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In this issue of
USHJA E-Update:

*ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Making News

*Weinberg Harris & Associates to Facilitate USHJA Sponsorship Acquisitions

*Open Zone Meetings for Zone Committee Elections

*USHJA Affiliate Equitation Program


*Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule
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Upcoming Events:

ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Classes

March 7th
Gulf Coast Winter, Gulfport, MS

March 14th
HITS Desert Circuit Championship, Thermal, CA.


March 16th
HITS Ocala Winter Finals, Ocala, FL.


March 21st
Scottsdale Spring Festival in Scottsdale, AZ

CLINICS

February 23-24th
Rita Timpanaro Clinic at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA. 

February 29th
Ellen Shevella will be conducting a clinic at the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, FL. 

March 15-16th
Juliana Zunde will be conducting a clinic at Signature West Farm in Spanaway, WA. 

March 29-30th
Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at William Woods University in Fulton, MO. 


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USHJA AWARDS

 
 
 
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USHJA SPONSORS

ASG Software Solutions
Title sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands
Presenting  sponsor of the USHJA Hunterdon Cup and Rider Recognition Program


Practical Horseman
Title sponsor of the USHJA Clinics Program


Equisure
Sponsor of the USHJA Trainer's Directory  and the 2007 USHJA Affiliate Awards Yearbook

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen at
wallen@ushja.org
or 859-225-6967.

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ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Making News

Jenny Karazissis in a 'Swoon' after her victory in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Classic at HITS Thermal  
 

By Chris Mayone

THERMAL, CA (February 13, 2008)—Jenny Karazissis rode El Campeon's Swoon to victory in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Classic to conclude DC III at HITS Thermal. 

Thermal was the second venue to play host to this new hunter series, which has been generating a lot of excitement throughout the sport. A field of 27 combinations in the first round were sliced into a final round of 12 exhibitors who were asked to come back and compete for the blue ribbon. The first round was a regular classic course and the second round was a handy hunter course that included a trot jump, roll-backs and option jumps, all in the HITS' state-of-the-art Grand Prix ring. During the second round, judges were able to award bonus points for style and handiness.

"The team at HITS Thermal did a great job presenting the second class in the International Hunter Derby series," said Diane Carney of Telluride, which is located at Canterbury Farms out of Chicago. Carney is a member of the USHJA High Performance Hunter Committee and was on hand at Thermal for the event. "The riders and horses really put the sport back into hunters under the lights in Thermal. The two teams of judges obviously enjoyed the brilliance of the hunters as scores where high and handy bonus points were well deserved. The course designer and decoration teams did a beautiful course of natural jumps."

One of the goals of the competition was to bring hunter and jumper riders together at the top level. Some noteworthy jumper riders to compete were Richard Spooner, who was third aboard Guns N Roses and Jill Humphrey who was 12th aboard Craig II. Right from the start Karazissis was competitive, taking first and second place in the first round on Tricia Cook-Looker's Aragon and Swoon, respectively.  In the second round, Karazissis moved into first aboard Swoon after dropping a rail during her trip aboard Aragon. When the class was complete, Karazissis outlasted some of the top hunter riders in the world, including John French, Peter Pletcher and Archie Cox, to win $3,000 in first place prize money for El Campeon Farms.  

"It was very exciting," said Karazissis. "I had been looking forward to the class for a while. It was such an exciting atmosphere to compete in. The Grand Prix ring was the perfect place; I was even more excited when I heard we were going to compete in that ring. It was great to have such accomplished riders like Richard [Spooner] stick around after the Grand Prix to compete. His participation made it even more special and I really appreciate his support for this event."

Karazissis and Spooner shared a fun moment after the class when she acknowledged that she can now proudly tout that she beat Richard Spooner. He was quick to qualify it by adding "At hunters!" 

As part of her preparation for the class, Karazissis decided to not show in the hunters during the week, but rather opted for the level II and III jumpers. "It was gratifying to feel like my plan paid off," she continued.  "I also have to thank my husband, Kost, because he was a tremendous support and his help enabled me to get ready for this."


"HITS was delighted to showcase the hunter in our fabulous Grand Prix arena," said HITS' Vice President of West Coast Operations, Fred Bauer. "We are looking forward to holding the class on the weekend under the lights during the Championship Week March 11-16. It should be a magical night!"

"It was fabulous," said trainer Karen Healey. "I was happily surprised by the amount of people who stuck around to watch the class at 5 pm after Sunday's Grand Prix was over. When the class moves to prime time it's going to be huge!"

Karazissis, who has been competing at the Desert Circuit since DC I, will return for the second half of the circuit with her eyes once again set on the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Classic.

