USHJA E-Update

June 24, 2009

In this issue:

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

*Maggie Jayne and Early Applause Win First Derby of the 2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series

*Margie Engle Reaches World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles/USHJA Rider Recognition Program’s Elite $1 Million Club

*USHJA Capital Campaign

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Clinics Calendar

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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Standings 

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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

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

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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."

This is a voluntary program, intended to help promote trainer credibility and offer ongoing professional support through continuing education, recognition of merit, and a forum for long-term professional development. The Trainer Certification Program aims to promote the highest standards and professional continuity while still allowing for individualism.

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

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Maggie Jayne and Early Applause Win First Derby of the 2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series

Maggie Jayne and Early Applause jumped into the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series with a decisive win at the $15,000 Showplace Spring Spectacular Derby on June 9. Held in the Grand Prix Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, the pair bested 36 other entries to win the class.

Course designers, Pat Boyle and Skip Bailey, set two challenging courses that tested the athleticism and bravery of horse and rider. “It was a very fair and beautiful course,” Bailey says. “There were a lot of creative jumps that gave riders the opportunity to really show what their horses could do and allowed them to take advantage of the different options available.”

Read more about Maggie Jayne's win on the USHJA website.

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Margie Engle Reaches World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles/USHJA Rider Recognition Program’s Elite $1 Million Club

Margie Engle, one of the winningest grand prix riders in the history of the sport, recently added another accolade to her long list of accomplishments. The Olympic and Pan American Games veteran reached the $1 Million Club of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program sponsored by World Equestrian Brands. The program was created in 2005 to track the overall, lifetime money earnings of professional hunter and jumper riders. Each year, total monies won are added and recognition is given to riders based on six levels of achievement - $50,000 Level, $75,000 Level, $100,000 Level, $250,000 Level, $500,000 Level and $1 Million Club.

Engle’s win aboard Tosca 290 in the Equestrian Sport Production’s Spring 5 $25,000 Plus Grand Prix in May pushed her into the elite $1 Million Club. Engle and the 9-year-old mare, owned by Hidden Creek Farm, Inc., bested 25 other entries to ride to the first place prize money. Hidden Creek Farm, Inc., an Oak Creek, Wisconsin-based facility, owns the majority of horses that Engle has ridden to her milestone including Quervo Gold, Pamina L, Coraya Z and Campella. Engle’s personal horse, Landini, a 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding, has also been instrumental in helping her reach the exclusive club.

To read more about Margie Engle's accomplishment, visit the USHJA website.

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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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Junior Members to Compete in Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

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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Zone News & Deadlines

Old Dominion Horse Show Hosts Recruiting Event: College Night Dinner to be held in Zone 3:

On July 17 at 6:30 PM the Old Dominion Horse Show ( July 15-19) will host a buffet dinner for prospective college students and their parents at the Deep Run Hunt Club in Manakin Sabot, VA. Following dinner, approximately ten colleges and universities with riding teams and equine programs will each do a short presentation and question and answer session on their schools curriculum. There will be time after the program for students to meet one on one with coaches and recruiters.

This will be a great opportunity to meet with a number of representatives all in one location. Several of the team coaches will be attending the show all week to scout riders. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot or for more information, you may contact: odhs@comcast.net or call 434.242.8937.

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.

Zone 5: It's here! 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.

Whether you are a jumper rider or a hunter rider, a local rider or an A circuit rider, this "need based" scholarship could be yours. We're looking for a rider who feels riding horses has made a big difference in their life, has good grades and can demonstrate that this scholarship will make a big difference in his or her ability to attend college.

If you are a high school senior or in college already (freshman through junior year), you are eligible for the scholarship which is awarded in September.

Last year's winner was Sasha Hill of Granville, Ohio. Sasha currently attends the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in pursuit of becoming an equine specialized veterinarian.

What are you waiting for? Spread the word or start writing your essay. We'll start accepting applications June 1.

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

JUNE

26-28 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.

30-July 2 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.

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

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 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.

10-12 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.

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

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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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