Welcome to the USHJA Hunter Newsletter. This newsletter is sent monthly to USHJA Hunter members and is designed to provide you with news and updates relevant to the hunters, as well helpful tips and advice from our sponsors. We hope you enjoy it and encourage feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to myushja@gmail.com.

BIG NEWS-International Hunter Derby Unveils New Enrollment Option

The 2012-13 USHJA International Hunter Derby series is winding down and several horses and riders are vying for the top spots in the regional standings. The 2013-14 series is just over a month away and with the addition of an optional $200 enrollment fee, the 2013-14 regional awards will include a monetary component.

At the start of the new series, horses may compete in an International Hunter Derby without being enrolled, but horses must be enrolled to be eligible for inclusion on the regional and national money won tracking lists, and to participate in the 2014 Derby Championship. A minimum of 60% of all enrollment fees collected in each region will be paid out to the top six horses on each regional Horse Money Won list at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series in November 2014.

Enrollment opened April 15! Visit the IHD Enrollment Page or contact Kelley Douglas for more details.

LAST CALL for WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

The World Championship Hunter Rider program would like to remind equestrian enthusiasts about the debut of the West Coast Hunter Spectacular, to be held April 20 during the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, CA. This highlight event will showcase the very best of the show hunters as they take center stage in a two-round Hunter Spectacular where professionals, juniors and amateurs compete head to head.

The West Coast Spectacular will unquestionably become a distinctive part of the Member Event Series for the WCHR program as professionals, junior and amateur riders vie for the coveted title of Champion and a share of the guaranteed $30,000 in prize monies.

Along with top-notch competition, the 2013 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular will offer an evening of spectacular hospitality for your enjoyment:

• Don't miss a single round of the exciting class from comfortable ringside tables for four in the historic Jimmy A. Williams Oval

• Enjoy wine and dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. while you watch the evening's festivities and championship hunter class under the lights

Table and individual ticket reservations are still being accepted and can be purchased here. Please contact Leslie Mangan by e-mail or by phoning (859) 321-7763 to find out more

World Championship Hunter Rider Standings Online

WCHR is proud to unveil a new user friendly and interactive results format designed from member feedback. As with any new system, it will be monitored closely for accuracy, and we ask that all members help us identify any issues by checking your points thoroughly after each new posting. Points lock 30 days after posting so please email any discrepancies to Kelley Douglas within 30 days. Thank you for your patience and assistance.

Points have been posted on the WCHR Current Standings webpage through the following show(s):

South Central
Pin Oak Charity, Katy, TX, March 26-30, 2013
Spring Gathering, Katy, TX, April 3-7, 2013

Blenheim Spring Classic II, April 3-7, 2013

Tom Brennan – WCHR Rider, USHJA Committee Member and Derby Winner

Charles Town, WV based Tom Brennan is having a very good year with partner Gramercy Park. Their season began with the 2012 World Championship Hunter Rider Peter Wetherill Cup, presented to Gramercy’s owner Lynn Ellen Rice at the Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, from there the duo headed to Gulfport, MS where they picked up top honors in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held during the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.

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Meet Marvel –Leading Thoroughbred of the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program

This 10 year-old Thoroughbred comes to the Pre-Green Incentive Program by way of his new partner/owner, Sara O’Brien, and the unflinching faith that he would live up to the new name she has given him- Marvel.

The striking grey gelding had a first career as a racehorse, under the name Smoke the Bandit, he ran the tracks from 2004 through 2009 and retired with lifetime earnings of $113,734. Following his time at the track Smoke became Broadway and did some eventing before venturing into the hunter-jumper world.

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Pre-Green Incentive Program Enrollment News By the Numbers

As of April 16, 2013, there are:

76 shows hosting the Pre-Green Competitions for 2013

199 horses enrolled in the Pre-Green Incentive Program.

The total prize money for the Championship is already at $80,022.50, not including the 50% added back from each Championship entry fee! The total prize money will only continue to grow as more horses enroll and 65% of each new enrollment fee is also put back to the jackpot! To date, if 54 horses compete in the Championship, the total prize money this inaugural year will exceed $100,000!

Learn more about the exciting Pre-Green Hunter Incentive Program on the USHJA web site or contact Kelley Douglas.

Greg Crolick Puts in a One-Two Punch at USHJA International Hunter Derby

Bloomfield, MI resident Greg Crolick is heating up the second half of the 2012-13 USHJA International Hunter Derby series with a double victory at HITS Ocala in Florida.

Greg faced off against 41 starting competitors, but when the dust settled it was Carson- owned by Orchard Lake Farms, LLC – taking center stage in the winner’s circle along with stable mate Grey Street, owned by Adrienne Marciano, who accepted the second place awards.

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Owners Resource Guide Now Available

The USHJA Owners Committee created the Owners Resource Guide to help you, as a horse owner, make educated decisions and assist you in enjoying your experience with horses. This guide supports the vision that welfare of the horse is paramount in our sport. Helping you to become a more educated and engaged owner plays a large role in ensuring this outcome.This resource guide includes the USHJA Owners Sales Integrity Program, which provides basic information and tips to help owners feel informed and confident in the sales process. The guide also outlines owner and rider responsibilities while at a horse show, and an organization's (USHJA, USEF, et cetera) obligations to ensure that your showing experience is maximized.


If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Fransen at (859)225-6705.

Trainer Certification Program Offers Educational Options

Attend a TCP Clinic: Each TCP Clinic features at least one clinician over multiple days, who, using the principles of the American Forward Riding System, educates members on teaching skills. Check out the TCP Clinic Calendar for a list of upcoming TCP Clinics throughout the country.

Complete the Online Trainer Certification Course: In response to USHJA member input that the educational requirement for the Trainer Certification Program be more affordable and easily accessible, USHJA partnered with EquestrianCoach.com to offer TCP applicants an online educational option. The cost of the Online Trainer Certification Course is $200, which includes a complimentary 6-month subscription of EquestrianCoach.com. This gives TCP applicants access to Equestrian Coach’s extensive library of videos in addition to the TCP course materials.

Markel Insurance Company is proud to sponsor the Trainer Certification Program. Please visit their website to learn more about what they can do for you.

Contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703 for more information about the TCP and these educational opportunities.

USHJA National Hunter Derby

The USHJA National Hunter Derby continues to be a show staple, with over 40 classes held to date in the 2013 competition year. As of April 16, the early leaders in the running to win top honors nationally at year’s end include:

Leading Horse: Luck, owned by Johnnie Martin-Grey, with earnings of $5,200.

Leading Rider: Peter Pletcher, with earnings of $9,200.

Money won by horses and riders from each of the USHJA Zones is also being tracked.

Read more about the USHJA National Hunter Derby or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

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Standings (as of April 15, 2013)

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