February 4, 2009
In this issue:
*Emerging Athletes Program Training Dates Announced
*Member Choice Awards
*Registration Open for May 1-3 Trainer Symposium
*Junior Career Development Program
*Zone News & Deadlines
*Upcoming Zone Banquets
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USHJA Announces 2009 Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session Dates and Application Process
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc. is pleased to announce that the dates of the 2009 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Sessions, as well as the application process, are now available on the USHJA website. Level I Training Sessions will be offered in Zones 1-10 beginning in April.
The mission of the Emerging Athletes Program is to develop and implement a system of identifying and nurturing talented young riders, by providing them with the support and assistance necessary to facilitate the opportunity to reach their full potential by creating a national program as a pipeline to international competition.
"This is a national grass roots program for emerging athletes that is only the start of something very big and important to the future of the next generation of our sport. USHJA and the members of the Emerging Athletes Committee are committed to making this program one that will provide a stepladder for young talent to reach their goals of riding on a team representing the United States someday," stated Melanie Smith, Co-Chairman of the Emerging Athletes Committee.
USHJA Member Choice Awards
The Members 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 Members 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!
Registration Open for May 1-3 USHJA Trainer Symposium
Registration is now open for the first 2009 USHJA Trainer Symposium. Savannah College of Art and Design will host the Trainer Symposium on May 1-3 in Savannah, GA. Trainer Symposiums give members the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. The schedule offers three days of instruction from top clinicians in the country, specializing in hunters, equitation and jumpers, with topics ranging from training exercises to business practices. Clinicians for the event are still to be determined.
Those who are applying for certification when the new Trainer Certification Program (TCP) unveils in June 2009 will be able to count the SCAD symposium to their credit. The TCP requires candidates to attend a Trainer Symposium in order to be certified.
Register to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design Trainer Symposium. Be sure to check the USHJA website for updated information concerning the symposium and clinician information.
Questions regarding the Trainer Symposium may be directed to Melanie Fransen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-225-6960.
USHJA Junior Career Development Program
The USHJA Junior Career Development Program provides a rare opportunity for junior riders to apprentice with a competition official for a day. The program pairs a junior rider with a competition official such as a judge, show manager, show secretary, steward, course designer, vet or farrier giving them the ability to better understand the duties and responsibilities of these officials. It’s also a great opportunity for juniors to determine if they would like to pursue a career in one of these positions.
The apprenticeship is for one day, maximum of eight hours, and is open to USHJA junior members between the ages of 14-18.
To participate in the program and for a complete list of participating officials, please visit the Junior Career Development Program page on the USHJA web site.
Questions about the Junior Career Development Program may be directed to Erin True at email@example.com or 859-825-6002.
Zone News: Call for Information and Deadlines
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North American Junior Young Rider Championship criteria changes are due 60 days prior to the Zone's qualifying period.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 775.997.9221
19-21 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Fox Pointe Farm in Quinton, Va. For additional information, please contact Colleen Seely at email@example.com or 804.932.8710.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 336.299.5067.
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.
For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859.225.6960. Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.