USHJA E-Update


May 5, 2010

In this issue:

*Rule Clarification: Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation

*Announcement: EAP Level II Dates and Locations

*USHJA National Hunter Classic

*IHSA Nationals Are Coming to Primetime

*Hunter Derby Finals Standings Close June 15

*Requesting Your Feedback: Amateur Survey Now Available

*USHJA Brings you Tweets and Facebook Updates

*2010 Cavalor/USHJA Clinics Program


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Attention Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation Exhibitors Important Rule Clarification

Released by USEF April 29, 2010
Please be advised there are two misprints contained within the recently distributed 2010 USEF Rule Book Supplement:
1) HU119.7 should not have been stricken. This rule is still in effect and reads:
HU119.7. No course may have exhibitors trotting or cantering through the in gate or out gate; any exhibitor choosing to trot or canter through the in gate or out gate will be eliminated.

2) EQ112.9. USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class. The new Increment Chart and Point Chart appearing in the supplements do not become effective until 10/1/2010 and applies to the 2011 USEF Hunter Seat Medal Qualifying Year. For the current 2010 Increment and Point Charts, please refer to the original printed copy or online version of the 2010 USEF Rule Book, or visit the online charts by clicking here.

For further information regarding the above clarifications, please contact the USEF Hunter Affiliates Director, Marion Maybank 859.225.2033.


EAP Level II Sessions Around Corner; Auditors Welcome

The Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) Level II Training Sessions are right around the corner. Notifications will go out in early July to the riders who have been accepted into the Level II sessions. The first Level II session of the year will be in Region 4, hosted by the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, OK July 19-20 with clinician Eliza Shuford.

Selection for the 2010 Level II sessions and the Level III National Training Camp is based on riding skills, general impression of potential, overall horsemanship and written test scores as determined during rider evaluations.

The Level III National Training Camp will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, NY. Contact Kelley at BTRC for more information about auditing the training session 716.877.9295.

USHJA members are encouraged to audit the Level II Training Sessions or the Level III National Training Camp. If interested, contact Melanie Fransen, USHJA Director of Programs and Education, or the location host of the training session for information on the registration fee. Visit the EAP website for the Level II schedule.


Bringing To You The USHJA National Hunter Classic

The USHJA National Hunter Classic is a program developed by the organization to give horse owners, riders, and trainers an opportunity to compete in an International Hunter Derby-like competition on a smaller scale. The events can serve as stepping stones for riders to gain experience toward competing in the International Hunter Derby.

The USHJA National Hunter Classic is a two round hunter classic judged on performance, pace, style, quality, substance, movement and brilliance. A minimum of $2,500 prize money must be offered per class. The entry fee cannot exceed 5% of the prize money offered. For complete class specifications and rules, refer to HU188-189 of the USEF Rule Book. Click here for the USHJA Hunter Classic webpage which includes complete specifications and standings.


USHJA and Equestrian Life Team up to Bring the IHSA Nationals to Primetime

The USHJA, membership partner with the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), and media powerhouse, Equestrian Life, have teamed up to bring the IHSA Nationals to television. The IHSA Nationals will take place from May 6-9 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. A television show capturing the highlights of the event will air on Equestrian Life's television partner, HRTV, in June.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide national television exposure of the IHSA Nationals and are excited for IHSA members to join our website free of charge at Equestrian Life is the leading social media network for equestrians across all disciplines and a great place for IHSA riders to meet others, upload photos, watch event coverage, exchange information and learn from experts through our extensive video library. We are proud to work with USHJA and IHSA on this historic event for collegiate equestrians" said Deana Bergquist, President and Co-Founder of Equestrian Life.

The IHSA television coverage will appear on HRTV. Programming dates and times will be announced after the IHSA Nationals on both the USHJA and Equestrian Life websites. click here to read full story.

