USHJA E-Update

September 17, 2008

In this issue:

*USHJA Trainers Symposium in Sweet Briar, VA

*WIHS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

*Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Yearbook Deadline

*2008 USHJA Annual Meeting

*USEF Youth Sportsman Charter Award

*USEF Announces 2nd Annual Youth Convention

*Get Connected DVD now available

*Dr. Andrew Weiner on "A Culture of Accountability"

*Clinics Calendar

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A great resource for schools, parents, and potential sponsors, this video will provide a brief introduction into the world of horse showing for junior equestrians.

While focusing on the bond between child and horse, it delves into the challenges of balancing school, riding, and horse care.

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2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby
presented by Dietrich Insurance, featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery

Major Sponsors:

Charles Owen & Co

Dover Saddlery

Award Sponsor:

Essex Classics

2008/2009 Schedule, Results and Standings 

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USHJA SPONSORS

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

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 2008 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands  
  Sponsor of the USHJA  Rider Recognition Program

Practical Horseman  
Sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program

Equisure
Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook

English Riding Supply
Awards for the 2008 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Class

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at wallen@ushja.org
or 859-225-6967.

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USHJA Trainers Symposium in Sweet Briar, VA

USHJA is proud to offer a USHJA Trainers Symposium October 24-26, 2008 at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA. This is your chance as riders and trainers to watch, listen, and ask questions from some of the top trainers in the country. The clinicians include Danny Robertshaw, Scott Hofstetter and Harold Chopping. The Symposiums offer attendees a rare opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. The schedule offers three days of hunters, equitation and jumpers. Each of the disciplines is broken into sections: i.e. Junior Hunters, Intermediate Equitation and Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers. The sections will have 3-4 demonstration riders for the clinician to work and explain different techniques, exercises and tips for various levels of riders and horses. This is a great opportunity for professionals and members to exchange thoughts and ideas on training exercises, training aids, and business practices.

The Sweet Briar College Symposiums will also offer attendees an educational seminar each day in addition to the riding instruction.  World Equestrian Brands will offer a seminar on “Is Your Tack Holding You Back” presented by Rachel Hansen.  Paul Cronin will offer an instructional seminar on the proper lunging techniques. 

Click here for registration and host hotel information for the Sweet Briar College Symposium.

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The Washington International Horse Show Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Horse-crazy or not, if you like championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is the event for you. This year, it is held once again at the fabulous Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. on October 21-26.

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation's capital to compete for more than $415,000 in prize money and championship titles. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunters, equitation and dressage events during the six-day show. Special exhibitions, unique shopping in 55 boutiques and a Pony Pavilion with free pony rides (Sat.) round out this family-friendly show.

WIHS, a non-profit organization, is proud to partner with the National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks, an organization working to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a popular Washington D.C. fixture visited by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

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Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards Yearbook

Reserve your advertising space today for the USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards Yearbook sponsored by Equisure Inc. The deadline to reserve space and submit your ad is October 15th. The yearbook will feature all of the Affiliate Award winners of 2008. It is a great place to advertise and spread the word about your farm, trainer or company. The yearbook will be distributed to all USHJA Annual Meeting attendees as well as to each of the participating affiliates. You can also purchase congratulatory ads to show your support for this year's winners. For more information on advertising contact Whitney Allen at 859-225-6967 or wallen@ushja.org.

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2008 USHJA Annual Meeting

Join us at the 2008 USHJA Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.  Our host hotel, the Hilton Downtown Nashville is located only 20 minutes from the Nashville International Airport and just minutes from restaurants, entertainment and major business destinations.

On Monday, December 8th, Mack and Sissie Anderton’s Brownland Farm will be the host of the Welcome Reception. USHJA will provide transportation to/from Brownland Farm to all meeting attendees. 

Tuesday, December 9th will be the kick off event for the new Trainers Certification Program which will launch in June 2009.  Guests are invited to attend the Wine & Cheese Reception to learn more about the program and its benefits to all levels of trainers. 

Also on the 9th there will be a luncheon to showcase the new and exciting programs USHJA has in store for 2009 including the Trainers Certification Program, the Emerging Athletes Program and the new state of the art USHJA Headquarters. 

Following the 2009 Showcase Luncheon attendees have a unique opportunity to attend the USHJA Marketing Seminar. The USHJA Marketing and Communications Committee will be presenting materials on How Effective Marketing Can Work For You. Attendees will learn how to reach their audience through the internet, advertising and marketing packages as well as how to get results and much more!

The annual Evening of Equestrians will be presented on Wednesday, December 10th and will feature the winners of the Affiliates Awards Program, Amateur Sportsmanship Award and Rider Recognition Awards.  In addition, the Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award will also be named.  For information on purchasing a ticket or table for your party, please visit www.ushja.org

NEW for the 2008 Annual Meeting, you can complete your meeting registration and hotel reservations at the same time by visiting www.ushja.org

The USHJA group rate is $155 for single or double occupancy.  The deadline to receive this special rate is November 15, 2008.  Any reservation made after this date is not guaranteed to receive the special rate.  Should you wish to come early or stay a few extra days, this special rate is available two days prior to the beginning of the meeting and two days after the close of the meeting.  The rate will be extended based on availability.

