March 4, 2009

USHJA E-Update

In this issue:

*Outreach Competition and Medal Program for Affiliates

*Clinicians Announced for May Trainers Symposium

*Deadline for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session

*Member's Choice Awards

*Zone News & Deadlines

*Upcoming Zone Banquets

*Clinics Calendar

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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby

2008/2009 Schedule, Results and Standings 

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USHJA SPONSORS

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

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

World Equestrian Brands  
  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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USHJA Announces Outreach Competition and Medal Program for Affiliates

The USHJA is pleased to announce the debut of the Outreach Competition and Medal Program for its affiliate organizations. Both programs are designed to encourage increased participation from hunter/jumper groups of every level across the United States. 

Created by the USHJA’s B/C/Local Task Force and the Affiliates Committee, the new programs will set a minimum standard for local competitions that want the right to refer to the USEF rule book for governance without the USEF or USHJA having any regulatory function regarding their association or horse show. Included in the Outreach Programs will be four Outreach Medal Classes that are designed to give riders who compete at un-rated or schooling shows the ability to achieve national recognition. “We’re hoping to broaden the base and build a bridge to the upper level for our local organizations,” co-chair of the Affiliates Committee, Skip Thornbury explains. 

To read more, click here.

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Candice King, Patricia Griffith and Val Renihan set to Headline SmartPak/USHJA Trainers Symposium

The USHJA, along with title sponsor SmartPak, will offer a Trainers Symposium May 1-3, 2009 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Top industry professionals, Candice King, Patricia Griffith and Val Renihan will headline the event giving riders and trainers the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and roundtable discussions.

The USHJA first introduced the Trainers Symposiums in the fall of 2006 as a means to better educate members at all levels of the sport. Each symposium lasts three full days and features expert clinicians in each of the three main USHJA riding disciplines: hunter, jumper and equitation. Each discipline is broken into sections and clinicians are given four riders to work with throughout the session.

To learn more about the clinicians click here.

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Deadline Approaching for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session in Zone 10 & 6

Monday, March 23, 2009 marks the application deadline for Zone 10 and Zone 6 Emerging Athletes Level I Training Sessions. Two Level I Training Sessions are scheduled for Zone 10. The first will take place May 9-10 at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, CA. The second training session will be held May 16-17 at Golden State Horse Show in Sacramento, CA. Zone 6 will hold its Level I Training Session May 30-31 at Raven Ridge Farm in Watertown, MN. Fill out an application to apply to participate in the Level I Training Sessions. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 23 in order to be considered.

The Emerging Athletes Program provides young riders the opportunity to learn from top riders and trainers in the industry while developing their career as a professional. With the creation of a national program, the USHJA hopes to transition young athletes to international competition. At each Training Session, riders will receive guidance and feedback from top professionals in the industry and be evaluated on their horsemanship skills, overall knowledge and riding ability.

All junior and amateur USHJA members 21 years of age and under are eligible to apply to the program. Interested athletes must be able to display proficiency in completing jumper style courses over the respective fence height for which they are applying. Each Training Session will be divided into three fence height sections: 3’0, 3’6 and 4’0. A maximum of eight riders will be accepted per height section.

Click here for information about the Emerging Athletes Program as well as the application process.

For more information on the Emerging Athletes Program, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859.225.6960.

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USHJA Member's Choice Awards

The Member's Choice Awards Program, developed by the Show Standards Committee, gives horse show exhibitors and participants the opportunity to award excellence at USEF Licensed Hunter Jumper competitions through their feedback relating to the competition, the facility where it took place, footing, show personnel and hospitality.

The goal of the Member's Choice Awards Program is to promote exhibitor friendly competitions and reward excellence based on the amenities and qualities exhibitors value. Competitions winning the Best Overall Competition awards will receive a USHJA banner, recognizing their accomplishment. Additionally, they will receive free publicity through USHJA’s In Stride magazine, in our E-News Updates and on our website. Click here to vote today!

