USHJA E-Update

June 10, 2009

In this issue:

*The Chronicle of the Horse Signs as 2009/2010 Title Sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derby

*World Equestrian Brands Returns as Title Sponsor of USHJA Rider Recognition Program for Fifth Year

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

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Clinics Calendar

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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby

2008/2009 Results and 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 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

FarmVet
Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

Walsh Harness & Saddlery
Featuring sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dover Saddlery
Major sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Essex Classics
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands  
  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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The Chronicle of the Horse Signs as 2009/2010 Title Sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derby

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce The Chronicle of the Horse as the 2009/2010 Title Sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derby. The award-winning weekly equestrian publication has been covering horse sports since 1937.

USHJA President Bill Moroney is excited to welcome The Chronicle of the Horse to the USHJA family of sponsors. “The Chronicle’s longstanding tradition of excellence in reporting on the hunter/jumper world as well as its progressive vision for the future parallels the mission of the International Hunter Derby. The Derby series was created to not only bring tradition back to the show ring, but to also promote show hunters internationally. The USHJA is proud to have an organization such as The Chronicle of the Horse sponsoring this exciting class.”

During its first year of competition, the International Hunter Derby Series has earned accolades from top professionals in the industry and has grown in popularity across the country. The Chronicle has been covering the series’ progress and the impact it’s making on the hunter world since its inception in December 2007.

“We have observed the International Hunter Derby series in its inaugural year and realized that the program, which focuses on the tradition and elegance of the show hunter, is a perfect fit for The Chronicle’s long history and foundation in the sport,” says Tricia Booker, the editor of The Chronicle of the Horse. “We are thrilled to support this unique program that promotes and features the top show hunters competing at some of the best venues in the country. We look forward to being a part of its future success.”

About The Chronicle of the Horse:
The Chronicle of the Horse is an internationally recognized magazine based in Middleburg, Virginia. The weekly publication is dedicated to providing news coverage of national and international sport horse competitions, thorough results, compelling features, thought-provoking commentary and complete analysis, both in print and online. To learn more about The Chronicle of the Horse or for subscription information please visit the magazine’s website.

About the USHJA International Hunter Derby:
The International Hunter Derby Series is a series of classes held throughout the United States that culminates in a final competition where an International Hunter Derby Series Champion is named. Each class consists of two courses, a classic round and a handy round that feature natural obstacles reminiscent of the hunt field. The courses are built to encourage and reward brilliance and daring from the rider and true athletic ability from the horses. Information concerning the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the 2009/2010 schedule can be found on the USHJA website.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Whitney Allen, USHJA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at wallen@ushja.org.

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World Equestrian Brands Returns as Title Sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program for Fifth Year

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is proud to announce that World Equestrian Brands, a leader in the equine product market, will return as Title Sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program for the fifth year. The internationally recognized company has sponsored the program, which celebrates the lifetime achievements of professional hunter and jumper riders, since its inception in 2005.

Bill Moroney, USHJA's President, shared his enthusiasm. "World Equestrian Brands has been a sponsor of the USHJA since its conception. USHJA strives to make each sponsor a true partner of the organization and World Equestrian Brands' support and dedication is the perfect example of that effort. We are thrilled to have them return for a fifth year."

The Rider Recognition Program tracks 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 Level. Dedicated to the betterment and support of the equine industry, World Equestrian Brands donates product awards to present to riders at each of the six levels. Riders who reach the elite $1 Million Level are awarded an Amerigo Saddle personally fitted to them by a qualified Amerigo Saddle Fit Expert.

"We understand and appreciate all of the hard work it takes for riders to get to the top levels of every equestrian sport," states Kendra McQuillan of World Equestrian Brands. "We are very pleased to provide riders with quality, technical products that will assist them in further enhancing their performance."

World Equestrian Brands provides world class, high performance equestrian products to the equine community. Backed by a team of professional riders, the company prides itself in hassle free, personalized customer service. To learn more about World Equestrian Brands and to view its products, please visit the company’s website.

More information about the Rider Recognition Program can be found on the USHJA website. Questions regarding the program may be directed to USHJA’s Awards and Task Force Senior Coordinator, Kristyn Kay, at kkay@ushja.org.

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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

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.

North American Junior Young Rider Championships:
USHJA members born between January 1, 1988 and December 31, 1995 are encouraged to apply for the 2009 FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 22-26. Applications are due to the USHJA office by Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Applications and criteria can be found here. NAJYRC coordinators, please note that the Nominated Entries are due to USHJA by July 3, 2009 and the Definite Entries are due to USHJA by July 10, 2009. For more information contact Claudia Meeks at cmeeks@ushja.org.

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:
North American Junior Young Rider Championship criteria changes are due 60 days prior to the Zone's qualifying period.

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

10 Lendon Gray will be conducting a clinic at Horse ‘N Hound, LLC in Washington Township, NJ. For more information, please contact Liz Durkin at HorseNHound@gmail.com or 973.271.7409.

12-14 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at the Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Cindy Bacon at cindybacon@gfs.org or 410.559.3450.

13-14 Ron Danta will be conducting a clinic at Star Ridge Stables in Hardeeville, SC. For more information, please contact Stella Prescott at stella@starridgestables.com or 843.784.7845.

13-14 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at In-Stride, Inc in St. Augustine, FL. For more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at lisaanderson@bellsouth.net or 904.476.7413.

19-21 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Miwok Stables in Mill Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Linda Rubio at miwokoffice@aol.com or 415.389.9414.

23-24 Jack Towell will be conducting a clinic at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton, SC. For more information, please contact Kate Maple at katemaple@aol.com or 843.815.3428.

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.

23 Linda Andrisani and Sharon Stewart-Wells will be conducting a 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.

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.

29-30 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Brookfield Corner Farm in Brookfield, NH. For more information, please contact Janet Murfey at janet.murfey@murfey.net or 603.522.6440.

SEPTEMBER

18 THJA will be hosting a “College Night” 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

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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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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