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
2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
Presenting sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource
Sponsor of the 2009 International Hunter Derby Finals and 2009/2010 International Hunter Derby
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program
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
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USHJA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Application for Category I of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Now Available
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.
USHJA Receives First Place Honors at the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program
USHJA Building For Growth Capital Campaign
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!
Zone News & Deadlines
2010 Zone Specifications:
2010 Zone Finals:
Zone 2: USHJA Zone 2 Finals
Zone 5: The 2009 USHJA Zone 5 $10,000 Scholarship
Zone 8: Hunter and Jumper Forum
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.
10-12 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Riverside Equestrian in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Marian Nelson at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 213.989.7494.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 410.559.3481.
15-16 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at SDSU Equestrian Center in Brookings, SD. For more information, please contact Megan McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 713.621.6290.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.927.5378.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.582.8221.
2-3 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Lehman Farms in Pitsford, NY. For more information, please contact Craig Brown at email@example.com or 585.657.4528.
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.
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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.
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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