In this issue of
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
Clinics Program Schedule
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Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance
Winter, Gulfport, MS
HITS Desert Circuit Championship, Thermal,
HITS Ocala Winter
Finals, Ocala, FL.
Scottsdale Spring Festival in Scottsdale, AZ
Timpanaro Clinic at Sweet
in Sweet Briar, VA.
Shevella will be conducting a clinic at the HITS Post Time Farm in
Juliana Zunde will be conducting a clinic at Signature
West Farm in Spanaway, WA.
Kris Killam will be conducting a clinic at William
Woods University in Fulton, MO.
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ASG Software Solutions/USHJA
International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Making
Jenny Karazissis in a
'Swoon' after her victory in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA
International Hunter Derby Classic at HITS Thermal
(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.
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
"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
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."
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
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
"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!"
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!"
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.
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
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.
Heir Horse Show in Lexington, KY. For more information, please contact
Frankie Stark at 513-875-3318.
Show Park in Langley, BC. For more information, please contact Debbie
Benson at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEINBERG HARRIS & ASSOCIATES TO FACILITATE
USHJA SPONSORSHIP ACQUISITIONS
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
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.
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
information please contact Whitney Allen at 859-225-6967 or email@example.com.
MEETINGS FOR ZONE COMMITTEE
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
- 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 Monday, March 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com for
Zone 4 Hunter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zone 4 Jumper
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 email@example.com for more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Zone 6 Hunter and
USHJA Zone 6 Open Meeting
special evening hosted by the Minnesota Hunter and Jumper
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.
Tour the Center
approx. – Zone Forum
7:45 approx – MHJA Board meeting – please stay if you
Zone 7 Hunter and Jumper
Two open forums for
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Questions may be
directed to Mary Kaye Hession at email@example.com.
For questions concerning Zone
elections please contact your Zone Chairman or Christine Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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O T H E R Z O N E
N E W S
Upcoming Zone Banquets
Hunter Jumper Association:
Date: February 23, 2008 Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Address: 7203 SE Bishop Rd., Lawton, OK 73501
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 .
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.
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
will be conducting a clinic at Sweet
in Sweet Briar, VA. For more information
please contact Shelby French at email@example.com or 434-381-6347.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
M A R C HJuliana Zunde will be conducting a clinic at Signature
West Farm in Spanaway, WA. For more information, please contact
Shannon Hendrickson at email@example.com or 253-297-6469.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A P R I L
USHJA will be
hosting a Stewards Forum at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy,
more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at email@example.com or 859-225-6960.
will be conducting a clinic at the 2008 Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, please
contact Ingrid Schoenlein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-8777.
will be conducting a clinic at The Cutter Farm in Dracut, MA. For more information, please
contact Marina Burliss at email@example.com or 978-957-4161.
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.
will be conducting a clinic at Wrenwood Farm in Naples, FL. For more information, please contact Kelli MacDonald at
239-633-1949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 12-13 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at the
Littleton, CO. For more information, please
contact Debbie Landy at email@example.com or 303-435-2000.
Val Renihan will be conducting
a clinic at Windsong Stable in Battle Creek, MI. For more
information, please contact Sandi Carlton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-317-1529.
Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at the Island
Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY. For more
information, please contact Maskao Niwa at email@example.com or 631-682-4079.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-457-1509.
J U N E
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
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.
Karazissis will be conducting a clinic at Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia, NJ. For more information, please contact Penny
Kinnally at email@example.com or 201-233-7410.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-823-2802.
Chrystine Tauber and Timmy Kees will be conducting a
clinic at J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend,
For more information, please contact Dianne Johnson at email@example.com or
USHJA will be hosting a Stewards Forum at the
Centennial Olympic Park in Conyers, GA. For more information, please
contact Melanie Fransen at firstname.lastname@example.org or
will be conducting a clinic at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers,
GA. For more information, please
contact Bob Bell at email@example.com or 843-768-5503.
N O V E M B
Frank Madden will be
conducting a clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA. For more
information, please contact Tara Dawn Hazen at firstname.lastname@example.org or
For more information
on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at
Be sure to check the USHJA website daily as the clinic schedule
grows throughout the year.