September 16, 2009
In this issue:
*2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series Underway
*Remember to Check Your Points for Foundation Awards
*EAP Level II Training Sessions
*Registration Open for Texas SmartPak/USHJA Trainer Symposium
*Make Plans to Attend the 2009 USHJA Annual Meeting
*Zone News & Deadlines
2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums
Presenting sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource
Sponsor of the 2009 International Hunter Derby Finals and 2009/2010 International Hunter Derby
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook
Grand Prix Riding Apparel
Awards sponsor of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby and 2009 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic
For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series Underway
Many venues are experiencing an increase in exhibitors and spectators alike thanks to the efforts of show managers, course designers, the support of sponsors and the dedication of the High Performance Hunter Committee.
In its second year of competition, the International Derby Series is fortunate to have the support of title sponsor The Chronicle of the Horse. The internationally-recognized magazine has been covering the series since its inception in December 2007 and continues to bring a heightened awareness of the derbies to the industry.
Currently, 28 classes are scheduled to make up the 2009/2010 series but the USHJA is accepting applications for a limited number of classes to be held before June 2, 2010. If you are interested in hosting a derby, download an application and fax it to the USHJA at 859.258.9033. Applications are due October 1st.
For a complete schedule of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby Classes please visit the USHJA website.
Questions concerning the derby may be directed to Melanie Fransen at email@example.com.
Remember to Check Your Points!
USHJA members who are competing in the Foundation Awards Program are reminded to check your points for year end standings. An up-to-date tally of points accrued throughout the competition year can be found on the USHJA website. Points may be contested up to October 10th, thereafter, points will not be changed.
The USHJA Foundation Awards Program was created to recognize the accomplishments of grassroots equestrians and to promote B and C level competitions. This awards program is a separate program from the USEF Horse of the Year Program. The USHJA Foundation Awards are an additional and unique awards program that you are automatically enrolled in by being a member of USHJA and competing in B and C rated competitions.
Questions concerning the Foundation Awards may be directed to Kristyn Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level II Training Sessions
The Emerging Athletes Program is well underway with three of its five Level II Training sessions complete. The Level II sessions are held over a two-day period and include a clinic-like format with top riders and trainers from around the country and focus on horsemanship skills that extend beyond the saddle. At each session, guest barn managers and veterinarians give presentations on health care and other aspects related to the general management of horses.
The young athletes are being evaluated not only on their ability to ride, but their general knowledge and desire to learn. The top twelve riders in the nation will be invited to ride in the third and final training session where the top two riders will be awarded a grant for one month of advanced training.
Upcoming Level II Training Sessions:
Auditors are welcomed and encouraged to attend each Level II Training Session. Please contact the respective host site for auditing information.
Registration Open for SmartPak/USHJA Trainer Symposium
The Texas Rose Horse Park will host a Trainer Symposium on October 25-27 in Tyler, Texas. Melanie Smith Taylor, Jeff Cook and Sandy Ferrell will present sessions on hunters, jumpers and equitation with topics ranging from training exercises to business practices. Members will have the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. To view a complete schedule of the event, click here.
Texas Symposium Clinicians:
Those who are applying for trainer certification will be able to count the Texas symposium to their credit. The TCP requires candidates to attend a Trainer Symposium in order to be certified.
Questions regarding the Trainer Symposium may be directed to Melanie Fransen at email@example.com.
Make Plans to Attend the 2009 USHJA Annual Meeting
Join the USHJA at the 2009 Annual Meeting held in St. Petersburg, Florida, December 7-10. The four day long convention will take place at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort St. Petersburg. Registration will be open until December 3, 2009. Applications to register can be downloaded from the USHJA website.
The Annual Meeting will include informative sessions on rule changes and hot topics in the industry as well as a chance to network and relax in the beautiful St. Petersburg area.
Special events on schedule include:
For a complete schedule and more information, visit the 2009 Annual Meeting webpage on the USHJA website.
Various sponsorship opportunities are available throughout the Annual Meeting. Please contact Patty Wise for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.243.1333 x223.
If you have questions about the USHJA Annual Meeting please contact your committee liaison or Melanie Fransen, Director of Programs and Education, at email@example.com.
Zone News & Deadlines
2010 Zone Finals:
Zone 5: 2009 Zone 5 Horsemanship Class
This class is a three phase equitation class, open to riders residing in Zone 5, who have not reached their 18th birthday as of Dec 1, 2008. The over fences phase (50%) will consist of a course with a minimum of 10 fences, including a combination. The course will be set at a maximum height of 3'6" (no water or liverpool jumps will be included in the course). The flat phase (25%) will be open to everyone competing in the class. The written phase (25%) is based on George Morris's “Hunter Seat Equitation" and "The United States Pony Club Manuel of Horsemanship, Basics For Beginners" by Susan E. Harris (chapters 6-8 and pages 231, 248, 249). The written phase will be a sit down test consisting of 25 questions given to all competitors. The time and place of the written phase will be posted by the first day of the show. Please refer to the USHJA Zone 5 webpage for further information.