The HITS Desert Circuit now takes a one-week hiatus. Competition at HITS Thermal returns on Tuesday, February 19 for four consecutive weeks of shows and runs until Sunday, March 16 when the new Desert Circuit Championship will close out the season with 17 different championship classes, including the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic and the first-ever $200,000 Invitational Grand Prix of the Desert.


Click here for complete press release.


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Prize List for $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby in Naples is Now Available


Equestrian News Release

Wellington, FL - February 13, 2008 - The prize list and information regarding the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, to be held in Naples, FL, on April 6, 2008, is now available. The derby will be hosted by Wrenwood Farms.

The prize list can be found on the Stadium Jumping Inc. Web site at http://www.stadiumjumping.com. The event is a High Performance Hunter class and will benefit the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center. It is also a member event of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series. The date of the event is included in the schedule for the Tampa Equestrian Festival, which is also produced by Stadium Jumping Inc.

The show will be managed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, KY, and he will design the course as well. Judges presiding over the event will be George H. Morris, Chrystine Tauber, Jimmy Clapperton and Jack Towell.

The derby will coincide with a fundraiser for the Naples Equestrian Challenge, which is a non-profit therapeutic riding program that serves Collier County and the Naples area. The benefit will be a brucheon themed "Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hats and Tails" to celebrate the old-world style and top-shelf experience that is the traditional hunter derby.

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

Click here for complete press release. 

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N E W  C L A S S E S  A D D E D  T O  S C H E D U L E


*March 14-New Date!
HITS Desert Circuit Championship in Thermal, CA. For more information, please contact Tom Struzzieri/HITS at www.hitsshows.com or 845-246-8833.

*June 14
Country Heir Horse Show in Lexington, KY. For more information, please contact Frankie Stark at 513-875-3318.


*August 16
Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. For more information, please contact Debbie Benson at dc_benson63@yahoo.ca or 604-534-0837.


Click here for more information on the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Classes are being added frequently so please refer to the USHJA website for the most up to date schedule. For information on hosting a class please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org.


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WEINBERG HARRIS & ASSOCIATES TO FACILITATE USHJA SPONSORSHIP ACQUISITIONS

News Release
February 19, 2008

USHJA is proud to announce that as of December 2007 Weinberg Harris & Associates has been engaged by the Boards of Directors of the United States Hunter Jumper Association to facilitate all sponsorship acquisition and fulfillment for the organization. In less than 60 days WHA has already acquired several new corporate sponsors for the USHJA International Hunter Derby including title sponsor, ASG Software Solutions and presenting sponsor, Dietrich Insurance.

WHA comes to USHJA with over 20 years of sponsorship and public relations experience. William Moroney, president of USHJA, stated, “Their hard work, dedication and experience will launch the association into the world of corporate sponsorships.” Tracey Weinberg, president of WHA, will guide the USHJA sponsorship acquisitions with more than 20 years experience in the public relations and marketing industries. Weinberg, a leading amateur rider in both the hunter and high-performance jumper disciplines, has been competing in the equestrian world for more than 25 years.

Patricia Wise, an avid horseback rider and competitor for more than 10 years, will assist Weinberg and USHJA in the sponsorship arena. Prior to WHA, Wise served as both a fundraiser and legislative counsel to Florida Congresswoman Tillie K. Fowler and New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton.

“Our hallmark has always been to help clients leverage individual expertise and success in conjunction with media generation, reputation enhancement and empowerment to achieve business goals. Coupled with several decades of equestrian competition at the highest level, our team will apply the same philosophy to our equestrian-oriented clients." Said Tracey Weinberg, president of Weinberg Harris & Associates.

WHA has provided marketing and public relations account services, including strategic guidance, media relations, event coordination, and sponsorship outreach and coordination for numerous equestrian clients including the Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS).

For more information please contact Whitney Allen at 859-225-6967 or wallen@ushja.org.

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OPEN ZONE MEETINGS FOR ZONE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS


Dear USHJA Members,

 Please be aware that on or before April 25, 2008, each Zone Committee must hold an “open” Zone meeting for the purpose of receiving suggestions and nominations from Individual Active or Associate Senior Hunter or Jumper members in the Zone for the upcoming Zone Committee elections.  The date, place and time for an “open” nominating meeting must be determined by the Zone Committee and published on the USHJA website, in USHJA E-News and/or in USHJA In Stride Magazine a minimum of 30 days in advance of the meeting. 

At this meeting, the Zone Chairman or a representative of the Zone Nominating Committee will read the nominations from the Zone Nominating Committee into the record.  Additional nominations may be made under the following conditions, providing the person being nominated meets eligibility requirements and consents to being nominated.

