USHJA E-Update


March 3, 2011

In this issue:

*WCHR Palm Beach Spectacular Winners

*Attention Competition Managers
& Exhibitors

*"2010 Outreach Medal Champions

*NAJYRC at KHP in 2011

*2011 EAP Application Available

*USHJA Clinics Program


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International Hunter Derby 2010/2011 Class Results


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Serio and Esse Victorious at the WCHR Palm Beach Spectacular

PROFESSIONALS – Louise Serio and Castle Rock rolled to victory in the $32,875 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular. After posting two beautiful rounds under the lights of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's International Arena, no one could catch their scores of 87.12 and 90.50 for 177.62 overall.

"I loved my second round even better than my first," said Serio with a smile. "I thought the course was fantastic, and it rode beautifully."

Liza Towell Boyd and Brunello, the defending champions, returned with the highest score in the first round (89.50) but couldn't catch Serio. Boyd settled for third (175.25), while Scott Stewart and Reality held onto second place with a gorgeous second round and scores of 88.50 and 88.37 for 176.87. Click Here for more.

JUNIOR/AMATEUR – Olivia Esse and Small Affair traveled from California especially for the World Championship Hunter Rider events held during weeks 5 and 6 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. And their cross-country trip paid huge dividends when the pair jumped to top honors in the WCHR Junior/Amateur – Owner Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular.

Esse, 17, of Los Angeles, California, topped the first round with impressive scores of 89 and 94 from the two panels of judges. She then returned aboard the 8-year-old Selle Francais gelding to post scores of 87 and 90 to secure the title with an overall total of 180.

"He felt really good even though he's been showing all weekend," said Esse who also secured the show's Large Junior 16-17 championship. "He's probably a little tired, but he was great. He didn't slow down or rub a fence." Click here for more.


Attention Competition Managers and Exhibitors

USHJA is pleased to see the great popularity and success of the Performance Working Hunter 3'3" and 3'6" to 3'9" Sections in their inaugural year as well as the continued growth of the newly named High Performance Working Hunter Section. We have created a Fact Sheet for the 2011 Show Season in case you should have any questions regarding the new sections. The Fact Sheet is located on the USHJA website on the USHJA front page under Quick Links.

For Competition Managers of the remaining USHJA International Hunter Derby Classes in the 2010 – 2011 series, the most up-to-date class specifications are available at: 2010 – 2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Class Specifications.


Congratulations 2010 USHJA Outreach Medal Champions

USHJA would like to recognize and congratulate the 2010 USHJA Outreach Medal Champions. The USHJA Outreach Medal Classes are held during USHJA Outreach Competitions, with a successful second year the program had 113 competitions participate. We would like to thank these competitions for giving our medal champions the opportunity to compete nationally at a grassroots level. Click Here to view the 2010 Outreach Medal Champions.

For a complete listing of 2011 USHJA Outreach Competitions please visit the USHJA Outreach Calendar located on the USHJA website.

Interested in holding a USHJA Outreach Competition or learning more about our Affiliates? Please visit the USHJA Affiliates webpage for more information.


2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY will host the 2011 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships which will be held July 27-July 31, 2011.

New Application Process – Applications now submitted to USEF. Riders wishing to be considered for either a North American Junior Championship Team or a North American Young Rider Championship Team must complete an application. There is a separate application for the Junior Team and for the Young Rider Team. Riders wishing to apply for both may do so if eligible by age but must submit BOTH applications.

  • Save $10 per application by completing your application online. Online applications are updated immediately in the standings and email confirmation is sent immediately from USEF. Click on "USEF LOGIN" at the top right hand side of the USEF home page at Online applications also have an extended deadline of Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
  • Or download a paper application for the Junior Team HERE and/or a paper application for the Young Rider Team HERE. Paper applications take a week to be updated in the standings and once updated, an email confirmation from USEF will be sent. Paper applications must be postmarked, hand delivered, or faxed on or before Wednesday June 8, 2011.

Click Here for more information.

Information regarding NAJYRC requirements and selection can be found on the USEF website.


2011 EAP Application Available

The 2011 Emerging Athletes Program application for Zones 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 is due April 1, 2011. Apply now!

The mission of the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) is to develop complete horsemen by implementing a system of identifying and nurturing talented young riders and providing them with the support and assistance necessary to reach their full potential. Click Here for more information.


2010 USHJA Clinics Program

The USHJA Clinics Program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete list of USHJA clinics visit the Clinics Calendar.

*Clinics in RED are USHJA Trainer Certification Clinics. These, and the USHJA Trainers Symposiums, are the only clinics which count towards the requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.
For questions please contact Carrie Vaught.

Use the USHJA Calendar to search for all events.

Upcoming Clinics


6 Mike Allen and Naomi Gauruder clinic on CPR at Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, CT. Contact Naomi Gauruder of BHC Management at or 203.650.3148.

13 Cynthia Jensen clinic on pony measurements at Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, CT. Contact Naomi Gauruder of BHC Management at or 425.481.7924.

19-20 Jeff Cook clinic at Archway Equestrian Sports, LLC in Bothell, WA. Contact Clare Warren at or 203.650.3148.

23-24 Melanie Smith Taylor clinic at Buckleigh Farms in Aiken, SC. Contact Ann Thal at Snaffles, LLC at or 941.730.1165.

26-27 Sue Lyman and Laura Rowley clinic on ridability and communication at Morningside Training Farm in The Plains, VA. Contact Erin Kath at or phone 540.347.4777 or 585.355.6658.

27 Tonya Johnston sport psychology clinic at Renaissance Ranch in Watsonville, CA. Contact Paige Pierce at or 831.840.7572.


1-3 Nick Karazissis clinic at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN. Contact Ingrid Schoenlein at or 765.586.1952.

3 Scott Hofstetter clinic at Silver Sands Bridle Club in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Contact Jyan Johnson Colt at or 386.451.4291.

9 Tommy Serio clinic at Morningside Training Farm in The Plains, VA. Contact Erin Kath at or phone 540.347.4777 or 585.355.6658

9-10 Melanie Smith Taylor clinic at Icon Sporthorses, LLC in Friendsville, TN. Contact Craig Allen at or 865.607.3795.

9-10 Paige Rassas Sorce clinic at Irish Oaks in Pfafftown, NC. Contact Karen Bruce at or 336.945.5178.

9-10 Michael Page clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut, MA. Contact Marina Burliss at or 978.697.7858.

9-10 Carl W. Bessette clinic at Silver Oaks Farm in Ocala, FL. Contact Lauren Carr at or 561.827.1454.

10 Joe Fargis clinic at Journey Back Stables in Greensboro, NC. Contact Joan C. Boyce at or 336.299.5067.

16 Anne Kursinski clinic at The Dream Park Equestrian Center in Logan Township, NJ. Contact Delia Apollo at or 856.297.6610.

16-17 Joe Fargis clinic at Far Meadow Farm in Morris, CT. Contact Carole St. Mark at or 860.567.9850.

22-23 Karen Healey TCP Clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI. Please contact Sandi Carlton at or 269.317.1529

30 - May 1 Frank Madden clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. Contact J. Michael Halbleib at or 205.283.3082.

The USHJA Clinics Program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete list of USHJA clinics visit the Clinics Calendar. Use the USHJA Calendar to search for all events. For more information on holding a clinic in your area, contact Carrie Vaught at or 859.225.6703. Be sure to check the USHJA Calendar daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.



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Equine Junior Apprentice Program gives members the opportunity to apprentice with a competition official for a day.

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