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March 28, 2012
EAP Deadline Extension
Mandatory Helmet Rule
USHJA Zone Elections
World Equestrian Brands Sponsors Hunter Derbies
TCP & EquestrianCoach.com
WCHR Perpetual Trophy
USHJA Stirrup Cup Additions
2012 USHJA Essex Classics Hunterdon Cup
Still Time to Vote
Trainer Certification Clinics
2012 USHJA Clinics Calendar

Attention Emerging Athletes! April 6th Deadline for June Regional Clinics is Approaching

Applications are still being accepted for the 10 EAP Regional Clinics held throughout the country, that offer the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and stable managers. Each four-day clinic features flatwork, gymnastics, course work and an intensive stable management curriculum. Sixteen riders will be selected to advance to the National Training Session and compete for the title of the 2012 EAP National Champion and a $3,000 grant for advanced training. Please check the EAP Calendar for the Regional Clinic in your area.

Riders wishing to participate in one of the four Regional Clinics listed below must complete the application process no later than Friday April 6, 2012.

  • June 11-14 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX
    Clinician: Chris Kappler     Stable Manager: Val Huckstepp

  • June 12-15 at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA
    Clinician: Cynthia Hankins     Stable Manager: Karen Golding

  • June 18-21 at the Bounds Showtime Arena in Deerfield, WI
    Clinician: Cynthia Hankins     Stable Manager: Karen Golding

  • June 21-24 at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ
    Clinician: Karen Healey     Stable Manager: Erica McKeever

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

Mandatory Helmet Rule Takes Effect April 1

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

Nominations for the Upcoming 2012 USHJA Zone Elections Close April 1

Zone Committee Nominations from the membership close on April 1, 2012. Nominated members must be in good standing with the USHJA as a senior life, senior active, or senior associate member and must have been a resident of the Zone for at least 350 days immediately preceding the date of the Zone Committee election AND be declared hunter or jumper. Nomination Forms can be found here and self nominations are allowed.

In order to vote in the upcoming Zone Committee elections a member must be active as of March 1, 2012 with a senior life, senior active or senior associate membership, must have been a resident of the Zone for at least 350 days immediately preceding the date of the Zone Committee election AND be declared hunter or jumper. If you are not sure of your designation or would like to change your designation you can contact membership coordinators Christina Murphy or Kim Knotek.

USHJA Announces World Equestrian Brand as Awards Sponsor for the 2012 National Hunter Derbies

Lexington, KY – The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce World Equestrian Brands as the Awards Sponsor for the 2012 USHJA National Hunter Derby program.

"We are delighted to have World Equestrian Brands as the first sponsor for the National Hunter Derby program. It is exciting for the National Hunter Derby exhibitors to have World Equestrian Brands recognize their achievements." stated Shelby French, CEO of USHJA.

Modeled from the popular International Hunter Derby program, the USHJA developed this separate series of competitions geared toward the up-and-coming horses and riders. The National Hunter Derby program was launched in 2010 to provide both horses and riders a place to gain experience in Derby type competition at a lower height and difficulty level.

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TCP Gets a Leg Up on Education from Equestriancoach.com

Launching this June — In response to the member input that the educational requirement for the Trainer Certification Program be more affordable and easily accessible, USHJA has partnered with Equestriancoach.com to offer TCP applicants an online educational option.

For USHJA a primary concern when exploring an online educational opportunity for the program was the need to ensure that the material presented would mirror the material presented in the TCP manual. "Equestriancoach.com has demonstrated a commitment to seeking out the best instructors in the world and capturing their expertise on video to deliver to consumers." Shelby French, CEO of USHJA said. USHJA is particularly delighted that for the first element of this project, Bernie Traurig and his staff recently completed filming of a special video segment with George Morris. This video will become a major component of the TCP applicant education materials and features the primary concepts of the American System of Forward Riding.

WCHR Adds the Small Town Perpetual Trophy to its Collection

The World Championship Hunter Rider Program will debut a recently established trophy at the WCHR Finals in 2012. Generously donated by Iwasaki & Reilly, the Small Town Perpetual Trophy will be presented annually to the owner of the horse ridden by a Junior rider, earning the most points in the Small Junior Hunter 15&U, Small Junior Hunter 16-17, Large Junior Hunter 15&U, and Large Junior Hunter 16-17 sections, using the horse's top four WCHR Member Events plus the Capital Challenge Horse Show.