Plan now to join us in Nashville, TN for the USHJA 2008 Annual Meeting.  For complete registration, schedule and hotel information, visit www.ushja.org  or contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859.225.6960.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Whitney Allen, Director of Marketing and Development, wallen@ushja.org or 859.225.6967.

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USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award

The nomination deadline for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award is quickly approaching! Nominations should be sent to USHJA Zone Coordinator, Claudia Meeks at cmeeks@ushja.org by September 26, 2008. Click here for the USEF Nomination Form and more information.

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United States Equestrian Federation Announces 2nd Annual Youth Convention

By Matt Fine

Continuing their success from 2008, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Youth Council will host the 2nd Annual USEF Youth Convention in Cincinnati, OH, as part of the USEF Annual Meeting. On Saturday, January 17, 2009, hundreds of youth athletes from the Federation’s 28 breed and discipline backgrounds will come together to participate in a day-long convention culminating with a dinner and dance for convention attendees and USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award finalists.

The 2009 Youth Convention will commence with a keynote address by Olympian and USEF President David O’Connor. O’Connor’s accomplishments include being a three-time Olympic medalist with an Individual Gold, a Pan American Games Team Gold Medal and a World Equestrian Games Bronze Team Medal. Now retired from riding competitively, O’Connor trains horses and riders and acts as an FEI Eventing Course Designer. O’Connor’s knowledge, experience and humor will provide an inspiring start to a day designed to educate and unite the future leaders of equestrian sports.

Breakout sessions emphasizing leadership, the pursuit of excellence in horsemanship, collegiate opportunities and careers in the equine community will provide attendees with additional opportunities to learn from and engage with some of the equine world’s elite. Sessions topics this year will include college equestrian programs and opportunities (NCAA/IHSA/IDA), breed and discipline question and answer sessions, veterinary medicine and many more topics.

Additionally, a Star Power Panel will bring together eight top athletes from USEF recognized breeds and disciplines. They are Archie Cox (Hunter/Jumper), Robert Costello (Eventing), John Crandall (Endurance), Jim Lowry (Morgans), Devon Maitozo (Vaulting), Sue Blinks (Dressage), Mary Trowbridge (Arabians and National Show Horses), and Rob Byers (Saddlebreds). The stars of the equestrian world will be talking with convention attendees about their experiences and backgrounds as they answer questions and share their passion for horses.

Space will be limited to the first 150 registrants. Forms will be available soon so check the Youth Council webpage by following the “Youth Council” link on the USEF website at www.usef.org. For further information, please contact Joyce Hamblin, Youth Council Program Manager at jhamblin@usef.org or (859) 225-6939.

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Get Connected DVD Now Available for Purchase

The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association, USHJA and USEF are pleased to announce Get Connected, an educational DVD featuring USEF Tests 1-19, with Debbie McDonald (World Cup Champion and U.S. Olympian in Dressage), Cynthia Hankins (USEF “R” Judge, USEF Medal Final winner) and Michael Moran (USEF Judge, most recognized horse show announcer). Get Connected serves as a visual reference guide for riders, trainers and judges, and will be one of the main educational tools used in USEF Judge’s clinics.

Those who have previewed Get Connected agree that it is the highest quality educational DVD made to date. Bill Moroney, President of the United States Hunter and Jumper Association, commented that this DVD “is truly a comprehensive educational tool for the 21st Century”.

Get Connected utilizes the USEF Rule Book, the USEF Judge’s Manual and the USHJA Equitation Task Force for content and information. Debbie McDonald and Cynthia Hankins lend their years of experience and top-level instruction to Get Connected as experts and demonstrators. In combination, the references and professionals provide a program of classical content and information that will be valued for many years to come.

Get Connected illustrates how tests are correctly performed. If there is more than one way to correctly perform a test, this is clearly stated and illustrated, while encouraging judges to be specific in stating his or her preference.

PCHA and USHJA will provide all USEF Hunter/Equitation registered judges with a complimentary copy of Get Connected. While the main subject matter of Get Connected is the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Tests 1-19, the following topics are also discussed and illustrated to augment this educational tool.
  • How Saddles Influence Position
  • Form Follows Function and Function Follows Form
  • The Three Basic Hunter Seat Positions
  • Common Position Flaws
  • The Dressage Position
  • Forward, Straight, Frame
  • The Connected, Balanced Horse
  • Common Connection Flaws
  • Transitions
  • Lateral Movements and Exercises
  • USEF Tests 1-19

Click here to watch a preview and purchase.

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Dr. Andrew Weiner on "A Culture of Accountability"

Dr. Andrew Weiner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the graduate program of teaching, coaching and sports leadership at the University of Kentucky and has worked as a consultant for the USHJA since 2006.

