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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*USHJA's Growing Clinics Program
*The USHJA Owner's Committee Requests Feedback from Members on Competitions
*The Chronicle of the Horse Names Michael Matz, Geoff Teall and Gray Slipper as Overall Horseman, Show Hunter Horseman and Show Hunter Horse of the Year
*2007 Affiliate Awards


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USHJA E-Update
February 13, 2007  
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Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Continues to Grow
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From 2005 to 2006 the USHJA Clinics program grew 46% in the number of affiliated clinics offered. 2007 is proving to be growing even faster. Already there have been 29 affiliated clinics scheduled for 2007. USHJA is expecting to offer 70 affiliated clinics in total for 2007 which would be a 60% increase from the 28 held in 2005. Over 640 people have already participated in USHJA affiliated clinics around the country since December 1, 2006. Don’t miss out on the chance to host or attend a clinic in your area.


Hosting a USHJA Clinic

The USHJA Clinics Program was established to further our goal of outreach to and education of our members by encouraging athletes, trainers and other individuals to share their expertise in the clinic setting.  Our Clinics Program has grown due to the generous effort of our established, well respected trainers, licensed officials and members who are willing to offer their time to serve in this educational setting.  By hosting an affiliated clinic, we can offer a variety of benefits and services to clinic hosts.  Once the Clinic Application and insurance forms are received in the office, we will offer free advertising of the clinic through the USHJA website, USHJA In Stride magazine and various other publications. 


If you have not hosted a clinic and are looking for some assistance, the USHJA Special Projects Committee is seated with representatives from each zone who are experienced clinic hosts and they are willing to offer help to those interested in hosting clinics. 

Looking for an experienced clinician?  USHJA has compiled a list of experienced clinicians across the country.  For the new 2007 List of Clinicians, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.


To request a Clinics Packet, please contact Melanie Fransen, Director of Programs & Education at mfransen@ushja.org or 859.225.6960.


Attending a USHJA Clinic

The USHJA Clinics calendar grows everyday. You can search for clinics in your area by visiting the Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics page by clicking here. Below are the clinics currently scheduled throughout the year:


February 24-25
Rita Timpanaro will be conducting a clinic atSweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA. For more information, please contact Shelby French at sfrench@sbc.edu or 434-381-6347.


February 25
Brenda Mueller 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.

March 2
Don Stewart will be conducting a clinic at the HITS Ocala Horse Show Facility in Ocala, FL.  For more information, please contact Dana Noga at lonepalm1701@hotmail.com or
352-598-4552.


March 10-11

Brenda Mueller will be conducting a clinic at Friendship Farm in LaCrosse, WI.  For more information, please contact Tom Plemmons at gottaridem@hotmail.com or 608-785-1222.


March 23-25

Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at the Napa Valley Equestrian Center in Napa, CA.  For more information, please contact Henry Bunson at napahorses@hotmail.com or
707-255-0302.


March 30- April 1
Cdt. Derek McConnell of the Irish Army Equitation school, will be conducting a clinic at North Run Farm in Delano, MN.  For more information, please contact Jacki Danielson at northrunfarm@aol.com or 763-972-3820.


April 2
Bill Moroney, Tim McQuay and Theresa Semler will be conducting a clinic and demonstration at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, MO.  For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.


April 14-15

Neal Shapiro will be conducting a clinic at Southern Oak Farm in Hollywood, SC.  For more information, please contact Amanda Fitzgerald at ajfitz80@aol.com or 843-597-5796.

April 14
Diane Carney will be conducting a clinic at the Maui Horse Center in Maui, HI.  For more information, please contact Jen Martin at jeninmaui@mac.com or 808-250-6175.

April 27-29
Archie Cox will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Farms in Long Lake, MN.  For more information, please contact Gail Brandt at gbrandt@freedlaw.com or 612-492-7161 or visit www.mhja6.org.


April 28-29
Norman Dello Joio and Danny Robertshaw will be conducting a clinic at the Suffolk County Extension Farm in Yaphank, NY.  For more information, please contact Jim Rice at
516-322-0533.


April 28-29

Karen Healey will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI.  For more information, please contact the Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan at belthaines@aol.com or 734-847-6314.


June 9
Diane Carney will be conducting and hosting a Natural Obstacle Clinic and Open Hunter Classic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL.  For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.


