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2013 USHJA Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships Debut at Georgia International Horse Park   

The first of four USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships debuted this past weekend to huge success at the Atlanta Summer Classics II held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. The USHJA South Regional Championships saw some of the best team and individual talents within Zones 3 and 4 go head to head for the coveted podium positions - Gold, Silver and Bronze.

 

The championship format and team concept were something very new for the competitors, but as Co-Chair of the South Regional Championship Committee Kim Land explained, "I feel that the Children's and Adult Amateur Regional Championships are important because it teaches a true championship format, a five-round event that is modeled after the North American Junior & Young Riders Championships. Most people were confused, at first, about how a team event worked, but this event is about education and fun. Riding on a team introduces new and different pressure; your teammates are depending on you. Also, most are not accustomed to cumulative scoring. In this event, your faults add up over the five rounds so winning an individual medal is a completely different type of accomplishment than winning one class. The winners were consistent in five rounds over three days. This is very tough and the winners should feel quite proud."   

   

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Emerging Athletes Program Begins Fifth Year with Great Success   

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The 2013 Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, began its fifth anniversary with two of the highly anticipated ten Regional Clinics. The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA., launched the new EAP season June 10-13 and welcomed 22 eager riders to an extensive four-day clinic with the legendary Bernie Traurig. Also on hand was stable management expert Anne Thornbury, who will oversee the barn care curriculum at five EAP locales, including the Ledges Sporting Horses facility in Roscoe, IL., on June 17 where 19 excited participants worked with her and world class clinician Cynthia Hankins.  

 

Riders and horses participating in the Regional Clinics are instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum.  

 

Bernie Traurig said as an opening day greeting, "Try letting go of your own beliefs and see if another way works better." His forward style of teaching the riders made the Conyers clinic a huge success.  

 

Sally Ike of the Chair of the EAP Committee viewed the opening clinics with a sense of real pride in the program's growth and success during its first five years. Ike said,

 

"We've had a 20% increase in applications from 2012 to 2013 and the overall standard from the nearly 250 applications is higher than last year. We're looking forward to an exciting year and are appreciative of everyone who contributes to make EAP such a great program, e.g. facility owners or operators, clinicians, and the families of our participants."

 

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USHJA Seeks Executive Director

The United States Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA), headquartered in the Kentucky Horse Park, is seeking a skilled individual for the position of Executive Director. This candidate will have demonstrated people skills and a record of success in managing operations with direct accountability for results.  

 

USHJA is an equestrian member service organization with 43,000 members participat¬≠ing in a broad range of equestrian Hunter and/or Jumper activities, including over 1,200 competitions. USHJA represents the Hunter and Jumper disciplines on a national level, promoting the sport and the well-being of its participants. The diverse activities include broad based educational programs for members, and a structure of elected and appointed members responsible for direction and oversight of the sport.  

 

The Executive Director will work out of the USHJA's Lexington, Kentucky office and will travel as required in the United States and Canada.  

 

All interested persons should send their resume and cover letter to Jackie Neumann.

 

USHJA is an equal employment opportunity employer

Horsemanship Stable Challenge Open! 

The USHJA announces the debut of the 30-Day Horsemanship Stable Challenge, which will begin June 14 and run through July 15.

 

Here's a great way to reward your favorite trainer! When at least three junior and/or amateur students per trainer* take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz between June 14 and July 15, the trainer will be in the running for a unique trainer inspired award package which includes a Trainer Certification Program Manual, one year free subscription from EquestrianCoach.com, a ball cap, gift certificate, insulated lunch cooler and a copy of "Equine ER" provided by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy, 10 free bags of grain provided by Nutrena, a Charles Owen Tote Bag, a Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Presenting Sponsor Sweet Briar College Gift Pack and a USHJA package of polo wraps, grooming brush and a hoof pick.

 

At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer in each zone wins the awards package!

 

USHJA hopes that with this firsthand experience of the challenge, trainers will encourage their students to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge program presented by Sweet Briar College in which USHJA members under 21 years of age test their horsemanship knowledge and may have the opportunity to compete in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals.

 

For additional information or questions please contact  Carrie Vaught via email or by calling (859) 225-6703.  

 

* Trainers, coaches and riding instructors must be current USHJA members and be declared professionals with USEF.

USHJA Wheeler Museum Exhibit Merchandise is Here!

The Wheeler Museum is proud to announce availability of limited-edition merchandise commemorating its current exhibit, Elegance, Power, Heart - The Thoroughbred Show Horse. In addition to great-looking hats, there are Itialian Fresco marble clocks, coasters and wine stoppers. These limited-edition items are being offered along with the Wheeler Museum 100% silk tie and scarf. Net sale proceeds directly benefit the Wheeler Museum and quantities are limited so purchase your items today! All items can be found at www.shopushja.com under the Accessories tab. Exhibit tee-shirts are coming soon, so check back often!

 

Help us spread the word about the wonderful Thoroughbred show horse and help protect our sport's legacy by supporting the Wheeler Museum and purchasing your favorite commemorative items.

 

For additional information about the USHJA Wheeler Museum, please contact Leslie Mangan at (859) 225-6704.

Pre-Green Incentive Program 2014 Championship Qualifying Continues Through 2013 Competition Year

The Inaugural Pre-Green Incentive Championship is quickly approaching and horses may qualify by participating at competitions with a start date through July 31, 2013.  Any 2013 PGIP Stake class held at competitions that start after July 31 will count toward the 2013 series standings and awards, as well as qualifying for the 2014 Championship.  Exhibitors can get a jump start on the 2014 Championship while continuing to accumulate money won toward year-end ribbons and prizes. As of June 21, 2013, 254 horses are enrolled in the program, which continues to grow in popularity.  The guaranteed base prize money for the Championship, before the entry fee addback, has reached $100,000 - prompting more exhibitors to enroll their horses and seek out the Stake classes that will qualify them to compete for a portion of that still-growing purse.

 

If you are interested in hosting a PGIP Stake class please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for further information.

Upcoming USHJA Outreach Program Events
USHJA Outreach competitions are easy to hold and participation is open to all equine enthusiasts. Riders who are members of the USHJA at the Outreach, Collegiate level or higher will be eligible for year-end awards.

For more information on applying to be a USHJA Outreach Competition or to find Outreach Competitions in your area, visit the USHJA Outreach Competition website or contact Christina Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

Outreach Competition - Marysville, OH
Equivents - July
Zone 5
7/12/2013

Outreach Competition - Fayetteville, AR
Northwest Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association
Zone 7
7/13/2013

Outreach Competition - Wayne, IL
Showplace - Summer "B" Show
Zone 5
7/26/2013

Outreach Competition - Batavia, OH
Majestic Summer Series
Zone 5
7/27/2013

Outreach Competition - Suffield, CT
End Of Hunt Equestrian Center
Zone 1
7/28/2013

Click here for additional Outreach Events.
USHJA Directory of Clinics
July 22Joe Darby,
Tucker Ericson
& Kim Dorfman
Buzzards Bay, MA
Liz Moakley
July 23Nick Karazissis
Estes Park, CO
Jennifer Duffy
August 15-16*
Geoff Teall
Buzzard Bay, MA
Sept. 9-10
George Morris
Hampshire, IL
Sept. 27-29*
George Morris
Birmingham, AL
Nov. 8-9*
Candice King
Owings Mills, MD
Nov. 8-10*
George Morris
Buffalo, NY
*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.
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Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
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