Zone 6: Scout Badge Blast to be held Sunday October 4th
The Minnesota Harvest Horse Show and the University of Minnesota Equine Center are hosting the Scout Badge Blast. The USHJA Zone 6 committee is helping to sponsor this event which is a community outreach to help Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn their Horse Fan badge and points towards their Horsemanship badge. It is anticipated that nine hundred young people and their families will be in attendance. The week continues with the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show running from Tuesday – Sunday offering a $10,000- Junior Amateur Classic, a $2,500 Children’s Adult Jumper Stake, and the $30,000 Grand Prix of Minnesota.
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 Events Calendar.
18 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be hosting College Night at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact Roxanne Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
22-24 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Donida Farm in Auburn, WA. For more information, please contact Michelle Mayo at email@example.com or 206.963.2443.
25-27 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Donida Farm in Auburn, WA. For more information, please contact Michelle Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.963.2443.
26-27 Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at South Lake Farm in Huntersville, NC. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Wilson at email@example.com or 704.491.9588.
26-27 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at Rose Dhu Creek Stables in Bluffton, SC. For more information, please contact Eddie & Kate Maple at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.815.3428.
26-27 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Shalimar Fields in Monroe, CT. For more information, please contact Stephanie McComiskey at email@example.com or 914 523-9685.
30 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Clermont Equestrian in Woodside, CA. For more information, please contact Craig Clermont firstname.lastname@example.org at or 650.851.2230.
3-4 Melanie Smith Taylor will be conducting a clinic at Plantation Equestrian Center in Plantation, FL. For more information, please contact Lauren Medlin at email@example.com or 954.448.5492.
3-4 Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. For more information, please contact Hope Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 650.851.1114.
10-11 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Alpine Ridge Farms in Sparta, MI. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.887.1419.
10-11 Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Los Cedros in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association at email@example.com or 928.899.3373.
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.
16-17 Holly Hugo-Vidal will be conducting a clinic at Thoroughbred Training Center in Mocksville, NC. For more information, please contact Jenn Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.927.5378.
24-25 Osvaldo Ornia Pacher will be conducting a clinic at Palermo Show Stable in Bedminster, NJ. For more information, please contact Gretchen Ornia Pacher at email@example.com or 908.719.7500.
30-Nov 1 Bernie Traurig will be conducting a clinic at Donida Traininig Center in Auburn, WA. For more information, please contact Lynda Cast at Lynda@one-horseproduct.com or 206.304.0454.
5-6 The Virginia Intermont College Equine Studies Program will be hosting a “Liability and Risk Reduction for Equine Professionals” seminar at the Harrison Jones Auditorium in Bristol, VA. For more information, please contact Eddie Federwisch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276.669.8398.
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 email@example.com or 713.621.6290.
11-12 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Pinehurst Stables in Jupiter, FL. For more information, please contact Sean Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.758.1664.
14-15 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, OH. For more information, please contact Jeanie Cappie at email@example.com or 513.936.7332.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.582.8221.
14-15 Paige Rassas will be conducting a clinic at Irish Oaks in Pfafftown, NC. For more information, please contact Karen Bruce at email@example.com or 336.945.5178.
21-22 David Wright will be conducting a clinic at Free Breeze Farm in Cross Plains, NY. For more information, please contact Catherine Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931.220.4781.
22 Melanie Smith Taylor will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. For more information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at email@example.com or 239.633.1949.
5-6 Jeff Cook will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. For more information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.633.1949.
5-6 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact Betty Beran at email@example.com or 602.524.7627.
11-13 Chris Kappler will be conducting a clinic at the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, TN. For more information, please contact Catherine Reese at 931.220.4781.
21 Paddy Downing-Nyegard will be conducting a clinic at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. For more information, please contact Helen Price at the Lazy E at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.282.3004.
1-3 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at T.Ed Garrison Arena in Pendleton, SC. For more information, please contact Sherry Pace at email@example.com or 803.713.3953.
2-3 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Lehman Farms in Pitsford, NY. For more information, please contact Craig Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.657.4528.
2-3 Daniel Geitner will be conducting a clinic at Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, FL. For more information, please contact Colleen Cunningham at email@example.com or 352.283.0060.
For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859.225.6960. Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.
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.
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.
Accepting Nominations for:
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.
"More Than Just Ribbons"
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