USHJA E-Update

July 8, 2009

In this issue:

*USHJA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

*Top Juniors to Compete for Equitation Title

*Dietrich Insurance Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the International Hunter Derby

*Application for Category I of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Now Available

*USHJA Receives First Place Honors from American Horse Publications

*USHJA Capital Campaign

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Clinics Calendar

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2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Finals

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2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Class Results

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USHJA SPONSORS

The Chronicle of the Horse
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

SmartPak
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

ASG Software Solutions
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

FarmVet
Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

The Clothes Horse
Sponsor of the 2009 International Hunter Derby Finals and 2009/2010 International Hunter Derby

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dover Saddlery
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Essex Classics
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles  
  Title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program

Equisure  
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook

Grand Prix Riding Apparel
Awards sponsor of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby and 2009 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at wallen@ushja.org
or 859-225-6967.

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USHJA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Proof of the organization's continued growth, USHJA Officers Bill Moroney, Chrystine Tauber, Beth Miner and Alvin Topping pose for a picture at the 2008 launch of the "Building for Growth" Capital Campaign held at the site of the new USHJA headquarters. Photo by Julie Moses.

July 6, 2009 marked the fifth anniversary of the United States Hunter Jumper Association as the Recognized Affiliate for the Hunter and Jumper disciplines as deemed by the United States Equestrian Federation. In this short time, the USHJA has grown from an idea to a nationally recognized source of education and a leader in our sport for developing programs and resources the members need and desire.

USHJA President Bill Moroney reflected on the past five years. “When I look at everything this association, its members and volunteers have accomplished and everything we have on the horizon, it is almost impossible to believe it has only been five years since the USEF named the USHJA as the Recognized Affiliate for Hunters and Jumpers. The mission we set forth from the start still rings true each day and guides us in developing innovative and productive programs and resources to benefit our members. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this association through its first and most critical years, and I look forward to being a part of this association as a leader and a member for years to come.”

As it has grown, the USHJA has stayed true to its mission, which is the commitment 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.

Among its many accomplishments, the USHJA has developed and nurtured the International Hunter Derby, the Emerging Athletes Program, the Trainer Certification Program and an Outreach level of competition for grass root and affiliate level members. The USHJA has over 36,000 members that are served by 14 staff members and supported by 34 committees.

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Top Juniors to Compete for Equitation Title

The Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 28 in Saugerties, New York in conjunction with the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. In its fifth year, the prestigious class combines the precision of equitation and the handiness of hunters to test the horsemanship skills of some of the most talented young riders in the country.

The class consists of three rounds with the highest scores going to those who demonstrate style and smoothness. Riders will first be asked to ride a classic hunter course with fence heights set at 3’6. The top 10 riders will then be invited to compete in a second handy round. From there, the top four riders will be called back for a third and final work-off where they will be asked to switch horses and ride all or part of the previous courses.

The Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic is open to any active USHJA Junior member who has won an USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or WIHS Classic class through July 1, 2009. Past winners of the class include: Lexy Reed, Addison Phillips, Maggie McAlary and Katherine Newman. Once a rider has won the class, they will not be invited to compete in it again.

Information about the Essex Classics/USHJA Hunter Equitation Cup Classic can be found on the USHJA website. Questions concerning the class may be directed to Kristyn Kay, USHJA’s Awards and Task Force Senior Coordinator, at kkay@ushja.org.

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Dietrich Insurance Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the 2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby

The USHJA is pleased to announce that Dietrich Insurance will return as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby for a second year. A leader in equine insurance, the company has watched the International Hunter Derby Series grow and gain popularity in its first year of competition.

“I'm living vicariously through the riders in this new class format, remembering my early showing days of galloping around the outside course at Detroit,” Dietrich Insurance Founder, Shawna Dietrich says, “Promoting the Hunter Derby Series is truly a blast because I get to travel to the various derbies throughout the country, visiting existing clients, making new ones and riding the wave of excitement. Each venue is unique, with course designers challenging each other for distinctive jump construction and riding tracks. Not only am I financially supporting the program, but I personally just can’t wait for the inaugural finals. The culmination of everyone’s efforts will be thrilling!”

Visit the USHJA website to read more about Dietrich Insurance's sponsorship of the International Hunter Derby Series.

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Application for Category I of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Now Available

After three years of hard work and research from the dedicated USHJA Trainer Certification Committee, the USHJA is proud to announce the USHJA Trainer Certification Program (TCP) Category I application is now available. This program was designed to preserve the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System of riding and jumping through the development of a comprehensive education and certification program for all levels of professional trainers.

The creation of this program has been supported by top professionals in our sport, including George H. Morris who encouraged USHJA to develop the program as he recognized a need for certification in this country among hunter and jumper trainers. "I am a great believer in trainer certification and it is something we should have started 30-40 years ago. I am proud to be a member of the USHJA Trainer Certification Committee and everyone must be supportive of the efforts of the USHJA to develop this program. It is exciting to see that we (USA) are finally catching up to what other countries have been requiring for years. Just as in most other legitimate sports in our country, in equestrian sports, our instructors need to be certified too."

Visit the USHJA website to read more about the Trainer Certification Program.

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USHJA Receives First Place Honors at the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program

The USHJA took home top honors Saturday, June 27 at the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The USHJA received first place in Publication Staff Advertisement (circulation 10,000 and over) for the Something Different ad that ran in the April 2008 issue of In Stride. The ad was designed by USHJA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Whitney Allen, and graphic designer, Jennifer Allen.

