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You are Invited to Experience Kentucky During the Alltech National Horse Show

A partnership of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Phelps Media Group, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and the United States Hunter Jumper Association are pleased to offer an exciting new way to experience the Alltech National Horse Show and Central Kentucky. This experience will include free tours of famous Bluegrass area horse farms, a free tour of the world renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, free admission to all sessions of the Alltech National Horse Show, a free reception at the USHJA Museum, including an opportunity to meet some of the star riders of the hunter jumper world before the ring events on Friday night and an opportunity to meet Harry De Leyer, former trainer of Hall of Fame Show Jumper Snowman!


This exciting experience will give anyone who signs up on the Rood & Riddle website free general admission tickets to the Alltech National Horse Show for the duration of the show.


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Liza Boyd and Brunello Break Through for Victory in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

After placing second last year, the pair take the Tier I title. Photo Credit: Tricia Booker USHJA


After three previous appearances in the $170,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and a second- and third-placed finish, Liza Boyd was hoping for a little luck this time. And, today, it came in the form of a four-leaf clover given to her by Jen Alfano, last year's winner.


The good fortune carried through and Boyd and Brunello, her 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, jumped to the top of the $120,000 Tier I section of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.


"I'm really happy for the horse. He deserved it," said Boyd, of Camden, SC. "He's an amazing horse."


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2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Awarded Big Prize Money

With its biggest year to date, the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship paid out $173,000 in prize money & rider bonuses. The top horse-and-rider combinations all left the Bluegrass state with some extra cash in their pockets this year and the prediction for the 2014 Championship jackpot is even larger.  


Here are the results and payouts for the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship:


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Hunt Tosh Dominates the $157,990 Inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship

He guides two of his mounts to co-championship honors. Photo  Credit: Shawn McMillen


Owner Douglas Wheeler said what may have been on many people's minds at the conclusion of the inaugural $157,990 Pre-Green Incentive Championship, at th

e Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  



"Hunt's instincts as a horseman and a rider are fantastic. He's very patient with the young ones, and his riding talent is second to none," said Wheeler.  


And on August 15 that statement was particularly true as Tosh rode the Wheeler family's Crisp and Betsee Parker's Casanova to co-championship honors with equal scores of 177 points.  


"The tie today-that was actually really cool," said Tosh. "I knew they both went well, and when the second one went I didn't know what would happen. But the fact that they were tied, that's just special."


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Inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship Awards $157,990 in Prize Money

In its debut the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship awarded some of the highest prize purses for the younger horses ever. The success of the new program has been nothing short of historical and the momentum heading into the second year shows signs of continued growth and support.


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Tryonite Wins American-Bred Pre-Green Incentive High Score Award at Championship

USHJA President Bill Moroney, Ernest and Betty Oare with Liza Boyd and Tryonite Photo Courtesy of Tricia Booker


One of the goals of the Pre-Green Incentive Program is to encourage and recognize American-Bred horses. DS Holdings LLC generously donated a perpetual trophy which was awarded to Tryonite, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare, as the high scoring American-Bred horse from the first two rounds of the Championship.


"We were really happy to have her there and be a part of this special inaugural event! 

Ernie and I drove her out--actually he drove and I sat and looked at the beautiful mountains as we traveled. The Towell's let us be with them for those days, and of course Liza rode her beautifully. How lucky could we be! We were especially proud to have the American-Bred Award given to her. That meant a great deal!" Betty Oare said.


Kelley Farmer Reaches Milestone as First Million Dollar Hunter Rider

Kelley Farmer recently won the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Traders Point Charity Horse Show in Zionsville, IN, and that victory became a larger milestone for the Keswick, VA based professional.


After besting the field of challengers on the Phil A. Devita designed course, the reality of surpassing a million dollars in winnings began to sink in with Farmer. She is the first Hunter rider to join the Million Dollar Club alongside such elite jumper pros such as Wilhelm Genn, Aaron Vale and Margie Engle.  


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Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Deadline Quickly Approaching! 

Registration for the 2013 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by Sweet Briar College, closes on September 1! This educational program is open to all USHJA members 20 and younger (per USEF competition rules). Your high scores of the HQC Level One and Two Quizzes may grant you an invitation to participate in the HQC Finals in Findlay, OH this November, held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. The 2013 HQC Finals is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.


