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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*Keeping Up With the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery

*Open Zone Meetings for Zone Committee Elections

*USHJA Competitions Directory

*Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule
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Upcoming Events:

ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance
Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery
Classes


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

$50,000 Class
March 21st

Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

March 21st
Scottsdale Spring Festival in Scottsdale, AZ.

$20,000 Class
March 28th

 Pin Oak Charity in Katy, TX.

March 28th
Oaks Blenheim Spring I in
San Juan Capistrano, CA.

April 3rd
Spring Gathering Horse Show in  Katy, TX. 
       
April 6th
Tournament of Champions in 
Naples, FL.
     
April 20th
Gala Spring in Folsom, LA. 
       
April 27th
Aiken Spring Classic in Aiken, SC. 
 


CLINICS

March 29-30th
Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at William Woods University in Fulton, MO. 

April 4th
USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX.

April 4-6th
Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at the 2008 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN.  

April 4-6th
Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Farms in
Forest Lake, MN. 

April 4-6th
Robert Robold and Anne Thal will be conducting a clinic at the Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL. 

April 5-6th

Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in
Dracut
, MA


April 8-10th
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Centerin Portola Valley, CA.

April 12-13th
Diane Carney will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farm in
Naples, FL.

April 12-13th
Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at the Columbine Equestrian Center in Littleton, CO

April 19th
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Horse Care clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA.


April 26-27th
Val Renihan will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in
Battle Creek, MI. 




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USHJA SPONSORS

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

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

World Equestrian Brands 
  Sponsor of the USHJA  Rider Recognition Program


Practical Horseman 
Sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program


Equisure
Sponsor of the USHJA Trainer's Directory  and the 2007 USHJA Affiliate Awards Yearbook

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at
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USHJA E-Update  
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March 19, 2008       
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Keeping Up With the 2008/2009

ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Presented by Dietrich Insurance
Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery



John French and Tache Rouge reunite to score a victory in the $10,000 ASG
Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery at HITS 

THERMAL, CA (March 15, 2008)—John French rode Tache Rouge to victory in front of an energetic crowd on Friday evening in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery to kickoff an exciting season-finale weekend at HITS Thermal.

French, from Gilroy, California, had the ride for owner Alison Baileys and collected $3,000 in first-place prize money. "I knew that horse would be super," said French. "Despite all of the obstacles on the course, there was no way that he would be spooked. I hadn't been on him in over a year and, thankfully, the owner was nice enough to let me ride him."

A field of 35 combinations in the first round were trimmed into a final round of 12 exhibitors who were asked to come back and compete for a final test. The first round was a regular classic course and the second round was a handy hunter course that included a trot jump, roll-backs and option jumps, all under the lights in HITS' Grand Prix ring. During the second round, judges were able to award bonus points for brilliance and handiness.

French and his mount achieved the top score in both the first and second rounds to secure the victory. He also was seventh aboard Type Cast and 10th aboard Obelix. Rounding out the top-three finishers were Lucy Davis aboard Clockwork in second and Natalie Rae Medlock aboard Y2K took third.

"The class featured some great jumps like the post and rail fences and wonderful rock walls," said French. "It was all stuff from where hunters originated from and it was so much fun to ride on."


The $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery was the second installment of the class during the 2008 HITS Desert Circuit. During DC III, Jenny Karazissis took the blue aboard El Campeon's Swoon. On Friday evening, she was very competitive finishing fourth aboard Aragon.


"We are delighted with the turnout of both horses and spectators," said HITS' Vice President of West Coast Operations Fred Bauer. "The people really came out in full force to support the hunters and helped to make it a great event."


"The crowd made the class really special," added French. "When I walked into the ring I felt the crowed buzzing."

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Rock on! Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star roar in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented By Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery Classic at HITS Ocala

OCALA, FL (March 16, 2008)—Jennifer Alfano rode Rock Star to victory in front of a boisterous crowd on Saturday evening in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery at HITS Ocala.

Alfano, from Buffalo, New York, had the ride for owner Bright Star 158, LLC and collected $3,000 in first-place prize money. Alfano had a fabulous night, finishing the evening with three horses in the money. She was fifth aboard Violets are Blue and eighth aboard Sting. "All of my horses went really well," said Alfano. "I knew Rock Star wouldn't be spooked by any of the jumps and not pay attention to the lights."

"The crowd was excellent," added Alfano. "A lot of people surrounded the ring. It was nice for the hunters to get some attention."

