USHJA E-Update

May 13, 2009

In this issue:

*World Equestrian Brands/USHJA's Rider Recognition Program's Elite $1 Million Club

*Deadline for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session

*Zone Specs Update

*Trainer Symposium to be Held at Texas Rose Horse Park

*USHJA Capital Campaign

*Zone News & Deadlines

*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

FarmVet
Title Sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

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 2009 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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Wilhelm Genn Becomes First Rider to Reach World Equestrian Brands/USHJA’s Rider Recognition Program’s elite $1 Million Club

Wilhelm Genn on Happy Z ©Flashpoint Photography *Image to be used in conjunction with this release only. For further usage contact Flashpoint Photography info@flashpointphotography.com

 

Wilhelm Genn became the first rider to reach the World Equestrian Brands/USHJA’s Rider Recognition Program’s elite $1 Million Club after a successful campaign at the Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show, April 1-5, 2009. Genn rode Happy Z, Chantal and Loredo to third, fourth and sixth place finishes in the $25,000 Grand Prix to push him over the $1 million mark.

“It’s a great program that World Equestrian Brands sponsors,” Genn says of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program. “It’s just wonderful and I think I can speak for all riders and say we truly appreciate it.”

World Equestrian Brands is the title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program.This program was created in 2005 to track the lifetime money earnings of professional hunter and jumper riders in USEF recognized divisions. The program consists of six tiers, starting at the $50,000 Level and working up to the elite $1 Million Club, to recognize riders’ achievements. Each year, riders are recognized for their accomplishments with commemorative plaques at the USHJA Annual Meeting. In honor of his milestone, Genn will receive a custom Amerigo saddle and cooler from World Equestrian Brands.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present Wilhelm with the Amerigo saddle of his choice. Show jumping is a true test of the talent, heart and physical capabilities of the horse/rider partnership. We strive to enhance performance by providing the best fit possible for both the horse and rider and make the tack one element they can depend on, which allows them to fully concentrate on training and competing," says Amerigo Brand Manager Robin Moore.

Genn, a native of Germany, runs Rheinland Farm in Lebanon, Ohio, with his wife and three sons. A second-generation horseman, he was an established grand prix rider in Germany and was awarded the country’s Golden Medallion for Show Jumping. Since relocating to the United States in the 1980s, he has become one of the nation’s top riders amassing 57 grand prix wins since 2005. This year alone, Genn has won eight of the 14 grand prix he’s ridden in. Those wins have come aboard Happy Z, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare he and his wife own, and Chantal, a 10-year-old gelding owned by his sister-in-law, Laura Ryan.

Genn’s secret to success is working hard, selecting good mounts and always putting the horse first. “This sport is my love and I'm very lucky to have turned my hobby into a professional career,” he says.

“Wilhelm embodies the true essence of the sport and is a testament that hard work and horsemanship will take you to the top,” USHJA President Bill Moroney says. “He makes the welfare of the horse his first priority and is committed to the betterment of the industry. He’s deserving of this honor and the USHJA is proud to recognize him as the first $1 Million Club recipient.”

Information about the World Equestrian Brands /USHJA Rider Recognition Program and current rider standings can be found on the USHJA website. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Kristyn Kay at kkay@ushja.org or 859.225.2054.

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Deadline Approaching for Emerging Athletes Program Level I Training Session in Zones 4 & 9

Friday, May 22, 2009 marks the application deadline for Zones 4 and 9 Emerging Athletes Level I Training Sessions. Zone 4 will hold its training session July 6-7 at Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN. The training session for Zone 9 will be held at Oregon High Classic H.S. in Bend, OR July 20-21. Fill out an application to apply to participate in the Level I Training Sessions. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on May 22 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.

Information on the Emerging Athletes Program as well as the application process can be found on the USHJA website.

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Zone Specifications Update

In order to give show management a metric option to setting fence heights for the Children’s and Adult's Amateur Jumpers in the zones that did not designate a metric height, USHJA has updated the following Zone Specifications effective immediately: Zone 3, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9 and Zone 12. All changes to Jumper Specifications have been designated in bold language.

If you have any questions, please contact USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org.

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SmartPak/USHJA Trainer Symposium to be Held at Texas Rose Horse Park

USHJA's popular Trainer Symposium will be at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas October 25-27, 2009. The three-day event features expert clinicians working with students in each of the USHJA's three main disciplines: hunters, jumpers and equitation. Clinicians for the event include: Sandy Ferrell (hunters), Melanie Taylor (jumpers) and Jeff Cook (equitation). Click here for an application, registration, schedule and local hotel information.

For complete Trainer Symposium schedule and information click here.

Questions regarding the Trainer Symposium may be directed to Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.

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USHJA Building For Growth Capital Campaign

With the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games fast approaching, construction all over the Kentucky Horse Park is at a fever pitch. Nowhere is this more evident than at the new headquarters for the USHJA. Located on a key piece of real estate within the Horse Park, the USHJA headquarters is easily visible to all visitors to the Park and is quickly moving towards completion. With the official groundbreaking just last September, the building is slated for completion on October 5, 2009 with an estimated move-in date of November 5, 2009. At this point, the building is over fifty percent complete and is expected to be completely under roof in the next few months.

