USHJA E-Update


December 15, 2010

In this issue:

*Holiday Specials from Chronicle of the Horse

*2010 USHJA Annual Meeting Recap

*USHJA Museum Named

*Making a Difference

*USHJA Clinics Program



USHJA Events Calendar


2010/2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Class Results


USHJA Sponsors

Dietrich Insurance
Major sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Dover Saddlery
Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals and Presenting sponsor of the 2011 Emerging Athletes Program

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

The Clothes Horse
Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

Essex Classics
Title Sponsor of the 2010 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic and Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Grand Prix
Awards Sponsor of the 2010 Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

Presenting Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Programs

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact
Whitney Allen


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USHJA Annual Meeting Draws Many Viewpoints
and Record Attendance

Hot topics include the money-won structure, zone standardization and redefining the amateur rule.

A record number of attendees gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for the sixth annual United States Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, presented by the Texas Hunter Jumper Association. There they discussed a number of issues, including standardizing zone children's and adult specifications, a revamped amateur definition and whether or not money won in derbies and classics should be counted toward Horse of the Year Awards.

The 346 attendees traveled to the Westin La Cantera Resort, where there were plenty of passionate viewpoints expressed but also many standing ovations as deserving equestrians received awards during the Evening of Equestrians Dinner and the Showcase Luncheon.

"So many members came and got involved with the process, wanted to learn about the process and understood it," said USHJA President Bill Moroney. "Through experiencing the process, they better understand the dedication of the people who are on these committees. And they were able to see that meeting after meeting was added to hear everyone’s voices, opinions and expand the data." Click here to read more


USHJA Museum To Be Named After Legendary
Equestrian Family

The annual United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Evening of Equestrians awards dinner - the highlight of the 2010 USHJA Annual Meeting held at the Westin La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas - began with a surprise announcement. The well known and respected Wheeler Family of Keswick, Virginia has acquired the naming rights to the USHJA’s National Hunter Jumper Sport Museum located in the recently opened USHJA headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. The newly named "Wheeler Museum" is being underwritten through a generous donation by the Wheeler family in honor of their lifelong commitment and dedication to equestrian sports.

"When I was approached to learn more about our sport's governing body, the USHJA and its "Building For Growth" Capital Campaign, it was clear the Museum was the perfect partner to salute my parents, Sallie and Kenny Wheeler, and honor their lifelong contribution to equestrian sports. Our mother and father dedicated their lives to horses and believe in the core values that all true horsemen share. This is a great opportunity to give back to the sport that has meant so much to our family. The "Wheeler Museum" is a tribute to the history and tradition of the horse show industry. We are proud and honored to support this effort," stated Douglas Wheeler. Click here to read more


USHJA Foundation: Making a Difference in 2010

The USHJA Foundation, now in its second year of operation, dedicated 2010 to developing and launching the Horseman's Assistance Fund. The fund provides emergency financial support to individuals who require assistance resulting from illness, injury or who are otherwise incapacitated due to a catastrophic accident or natural disaster.

This year, with the help of generous donors and fundraising efforts, the Foundation provided more than $38,000 to USHJA members in need. This assistance provided urgent relief to a life-long equestrian with stage 4 lung cancer, an aspiring young professional who broke her back, a braider unable to work after receiving life-saving surgery, and a seasoned horse trainer injured in a fall.

"I'm thrilled and inspired by the dedication of our board and volunteers. They have all worked hard to make the Horseman's Assistance Fund a reality," said Lynn Jayne, USHJA Foundation president. "Helping fellow horsemen and women is a passion that should be shared by everyone in the industry. Click here to read more


2010 USHJA Clinics Program

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

*Clinics in RED are USHJA Trainer Certification Clinics. These, and the USHJA Trainer Symposiums, are the only clinics which count towards the requirements for the Trainer Certification Program. For question please contact Melanie Fransen.

Use the USHJA Calendar to search for all events.

Upcoming Clinics


18-19 Valerie Renihan clinic at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. Contact Kelly MacDonald at or 239.633.1949.

18-19 Joe Fargis clinic at Maplewood Stables in Reno, NV. Contact Julie Winkel at or 775.742.4615.

18 Dr. Eric Swinebroad clinic on USEF Drugs and Medication Rules at Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, CT. Contact Naomi Gauruder of BHC Management at or 203.650.3148.

27-29 George Morris clinic at Clay County Agricultural Center in Green Cove Springs, FL. Contact Sherry Pace at or 803.713.3953.

27-28 USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with Patricia Griffith & Frank Madden at McDonogh School in Owings Mill, MD. Contact Oliver Kennedy at or 443.878.8143 or Street Moore at or 410.446.2906


8-10 USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with Geoff Teall at Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact Betty Beran at or 602.524.7627.

21 Linda Andrisani clinic at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Contact Elaine Schott at or 859.489.0481.

21-23 Linda Allen clinic at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Contact Denise Parson at or 301.916.0852.

22-23 Paul Bennett clinic at the Clermont Equestrian Center in Woodside, CA. Contact Craig Clermont at or 650.851.2230.

29 Sloane Milstein College Riding 101 clinic. Contact Naomi Gauruder at or 203.650.3148.

For more information on holding a clinic in your area, contact Carrie Vaught at or 859.225.6703. Be sure to check the USHJA Calendar daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.



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Featured item of the week.

Thank you to the 2010 USHJA Annual Meeting Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Texas Hunter Jumper Association

Showcase Luncheon Sponsor
Great Southwest Equestrian Center

Evening of Equestrians Sponsor
PJP Farm/ Peter Pletcher

President's Reception

Welcome Reception Sponsor
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

Cyber Café Sponsor
Practical Horseman Magazine

Lunch Sponsors
Maypine Farm & Debbie Bass

Breakfast Sponsors
USHJA Foundation
Winter Hill Farm & Tony Workman
McQuay Stables/Colleen McQuay & Britt McCormick
Elmstead Farm
Southbound Show Management & Patrick Rodes

Break Sponsors
The EMO Agency
ESP Farm & Capital Challenge Partnership
Memorial Park Hunters
The Hampton Classic
United States Equestrian Federation

Table Sponsors
Arc De Triomphe
Oughton Limited
Equisure Inc.
Horse Shows by the Bay

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.

Member's Choice Awards Program gives horse show exhibitors and participants the opportunity to reward 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.

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.