Welcome to the first edition of the USHJA Hunters' Newsletter. This newsletter will be sent bi-monthly to USHJA member's designated as a hunter. The Hunters' newsletter 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.

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  Alfano and Jersey Boy Claim Victory in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

The fourth annual $115,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance, featured many top performances from among the country’s best show hunters, but it was Jersey Boy and Jennifer Alfano who were best of all.

Jersey Boy’s victory was especially sweet because after contesting the Derby Finals each of the past four years and winning the overall series title three times, it was the one major Derby accolade remaining for him to win.

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  The Exciting Evolution of the Derby

The 2012 Derby Finals clearly demonstrated how small changes can have a huge impact. The addition of the $15,000 Consolation Round sponsored by Moyer Farms and the change in the qualifying criteria took the Derby entries to an all-time high of 95 horses. From talking with exhibitors, it was obvious that the most significant factor resulting in this increase was the addition of the Consolation Round which allowed 30 horses and riders a chance to come back and compete over a Steve Stephens' Handy Course on Saturday afternoon. Of course, having a shot at winning some prize money was also a positive, but even those who didn’t think they were going to take home a ribbon or prize money were excited to have the opportunity to compete a second time.

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  USHJA National Hunter Derby Standings

At the conclusion of each competition year USHJA recognizes the top 10 horses on the National Horse Standings list. In 2012, the overall national winner will receive an awards package from World Equestrian Brands, the awards sponsor of the USHJA National Hunter Derby. 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.

As of August 24, 2012, Without Question, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, is leading the country in National Hunter Derby money won with $12,600, while Peter Pletcher is the rider having earned the most money; $21,300 so far. Congratulations also go out to the Adult Amateur riders currently leading their zones:

  • Zone 2 – Tasha Plunket, Lancaster, PA
  • Zone 3 – Chiara Parlagreco, Warrenton, VA
  • Zone 4 – Sarah Morris, Memphis, TN
  • Zone 7 – Sue Takata, Athens, TX
  • Zone 10 – Jessica Singer, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Read more about the USHJA National Hunter Derby or contact Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717.

  Pre Green Hunter Incentive Program Set to Launch!

The Open Hunter Task Force began developing the concept for a program to encourage the development of pre-green horses late in the 2010 competition year. Colleen McQuay and Geoff Teall have worked tirelessly with USHJA leadership and staff to create the elements of the Pre-Green Incentive Program that will be launched on December 1, 2012. The Open Hunter Task Force members are to be commended for their commitment and financial support of this program which will include a championship held in conjunction with the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. Money won program tracking lists honor horses by age and gender, as well as the top Thoroughbred and American bred horses. Rider recognition will be based on overall total money won.

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  2012 WCHR Finals Are Right Around the Corner!

Each year the World Championship Hunter Rider season concludes at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, when WCHR members from across the country compete head to head in the Challenge classes they have worked all year to qualify for, and vie for a national title. Several riders have already pre-qualified from either their final regional standings or their performances in last year’s Challenges. With four more regions yet to conclude and the chance to qualify out of the eligible hunter sections at The Capital Challenge itself, the 2012 WCHR Finals should make for an exciting week. The Capital Challenge Horse Show is held October 1-7, 2012 in Upper Marlboro, MD.

  2013 WCHR Member Event Applications Closed. Voting Ballots Coming Soon!

A record number of applications have been submitted to host a World Championship Hunter Rider Member Event in the 2013 Competition Year. All 2012 WCHR members are encouraged to vote for the six competitions they would like to see as Member Events in their region for 2013. Starting September 1, emails containing a link to an online ballot will be sent to members in the four regions that have concluded their WCHR season. As each of the other four regions concludes, members in those regions will also receive the same email. Members have two weeks to submit their choices from the time the email is sent. Please speak up and vote for your favorites!

WCHR Member Events are determined on an annual basis by evaluating applications, membership votes*, selection criteria, geographical balance, variance of dates, constituency opportunity and USHJA WCHR Committee recommendations with final review and approval by the USHJA Executive Committee.

  Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Award

Each year Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital based in Lexington, KY, honors deserving former racehorses that are successfully making second careers as competitive horses. The biggest requirement is that the horse must have made at least one start at the racetrack. Rood & Riddle award horses in several disciplines, including Eventing, Dressage, Hunters, and Jumpers. From those honored one talented horse is selected for the overall award and this year that winner is a Hunter named Sea Walker. The 12 year-old gelding by Marlin/Shop is owned by Nicole Oliynyk who competes him in the Open Hunters.

USHJA congratulates Sea Walker and Nicole on this honor and wish them continued success.

  Promote Your Clinic via USHJA Directory

The USHJA Directory of Clinics is dedicated to promoting both riding and non-riding clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. USHJA encourages hosts to offer a variety of educational clinics – from riding and horsemanship to legal advice for owners, trainers, managers and parents

Riding clinics hosted or conducted by an Olympian or USHJA Certified Trainer, and non-riding educational clinics receive their directory listing for free! Clinics listed on the USHJA Directory reach the USHJA membership of 43,000 twice a month through the USHJA E-Update and daily on the USHJA website.

For more information please visit the USHJA Directory of Clinics or contact Carrie Vaught at 859.225.6703.

  Upcoming USHJA International Hunter Derbies

  • September 2 – NW Spectacular
  • September 3 – Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, Carson City, NV
  • September 7 – Texas Sport Horse Cup, Tyler, TX
  • September 8-9 – Chicago Hunter Derby, Antioch, IL
  • September 16 – St. Louis National Charity, Lake St. Louis, MO
  • September 23 – The Kentucky National, Lexington, KY
  • October 28 – Fleur de lis Farms, Bartonville, TX

For a complete list of USHJA International Hunter Derby classes for the 2011-12 Qualifying Series Click Here

  Upcoming WCHR Member Events

  • August 26-September 2 – Hampton Classic Horse Show, Bridgehampton, NY
  • September 12-16 – NW Autumn Classic, Monroe, WA
  • September 13-16 – High Prairie Fall Classic, Parker, CO
  • September 18-23 – Middleburg Classic, Leesburg, VA
  • October 1-7 – WCHR Finals at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, Upper Marlboro, MD

Complete list of 2012 WCHR Member Events Click Here