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  New Presidential Modification

USEF President David O'Connor granted a Presidential Modification to HU 121.2 for the 2013 competition year which is effective immediately. This modification addresses the minimum height of fences in the High Performance Hunter section at Federation competitions.

HU121 Height of Obstacles.
2. High Performance Sections: 4’ minimum in “A” rated sections at “AA” rated competitions; 3’9” minimum in “A” rated sections at “A” rated competitions, and “B” and “C” sections.

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  New Governance Structure Takes Root at the USHJA Annual

Changes to the governance structure of the United States Hunter Jumper Association highlighted this year’s Annual Meeting, held Dec. 2-6 in Miami, FL and presented by the USHJA Supporting Winter Circuits of Zone 4.

In elections held on Tuesday December 4, Bill Moroney was re-elected as President. Other officers elected include: Mary Babick, Vice President of Hunter Discipline; David Distler, Vice President of Jumper Discipline; Larry Langer, Secretary; and Dianne Johnson, Treasurer.

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  ESP Will Host New CSIO for Young Riders in 2013

ESP will host a CSIO -Nations Cup Competition- for Young Riders, Juniors and Children in Wellington, FL during Week Eight of the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival (Feb. 26 - March 3).

The U.S. intends to send a team of up to four athletes in each age category. The USEF Selection Procedure and Application will be available on the USEF High Performance website on or about December 20, 2012.


This CSIO is an FEI Event and will run according to FEI Rules. Please see Annex IX -Rules for Young Riders and Juniors and Annex XII -Rules for Children's Events.

Age categories as defined by the FEI

  • Young Rider: 16-21
  • Junior Rider: 14-18
  • Child Rider: 12-14

Maximum Fence heights for the Event:

  • Young Rider: 1.45m
  • Junior Rider: 1.40m
  • Child Rider: 1.20m

Equine Drug Testing – FEI Equine Anti-Doping & Controlled Medication Regulations as well as the FEI Veterinary Regulations will be in effect –please read the FEI Rules on these important issues.

Athlete Drug Testing – Athletes are subject to in-competition drug testing while competing under FEI rules. The Prohibited Substance List can be found here.

If you find you are taking a prohibited substance, you may be eligible for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). If you have any questions, please email Amy Serridge.

FEI Registration – Athletes and horses must have current FEI Registration to be able to compete in this event. Information on how to register is available on USEF website.

Horse Passports – All horses must have a valid and current FEI passport. Please ensure that your horse's vaccinations are up to date and recorded in the passport. More information about obtaining or renewing a passport is available on the USEF website.

If you have any questions or know of someone who may be interested in applying for one of the Teams - please contact Lizzy Chesson.

  Tis the Season — To Renew Your USHJA & Affiliate

With the 2013 winter show season getting underway, don’t forget to renew your USHJA membership or Affiliate membership. You can renew, obtain a new membership, print cards and much more online or contact Kim Knotek at 859.225.6709 with questions.

  Coming in 2013! USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur
  Jumper Regional Championships

Over the years there have been on-going discussions among Adult Amateur and Children jumper members hoping to one day have their own championship, in 2013 USHJA will make that vision a reality.

In an effort to provide greater participation, more competition and less cost to exhibitors there will be four regions, composed of the USHJA zones as follows:

  • North – Zones 1, 2 and 5
  • South – Zones 3 and 4
  • Central – Zones 6 and 7
  • West – Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Basic eligibility requirements for riders who wish to participate in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships include U.S. citizenship, current active junior or adult amateur member in good standing with both USHJA and USEF, and their horse must be registered with USHJA plus recorded with USEF pursuant to USEF GR 1102 and shown under the owner of record.

Competitions will be held for teams and/or individual riders. Composition of teams and individual competitors that each state can send to the Championship will be determined by the number of Children’s jumper riders and Adult Amateur jumper riders residing in a state the previous year. As an example, a state with less than 150 Children’s jumper riders will be permitted one team. A team will consist of a minimum of three horse and rider combinations, but not more than four.

For additional information or questions please contact Meghan Carney at 859-225-6721.

  Competition Managers!

You recently received bid packets for the 2013 USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships.

A successful site should offer facilities and amenities worthy of hosting a USHJA Championship Competition. Host sites are chosen through a bid process.

Please return your completed bid packet to the USHJA office on or prior to February 1, 2013.

For additional information or questions please contact Chris Murphy at 859.225.6714.

  Congratulations to Kelly Lorek & MTM Sundance
  — Winners of the First USHJA Pre-Green Stake

The Christmas Horse Show in Waco, Texas had the honor of debuting the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program’s inaugural Stake class during the December 5 event. MTM Sundance with Kelly Lorek of Manchaca, TX in the irons rode to the win for owner Chris Guthrie. The remaining top five included – 2nd Summerton ridden by Katja Kallenberger, 3rd WH Custom Made with Taylor Holmquest, 4th Wesley piloted by Bill McMorris and 5th Monterrey with Christian Rogge.

This exciting program is off to a great start, if you’re not familiar with the details be sure to visit the Pre-Green Incentive page on our site to learn more or to enroll your horse. The USHJA Pre-Green Stake competition calendar is now up and growing daily, so be sure to check it often.

For additional information or questions please contact Kelley Douglas at 859.225.6717.

  New USHJA 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 organization (USHJA, USEF, etc.) obligations to ensure that your showing experience is maximized.

Download your copy today

For additional information or questions please contact Melanie Fransen at 859.225.6705.

  Attention Working Students and Amateurs

Before you start the competition year, please make sure to read all of the new rule change proposals that went into effect on 12/1/12. If you are an amateur or a working student, you need to read the complete new version of GR1306. This rule is specific to amateurs. Working students and amateurs will be required to abide by the new rule.

With these important changes taking effect, USHJA encourages all exhibitors and trainers to take the time to review all the new rules, to ensure knowing the rights and wrongs before entering a horse show.

If you have any questions, please email USEF directly at amateurinquiry@usef.org for a direct response.

  Don’t Forget — USHJA Zone Banquets are Coming Up

Mark your calendars! The 2012 Zone HOTY banquets are just around the corner. Please check the USHJA Zone website for more information about the banquet in your zone. Awards for individuals who are unable to attend their banquet or from zones not offering a banquet will be mailed from the USHJA no later than March 1, 2013.

If you have any zone related questions, please contact Melanie Fransen for Hunter related questions or Chris Murphy for Jumper related questions.

  USHJA Directory of Clinics

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The USHJA Directory of Clinics is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete list clinics visit the Directory of Clinics. For questions please contact Carrie Vaught.





December 28-30

Geoff Teall

Hamburg, NY

Craig M. Brown

December 29-30

Julie Winkel

Maple Valley, WA

Tia Carr

January 5-6, 2013

Joe Fargis

Petaluma, CA

Marian Nelson

January 19-20, 2013

Julie Winkel

Timonium, MD

Equestrian Promotions, Inc.

February 22-24, 2013

Nick Karazissis

Harrisburg, PA

Equestrian Promotions, Inc.

April 13-14, 2013

Frank Madden

Seymour, WI

Debra Nellis

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  USHJA 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.