USHJA E-Update

February 18, 2009

In this issue:

*Deadline for EAP Zones 1 & 3 Training Session

*Outreach Competition and Medal Program for Affiliates

*Member's Choice Awards

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Upcoming Zone Banquets

*Clinics Calendar

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USHJA Program Quick Links

Emerging Athletes Program was created to identify and support talented young riders, giving them the opportunity to learn from top professionals.

Hunter Development Incentive Fund awards annual point based payouts to the owners and nominators of competing horses.

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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Stay Informed

USHJA Events 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

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 2008 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 1 & 3

Monday, February 23, 2009 marks the application deadline for Zone 1 and Zone 3 Emerging Athletes Level I Training Sessions. The Zone 3 Training Session is scheduled for April 4-5 at Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg, VA. The following week, Zone 1 will hold its training session April 10-11 at Westbrook Hunt Club in Westbrook, CT. Fill out an application to apply to participate in the Level I Training Sessions.

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.

All junior and amateur USHJA members 21 years of age and under are eligible to apply to the program. Interested athletes must be able to display proficiency in completing jumper style courses over the respective fence height for which they are applying. Each Training Session will be divided into three fence height sections: 3’0, 3’6 and 4’0. A maximum of eight riders will be accepted per height section.

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

For more information on the Emerging Athletes Program, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859.225.6960.

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USHJA Debuts Outreach Competition and

Medal Program for Affiliates

The USHJA B/C/Local Task Force, along with the Affiliates Committee, would like to announce the debut of the USHJA Outreach Competition, along with the Outreach Medal Program.

Outreach Level Competitions have been developed to:
o Set a minimum standard for local competitions that want the right to refer to the USEF rulebook for governance without the USEF or the USHJA having any regulatory function regarding their association or horse shows.
o Create a level of horse shows that will be affiliated with USHJA, but not with USEF.
o Encourage participation in the USHJA at the Affiliate Organization and Outreach Member levels.
o Create four USHJA sponsored “Outreach” Medal Classes with national criteria that are designed specifically for Outreach members and which may only be offered at the Outreach Competitions.

For additional information, as well as applications for participation in these programs, please refer to the USHJA website at www.ushja.org.

For questions regarding these programs, please contact Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org or at 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: Call for Information and Deadlines

Help Us, Help You
In order to better promote zone events and programs, the USHJA asks that each zone provide a complete list of all programs, scholarships, fundraisers, forums, etc. that are offered through your zone. Having the information available will help USHJA staff in promoting zone events through the website and fielding phone calls coming into the office. We’re happy to help promote your events, as long as we know about them in advance.

Please submit a list of your zone activities by March 15th to Zone Coordinator Claudia Meeks.

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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Upcoming Zone Banquets

If you do not see your banquet listed please check your Zone page as we continue to update the banquet schedule. Please contact your Zone Chairman or USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, for more information.

Zone 7
Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association
Saturday, February 28, 2009 6:00 PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Tulsa, OK. For more information please contact Bill Whisenant at 580.695.5986 or billwhiz@lawton.net.

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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. For a complete listing of clinics check the USHJA Clinics Calendar.

Upcoming Clinics

MARCH

6-7 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a clinic at R. North Star Ranch in Reno, NV. For more information, please contact Wendy Brownlee at wendy.brownlee@gmail.com or 775.997.9221.

7-8 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables at Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707.769.0180.

19-21 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Fox Pointe Farm in Quinton, VA. For additional information, please contact Colleen Seely at foxpointefarm@yahoo.com or 804.932.8710.

APRIL

3-5 Anna Jane White-Mullen will be conducting a clinic at the 2009 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN. For additional information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765.586.1952.

3-5 Kim Walnes will be conducting a clinic at the 2009 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN. For additional information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765.586.1952.

3-5 Commandant Derek McConnell will be conducting a clinic at North Run Farm in Delano, MN. For additional information, please contact Jacquelyn Danielson at northrunfarm@aol.com or 763.972.3820.

13 Joe Fargis will be conducting a clinic at Journey Back Stables in Greensboro, NC. For additional information, please contact Joan Boyce at journyback@aol.com or 336.299.5067.

MAY

2-3 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, OH. For additional information, please contact Mindy Darst at 513.836.0500.

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.

JUNE

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.

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.

OCTOBER

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.

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.