June 10

Diane Carney will be conducting and hosting a Natural Obstacle Clinic and Jumper Derby at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL.  For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.


June 29-July 1

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.


August 17

USHJA will be hosting “A Judges Perspective of Pony Finals” in Lexington, KY during the USEF Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park.  For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.


October 19-21

Joe Fargis will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Farms in Long Lake, MN.  For more information, please contact Gail Brandt at gbrandt@freedlaw.com or 612-492-7161 or visit www.mhja6.org

  
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The USHJA Owner's Committee Wants Your Feedback
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The USHJA Owners Committee would like ideas and feedback from horse owners, exhibitors, parents and/or professionals.  We are writing quarterly articles to the horse show managers in order to let them know what is important to us as exhibitors.  While we all know they cannot change some things like the weather, we would also like to continue to encourage them to put on their “exhibitor hats” while making decisions. 

Horse showing is an expensive and time consuming hobby.  We do it because we love it for ourselves and/or our children.  Rather than a few of us on the committee trying to decide what is important, we want your feedback.  For example, we would like to see horse shows continue to increase the amenities, such as:

            • Clean restrooms

            • Friendliness and helpfulness of the show staff

            • Scheduling

            • Footing in the schooling and show rings

            • Additional places to ride on the show grounds

Help us continue this list; send us your thoughts on how we can work with horse show managers to continue to improve the amenities at horse shows.  Please send your comments to Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org. 


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The Chronicle of the Horse Names Show HunterHorse, Overall Horseman and Show Hunter Horseman of the Year

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Since 1987,  The Chronicle of the Horse has named an Overall Horse of the Year, Show Hunter Horse of the Year, Overall Horseman of the Year and Show Hunter Horseman of the Year. Using an Advisory Committee and nine contributors of their Between Rounds columns, the staff at the Chronicle reviews the achievements of horses and horseman from around the country in multiple disciplines to make the tough decision.

 Michael Matz, three-time Olympian and race horse trainer, was named Overall Horseman of the Year. An honor earned through his talent, dedication and love of his horses, particularly  Barbaro. Matz’s impressive achievements as a race horse trainer in 2006 were brought to everyone’s attention when Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro took a career ending and what eventually turned into a life ending injury. Some of Matz’s achievements in 2006 as a trainer were:

Kentucky Derby Winner-Barbaro

Florida Derby Winner-Barbaro

Beldame Stakes 3rd Place-Round Pond

Emirates Airline Breeders Cup Distaff Winner-Round Pond

Special Eclipse Award for Team Barbaro

NTRA “Moment of the Year

NTRA Sunny Fitzsimmons Award

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Candidate (Barbaro)

 

Geoff Teall was named the Show Hunter Horseman of the Year. Some of Geoff’s accomplishments are:

Member of the USHJA Board of Directors

President and co-founder of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation

Large R Judge

Judged Pony Finals, USEF Pony Medal Finals, National Horse Show and Washington International Horse Show

Chairman of USHJA’s Judges Committee

Chairman of USHJA’s Official’s Education Committee

Co-Chair of the USHJA’s Trainers Committee

Member of the USHJA’s Trainers Certification Committee

  

Gray Slipper owned by Bridget Hallman and trained by Louise Serio, galloped off with the Overall and Show Hunter of the Year. In 2006 some of “Slippers” achievements were:
Circuit champion in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 division at the Winter Equestrian Festival

Regular Working Hunter Champion, Amateur-Owner 18-35 Champion and tied for the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion at Devon

Regular Working Hunter Champion, Amateur-Owner 18-35 Reserve Champion at Pennsylvania National

Regular Working Hunter Reserve Champion, Amateur-Owner 18-35 Champion and Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion at Washington International

The complete articles on the above honorees can be found in the February 2, 2007 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse.

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2007 USHJA AffiliateAwards
 
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2006 was the inaugural year for the USHJA Affiliate Awards Program. 21 USHJA Affiliate Organizations participated in the program. There are 39 USHJA Affiliate Organizations already signed up for the awards program for 2007. Don't miss the opportunity to have your affiliate organization be a part of this special awards program. Affiliate organizations must renew their Affiliate membership before March 30, 2007 to be eligible to submit award winners.   

For more information visit
http://www.ushja.org/awards/affil.shtml

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