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This is the first edition of the USHJA Professional's Newsletter. This newsletter will be sent bi-monthly to USHJA member's designated as professionals. The Professional's newsletter will provide you with news and updates relevant to professionals as well helpful professional tips and advice from our sponsors. We hope you enjoy. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to myushja@gmail.com.

2012 International Hunter Derby Finals – Presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance

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Have you heard about the exciting new Pre-Green Incentive Program?

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A Judge's Perspective by Julie Winkel

We're Ready for a Hunter Revolution
Let's return to the days when our show hunters were happy and vibrant.

Originally printed in June 2012 USHJA In Stride

I'd love to see the days of the comatose show hunter behind us, and I think we're going to see that happen sooner rather than later. There's a feeling in our industry that I've not experienced before—trainers, owners, riders and judges are realizing that where we've ended up isn't really where we wanted to go.

So, I've decided to step up and candidly discuss our show hunter sport. It's not going to be pretty, but it's time for us to really lay the cards on the table, see what hand we've been dealt, and then start a new game.

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Understanding Buyer Psychology Means More Horse Sales Success

Elisabeth McMillan – EquestrianProfessional.com

Whether you run a large scale sales horse barn, breed, train or ride - most hunter/jumper professionals are involved in the sales process.

Even the trainer representing the buyer will often find themselves in a selling position when they suggest their client purchase one horse over another. And while this article focuses on selling horses, the principles contained in it also apply to selling services like boarding, training, breedings and lessons. Basically no matter what type of horse business you have, understanding the sales process and developing good sales skills is essential for success.

Developing good sales skills begins by understanding the psychology of the sales process from both the buyer's and the seller's point of view.

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Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 4 of 4

Bernie Trauig – Equestriancoach.com

Don't miss our 2 for 1 Anniversary Sales Event, going on for 3 Days Only – June 18-20, 2012. For more details, go to equestriancoach.com/anniversary-ushja

A strong, tight, correct position over jumps is every riders goal no matter if they are just starting out or been in the saddle for years. Here in the states we’ve even developed an entire division and industry based on achieving the perfect position. Equitation, however goes beyond looking correct or riding in a specific style, it's rooted in functionality and tests a riders effectiveness which is why the USEF Medal, Maclay and Talent Search Finals have become increasingly more demanding over the years and are the pinnacle of the equitation rider's career.

In an attempt to share my beliefs/teachings on correct, effective position I have created a progressive training system, "Building Blocks to a Great Position" to teach riders how to develop a solid position on the flat and over fences. In parts 1, 2, and 3 I concentrate on fine-tuning the correct heel, leg and upper body position and then in part 4, the jumping phase, I turn my focus to the arm and hand.

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Transporting Horses: Management to Minimize Stress

Kentucky Equine Research Library

Even if your horse climbs willingly into the trailer each weekend and seems to travel well, he is undergoing some stress each time he's transported. That is the conclusion of a number of studies showing physiological signs of stress (elevated heart rate, increased cortisol production) in trailered horses that are used to being handled and transported. It can be inferred that reactions would be more pronounced in horses less accustomed to transport. By being aware of travel stressors and taking steps to minimize their impact, owners may be able to help their horses arrive in good condition after transport for various distances in a range of climatic conditions.

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Managing Your Horse in Hot Weather

Supplied by Nutrena

Horses really suffer during extremely hot weather. The thermal neutral zone is a range of ambient temperatures where they are most comfortable and do the best. Horses’ thermal neutral zone is lower than ours. We are most comfortable in the 50s thru 70s whereas horses are 20 to 30 degrees lower. When any animal is within their thermal neutral zone they are more efficient at maintaining body temperature. When they are outside that zone they must burn more energy to warm their self in cold weather or cool their self in hot weather. So they feel better and operate better within that thermal neutral zone. The problem is that in the Southwest horses are usually operating at high ambient temperatures particularly with all of our summertime activities. Add to that is the heat that is generated during muscular activity which is a problem in hot weather. The relative humidity also is a big factor. Lack of air movement can contribute to the problem also.

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2012 USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinics

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.





June 30-July 1

Julie Winkel

Palmer, AK

Kerri Geppert

July 7-8

Karen Healey

Moorpark, CA

Peter Lombardo

August 31-Sept. 1

George Morris

Irving, TX

Britt McCormick

Click Here for a complete list of TCP Clinics.