.

April 4-6, 2008
Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at the 2008 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN.   For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-494-8777.

April 5-6
Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut , MA .  For more information, please contact Marina Burliss or Joy Clark at cutterfarm@verizon.net or 978-957-4161.

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.





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.