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Zone News: Call for Information and Deadlines

Help Us, Help You
In order to better promote zone events and programs, the USHJA asks that each zone provide a complete list of all programs, scholarships, fundraisers, forums, etc. that are offered through your zone. Having the information available will help USHJA staff in promoting zone events through the website and fielding phone calls coming into the office. We’re happy to help promote your events, as long as we know about them in advance.

Please submit a list of your zone activities by March 15th to Zone Coordinator Claudia Meeks.

Zone Deadlines:
National Pony Jumper Championship criteria changes are due May 1, 2009.

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

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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. For a complete listing of clinics check the USHJA Clinics Calendar.

Upcoming Clinics

MARCH

6-7 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a clinic at R. North Star Ranch in Reno, NV. For more information, please contact Wendy Brownlee at wendy.brownlee@gmail.com or 775.997.9221.

7-8 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables at Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at hopeglynn@yahoo.com or 707.769.0180.

19-21 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Fox Pointe Farm in Quinton, VA. For additional information, please contact Colleen Seely at foxpointefarm@yahoo.com or 804.932.8710.

APRIL

3-5 Anna Jane White-Mullen will be conducting a clinic at the 2009 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN. For additional information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765.586.1952.

3-5 Kim Walnes will be conducting a clinic at the 2009 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN. For additional information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765.586.1952.

3-5 Commandant Derek McConnell will be conducting a clinic at North Run Farm in Delano, MN. For additional information, please contact Jacquelyn Danielson at northrunfarm@aol.com or 763.972.3820.

5-6 Diane Carney will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farm in Naples, FL. For additional information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at kelliwren@aol.com or 239.633.1949.

13 Joe Fargis will be conducting a clinic at Journey Back Stables in Greensboro, NC. For additional information, please contact Joan Boyce at journyback@aol.com or 336.299.5067.

17-19 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Clermont Equestrian in Woodside, CA. For more information, please contact Craig Clermont at craig@clermontequestrian.com or 650.851.2230.

21-23 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Woodmyst Farms in Gilroy, CA. For more information, please contact Hollie Wilent at hollie@woodmystfarms.com or 408.782.0311.

25-26 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Cindy Bacon at cindybacon@gfs.org or 410.559.3450.

28-29 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Woodmyst Farms in Gilroy, CA. For more information, please contact Hollie Wilent at hollie@woodmystfarms.com or 408.782.0311.

MAY

2-3 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, OH. For additional information, please contact Mindy Darst at 513.836.0500.

2-3 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Copley Place in Ocala, FL. For additional information, please contact Scott Hofstetter at msh110868@aol.com or 352.804.7906.

9-10 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Ridge Farm in Sparta, MI. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bradley at rbrad10172@msn.com or 616.887.1419.

16-17 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 978.697.7858.

JUNE

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.

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.

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.

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.

OCTOBER

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.

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.

USHJA Resources

EAP Date Changes

Zone 2: June 29-30, 2009 at Buffalo Therapeutic Riding in Buffalo, NY.

Application deadline: April 23

Zone 8: June 22-23, 2009 at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO.

Application deadline: April 23

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Stay Informed

USHJA Events Calendar

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Program Quick Links

Emerging Athletes Program was created to identify and support talented young riders, giving them the opportunity to learn from top professionals.

Hunter Development Incentive Fund awards annual point based payouts to the owners and nominators of competing horses.

Jr. Career Development Program gives members the opportunity to apprentice with a competition official for a day.

Trainer Certification Program is a comprehensive education and certification program for all levels of professional trainers that will debut in June.

Trainer Symposiums offer attendees the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. Register today for the next Symposium on May 1-3, 2009 at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA.

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USHJA Awards

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 third 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 www.ushja.org.

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Website Improvements

The USHJA is making continuous improvements to its website and will launch a new look for the site this fall. Look at some of the recently updated sections of ushja.org: Committees, Jr./Youth, and Horse Welfare.

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