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January 5, 2012
Zone Banquet News
Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner
EAP Accepting Applications
College Preparatory Invitational
Nat. Hunter Derby Expanding
Nat. Hunter Derby Point Standings
Upcoming Int. Hunter Derbies
WCHR Member Events
2011 USHJA Clinics Calendar

Zone Banquet News

There will be slot bells ringing and flashing lights galore as Zone 10 hits the famous Tropicana on the Vegas Strip January 6, 2012 for their annual Year End Awards Banquet. For members in Zone 10 – don't forget to check your point standings for the Zone 10 Hunter Divisions! Points locked for Zone 10 Hunters on December 15th. Contact PCHA at 818.842.8194 for reservations.

Zone 3 Banquet: Please remember to reserve your spot for the Zone 3 Banquet on Sunday, January 8th. Checks may be mailed directly to USHJA.

If you had previously made a reservation with Gary Baker please confirm your spot with Chris Murphy at 859.225.6714

Zone 1 Banquet: Please remember to reserve your spot for the Zone 1 Banquet on Saturday, January 28th. Contact Olana Laffey for more information.

Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner Marcia Bobek Recognized at USHJA Annual Meeting

On Tuesday December 6th, during the Evening of Equestrians at the USHJA Annual Meeting, Marcia Bobek of Brookfield, WI, was presented with the 2011 Amateur Sportsmanship Award.

The Amateur Sportsmanship Award was established in 2006 to recognize Amateur-Owner and Adult Amateur competitors who exhibit a degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteer their time and resources to various aspects of the industry.

Marcia Bobek has been a dedicated supporter of the USHJA since its inception, serving on several committees such as the Hunter Restructure and Zone 6 Hunter, as well as holding the presidency of the Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association for many years. Marcia is a selfless and devoted volunteer who always has a smile on her face and a kind word of encouragement.

Please join us in congratulating Marcia Bobek on her accomplishments.

2012 Emerging Athletes Program Now Accepting Applicants

Applications for the 2012 Emerging Athletes Program are now being accepted! Ten EAP Regional Clinics are being held at various locations throughout the country during the months of June, July and August. The intensive four day clinics will be taught by some of the country's top clinicians and stable managers. Please check the EAP Calendar for the Regional Clinic in your area. Riders interested in participating in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program must submit the EAP Application and required documents to USHJA no later than the respective deadline.

New for 2012, applicants are required to pass the Level One USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, with a score of 80% or better, to be considered for participation in a Regional Clinic.

Regional Clinic Deadlines:

  • Clinics held in June – Deadline April 1, 2012
  • Clinics held in July – Deadline May 1, 2012
  • Clinics held in August – Deadline June 1, 2012

For full application details click here or contact Jennifer Kisner at 859.225.6705

College Preparatory Invitational Looks Forward to Another Year of Competition and Seminars in 2012

The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) will be a feature event on January 13-15 during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The second annual CPI Horse Show will be larger, allowing more riders to compete, and will include dressage classes and more educational opportunities for participants.

In addition to increasing the number of riders accepted at the CPI, organizers are also pleased to announce that the number of scholarships for the 2012 horse show has increased. A total of five scholarships will be awarded this year, rewarding the young riders on their social conduct and academic success, as well as competitive success. In total, there will be five scholarships awarded to eligible CPI participants, including: CPI Horsemanship Test Award, CPI High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider, CPI Essay Contest, CPI Champion of Service Award, and CPI High Point Dressage Rider.

Click Here for more information.

USHJA National Hunter Derby Expanding

The USHJA National Hunter Derby Program has grown, since its inception in 2010, to be a wildly popular class across the country, with all levels of horses and riders participating. To meet the growing demand for these classes, exhibitors will see USHJA National Hunter Derby classes being offered at USEF licensed "B" and "C" rated shows as well as "AA" and "A" starting with the 2012 competition year. Money won will continue to be tracked in 2012, and riders will be recognized for their achievements in addition to the horses. USHJA year-end high score awards for the 2012 National Hunter Derby series will be presented to horses and riders in each zone as well as nationally. In addition, the top scoring Adult Amateur rider in each zone will be receiving special recognition again in 2012.

Before competing in a National Hunter Derby all riders are required to sign the official USHJA Declaration Form, available in each horse show office, declaring a hunter section to be awarded Zone HOTY bonus points. Professional riders may choose to have their horses' bonus points awarded to their declared Pre-Green section or the Performance Working Hunter 3'3". Junior and Amateur riders may choose to have their horses' bonus points awarded to their declared Pre-Green section, Performance Working Hunter 3'3", or their applicable Children's, Pony, Adult Amateur or Amateur Owner Hunter 3'3" section.

Please visit the USHJA National Hunter Derby website for complete 2012 class specifications or contact Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717.

USHJA National Hunter Derby 2011 Point Standings Final

Congratulations to the national and regional champions for the 2011 USHJA National Hunter Derby series. Leading horses are based on money won while the high point Adult Amateur rider results are based on the Adult Amateur zone bonus points accrued by each rider throughout the year.

National: Enrico owned by Mary J. Stone
  Leading Horse Owner   High Point Adult Amateur Riders
Northwest Rimpoche Laura King   Mary Moore West Linn, OR
Central Enrico Mary J. Stone   Rachel Boggus Denver, CO
Southwest Dresden Gretchen Lof   Elizabeth Robbins
& Amy Hilmer (tie)
San Francisco, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Midwest News to Me Lissa Guyton   Sarah Morris Memphis, TN
Northeast Abercrombie Jeffrey Ayers   Laura Kadane Lynnfield, MA
Southeast Unbelievable Paula Pell   Kathryn Mittauer Middleburg, FL

For complete results from the 2011 season please visit the National Hunter Derby results archive.

Upcoming USHJA International Hunter Derbies

  • January 28 – Jacksonville A to Z – Green Cove Springs, FL
  • February 10 – Great Southwest Winter Series II – Katy, TX,

For a complete list of USHJA International Hunter Derby classes for the 2011-12 Qualifying Series please visit the USHJA web site.

2012 World Championship Hunter Rider Member Events Announced

Mark your calendar, pack your bags, and load the horses – the new season of WCHR kicks off on January 31st through February 5th at the HITS Desert Circuit II in Thermal, CA. The 2012 WCHR Schedule of Member Events is now available.

Riders and owners interested in accumulating points toward year end awards and qualifying for the Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show must be members of the WCHR Program. The 2012 membership application can be completed online.

For more information, contact Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717.

USHJA 2011 Clinics Calendar

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. For questions please contact Carrie Vaught.

January 7-8 Joe Fargis Atlantic Highlands, NJ Mary Babick
January 21 David Wright
Rob Bielefeld
Lexington, KY Elaine Schott
January 28 Julie Winkel Maple Valley, WA Tia Carr
April 15 Scott Hofstetter New Smyrna Beach, FL Jyan Johnson Colt
April 27-29 Geoff Teall Elburn, IL Lynda Zema
Click Here for more information on all upcoming USHJA Clinics.

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