This online series of articles has focused on how USHJA can create an organization that best represents the desires of its members. One of the ways we do this is to create and maintain a great culture.  Last issue, I indicated that the essentials of any culture are a vision, mission and a set of values. Moreover, these elements must be in alignment (embody similar concepts moving in the same direction). While the elements of vision, mission and values are necessary, they are not sufficient to define a “great culture;” there must be other characteristics in place. One of the primary characteristics of a “great culture” is accountability.

Many of us see accountability as being responsible and answerable for the completion of assignments or tasks. In a volunteer association just as in a corporation, accountability is essential; however, there is a significant difference between the two organizations. In a corporation there are tangible sanctions, disincentives and various punishments for not being accountable. An employee, who does not accept accountability for her /his actions, may suffer a demotion, disciplinary action, failure to receive a pay raise or even termination. An association volunteer who fails to complete a promised task receives what? In most cases, mild disapproval from other members. If the volunteer fails to accomplish the task, and defends her/himself by saying “I just didn't’t have the time because I was too busy with my work. I don’t get paid to volunteer,” many of us would understand to some degree.

I am certain that many of you have either heard this or a similar defense or may have even used it. It is difficult to confront a volunteer who tells you that more important priorities emerged thus, necessitating putting an association task on hold. It’s a response that makes sense yet, it hurts the work of the association. What can we do about it?

Click here to read the full article.

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Practical Horseman/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.

New clinics added to the schedule:

September 20 Bill Moroney will be conducting a clinic at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro, MD. For more information, please contact Lori Bellerive at 301-432-4079 or ljbbasket@aol.com

September 29-October 1 --Location Change- Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Donida Farms in Auburn, WA. For more information, please contact Michelle Mayo at michelle@mayoinc.net or 206-963-2443.

October 25-26 -- Date Change from September 13 Andrea Wells will be conducting a clinic at the Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO. for more information, please contact Tara Hieb at tara@cottonwoodridingclub.com or 303-791-7656.

November 1-2 Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at the William Woods University in Fulton, MO. For more information, please contact Dr. Linda McClaren at lmcclare@williamwoods.edu or 573-592-1196.

November 14-16 Anne Kursinski will be conducting a clinic at Market Street, Inc in Frenchtown, NJ. For more information, please contact Carol Hoffman at marketstreetinc@yahoo.com or 908-229-5297.

November 20 “A Talk with the Judges,” Beth Nielson and Bucky Reynolds will be conducted at the West World of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact Betty Beran at 480-860-9579 or bizberan@aol.com.

November 22 Course walk with the Grand Prix Course Designer Mike Galloway will be held at the West World of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact Betty Beran at 480-860-9579 or bizberan@aol.com.

November 28-30 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL. For more information, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

December 27-28 Karen Healey will be conducting a clinic at the Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please contact Betty Beran at 480-860-9579 or bizberan@aol.com.

Upcoming Clinics

S E P T E M B E R 

21 Linda Allen and Julie Winkel will be conducting a clinic at Stone Bridge Farm in Natural Bridge, VA.  For more information, please contact Katrina Weinig at  Katrina@stonebridgefarm.net or 540-291-1000.

26 Linda Allen will be conducting a Lecture and Discussion clinic at Foxton Farm in Romney, IN.  For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-586-1952.

27-28 Linda Allen will be conducting a riding clinic at Foxton Farm in Romney, IN.  For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-586-1952.

27-28 Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton, SC.  For more information, please contact Eddie Maple at katemaple@aol.com or 843-757-7721.

29-October 1 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Fox Creek Farm in Sequim, WA.  For more information, please contact Lori Crow at lorincrow@hotmail.com or 360-681-4892.

O C T O B E R

4-5 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Los Cedros in Scottsdale, AZ.  For more information, please contact Debbie Jamsa at the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association at debbiejamsa@happydreamranch.com or 928-899-3373.

7-8 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at Irish Oaks Farm in Pfafftown, NC.  For more information, please contact Karen Miller Bruce at irishoaks@triad.rr.com or 336-945-5178.

11-12 Joie Gatlin will be conducting a clinic at the Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.  For more information, please contact Betty Beran at bizberan@aol.com or 480-860-9579.

11-13 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.

18-19 Beth Nielsen will be conducting a clinic at Legacy Stables in Fort Collins, CO. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martin at jeninmaui@mac.com or 970-689-3847

25-26 Linda Andrisani will be conducting a clinic at Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY.  For more information, please contact Masako Niwa at masako_niwa@optonline.net or 631-704-8668.

25-26 Andrea Wells will be conducting a clinic at the Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO.  For more information, please contact Tara Hieb at tara@cottonwoodridingclub.com or 303-791-7656.

31-November 2 Greg Best will be conducting a clinic at the Garrison Forest School Stables in Owings Mills, MD. For more information, please contact Miraim Schulman at miriamschulman@gfs.org or 410-559-3481.

D E C E M B E R

5-7 Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at the Palmer Divide Ranch in Larkspur, CO. For more information, please contact Karen Goodell at goodell027@aol.com or 719-339-0085.

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.

Mission Statement:
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.