  • Nominations may be made from the floor by one Senior Active or Associate member eligible to vote in the Zone and seconded by one Senior Active or Associate member eligible to vote in the Zone and must be accompanied by a short biographical statement from the candidate (no more than 200 words).

  • Nominations may be made in writing to the Zone Chairman with a copy sent to the USHJA office prior to this meeting, at which the Zone Chairman or a representative of the Zone Nominating Committee will read the names of the nominees.  Written nominations are due to the Zone Chairman and in the USHJA no later than five days in advance of this meeting. A petition signed by no fewer than 5 Senior Active or Associate members must accompany written nominations.  Only one nominee may be included on a petition and the individual must have agreed to be nominated and must have a short biographical statement.  Incomplete or late nominations will not be eligible for inclusion on the ballot.  The names of all nominees meeting eligibility requirements must be included on the ballot.

Within five days following this meeting, the entire list of candidates' and the candidate's bios will be sent to the USHJA office which will then verify the candidate’s eligibility.  Zone Chairman should collect “bios” from all candidates. It is preferable that the Zone Chairman collects all of the forms for their zone and then sends them as a package to Christine Kennedy.  No nomination will be accepted without a bio.

Upcoming Open Zone Meetings:
 
Zone 2 Hunter
An open forum for Zone 2 Hunter Members has been scheduled for MondayMarch 10th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. This forum will take place at Willie's Tavern, 285 Main Street, Bedminster, NJ (very close to the USET Headquarters in Gladstone). Nominations will be taken from the floor for the Zone 2 Hunter Committee. Additionally, written nominations may be sent to Katie Benson at jackkate@aol.com.  Please RSVP to Katie, if you are planning to attend the forum. Thank you.

Zone 3 Hunter
Zone 3 Hunter Members will have their open meeting on April 4th at the Maryland National Horse Show held at the Prince George Equestrian Center. The meeting will be held after the show on the second floor of the show office. Contact Gary Baker at wgbrosecroft@aol.com for more information.

Zone 4 Hunter
An open forum for Zone 4 members has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, at 5:00 PM.  This forum will take place at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the Zone 4 Hunter Committee. Questions may be directed to John Rush, Zone 4 Hunter Committee Chair, at 904-396-4106 or via e-mail at
rushshows@aol.com.  

Zone 4 Jumper
An open forum for Zone 4 Jumper members has been scheduled for March 11th at 4:30 PM. Location: Tavern on the Green Patio at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Cub, Wellington, FL. Please contact Danielle Torano at dtorano@aol.com for more information.

Zone 5 Hunter 
Zone 5 Hunter members will have their open forum on April 21st at 3:00:00 PM. 
Location: To be announced.
Please contact Mindy Darst at mindy@lochmoorstables.com for more information.

Zone 6 Hunter and Jumper

USHJA Zone 6 Open Meeting
A special evening hosted by the Minnesota Hunter and Jumper Association.

On Monday, March 10th, the MHJA will be holding its regularly scheduled Board meeting at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center. Join us for a private tour of the Center. The MHJA will also host a USHJA Zone VI Open Forum. This is your chance to nominate members to the 2008 USHJA Zone VI ballot for the zone hunter and jumper committees. For more info on the elections and nomination procedures, look under the USHJA button.

6:30 – Tour the Center

7:20 approx. – Zone Forum

7:45 approx – MHJA Board meeting – please stay if you are interested.


Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper
Two 
open forumfor Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper Members have been scheduled. The first is to take place at the Spring Gathering 2008 competition located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center  April 2-6; see the show office for more information. The second is to take place during the Tulsa Exposition Center in Tulsa, OK between April 23-27; see the show office for more information. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the both Zone 7 Hunter and Zone 7 Jumper Committees. Additionally, written nominations with accompanying biographies must be sent to Mike Christian at
cstar@cowtown.net by April 25th, 2008. 


Zone 10 Hunter and Jumper
Zone 10 will hold their open forum for both Hunter and Jumper at the HITS Thermal Horse Show, March 8th after the last class on the Grand Prix field. Please contact Nick Karazissis for more information at farwest1@aol.com.

Zone 12 Hunter and Jumper
An open meeting for Zone 12 members has been scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Zone 12 Winter Forum and Zone Awards Banquet.  The Winter Forum (no charge, and open to everyone including non-members) begins at 4 p.m. and the Banquet (tickets $35) at 7 p.m.  The venue is O'Malley's on the Green, 3651 O'Malley Road, Anchorage. 
Questions may be directed to Mary Kaye Hession at
hession@gci.net.

For questions concerning Zone elections please contact your
Zone Chairman or Christine Kennedy at ckennedy@ushja.org.