The Small Town Perpetual Trophy honors a horse with a hugely successful career in the junior hunters; winning championships at every major horse show on both coasts, including Devon and The National Horse Show. Small Town earned Grand Junior Hunter honors at the USEF Junior Hunter Finals as well as the USEF Grand Junior Hunter Horse of the Year award.

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.

NEW for 2012 USHJA Stirrup Cup Award Additions

The USHJA Stirrup Cup Award Program has added several new categories for the 2012 season that began September 16, 2011, and ends September 15, 2012. We have been asked to include the section codes for the new sections. Please feel free to contact Diane Popp for any questions regarding these awards.

New Sections for 2012:

  1. Performance Hunter 3'3": Section code 2003

  2. Thoroughbred Hunter: Section code 3109
    Thoroughbred Hunter: Limited to horses that are registered with or are eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. To be judged on performance and soundness. To be shown over a minimum of eight fences 3' in height. Points will be awarded according to the rating of the competition. It is the responsibility of the competition to verify eligibility.

  3. Low Children's Hunters: Section code 2716

    Low Adult Hunters: Section code 2805
    Low Children's/Adult Hunters: Can be split. Specifications: fences 2'6" and no cross entry by riders into any class at the same show exceeding 2'6", except age group equitation and medal classes up to 3'; often these classes are called "Low," "Pre," "Novice" or some other nomenclature. In addition, shows may offer Low Pony Hunter (2'0"). Low Pony Hunter riders may not cross enter into any class at the same show exceeding 2', except age group equitation and medal classes up to 3'.

  4. Low Children's Jumpers: Section code 3505

    Low Adult Jumpers: Section code 3506
    Low Children's/Adult Jumpers: Can be split. Follows zone specifications.

  5. Low Pony Jumpers: Section code 9501
    Low Pony Jumpers: Unrated classes with heights of 2'9" to 3'0"; follows Pony Jumper rules.

  6. 1.20 Jumpers: Section code 3808

  7. 1.30 Jumpers: Section code 3809

2012 USHJA Essex Classics Hunterdon Cup

The USHJA is excited to announce that the 2012 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 25, 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, in conjunction with the USEF Junior Hunter Championships East Coast.

The Hunterdon Cup is a unique equitation event that encompasses both the meticulousness of equitation and the handy skills of the hunters. It is open to any rider that is an active USHJA junior member and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or WIHS Classic at a competition starting between July 2 – July 1 of the qualifying year.

There's Still Time to VOTE William Steinkraus into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Be a part of the process to select and honor equestrian legend William "Bill" Steinkraus as an inductee into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is one of the only national halls of fame that ask fans to be a part of the inductee selection process. Voting closes on April 9.

Steinkraus participated in 5 Olympic Games, his most famous at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, where he won a Gold Medal in Individual Jumping with the "mediocre race track reject" horse Snowbound. He obtained two Silver Medals in Team Jumping, first in 1960 on his mount Ksar d'Espirt, and 1972 on Main Spring. Steinkraus also won a Bronze Medal in Team Jumping at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland on Hollandia. Even after retiring from competition, Steinkraus continued to be a vital part of equestrian sport-serving as USET President and Chairman, 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 of a spot in the Class of 2012.

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.

April 13-15 George Morris La Grange, KY Peabody Fox
April 14-15 Joe Fargis Scottsdale, AZ Betty Beran
June 1-3 Karen Healey Penryn, CA Patty Ball
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 27-April 1 – Pin Oak Charity, Katy, TX

April 3-7 – Spring Gathering, Katy, TX

April 4-8 – Blenheim II, 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.

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
April 27-29 Geoff Teall Elburn, IL Lynda Zema
April 27-29 Nick Karazissis Woodland Park, NJ Penny Kinnally
May 12-13 William Moroney Boonsboro, MD Lori Bellerive
Click Here for more information on all upcoming clinics.

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