As home to the Hunter/Jumper Sport in the United States, the USHJA headquarters is critical to the Association’s ongoing work to further the sport. Please join the long list of existing donors and contributors, and lend your support to the “Building For Growth” Capital Campaign.

For information on how you can contribute and become a part of history please visit the USHJA Capital Campaign website.

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Zone News & Deadlines

North American Junior Young Rider Championships:
USHJA members born between January 1, 1988 and December 31, 1995 are encouraged to apply for the 2009 FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 22-26. Applications are due to the USHJA office by Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Applications and criteria can be found here. For more information contact Claudia Meeks at cmeeks@ushja.org.

Zone 5:
Due to inclement weather, the Zone 5 Open Forum scheduled for May 8 has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 14, 2009 during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show to discuss upcoming events and opportunities for Zone 5 USHJA members. The floor will be opened for suggestions and questions. Please plan to attend for a chance to be heard. The forum will take place at 4:30 PM ET in the Jumper Pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information, contact Zone 5 Hunter Committee chair, Mindy Darst, at mindy@lochmoorstables.com or 513.932.7332, or USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks, at cmeeks@ushja.org or 859.825.6010.

It's here! The 2009 USHJA Zone 5 $10,000 Scholarship!

For the fourth year in a row, Zone 5 is sponsoring a college scholarship! This $10,000 scholarship is completely unique to our zone and is awarded to one deserving rider each year. If you are headed to college, have a son or daughter who is or know someone in your barn who qualifies, now is the time to log on to the USHJA Zone 5 website for all the details.

Whether you are a jumper rider or a hunter rider, a local rider or an A circuit rider, this "need based" scholarship could be yours. We're looking for a rider who feels riding horses has made a big difference in their life, has good grades and can demonstrate that this scholarship will make a big difference in his or her ability to attend college.

If you are a high school junior, senior or in college already (freshman through junior year), you are eligible for the scholarship which is awarded in September.

Last year's winner was Sasha Hill of Granville, Ohio. Sasha currently attends the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in pursuit of becoming an equine specialized veterinarian.

What are you waiting for? Spread the word or start writing your essay. We'll start accepting applications June 1.

Zone 6:
The affiliate associations of Zone 6 will be holding open meetings to review the 2009 Zone Specifications and recommendations for 2010. Please refer to the USHJA Zone 6 website for meeting dates.

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

Draft of 2010 Zone Specification is due June 5, 2009.

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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

MAY

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.

16-17 Richard Keller will be conducting a clinic at Cygnet Farm in Talent, OR. For more information, please contact Cara Taylor at taylorfarm7@msn.com or 541.245.6067.

30-31 Hank Bloom will be conducting a clinic at Oak Creek Stable in Marietta, GA. For more information, please contact Dana Karen Johnson at danakaren@comcast.net or 678.229.8128.

30-31 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Spirit Equestrian in Somis, CA. For more information, please contact Liz Denny at lizdenny@lizdenny.com or 818.426.5128.

JUNE

6-7 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Stepping Stone Stables in Blacklick, OH. For additional information, please contact Lindsey Yinger at lnyinger@aol.com or 614.348.5915.

9-10 Ramiro Quintana will be conducting a clinic at Tebogo Sport Horses in Delaplane, VA. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Billings at lizzaro76@hotmail.com or 540.454.6673.

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.

13-14 Ron Danta will be conducting a clinic at Star Ridge Stables in Hardeeville, SC. For more information, please contact Stella Prescott at stella@starridgestables.com or 843.784.7845.

13-14 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at In-Stride, Inc in St. Augustine, FL. For more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at lisaanderson@bellsouth.net or 904.476.7413.

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.

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.

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.

24-25 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a “Sports Psychology for Riders” clinic at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. For more information, please contact Cara Chapel at contactus@follyfarm.us or 860.658.9943.

25-26 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada Flintridge, CA. For more information, please contact Ellen Narver at enarver@hei.org or 213.989.7494.

AUGUST

7-9 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at D & J Equestrian Center in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Miriam Schulman at miriamschulman@gfs.org or 410.559.3481.

SEPTEMBER

19 Dan Keen will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

OCTOBER

3-4 Linda Allen 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.

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.

10-12 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. For more information, please contact J. Michael Halbleib at JMichaelH1@aol.com or 205.283.3082.

NOVEMBER

9-10 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show at pinoakwendy@aol.com or 713.621.6290.

14-15 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.

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.

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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.

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Program Quick Links

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FarmVet Equine Retirement Facilities Directory is an informational listing of retirement facilities for horses compiled by the USHJA.

USHJA Merchandise offers closeout deals on select items and the latest USHJA fashion and apparel. Merchandise includes hats, polos, vests, bags, trinkets and videos.

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 October 25-27, 2009 at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.

Member's Choice Awards Program 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.

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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.

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