The field of 48 combinations in the first round was trimmed to a final round of 12 exhibitors who were asked to come back and compete for a final test. The first round was a regular classic course and the second round was a handy hunter course that included a trot jump, roll-backs and option jumps, all under the lights in HITS' fabulous Main Hunter ring. During the second round, judges were able to award bonus points for brilliance and handiness.

Alfano and her mount achieved the top score in both the first and second rounds to secure the victory. "The hunter ring in Ocala is always a lot of fun to show in," said Alfano. "That ring is beautiful. But it's even better under the lights. Course Designer Rian Beals did a great job with it and had a lot of fun building the course. It was great to have options built into the course."

Also excelling in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery were Mary Lisa Leffler and her mount Sam Adams, who finished in second place and Mickie Sage and her ride Prestige who ended the evening in third place.

Click here for complete release from HITS.

Click here for more information on the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Please refer to the USHJA website for the most up to date schedule. For information on hosting a class, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.

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OPEN ZONE MEETINGS FOR ZONE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS


Zone 2 Hunter
Two open forums for both Hunter and Jumper members have been scheduled for Zone 2. The first was held on Monday, March 10th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

The second is scheduled at the Four Seasons Competition in Titusville, NJ on Saturday, April 19 at 3:00 PM; see the show office for more information.

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the forums for the Zone 2 Hunter Committee and Zone 2 Jumper Committee. Additionally, written nominations may be sent to Erin True at USHJA at etrue@ushja.org or faxed 859-258-9033.

 Zone 3 Hunter
Zone 3 Hunter Members will have their open meeting on April 4th at the Maryland National Horse Show held at the Prince George Equestrian Center. The meeting will be held after the show on the second floor of the show office. Contact Gary Baker at wgbrosecroft@aol.com for more information.

Zone 4 Hunter
An open forum for Zone 4 members has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, at 5:00 PM.  This forum will take place at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Nominations will be taken from the floor for the Zone 4 Hunter Committee. Questions may be directed to John Rush, Zone 4 Hunter Committee Chair, at 904-396-4106 or via e-mail at
rushshows@aol.com.   

There will be a second Zone 4 Hunter open forum held on Thursday March 27th, at 6:00 PM at the Atlanta Spring Classic Horse Show in Conyers, GA in the Covered Arena. Questions may be directed to Bob Bell at clearseas@earthlink.net.

Zone 4 Jumper
An open forum for Zone 4 Jumper members was held on March 11th at 4:30 PM.  Please contact Danielle Torano at dtorano@aol.com for more information.

Zone 5 Hunter 
Zone 5 Hunter members will have their open forum on April 7th at 11:00:00 AM. 
Location: United States Equestrian Federation Building in the Vanderbilt Room.
Please contact Mindy Darst at mindy@lochmoorstables.com for more information.

Zone 6 Hunter and Jumper

On Monday, March 10th, the MHJA held a regularly scheduled Board meeting at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center. The MHJA hosted a USHJA Zone VI Open Forum at this time.

Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper
Three open forums for Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper Members have been scheduled. The first is to take place at the Spring Gathering 2008 competition located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Wednesday, April 2nd from 4-6:30 PM in conjunction with the exhibitor party; see the show office for more information.

The second is to take place during the Lake St. Louis, MO Winter Series on Saturday, April 5th at approximately 2:30 PM (or when the jumps are changed from Hunter to Jumper) in the bleachers; see the show office for more information.

The third is to take place during the Tulsa Exposition Center in Tulsa, OK on April 24th; tentatively the forum will take place 30 min after the last class of the day; see the show office for more information.
Nominations will be taken from the floor for the both Zone 7 Hunter and Zone 7 Jumper Committees. Additionally, written nominations with accompanying biographies must be sent to USHJA, Erin True at etrue@ushja.org or faxed to 859-258-9033 by May 1, 2008. 


Zone 9 Hunter and Jumper
An "Open" forum for Zone 9 members will be held Friday, April 11th at the Spring National Hunter and Thursday, April 17th at the Spring National Jumper after the show. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the Zone 9 Hunter and Jumper Committees. For further information please contact Dianne Johnson - 425-823-2802 or 425-894-3136(Cell)

Additional Zone 9 News
At the Zone 9 Forum held at the USHJA Convention a discussion took place about California being a contiguous state for Zone 9. It will be reviewed through out the year for zone specification for 2009. Also it was discussed about having a Zone High Score Award for Amateur Hunters, Fences 3'3". A correction to the 2008 Zone 9 specifications for Special Jumper was made. All monies won in classes Level 5 and above and $25,000 and higher will count.

