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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*Advice on Competing in the Heat

*July 1st Deadline for Applications for the 2009 Classes of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series

*Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule

For past issues of USHJA E-News click here.





USHJA COLORADO TRAINERS SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

September 8-10, 2008
Colorado Horse Park
Parker, CO

Featuring:
Hunters: Kitty Barker 
Equitation: Valerie Renihan
Jumpers: Alison Firestone Robitaille

The schedule and registration information for the Parker, CO symposium is now available.

Click
here to register and make your hotel reservations. Register by August 1 to receive the special reduced registration rate!  
 
The 2nd 2008 Trainers Symposium will be held: 

 October 24-26, 2008
Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, VA

Featuring :
Hunters: Danny Robertshaw
Equitation: Scott Hofstetter
Jumpers: Harold Chopping

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org
and remember the Symposiums are open to everyone, not just trainers!


Upcoming ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Classes

(Unless listed otherwise all classes are $10,000 in prize money)
 

June 27
Swan Lake Stables in
Littlestown, PA


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USHJA E-Update  

June 26, 2008        
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Some Advice From the USHJA Horse Welfare Committee
on
Competing in the Heat
Maintaining optimum performance while protecting your horse from the effects of extreme heat.

By Dr. Mark Baus

With the summer months approaching, it is useful to review some basic methods of dealing with the heat while competing at horse shows.  The horse evolved over time to cope with the vast extremes of temperature that exist on the great plains of the world.  If the horse is simply provided adequate nutrition, dealing with cold temperatures is not a problem.  Dealing with summer heat, while performing as an athlete, is another story.

Horses generate huge amounts of heat from their muscles while undergoing physical exertion.  Most of this heat is dissipated from the skin in the form of evaporative cooling [sweating] along with increasing circulation through the skin to provide further cooling.  Although horses are well adapted for most activities during severe heat, it is important to consider several things to prevent and treat overheating and heat stroke.

The first consideration is determining activity levels based on temperature and humidity levels.  By adding temperature and humidity, the heat index can be calculated and standards for activity can be set. 

Most levels of activity for a heat index under 130 [e.g. 70 F & 50% humidity] are not a significant challenge to the horse’s ability to regulate body temperature.  As the heat index approaches 150, especially as humidity exceeds 75%, the horse’s cooling mechanism becomes significantly limited and activity levels need to be monitored closely.  As the heat index exceeds 180 [e.g. 95 F & 90% humidity] all activity should be significantly limited or even postponed.

Although electrolyte administration is widely used in the horse world, the need for them is minimal if a high quality hay and premium grain formulations are fed consistently.  Most electrolyte supplements are high in sugars to enhance palatability and to allow them to be added to the drinking water.  I am reluctant to add electrolytes to the water since it may inhibit water drinking and it is also difficult to determine the exact amount they ultimately receive.  Electrolytes are best used at manufacture’s recommendations and only during periods of added heat and activity. 

At horse shows, it is important to provide your horse with shade, especially during periods of inactivity.  Since most horse’s skin is heavily pigmented, the sun’s rays contribute significantly to heat build-up during hot weather.  It is also important that horses have access to drinking water.  If your horse has been significantly exerted it is okay to allow water drinking to avoid the complications of dehydration.  In addition to drinking water, water for bathing and cooling should also be provided for added cooling when necessary.  When at rest, each horse should have access to 2 buckets of clean water at all times.  If electrolytes are added to the water, make sure it is added to only one of the two water buckets to give the horse a choice of drinking from either bucket.

Although it is important that our horse’s performance be kept at optimum levels for competition purposes, protecting their health and wellbeing during hot weather is always the principle concern.  Recognizing early signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is critical.  Most riders and trainers are adept at monitoring their horse’s response to exertion by watching respiration and overall vitality.  As heat levels are rising during periods of activity, the horse’s cooling mechanism is challenged and they will attempt to dissipate heat with increased respiration.  This may be the first sign that the horse is no longer compensating for overheating.

Signs of impending heat stroke are critical to recognize:
• Body temperature in excess of 104 F.
• Rapid breathing and elevated pulse.
• Weakness and depression.
• Refusal to walk or eat.
• Dry skin.
• Total collapse.

If your horse is showing signs of heat stroke, it is important to take the body temperature as soon as possible.  The normal body temperature ranges from 99.0 F. to 100.4 F.  As the body temperature exceeds 102 F, it will become necessary to provide additional cooling quickly.  Cold hosing or ice packing at sites of major blood vessels will be helpful.  This would include the jugular veins along with the blood vessels on the insides of each limb.  If heat stroke is suspected, drenching the body with water will provide immediate cooling to lower the body temperature effectively.

It is important to call your veterinarian at the first sign of heat stroke.  As heat stroke develops, blood flow is shunted away from the intestines and vital organs so the potential for catastrophic effects increases dramatically if the body temperature is not brought down to normal quickly.

Since sweating is the horse’s primary method of shedding excess heat, it is important that your horse’s ability to sweat is constantly monitored.  Anhydrosis, a disease in horses that limits sweating, is seen fairly commonly in the southern states but it can affect any horse during hot weather.  Veterinarians have tried many therapies to treat this disease but the key to dealing with anhydrosis is early recognition.  Many of these horses are simply not able to compete during hot weather conditions.

If your horse is in a good health and good physical condition, it is unlikely you will encounter a significant problem with hot weather.  The key factor avoiding heat related complications is simply using common sense to determine the proper level of activity for your horse.  In my experience at all levels of horse shows, riders are more likely than horses to succumb to the effects of competing in hot weather.  If conditions are too rigorous for the competitors, it is likely too much for our horses as well.

