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World Equestrian Brands

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March 14, 2012
Mandatory Helmet Rule
USHJA/ANRC in N. Carolina
Kids Barn at KHP
Steinkraus – 2012 Hall of Fame Nominee
High School Equestrian Grants
EAP Regional Clinics
Zone 9 Jumper Riders
Trainer Certification Clinics
2011 USHJA Clinics Calendar


You Can Leave Your Hat On – Mandatory Helmet Rule

Effective April 1, 2012, ALL persons mounted on a horse on competition grounds are required to wear an ASTM approved helmet:

GR801 Dress
2. It is compulsory for all persons at Federation licensed hunter, jumper or hunter/jumper competitions when mounted anywhere on the competition grounds, to wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. BOD 1/14/12 Effective 4/1/12.

First USHJA/ANRC Horsemanship Competition Successfully Held in North Carolina

By Maggie Whittemore, Taylor Shearin and Kat Rodwell

On February 18, 2012, Cottonwood Farm in Vanceboro, N. C., hosted their first ever USHJA/ANRC Horsemanship Competition as part of the annual Hunter Trials event. The competition was a four phase event that tested everything from a rider's knowledge of the horse to their ability to memorize complex tests and execute those tests while mounted. The judge for the competition was Sarah Rhymer of New Bern, N. C.

Riders were able to sign up for one of five levels, three of which were rated by the United States Hunter Jumper Association. In the three rated levels riders took a written test of varying difficulties, rode in a Program Ride, executed an outside derby course (in the upper two levels), and completed a Medal phase. Each level was awarded places one through six after each phase, and at the end of the day the cumulative scores of each rider in their specific level was used to determine overall champion and reserve champion awards.

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USHJA Supports New Kids Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park

Among the featured exhibits is the Jump a Course, donated by USHJA, located in the Champion's Arena adjacent to the Kids Barn. Kids can imagine the thrill of riding their horse to Gold by jumping over a miniature–scale show jumping course. Jumps were designed and created by Brody Robertson.

The park's Education Department staff will host daily activities with horses, such as the personable Samson a 15 year-old grey Percheron, a gentle giant who encourages children to discover more about horses. Read more about the Kids Barn and for general information visit the Kentucky Horse Park web site.

William Steinkraus among 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Nominees

The U.S. Olympic Committee and Allstate Insurance Company have announced the list of nominees eligible for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate and among the eligible athletes is equestrian legend William "Bill" Steinkraus.

Steinkraus participated in five Olympic Games. At the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, he won a Gold Medal in Individual Show Jumping with the horse Snowbound. He captured two Silver Medals in Team Show Jumping, first in 1960 on his mount Ksar d'Espirt, and 1972 aboard Main Spring. Steinkraus also won a Bronze Medal in Team Show Jumping at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland with Hollandia. He was also slated to ride on the 1964 Olympic Team until his horse, Sinjon, was injured. Even after retiring from competition, Steinkraus continued to be a vital part of equestrian sport–serving as USET President, a member of the FEI Bureau, and author of several informative riding books. To get a glimpse into Bill Steinkraus' equestrian life, please visit Equestrian Coach to watch video of his 1968 Olympic triumph, as well as other historic clips of his career and to vote for Bill Steinkraus to receive this most deserving spot in the Class of 2012.

Announcing 2012 High School Equestrian Athlete Grants from the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program

In 2012 the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will offer more than $20,000 in grant money to qualified students and high school equestrian clubs or teams across the nation through its High School Equestrian Athlete program.

To be eligible for a grant an applicant must be a current USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program participant and have successfully completed at least one year of the program. The applicant must also be a member of at least one USEF Recognized Breed/Discipline Affiliate or International Affiliate Association. (See below for a list of affiliate organizations). A subcommittee of the National Affiliate Working Group will select one applicant from each Recognized Breed/Discipline Affiliate or International Affiliate Association to receive a $1,000 grant to be used for academic or equestrian educational pursuits.

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Upcoming USHJA International Hunter Derbies

March 30 – Pin Oak Charity, Katy, TX

March 30-31 – WEF 12, Wellington, FL

April 6 – Spring Gathering, Katy, TX

April 6 – Camden Spring Classic, Camden, SC

For a complete list of USHJA International Hunter Derby classes for the 2011-12 Qualifying Series visit the USHJA web site.

Upcoming 2012 EAP Regional Clinics

The riders participating in the 10 Regional Clinics offered by the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program have a unique opportunity to work with the sport's top riding clinicians and stable managers. Combined, the clinicians' resumes tout six Olympic Medals, more than 10 World Cup Finals and numerous hunter, jumper and equitation National Championships. The well–respected stable managers draw from their years of international experience, several having worked for Olympic Gold Medalists, to guide riders through the extensive stable management curriculum.

To learn more about the EAP Regional Clinicians and Stable Mangers visit their complete biographies:

Clinicians: Stable Managers:

Cynthia Hankins Lisa Baldassari
Karen Healey Karen Golding
Chris Kappler Carol Hoffman
Candice King Erica McKeever
Anne Kursinski Darren Roberts
Kip Rosenthal Val Huckstepp
Julie Winkel Pancho Lopez

Riders interested in the EAP must submit the EAP Application, application fee and required documents to USHJA no later than the respective application deadlines:

  • Clinics held in June – Deadline April 1, 2012
  • Clinics held in July – Deadline May 1, 2012
  • Clinics held in August – Deadline June 1, 2012

For full application details visit the EAP Apply page, or contact Carrie Vaught at 859.225.6703

Zone 9 Jumper Riders

Those riders that wish to receive funding from the Zone 9 Jumper Committee need to make sure to have their applications in by April 30th! Reminder, riders may still represent Zone 9 in the championships if they do not complete the application, but they will not receive any funds from the zone.

USHJA Zone 9 Home Page

2012 USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinics

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.

March 24-25 Geoff Teall Chelsea, MI Susan Hallinan
Sari Clapperton
April 13-15 George Morris La Grange, KY Peabody Fox
April 14-15 Joe Fargis Scottsdale, AZ Betty Beran
June 30-July 1 Julie Winkel Palmar, AK Dana Eaton
July 7-8 Karen Healey Moorpark, CA Peter Lombardo
November 10-12 George Morris Buffalo, NY Susan Schoellkopf

Click Here for a complete list of TCP Clinics.

Upcoming WCHR Member Events

March 14-18 – Scottsdale Spring Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

March 27-April 1 – Pin Oak Charity, Katy, TX

April 3-7 – Spring Gathering, Katy, TX

April 4-8 – Blenheim Spring III, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Complete list of 2012 WCHR Member Events

USHJA 2012 Directory of Clinics

The USHJA Directory of Clinics is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete list clinics visit the Directory of Clinics. For questions please contact Carrie Vaught.

March 24-25 Bernie Traurig Atlantic Highlands, NJ Mary Babick
March 24-25 Jeff Cook Kirkland, WA Betsy Christianson
March 24-25 Harold Chopping Macclesfield, NC Amy Hazard
April 7-8 Bernie Traurig Greensboro, NC Joan Boyce
April 15 Scott Hofstetter New Smyrna Beach, FL Jyan Johnson Colt
April 21-22 Michael Page Dracut, MA Marina Burliss
April 21-22 Frank Madden Washington Depot, CT Nathalie Nikka Therrien
Click Here for more information on all upcoming clinics.

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