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Emerging Athlete Hopefuls!

The applicaDovertion deadline for the June 2013 Regional Clinics is closed. The Emerging Athletes Task Force is currently determining the riders that will be accepted into the June Regional Clinics.


If you missed the June Regional Clinic deadline, you still may have a chance to participate in the Emerging Athletes Program; however, the application deadline for the July 2013 Regional Clinics is fast approaching!


Remember, in order to be considered for participation in a July 2013 EAP Regional Clinic, USHJA must receive all required documents and you must complete the USHJA  Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Level One Quiz  with a score of 80% or higher by May 27, 2013.


Please visit the EAP webpage for more information regarding the program, including the dates and locations of the 2013 Regional Clinics.


The EAP Application is now available as an online application.Login to your USHJA accountand click "EAP Regional Clinic Application" under the Emerging Athletes Program section.


Regional Clinic Deadlines:

Clinics held in June - CLOSED

Clinics held in July & August - Deadline May 27, 2013


For full application details click here or contact  Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

Road to the Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

Meet Cindy & Nikki - Competitors from the South Region

The first of the four newly created USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships is quickly approaching, as the South Regional Championships are set to debut June 19-23, as part of the Atlanta Summer Classics held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.


Two competitors eagerly counting down the days are Cynthia (Cindy) Screnci in the Adult Amateur ranks, who hails from the Delray, Florida area and Nikki Prokopchak, a high school junior from Frederick, Maryland competing in the Children's jumper section. Each has an interesting background that led them into show jumping and each enthusiastically volunteered to share their excitement about USHJA's newest program - in their own words.

Last Call! Attention Children's & Adult Amateur Riders from the CENTRAL Region*!

The Application Due Date for the Central Region* is June 8 and rapidly approaching. If you would like to have the chance to represent your state at the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Central Regional Championships, you must submit your application and application fee of $30 to the USHJA no later than June 8, 2013. 


Central Regional Championships Information


Central Region - Zones 6 and 7

GO Show
Oklahoma City, OK
Competition Manager: Philip J. DeVita
Competition Webpage:
July 24-28, 2013
Rider Application Due Date
June 8, 2013
Qualifying Period
December 1, 2012 to
June 23, 2013

If you have any questions regarding the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships, please email Meghan Carney or call (859) 225-6721.


*composed of all the states within Zones 6 and 7.

Attention ALL Children's & Adult Amateur Jumpers! 

See below all the dates you need to know for the Regional Championships!


The South Regional Championships will be held:

Representing all of the states within Zones 3 and 4

June 19-23, 2013 at Atlanta Summer Classic II in Conyers, GA

South Region Rider Application Due Date: CLOSED

South Region Qualifying Period: December 1, 2012 - May 19, 2013


The Central Regional Championships will be held:

Representing all of the states within Zones 6 and 7

July 24-28, 2013 at GO Show in Oklahoma City, OK

Central Region Rider Application Due Date: June 8, 2013

Central Region Qualifying Period: December 1, 2012 - June 23, 2013


The North Regional Championships will be held:

Representing all of the states within Zones 1, 2, and 5

September 4- 7, 2013 at  Hits on the Hudson VIII in Saugerties, NY

North Region Rider Application Due Date: July 21, 2013

North Region Qualifying Period: December 1, 2012 - August 4, 2013


The West Regional Championships will be held:

Representing all of the states within Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

September 24-29, 2013 at Sacramento International Welcome Week in Rancho Murieta, CA

West Region Rider Application Due Date August 10, 2013

West Region Qualifying Period: December 1, 2012 - August 25, 2013


Please read over all Specifications and Qualifying Criteria to determine your eligibility to compete at a Children's and Adult Amateur Regional Championships in 2013.


Any questions regarding the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships please email Meghan Carney or call (859) 225-6721.

EAP Celebrates Fifth Anniversary and Catches Up with Alumni 

To celebrateDover its fifth year, members of the Emerging Athletes Program Task Force decided to check in with some of the program's past participants for feedback on their EAP experience and updates on their equestrian progress.


Henley Adkins of Moorpark, CA began her EAP journey in 2010 -


In 2010 I did Level I. In 2011 I did Levels I, II, and III (now known as the National Training Session).


I saw EAP as an opportunity to be able to train with great horse people like Melanie Smith Taylor, whom I had always admired.


