USHJA E-Update


October 6, 2010

In this issue:

*Over 1000 Spectators Attend the USHJA Hunter Derby Demonstration at the World Equestrian Games

*Keep up with the World Equestrian Games on

*Be Sure to Nominate for the 2010 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Before Time Runs Out!

*Double H Farm's Invitational Training Session Raises Over $10,000

*Survey: Children's and Adult Nationalizing Specifications

*USHJA Clinics Program


USHJA Events Calendar

2010 USHJA Annual Meeting Registration and Information


2010/2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Class Results


USHJA Sponsors

Dietrich Insurance
Major sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Dover Saddlery
Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

The Clothes Horse
Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

Essex Classics
Title Sponsor of the 2010 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic and Awards Sponsor of the 2010/2011 Hunter Derby Series and Finals

Grand Prix
Awards Sponsor of the 2010 Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

Presenting Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Programs

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Over 1000 Spectators Attend the USHJA Hunter Derby Demonstration at the World Equestrian Games

Peter Pletcher
Peter Pletcher signing autographs. Photo credit USHJA Archives.

The USHJA International Hunter Derby made its debut to the world on October 4 at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Four of the country's top hunter riders, demonstrated and educated over 1000 spectators about the exciting International Hunter Derby. The course, which demonstrated the tight turns necessary for a handy hunter, a variety of derby fences and the hand gallop, was designed by Bobby Murphy.

The USHJA demo riders were: Jen Alfano and Jersey Boy, Peter Pletcher and Argentum, Louise Serio and Rock Star, Liza Boyd and Brunello and Tammy Provost and Peridot. Today's performance was with four of riders including fan favorite, Peter Pletcher who expressed his excitement about showcasing the hunters during the Games.

"It was amazing and I thought it was great. The crowd was so much bigger than I had thought it would be, and it was so much fun" said Pletcher. "It was such an enthusiastic crowd, the kids loved it and the autograph signing was a huge hit and all the kids were talking about wanting to ride hunters." Click here to read more.

The International Hunter Derby Demonstrations will continue throughout the week in Equine Village in front of the USHJA headquarters. Upcoming demonstrations will be held on:

Tuesday October 5 at 3pm
Wednesday October 6 at 4pm
Thursday October 7 at 2pm
Friday October 8 at 4pm
Saturday October 9 at 4pm
Sunday October 10 at 10am


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Be Sure to Nominate for the 2010 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Before Time Runs Out!

The USHJA Amateurs Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010 Amateur Sportsmanship Award. The accolades for the Amateur Sportsmanship Award candidates must have been earned between December 1, 2009 - September 7, 2010. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. The nominee must be an active or associate member of USHJA. The nomination must include a completed application (2010 Nomination Form), contact information and a list of notable accomplishments/services. A letter of recommendation is highly recommended. Nominations must be submitted to USHJA by Monday, October 18, 2010. The members of the USHJA Amateurs Committee will review the nominations and select the winner.

The goal of the Amateur Sportsmanship Award is to recognize Amateur-Owner and Adult Amateur exhibitors who exhibit a degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteer their time and resources to various aspects of the industry. Examples of this include: serving on committees, providing sponsorships, and promoting the welfare of the horse. Success in the show ring to be a secondary factor.

Previous Winners:
2009 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner - Christina Jones
2008 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner - Peggy O'Meara
2007 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner - Parker Minchin
2006 Amateur Sportsmanship Award Winner - Patricia Van Housen

The award will be presented during our Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner at annual meeting.

For more information or to submit nominees, please contact Sterling Berry at at 859-225-6705.


Double H Farm's Invitational
Training Session Raises Over $10,000

Double H Farm
Photo courtesy of Double H Farm. This image may only be used in connection with this press release.

The Harrison Family's and Double H Farm's 1st Annual Invitational Training Session, held August 27-28, 2010 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, helped raise over $10,000 for the United States Hunter Jumper Association's "Building For Growth" Capital Campaign.

Designed as a 'prep' for The Hampton Classic, the Invitational Training Session was developed by Double H Farm's Cayce Harrison. Ms. Harrison, the newest member of the "Building For Growth" Capital Campaign Committee, along with her parents Jeanne and Hunter Harrison, graciously opened Double H Farm's Grand Prix Field to the public for the first time since being built. Individual schooling sessions, over a full grand prix and natural obstacle course, were scheduled over a two-day period.

Approximately 60 participants donated $150 per session to the "Building For Growth" Capital Campaign; a Campaign dedicated to raising the necessary funds to support the endowment of USHJA's new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to read more.


Survey: Children's and Adult Nationalizing Specifications

The USHJA Nationalizing Specifications and Awards Task Force would like to thank everyone for taking the survey regarding zones having uniform specifications and for submitting comments. Of those who took the survey 91% voted to have uniform specifications across all zones and 89% commented that they would like to see national awards for the Children's and Adult Amateur Divisions.

Due to the large percentage requesting these divisions to have national awards and uniform specifications, the committee recommended that Proposed Rule Changes be submitted by the September 1 deadline this year so that these changes could be in the pipeline for 2012. The proposals submitted are not the finalized documents and will need amending. We are once again asking the membership to give us feedback so the committee will know how to proceed in finalizing the specifications for these national and zone divisions.

Please take this survey by October 15 so that data can be analyzed at a retreat planned for October 18.

Click HERE to Take the Survey!

Thank you for your input and any additional comments can be sent to Diane Popp, USHJA Director of Zones, Data, and Competitions,


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. Use the USHJA Calendar to search for all events.

Upcoming Clinics


5-7 Nick Karazissis Clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. Contact Diane Allison at or 650.851.1114.

9-10 Jeff Cook Hunter/Jumper Equitation Clinic for beginners to professionals at Ridgefield in Wildwood, MO. Contact Tracey Gentry Ryan or Annie Vibbert at or 636.527.3624.

10 "R" Judge Randy Neumann Clinic at St. Timothy's School following the October 9th Benefit Horse Show in Stevenson, MD. Contact Libby Southall at or 410.486.5483.

9-10 Diane Carney Clinic at Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact Betty Beran at or 480.451.0732.

23-24 Rob Bielefeld Clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA. Contact Tara Dawn Hazen at or 717.582-8221.

23-24 Sean Jones Clinic at The Equine Pavilion in Heber City, UT. Contact Leslie Edison at or 410.504.9587.

23-25 George Morris Clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. Contact J. Michael Halbleib at or 205.283.3082.

29-31 Greg Best Clinic at Evergreen Equestrian Center in Kirkland, WA. Contact Michelle Mayo at or 206.963.2443.

29-31 Nick Karazissis Clinic at Garret Mt. Equestrian Center in W. Patterson, NJ. Contact Penelope Kinnally at or 201.233.7410.

30-31 Melanie Smith-Taylor clinic at Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL. Contact Lauren Medlin or 954.448.5492.

30-31 Adam Cramer Clinic at Equi Sport in Pittstown, NJ. The clinic will benefit Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center. Contact Equi Sport LLC Riding Club at or 908.735.8533.

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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