September 2, 2009
In this issue:
*John French and Rumba Win Inaugural Hunter Derby Finals
*Nominations Open for USHJA Hunter Development Incentive Fund
*Member’s Choice Awards Deadline Change
*Outreach Medal Points Available Online
*Deadline Reminder for Youth Sportsman's Charter Award
*Deadline Approaching for Affiliate Associations
*Zone News & Deadlines
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John French and Rumba Win Inaugural ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
After three brilliant performances, John French and Rumba will go down in history as the inaugural winners of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. Before the start of the final day of competition, George Morris addressed the crowd gathered in the Johnson Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The hunter derby courses are bringing us back to tradition, we’re surrounded by lovely horses and no doubt we’ll see a championship performance tonight,” Morris said, wishing the horses and riders the best of luck.
The top 25 horses and riders then returned to compete over a classic hunter course. They were judged by four panels of judges, each of which could award an additional 10 points for brilliance. The top 12 would then move onto the third and final handy round. Patrick Rodes and Bobby Murphy put together two magnificent courses that challenged both horses and riders and allowed the brave and bold to shine. “They’ve really outdone themselves this week for us,” USHJA President Bill Moroney commented about the course designers and show management staff.
Roger Smith’s Castello ridden by Jack Hardin Towell got the evening’s event started with a solid performance. But once again, it was John French and Mountain Home Stables’ Rumba that stole the show with a high score of 400. French’s ride received the full set of 10 style points from one panel of judges and 9 points from the other three panels.
Visit the USHJA website to read more about John French's and Rumba's victory. Complete coverage of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby and links to video coverage of the event can be found on the Derby Finals website.
Nominations Open for USHJA Hunter Development Incentive Fund
The Hunter Development Incentive Fund was created by the USHJA’s Breeders Committee to recognize and reward breeders and owners of American-bred hunters. The program is currently open for nominations and is offering special limited-time discounts for stallion and horse owners.
The HDIF will work from a points-based system to award financial bonuses to those who breed and show American-born hunters. Each point earned at a USHJA-approved event by a HDIF-nominated horse will be worth money. Enrolled horses will also be able to earn prize money at HDIF special member events. Only the top 5 HDIF Special Member Event class points will count towards any year end payout and awards. HDIF nominated horses will not be eligible to compete in more than 10 HDIF Special Member Events.
To read more of the press release, visit the USHJA website. Information about the program is available on the HDIF webpage. Questions regarding HDIF can be directed to Sterling Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member’s Choice Awards Deadline Change
The deadline for competitions competing in the Member’s Choice Awards for 2009 has been changed from November 30, 2009 to August 31, 2009. Competitions taking place September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010, will be eligible for the 2010 Member’s Choice Awards.
Competition participants will have until Wednesday, September 30, 2009 to submit a survey for their favorite competitions, held December 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009. Surveys may be completed at https://www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/USHJA/CompEval/USHJACompEval.aspx.
Questions regarding the Member’s Choice Awards Program may be directed to Christine Kennedy at email@example.com.
Outreach Medal Points Available Online
The points for the Outreach Medal classes are now available on the USHJA website. Competitors may search for their points by class, state or with their USHJA membership ID. As new competition points are posted, the standings on the website will automatically update. For questions regarding standings or the Outreach Medal Program, please contact Christine Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline Reminder for Youth Sportsman's Charter Award
The deadline for submission of your USHJA nominees for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is September 28, 2009. This award program is designed for junior exhibitors who are current members of both the USEF and their recognized national affiliate (i.e. USHJA). Each application will then be reviewed by the respective Zone Committee to decide on one nominee to represent the Zone. Once each Zone has chosen their nominee, the names will be submitted to the USHJA Youth Council. The four Regional Junior Affiliate Sportsmanship winners will also be added to the list of nominees. The Council will then decide the final USHJA nominee. USHJA will submit the name and a runner-up to USEF before October 31. Please click here for application and more information. Questions regarding the Youth Sportsman's Charter Award may be directed to Erin True at email@example.com.
Deadline Approaching for Affiliate Associations
The deadline for submission of your Affiliate Sportsmanship Award nominees is September 15, 2009. Please submit your Junior, Amateur, Riding Instructor and Professional bios, essays, as well as a photo, with photographer's permission, to Christine Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may send your nominee information to 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 or via fax to (859) 258-9033. Questions regarding the Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Program may be directed to Christine Kennedy at 859.825.6009.
Zone News & Deadlines
2010 Zone Finals:
The fourth annual USHJA Tad Coffin Zone 3 Equitation Finals took place August 15 in the Grand Prix Ring at HITS Culpepper. Thirty riders competed with Taylor Brown winning the class. Taylor is trained by Peter Foley. Reserve champion was awarded to Jennifer Delman, who trains with Lynn Caristo. Olivia Wren trained by Winn Alden received third place honors.
For her win, Taylor won a custom-made Tad Coffin saddle, valued at approximately $4,500. Jennifer received a pair of custom half chaps from Pinnell Custom Leather, while Olivia won a bridle from Ginny Edwards and Hidden Hollow Farm. Taylor’s horse, Legato, was also recognized with the Uptown Award presented by Tom Brennon. The award is given to the horse the judges feel best suits the 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.
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.
12-13 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology clinic at Shiloh West Equestrian Center in Castro Valley, CA. For more information, please contact Kelly Maddox at email@example.com or 925.575.4818.
15-16 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at SDSU Equestrian Center in Brookings, SD. For more information, please contact Megan McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605.690.7726.
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 email@example.com or 713.621.6290.
22-24 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.
25-27 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 843.815.3428.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 336.927.5378.
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.
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.
For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at email@example.com or 859.225.6960. Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.
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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.
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