I expected to gain a fresh perspective on riding and horsemanship from a whole new group of trainers. 


I not only improved my riding, I improved my overall horsemanship knowledge and skills and made new lifetime friends in the process.


I have continued to show in the Big Eq classes such as the Talent Search, Maclay, and WCE. I have also been given the opportunity to ride and train some amazing horses, which I learn from every day. I competed over fences at the IEA National Finals in Syracuse this April with my Elvenstar High School Team and in the fall of 2013, I will be attending Kansas State University on a riding scholarship.


A few of my riding highlights since EAP include:

  • Reserve Champion of the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at HITS Thermal in 2012
  • Fourth place overall in the CPHA Jr. Medal Final 2012
  • Watching Meg O'Mara win the USEF Hunt Seat Medal in 2012 on Vancouver, the horse that I trained
  • The honor of winning the USHJA's nomination for the USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award in 2012
  • Being a finalist for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award also in 2012.

Thanks! EAP has opened doors for me as a catch rider. It has also given me techniques that I have brought home with me in training my own horses.


Cori Cromwell of Sedalia, CO started EAP in 2011 -


I participated in EAP in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, I made it to the National Training Session.


I decided to apply to EAP because I believe I fit in with the values of the program.  The idea that you do not need world class horses or piles of money really stood out to me.  I expected to learn to ride better from the clinicians, but I learned so much more.  I benefited from the horsemanship, an area in which I believe many young riders lack.  Some of the most important things I learned from EAP were the little tips from Karen Golding.  She has many good tricks for everyday tasks using household items like vinegar.  


Being a National Finalist has had a huge influence on my riding career.  It has given me much attention from NCAA teams.  This April, I will be signing with the New Mexico State equestrian team. I know that EAP has had a huge impact on my recruitment from these equestrian teams.  The coaches look for teamwork and sportsmanship and EAP teaches exactly that.  I learned the importance of a valuable work ethic and attention to detail from my clinicians.   


I look forward to contributing to the team with all the knowledge EAP has given me.


To learn more about the Emerging Athletes Program and all it has to offer please visit our website or contact  Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

Reminder - Applications for Junior/Young Riders Due June 14 

Athletes wishing to be considered for a 2013 Zone Junior or Young Rider Show Jumping Team for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) must complete and return the application no later than June 14. There are separate applications for the Junior and Young Rider Teams. Late applications will not be accepted.


The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky will host the 2013 NAJYRC on July 17-21.


Additional information regarding NAJYRC requirements and selection can be found on the USEF website or by contacting  Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

Calling Out to US Pony Jumpers - It's Almost Championship Time!

Time is ticking away - the qualifying period is almost over for the 2013 US Pony Jumper Championships. Competitors have until June 1, 2013 to earn points towards the Championships. Be sure to review the Selection Procedures.


The Championships will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park on August 5-11, 2013, during the USEF Pony Finals .


You can check your standings here and if you believe there should be corrections in the results, requests should be sent to corrections@usef.org.


For more information, contact Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

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) obligations to ensure that your showing experience is maximized.


Download Your Copy Today! 


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

Trainer Certification Program Offers Educational Options

Trainer Certification Program applicants have t wo exciting opportunities to fulfill the educational component of their TCP application:


Attend a TCP Clinic: Each TCP Clinic features at least one clinicia  n 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.

Current Standings as of May 15, 2013
Dash For Cash
Christian Heineking-TX
Theo Genn-OH
Wilhelm Genn - OH
Bjorn Ikast - CO
Devin Ryan-NJ
USHJA Rider Lifetime Money Earned - Jumper
Margie Engle - FL
Kent Farrington - FL
Wilhelm Genn - OH
Tracy Fenney - TX
Todd Minikus - FL
USHJA Owner Recognition - Jumper
USHJA Directory of Clinics
Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program. TCP applicants may also fulfill their educational requirement by completing the Online Trainer Certification Course.

*June 1-2Bernie Traurig
Sparta, MIRebecca Bradley
June 1-2Geoff Teall
Havenhill, MAMonica Hunt
June 10-11George Morris
Tryon, NC
Sherry Pace
Sept. 27-29George Morris
Birmingham, AL
J. Michael Halbleib
*Depicts a TCP Clinic              TCP Clinics are presented by Markel Insurance Company
For more information on all upcoming clinics click here
Sponsors and Partners
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033
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