For more information on horse welfare click here to view the USHJA Horse Welfare Guide.

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July 1st Deadline for Applications for the 2009 Classes of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Series

The application phase for the  2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Member Event Series is now open for competitions interested in hosting an International Hunter Derby between December 1, 2008 and June 1, 2009. This time period is the balance of our initial qualifying period, which will culminate in the 2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, August 21-22, 2009 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  There are a limited number of classes available for the December 1, 2008 to June 1, 2009 period.  

 

Click here to complete the application and mail or fax to Melanie Fransen, Director of Programs & Education at the USHJA office.  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE USHJA OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 2008 AT 5:00 PM.  APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION. 


Click here for more information on the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Please refer to the USHJA website for the most up to date schedule.

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Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule


The USHJA Clinics program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. Please remember to check the USHJA Clinics Calendar for updates.
*Indicates clinics new to the calendar. 

J U N E 


27-29
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.

28-29
Meg Schulman will be conducting a clinic at J & S Sport Horses in Dillon, MT.  For more information, please contact Dr. John Xanthopoulos at J.Xant@umwestern.edu or 406-660-0558.

28-29
Brenda Mueller will be conducting a clinic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL.  For more information, please contact Brenda Mueller at muellercreek@aol.com or 262-391-6630.

J U L Y 

1-3
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Michelle Christian at www.springdown.com.

3 Ken Krome, Sue Ashe and Penny Wahler will be conducting “ A Judges Perspective Clinic” at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, NC.  For more information, please contact the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association at nchja@nc.rr.com or 919-269-8785.

7-8 Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at Hunters Ridge in Ransomville, NY.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Cornell at
HunterRide01@hotmail.com or 716-622-7303.

17

Chrystine Tauber and Joe Darby will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” Clinic at the J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR.  For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

17-20
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia, NJ. For more information, please contact Penny Kinnally at pkinnally@aol.com or 201-233-7410.

18-19 Tonya Johnston, MA will be conducting a Sports Psychology clinic at Beaumont Farm in Petaluma, CA.  For more information, please contact Beverly Jovais at
info@beverlyjovais.com or 707-778-8412.


19 Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Longing and Long Lining Clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

21 Penny Carpenter 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.

21-22
Archie Cox will be conducting a clinic at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO during the High Prairie Farms Horse Show.  For more information, please contact Page Tredennick at ptredennick@woodrunfarm.com or 303-808-8413.

24 Otis Brown and Scott Williamson will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” Clinic at the J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR. For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802. 

26
USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Centennial Olympic Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

28
Geoff Teall, Kim Ablon-Whitney and Doris Worchester will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” clinic at Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA.  For more information, please contact Liz Moakley at liz@grazingfields.com or 508-759-3763.

A U G U S T 

1 
The Zone 5 "Opportunity to Judge Clinic" will be held during the Equifest I Horse Show in Wayne, IL.  For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

9-10 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Spirit Equestrian in Somis, CA.  For more information, please contact Liz Denny at
liz@lizdennyshowstable.com or 818-426-5128.

16 Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Flatwork and Gymnastics Skills clinic at Dufresne Park Arena in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at
shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

16-17 Brenda Mueller will be conducting a clinic at Fox Pointe Farm in Quinton, VA. For more information, please contact Colleen Seely at
foxpointefarm@yahoo.com or 804-932-8710.

S E P T E M B E R 

*1 Megan Young will be conducting a clinic at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs, FL. For more information, please contact Katie Young at KatieSYoung@aol.com or 904-254-6584.

12-13

The Liberty Side Saddle Network will be hosting a clinic with Roger Philpot, Heidi Opdyke and Kit Roszko in Gladstone, NJ.  For more information, please contact the Liberty Side Saddle Network at jumpaside1@juno.com or 732-364-3759.

13-14 
Andrea Wells will be conducting a clinic at the Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO.  For more information, please contact Tara Hieb at tara@cottonwoodridingclub.com or 303-791-7656.

21
Linda Allen and Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Stone Bridge Farm in Natural Bridge, VA.  For more information, please contact Katrina Weinig at Katrina@stonebridgefarm.net or 540-291-1000.

26
Linda Allen will be conducting a Lecture and Discussion clinic at Foxton Farm in Romney, IN.  For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-586-1952.

27-28 Linda Allen will be conducting a riding clinic at Foxton Farm in Romney, IN.  For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-586-1952.

29-October 1
Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Fox Creek Farm in Sequim, WA.  For more information, please contact Lori Crow at lorincrow@hotmail.com or 360-681-4892.

O C T O B E R

7-8
Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Irish Oaks Farm in Pfafftown, NC.  For more information, please contact Karen Miller Bruce at irishoaks@triad.rr.com or 336-945-5178.


N O V E M B E R 

*8-9 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at New Heights at NEW Farms in Seymour, WI.  For more information, please contact Debra Nellis at nhhj@athenet.net or 920-680-7399.

8-9

Sandy Ferrell and Neil Shapiro will be conducting a clinic at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, PA.  For more information, please contact Lynn Garland at slstables@earthlink.net or 717-359-5357.

15-16 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.

15-16 Paige Rassas will be conducting a clinic at Irish Oaks in Pfafftown, NC.  For more information, please contact Karen Miller Bruce at
irishoaks@triad.rr.com or 336-945-5178.


D E C E M B E R

6-7
Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Columbine Equestrian Center in Englewood, CO.  For more information, please contact Debbie Landy at deblandy@comcast.net or 303-435-2000.

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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wallen@ushja.org or (859) 225-6967.

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