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O T H E R   Z O N E   N E W S

Upcoming Zone Banquets

Zone 7
Oklahoma
Hunter Jumper Association:
Date:  February 23, 2008
Location: Oklahoma City, OK 
Contact
:  Bill Whisenant 
Address:  7203 SE Bishop Rd., Lawton, OK 73501
Phone:  580-248-7297 
Fax: 580-351-1500
Cell:  580-695-5986
Email:  billwhiz@lawtonnet.net or whisenantequestrian@onlineok.com.

Zone 12  
Held in conjunction with the Winter Forum. Saturday February 23, 2008 at
O’Malley’s on the Green in Anchorage. The forum starts at 3:00 pm and the banquet starts at
7:00 pm. Tickets are $35.
 Contact: Mary Kaye Hession at Hession@gci.net .


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USHJA Affiliate Equitation Awards Program


USHJA has implemented an Equitation Awards program through its Affiliate Organizations Medal Classes primarily offered at local and unrecognized horse shows.

The goal of this program is to increase the USHJA membership and outreach in the equestrian community, by further informing and educating individuals who partake in equestrian sports at the unrecognized and local horse show level and demonstrating that USHJA has something to offer them through its many programs, and shared involvement with the horse. Click here for more information on this program.

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Practical Horseman/USHJA Clinics Program Schedule


The USHJA Clinics program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA.  Please remember to check the USHJA Clinics Calendar  for updates.
*Indicates clinics new to the calendar.  

F E B R U A R Y

February 23-24
Rita Timpanaro will be conducting a clinic at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA.  For more information please contact Shelby French at sfrench@sbc.edu or 434-381-6347.

February 29
Ellen Shevella will be conducting a clinic at the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, FL.  For more information, please contact Allstar Horse and Pony at allstarpro112@yahoo.com or 434-242-8937.

M A R C H

*March 15-16
Juliana Zunde will be conducting a clinic at Signature West Farm in Spanaway, WA.  For more information, please contact Shannon Hendrickson at signwest@aol.com or 253-297-6469.

*March 29-30
Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at William Woods University in Fulton, MO.  For more information, please contact Dr. Linda McClaren at 573-590-3661 or lmcclare@williamwoods.edu.

A P R I L

April 4

USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

April 4-6
Linda Allen will be conducting a clinic at the 2008 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN.   For more information, please contact Ingrid Schoenlein at schoenle@purdue.edu or 765-494-8777.

April 5-6
Michael Page will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut, MA.  For more information, please contact Marina Burliss at info@cutterfarm.com or 978-957-4161.

April 8-10
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA.  For more information, please contact Michelle Christian at www.springdown.com.

April 12-13
Diane Carney will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farm in Naples, FL. For more information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at 239-633-1949 or kelliwren@aol.com.

April 12-13

Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at the Columbine Equestrian Center in Littleton, CO.  For more information, please contact Debbie Landy at deblandy@comcast.net or 303-435-2000.

*April 26-27
Val Renihan will be conducting a clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI.  For more information, please contact Sandi Carlton at windripple@aol.com or 269-317-1529.

M A Y

May 3-4

Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY.  For more information, please contact Maskao Niwa at masakoniwa@optonline.net or 631-682-4079.

*May 13-15
John Manning, Mark Jungherr and Todd Karn will be conducting a clinic at Green Mountain Horse Association in S. Woodstock, VT.  For more information, please contact Karey Manner at kmanner@gmhainc.org or 802-457-1509.

J U N E

*June 28-29
Meg Schulman will be conducting a clinic at J& S Sport horses in Dillon, MT.  For more information, please contact Dr. John Xanthopoulos at J.Xant@umwestern.edu or 406-660-0558.

J U L Y

July 1-3
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA.  For more information, please contact Michelle Christian at www.springdown.com.

July 17-20
Nick Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia, NJ.  For more information, please contact Penny Kinnally at pkinnally@aol.com or 201-233-7410.

July 24
Otis Brown and Scott Williamson will be conducting an “Ask the Judges” Clinic at the J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR.  For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

July 17
Chrystine Tauber and Timmy Kees will be conducting a clinic at J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend, OR.  For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at dianjnsn@aol.com or 425-823-2802.

*July 19
USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the Centennial Olympic Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.

July 22
Bibby Hill will be conducting a clinic at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please contact Bob Bell at info@classiccompany.com or 843-768-5503.

N O V E M B E R

November 15-16
Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA.  For more information, please contact Tara Dawn Hazen at outlawstable@pa.net or 717-582-8221.

For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at mfransen@ushja.org or 859-225-6960.  Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.

 



    


 

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