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Essex Classics - Raising the Bar of Equestrian Style for a Competitive Edge 

Essex Classics is in its sixth consecutive year of supporting two major programs: Title Sponsor of the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic and Award Sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series and Championships. 


Always an innovator in show shirts, Essex Classics now offers a new collection of high-tech Talent Yarn® shirts. Combining their revolutionary wrap collar with a nanotechnology performance fabric, they have developed a new show shirt that actually reduces your body temperature to keep you feeling cool and refreshed.  Additionally, the Talent Yarn® shirt offers long-lasting UV sun protection and is anti-bacterial and deodorizing.  It is designed with a tapered body fit, under sleeve mesh ventilation panels, and contrasting fabric trim.  Olympic great Anne Kursinski is a believer, "The Talent Yarn shirt is incredibly cool, light, and allows total freedom of movement. I love that it is stylish and athletic at the same time. This is the most comfortable show shirt I have ever worn."


Talent Yarn® shirts are only available in the finest tack shops and equestrian catalogs.


The 2013 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or WIHS Equitation Classic at a competition starting between July 2, 2012, and July 1, 2013.  


 This year's Essex Classics Hunterdon Cup takes place on July 30 at the HITS facilities in Saugerties, NY during the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. For more information on the classic contact: Melanie Fransen (859) 225-6705.


Essex Classics wishes all competitors a great season and invites you to visit Essex Classics online to explore all the many classics offered to improve your show day.

Elegance, Power, Heart-The Thoroughbred Show Horse

The USHJA Wheeler Museum's latest exhibit, Elegance, Power, Heart - The Thoroughbred Show Horse opens its doors Monday, April 1, 2012.  The exhibit will run through the end of 2013, and we encourage visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park to stop by the USHJA Headquarters to view the exhibit.  


Known for its stamina, power, speed, and agility, the Thoroughbred dominated the world of show jumping for decades. Likewise, the breed's beauty, grace, and elegance proved instrumental in shaping and defining the show ring hunter.  


We invite you to explore this exhibit, relive the storied athletes of our past, view some of today's show ring competitors, and share in the special bonds these horses have had with their owners and riders. Few horses exhibit the heart and bravery inherent in the Thoroughbred, and these qualities have resulted in heroic triumphs in international competition, as well as touching personal moments shared only between these horses and their riders and owners.


Revisit yesterday, and celebrate today, as we showcase the elegance, power, and heart that are the Thoroughbred show horse. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2013 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge

Now is the time to register for the 2013 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by Sweet Briar College! 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.


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.

2013 Zone Finals & Stirrup Cup Finals Locations Announced

Now is the time to make plans to attend your Zone Finals and/or Stirrup Cup Finals. The annual USHJA Zone Finals dates and locations have been announced. Be sure to check your points throughout the year so you can attend the Zone Finals. For more information on the qualifying criteria for each Zone Finals, please visit our website.  


2013 Zone Finals Dates & Locations

USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Finals competitions and/or sections are open to all competitors. All riders and owners must be active USEF/USHJA members in good standing, and horses must be USEF recorded and USHJA registered in order to earn points. Only competitors residing within the Zone will receive Bonus Points toward the USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Standings.


Take a Moment to Smell the Sweet Deals  

With Spring in the air it can mean only one thing - BIG SALE! Be sure to check out shopUSHJA for fun new arrivals and great sale pricing on winter items!

2013 USHJA Outreach Events

Outreach Competition - Sweet Briar, VA 

Sweet Briar College Spring Equitrial

ANRC Horsemanship Event

Contact Info:  Mimi Wroten
Zone 33/29/2013

Outreach Competition - Lloyd, FL 

Cavallo Farms

Contact Info:  Amy Center
Zone 44/6/2013

Outreach Competition - Suffield, CT 

End of Hunt

Contact Info:  Trudy Wissel
Zone 14/13/2013

Outreach Competition - Wayne, IL 

Showplace Spring "B"

Contact Info: Patrick Boyle 
Zone 5
USHJA Directory of Clinics
Mar. 29-31Bjorn IkastBellevue, NE
Janine Weatherby
Apr. 13-14Frank MaddenSeymour, WI Debra Nellis
Apr. 13-14Geoff TeallHawthorn Woods, ILAshley Hill and Serah Veras
Apr. 14Christina Schlusemeyer  New Smyrna Beach, FL  Jvan Johnson Colt
*Apr. 19-21George MorrisLa Grange, KYPeabody Fox
Apr. 27-28Leo Conroy
Atlantic Highlands, NJYvonne Abel
Apr. 27-28Jeff Cook
Birmingham, ALJ. Michael Halbleib
Apr. 27-28Geoff Teall
Waxhaw, NC
Sarah Tomasi Rice
Apr. 27-28Cynthia Hawkins
Acton, MA
Dina Mazzola
*Depicts a TCP Clinic                                For more information on all upcoming clinics click here
Sponsors & 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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