USHJA E-Update

May 27, 2009

In this issue:

*2008/2009 International Hunter Derby Qualifying Series Closed

*Deadline for Submission of Individual Rule Changes is June 1

*Trainer Symposium to be Held at Texas Rose Horse Park

*Zone Specs Update

*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  
  Title 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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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Qualifying Series Concludes


The 2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Qualifying Series was brought to a close this past weekend at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pennsylvania and the Memorial Day Classic in Burbank, California. The 18-month series will culminate at the Hunter Derby Finals on August 21-22, 2009 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The top 75 horses based on earnings will be invited to Lexington to compete for an unprecedented $100,000 in prize money.

Forty-five derby classes have been held throughout the country over the past year and half, attracting top hunter riders and horses. Each class includes a classic hunter round and a handy round that feature natural obstacles and challenging options. The top 12 riders from the classic round are invited to ride the handy hunter course and contend for top honors. Each derby course is built to encourage and reward brilliance and daring from the rider and true athletic ability from the horse. Both of the winners of this weekend’s derbies proved that they have the ability and style the prestigious class is looking for, and cemented their spot in the Finals.

Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, New Jersey and Tiziano, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Stone Hill Farm, rode to victory in the Devon Horse Show Derby held May 24. The 16-year-old Junior piloted the gelding to a second place finish in the classic round and a first place finish in the handy round to win the overall championship. The pair has competed in three derby classes to date, with the Devon Horse Show coming as their first derby victory.

Forbes, ridden by Jenny Karazissis of Calabasa, California, also earned his first derby win at the Memorial Day Classic on May 24. Karazissis and the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Tonia Cook-Looker came from behind to win the class under the lights at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The pair was in fifth place heading into the handy round, but put in an impressive ride to win the round and the class. The Memorial Day Classic is the fourth derby that Karazissis and Forbes have competed in.

Since its inception in December 2007, the International Hunter Derby has been receiving accolades from top professionals in the industry and growing in popularity. The class was created to bring the lost art of tradition and horsemanship back to the show ring and to raise show hunters to the international level. The Finals competition will begin Friday morning with a traditional hunter course. The top 25 will return Saturday night to ride the exhilarating handy course. More information about the finals can be found here.

Point standings for the Finals close June 10. Be sure to check your standings on the USHJA website. In June, all those qualified for the event will receive information in the mail concerning entries, stall reservations and event schedule. For up-to-date standings, click here.

Questions concerning the Derby can be directed to Melanie Fransen, USHJA’s Director of Programs and Education, at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

The 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series is supported by the following sponsors: ASG Software Solutions-Title Sponsor; Dietrich Insurance-Presenting Sponsor; Walsh Harness & Saddlery-Featuring Sponsor; Charles Owen & Co.-Major Sponsor; Dover Saddlery-Major Sponsor; Essex Classics-Award Sponsor

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Deadline for Submission of Individual Rule Changes is June 1

June 1, 2009 is the deadline for an individual to submit a rule change proposal. Rules are submitted to the USEF either by an individual or a Federation committee or affiliate (deadline for rule changes from Federation Committees, USEF Affiliated Entities and USEF Affiliated Associations is September 1). Once the rules are submitted, they are distributed to the appropriate committees and/or affiliates for consideration. As the national affiliate for hunters and jumpers, USHJA committees and Board of Directors will review and vote on all relevant rule change proposals during the 2009 USHJA Annual Meeting, December 7-11 in St. Petersburg, FL. The USHJA BOD will then forward their actions to the USEF BOD for consideration at the USEF Annual Meeting in January 2010. Visit the USEF website to submit a rule change proposal or for more information on the rule change proposal process.

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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). For registration, schedule and local hotel information, click here. Download an application to attend.

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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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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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 website at www.ushja.org.

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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. NAJYRC coordinators, please note that the Nominated Entries are due to USHJA by July 3, 2009 and the Definite Entries are due to USHJA by July 10, 2009. For more information contact Claudia Meeks at cmeeks@ushja.org.

2010 Zone Specifications:
Drafts of the 2010 Zone Specifications are due to USHJA by Friday, June 5. The drafts will be posted on the USHJA website where membership can review and submit comments or suggestions. Finalized Zone Specifications are due August 1, 2009.

Zone 5: 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 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 Deadlines:
North American Junior Young Rider Championship criteria changes are due 60 days prior to the Zone's qualifying period.

National Junior Jumper Championship criteria changes are due July 15, 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

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.

10 Lendon Gray will be conducting a clinic at Horse ‘N Hound, LLC in Washington Township, NJ. For more information, please contact Liz Durkin at HorseNHound@gmail.com or 973.271.7409.

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.

23-24 Jack Towell will be conducting a clinic at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton, SC. For more information, please contact Kate Maple at katemaple@aol.com or 843.815.3428.

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.

17 Old Dominion Horse Show will host a dinner for prospective college students and their parents at the Deep Run Hunt Club in Manakin Sabot, VA. Reservations are required. Please contact Ellen Shevella at odhs@comcast.net or 434.242.8937.

20 Jimmy Lee will be conducting a clinic at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information, please contact Bill Whisenant at billwhiz@lawtonnet.net or 580.695.5986.

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.

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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 fourth 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 the USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award website.

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