Sixty-one AHP members were named finalists in the 2009 AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in 2008. Participation in this year’s contest represented 111 AHP members and 817 entries. Twenty-five professional judges placed the classes and provided constructive critiques for all entries. Since its inception in 1974, the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program has recognized excellence in editorial content and graphic design.

American Horse Publications is a non-profit professional association of more than 500 publications, individuals, and equine-related businesses dedicated to promoting better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry.

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USHJA Building For Growth Capital Campaign



Construction on the new USHJA Headquarters is well underway and on schedule to be completed this fall, but there is still much to be done! You can help USHJA build its new headquarters and become a permanent part of history at the same time. There are several levels of donations available so everyone can contribute. Contributions can come in all forms, including the purchase of a brick, tree or bench, all which come with an inscription of your choice securing your place in hunter/jumper history. You can honor a friend, trainer, horse, school, charity, etc.

Every donation makes a difference! Please help put the USHJA one stride closer to its goal of giving the hunter/jumper industry a place to call home. Donate today! For more information on the USHJA “Building For Growth” Capital Campaign please visit the USHJA website or contact Tracey Weinberg at 410.243.1333 x224 or Susan Dotson at 859.225.6942.

Thank you for your support!

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Zone News & Deadlines

2010 Zone Specifications:
Drafts of the 2010 Zone Specifications are posted on the USHJA Zone web page. Members are asked to review and submit comments or suggestions regarding Zone Specifications to USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org. Comments and suggestions will be sent to the respective zone committee. Finalized Zone Specifications are due August 1, 2009.

2010 Zone Finals:
Information on zone finals can be found on the USHJA Zone web pages. If you have questions regarding your zone’s finals please contact USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org for more information.

Zone 2: USHJA Zone 2 Finals
Zone 2 Finals information, prize list, and entry blank can be found on the USHJA Zone 2 webpage. If you have specific questions concerning the Zone 2 Finals, please contact Susie Schoellkopf at sbeat@aol.com or USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org.

Zone 5: The 2009 USHJA Zone 5 $10,000 Scholarship
For the fourth year in a row, Zone 5 is sponsoring a college scholarship! This $10,000 scholarship is completely unique to our zone and is awarded to one deserving rider each year. If you are headed to college, have a son or daughter who is or know someone in your barn who qualifies, now is the time to log on to the USHJA Zone 5 website for all the details. Applications are due August 1.

Zone 8: Hunter and Jumper Forum
Zone 8 will be hosting a joint hunter and jumper forum at High Prairie on Thursday July 16th after the hunter ring is finished. The committees are hosting an ice cream social as part of the event. During this forum, the Jumper Committee will introduce the Zone 8 Young Rider and Pony Jumper teams.

Zone Deadlines:
National Junior Jumper Championship criteria changes are due July 15, 2009.

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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

JULY

10-12 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Riverside Equestrian in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Marian Nelson at mnelson196@aol.com or 415.710.1116.

17 Old Dominion Horse Show will host a dinner for prospective college students and their parents at the Deep Run Hunt Club in Manakin Sabot, VA. Reservations are required. Please contact Ellen Shevella at odhs@comcast.net or 434.242.8937.

20 Jimmy Lee will be conducting a clinic at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information, please contact Bill Whisenant at billwhiz@lawtonnet.net or 580.695.5986.

24-25 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. For more information, please contact Cara Chapel at contactus@follyfarm.us or 860.658.9943.

25-26 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada Flintridge, CA. For more information, please contact Ellen Narver at enarver@hei.org or 213.989.7494.

AUGUST

3-5 Hap Hansen will be conducting a clinic at the William Chamberlain Equestrian Center in Anchorage, AK. For more information, please contact Kerri Geppert at emster@gci.net or 907.301.3393.

7-9 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at D & J Equestrian Center in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Miriam Schulman at miriamschulman@gfs.org or 410.559.3481.

SEPTEMBER

15-16 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at SDSU Equestrian Center in Brookings, SD. For more information, please contact Megan McGee at megan.mcgee@sdstate.edu or 605.690.7726.

19 Dan Keen will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

OCTOBER

3-4 Melanie Smith Taylor will be conducting a clinic at Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL. For more information, please contact Lauren Medlin at heritagehorseshow@aol.com or 954.448.5492.

3-4 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707.769.0180.

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.

10-11 Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Los Cedros in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association at debbiejamsa@happydreamsranch.com or 928.899.3373.

10-12 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. For more information, please contact J. Michael Halbleib at JMichaelH1@aol.com or 205.283.3082.

16-17 Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at Thoroughbred Training Center in Mocksville, NC. For more information, please contact Jenn Church at hiddencreekstables@charter.net or 336.927.5378.

NOVEMBER

9-10 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

14-15 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA. For more information, please contact Tara Dawn Hazen at outlawstable@pa.net or 717.582.8221.

JANUARY

2-3 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Lehman Farms in Pitsford, NY. For more information, please contact Craig Brown at cmbrown@rochester.rr.com or 585.657.4528.

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.

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Program Quick Links

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FarmVet Equine Retirement Facilities Directory is an informational listing of retirement facilities for horses compiled by the USHJA.

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. Register today for the next Symposium on October 25-27, 2009 at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.

Member's Choice Awards Program 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.

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USHJA Awards

Nominations Open for Amateur Sportsmanship Award

Do you know an amateur who exhibits excellence and integrity by supporting fellow competitors and volunteering their resources to the industry? If so, throughout the 2009 competition year, USHJA's Amateurs Committee asks that you keep the Amateur Sportsmanship Award in mind. In its fourth year, the award was created by the Amateur Committee to honor an amateur for their contributions to the sport. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. For more information on the award and nomination forms, please visit the USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award website.

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