HQC Finalists receive unique opportunities:

  • Learn from the top clinicians and experts in the equine industry
  • Participate in a hands-on practicum to further test your horsemanship and barn knowledge
  • Chance to win a $1,000 training grant
  • Chance to win an individualized opportunity to learn from the equine experts at Spy Coast Farm

All HQC participants must complete both the Level One and Two Quizzes by September 1, 2013. Visit the HQC webpage to learn more and register for the new season or contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

World Championship Hunter Rider Season Winding Down

The summer is coming to an end and the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest World Championship Hunter Rider regions have concluded and invitations to participate in the WCHR Challenge Classes at the Finals have been issued to all qualifiers. Final standings are listed on the WCHR Standings webpage - congratulations to all award winners! The remaining five regions finish in just a few weeks and invitations will be sent upon their conclusion.  


As the end of the season approaches we look forward to the WCHR Finals at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, September 30-October 6 in Upper Marlboro, MD. Each year Capital Challenge and the WCHR Finals bring the top horses and riders from across the country to compete for several WCHR national titles. The top six riders in each category regionally and the top ten nationally, automatically qualify for their respective Challenge Class (exception Handy Challenge). It is not too late to take part in the Finals as there are also several opportunities to qualify from the eligible hunter sections at Capital Challenge.  


For more information or questions contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

2014 WCHR Member Event Selection

Looking ahead to the 2014 season; the application process for 2014 WCHR Member Events is wrapping up. In just a few weeks all 2013 WCHR members will be able to vote for the six competitions they would like to see as Member Events in their region for 2014, as well as their top 10 choices nationally. Members will receive an email with links to two separate online ballots, and will have two weeks to submit their top picks. Please vote for your favorites for 2014!  


Please direct questions to Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

Youth Award Applications Close Soon!

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Applications for two awards that recognize youth members for their equestrian and horsemanship achievements are now open! The USHJA Youth Leadership Award and USHJA nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Awardidentify potential future leaders in the equine industry who demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to USHJA  by promoting the equestrian sport, exhibiting characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles and who serve as role models for their peers.


Applicants for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award must be between 12 to 15 years of age, while USHJA nominees for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award must be 17 years or younger. The 2013 winner of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award will receive a RevitaVet Infrared Therapy System donated by RevitaVet. A Charles Owen helmet, the Official helmet of the USHJA, will be presented to both Youth Award winners.  


The application deadline for USHJA Youth Leadership Award is September 25. The application deadline for USHJA nominee for USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is

October 1.


Visit the youth awards page to apply to the USHJA Youth Leadership Award and/or the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award today! For more information contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

2013 Amateur Sportsmanship & Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Awards Nominations Still Open

Do you know an amateur rider in your area that exhibits a high degree of excellence and integrity by supporting his fellow competitors and/or volunteering his 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 is a secondary factor. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers.


The Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award was created to acknowledge a past or current owner who has been, or is, a true "patron" of the hunter/jumper industry. This award honors an owner who has created a legacy of giving back to the hunter/jumper sport through continued dedication and support  


Previous winners include Helen Lenahan and Harry Gill.


Nominate your candidates today for the USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award and/or the Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy AwardThe nomination deadline is October 15, 2013.


For additional information, please contact Melanie Fransen at (859) 225-6705.

USHJA National Hunter Derby Updates 

Charles OwenThe USHJA National Hunter Derby just keeps growing as exhibitors nationwide enjoy a fun and educational venue in which to experience the excitement of Derby competition. Originally modeled after the International Hunter Derby, the National Derbies have become a coveted goal in their own right. It is not uncommon to watch between 30 and 50 horses in a single class at a competition!


As of August 19, 2013, the top of the leader board includes:


Leading Horse: Luck, owned by Johnnie Martin-Carey, with earnings of $8,200.

Leading Rider: Peter Pletcher, with earnings of $15,375.


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


Lifetime National Hunter Derby Standing

Lifetime Money Won by Horse: Without Question, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables with earnings of $13,450.

Lifetime Money Won by Rider: Peter Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, with earnings of $61,400.


USHJA also recognizes the top adult amateur rider in each of the 12 zones, with a helmet provided by Charles Owen, the Official Helmet of the USHJA.   


USHJA National Hunter Derby High Point Adult Amateurs - 2013 Standings

City, State
Zone Bonus Pts Earned
Morgan Taniwha
Longmeadow, MA
Stephanie Dixon
Hamilton, NH
Makena Cummings
Wake Forest, NC
Caroline Carr
Tampa, FL
Michaella Gerlacher
New Albany, OH
Ellen Murphy
Corpus Christi, TX
Laura Owens
San Francisco, CA

As of 8.12.13


Find a National Hunter Derby in your area by checking out the 2013 calendar today!


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

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