Zone 11 Hunter and Jumper
An open meeting for Zone 11 Hunter and Jumper members will be held on Monday, April 21st at 6:30 PM at the Anderson Residence in Kailua, HI. Location: 736 B Maluniu Avenue. For more information please contact Zone Chairman, Olga Anderson at 808-864-1761.

For questions concerning Zone elections please contact your Zone Chairman or Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org

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USHJA Competitions Directory
 

Attention Hunter Jumper Horse Show Managers:
 
The USHJA Competition and Facilities Directory, created by the USHJA Show Standards Committee, is now live on the USHJA website. This Directory will allow show managers to advertise their USEF licensed, as well as their unrecognized, Hunter Jumper Competitions.
 
As USHJA receives this competition data from the show managers, a search function will be added to the Directory, so that competitors can search the competitions based on specific criteria.  In 2009, this Directory will also be linked with the Members Choice Awards; a program awarding competitions in several different categories for excellence.
 
This service is completely free for Show Managers and will provide advertising for your competition all year long.  So don't delay, please include your competition(s) in the USHJA Competition's and Facilities Directory today. Click here to view the directory or to add your competition.

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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.  

M A R C H

March 29-30
Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at William Woods University in Fulton, MO.  For more information, please contact Dr. Linda McClaren at 573-590-3661 or lmcclare@williamwoods.edu.

A P R I L

April 4

USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

April 4-6
Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at the 2008 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN.  For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-494-8777.

April 4-6
Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Farms in Forest Lake, MN. For more information, please contact Gail Brandt at gbrandt@fredlaw.com or 651-464-8631.

April 4-6
Robert Robold and Anne Thal will be conducting a clinic at the Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL.  For more information, please contact Butch Medlin at HeritageHorseSho@aol.com or 954-347-1799.

April 5-6

Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut , MA. For more information, please contact Marina Burliss at info@cutterfarm.com or 978-957-4161.

April 8-10
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.

April 12-13
Diane Carney will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farm in Naples , FL. For more information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at 239-633-1949 or kelliwren@aol.com.

April 12-13
Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at the Columbine Equestrian Center in Littleton, CO. For more information, please contact Debbie Landy at deblandy@comcast.net or 303-435-2000.

*April 19
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Horse Care clinic at Windy Hill Stables in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

April 26-27
Val Renihan will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI.  For more information, please contact Sandi Carlton at windripple@aol.com or 269-317-1529.

M A Y

*May 3-4
Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at MacNairs Country Acres in Raleigh, NC. For more information, please contact Melanie Rock at
melanierock@bellsouth.net or 919-609-1045.

May 3-4

Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY. For more information, please contact Maskao Niwa at masakoniwa@optonline.net or 631-682-4079.

May 11
Gardner Powell will be conducting a clinic at the Missoula Equestrian Park in Missoula, MT.  For more information, please contact Susan Bonar Mayer at smayer@litigationabstract.com or
406-728-3830.

May 13-15
John Manning, Mark Jungherr and Todd Karn will be conducting a clinic at Green Mountain Horse Association in S. Woodstock, VT. For more information, please contact Karey Manner at kmanner@gmhainc.org or 802-457-1509.

*May 17
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a “What the Horse and Rider Should Be Wearing This Year” clinic at the Sackett Ridge Saddlery in Westfield, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

May 17-18
Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology Clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707-769-0180.

J U N E

June 7
Diane Carney and Canterbury Farm will be hosting a Natural Obstacle and HPH Schooling Clinic in Hampshire, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or
847-922-6167.

*June 14
Shaina Humphrey will be conducting a Course and Jump Building clinic at Lucky Horse Farm in Granby, MA. For more information, please contact Shaina Humphrey at shainah@comcast.net or 413-467-7500.

June 14-15
Holly Hugo Vidal 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.

June 16
Diane Carney will be hosting a clinic at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

June 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.

J U L Y

July 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.

July 17
Chrystine Tauber and Timmy Kees will be conducting a clinic at J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR.  For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

July 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.

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

July 19
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.

July 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.

July 22
Bibby Hill will be conducting a clinic at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Bob Bell at info@classiccompany.com or 843-768-5503.

July 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.

A U G U S T

August 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 atdtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

*August 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.

S E P T E M B E R

September 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.

N O V E M B E R

November 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.

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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USHJA is located at 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

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