Please contact Equestrian Life, Deana Bergquist at For more information regarding the IHSA and their programs, please visit the IHSA website at For more information regarding USHJA's programs, IHSA Nationals or IHSA/USHJA Collegiate memberships, please visit


Hunter Derby Finals Standings Close June 15

The $100,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Presented by Dietrich Insurance is fast approaching. The qualifying period runs from June 2, 2009 to June 1, 2010; standings close June 15.

The Derby Finals Series consists of qualifying events held nationwide over 12 months, culminating in a series Final, to be held this year Aug. 20-21 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Each qualifying event in the lead up to the Derby Finals offers a minimum of $10,000 in prize money with $100,000 being offered at the finals.

Riders are encouraged to check their points and standings on the Hunter Derby website. Also be sure to check out the 2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals webpage.


Amateur Survey Available Through May 15

The USHJA Amateur Committee, along with the USHJA Owners Committee, would like to thank those members who have taken the time to provide feedback about the amateur divisions. Members who have not completed the survey yet are invited to complete it by May 15.

Please click here to take survey.

"We are trying hard to make changes for the business and the membership," said Margaret O'Meara, USHJA Owners Committee Co-Chair. "We want the members, whose organization this is, to tell us what they want... tell us if this makes sense or does not make sense and tell us why. And filling out that survey is the first step in starting a dialogue with the amateurs out there. There are several rule changes that impact amateurs and both the owners committee and the amateurs committee feel input from the members is critical to any of the conversations or changes to the rules that impact amateurs. We promise to read all of the comments, and that they will be put into the discussions about how the rules are going to change."

For more information on the survey contact Melanie Fransen, USHJA Director of Programs and Education, at


21st Century Duo - "Become a Fan" & "tweet" With USHJA

USHJA provides you with two great ways to keep in touch with the organization - Facebook and Twitter. Recently, USHJA created and has been updating a Twitter page and a Facebook group with breaking news and information. Be sure to tweet with us on the USHJA Twitter page and become a fan of the "Official United States Hunter Jumper Association" Facebook Group. Tweets and status updates are being made daily.




2010 Cavalor/USHJA Clinics Program

The Cavalor/USHJA Clinics Program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete list of USHJA clinics visit the Clinics Calendar. Use the USHJA Calendar to search for all events.

Upcoming Clinics


1-2 Kyle Carter clinic at Black Jack Farms in Birmingham, AL. For more information, contact Kelly Vaughan-Hanby or 205.902.8307.

4-5 Greg Best clinic at WoodMyst Farms in Gilroy, CA. For more information, contact Hollie Wilent at or 408.782.0311.

9 Gardner Powell clinic at Missoula Equestrian Park in Missoula, MT. For more information, contact Deb Anderson at 406.728.3830.

14-15 Tonya Johnston clinic at Fremont Hills Stables in Los Altos Hills, CA. For more information, contact Laura Gerst at or 650.917.0244.

15-16 Anna Jane White-Mullin clinic at Alpine Ridge Farms in Sparta, MI. For more information, contact Rebecca Bradley at or 616.887.1419.

21-22 Nick Karazissis clinic at Koss Farm in Hailey, ID. For more information, contact Mia Edsall at or 208.720.4414.

21-23 Linda Allen clinic at Spirit Equestrian in Somis, CA. For more information, contact Liz Denny at or 818.426.5128.

22 William Moroney clinic at WC Agricultural Center in Boonsboro, MD. For more information, contact Lori Bellenve at or 301.432.4079.


5-6 Jeff Cook clinic at Lindsay Yinger Show Stables in Blacklick, OH. For more information, contact Lindsay Yinger at or 614.348.5915.

11-13 Nick Karazissis clinic at Miwok Stables in Mill Valley, CA. For more information, contact Linda Rubio at or 415.389.9414.

16-18 Nick Karazissis clinic at B & R Ranch in Kaneohe, HI. For more information, contact Helena Barahal at or 808.255.7163


17 Dr. Paul Hagfner "Sports Psychology" clinic at Stony Ridge Farm in Manassas, VA. For more information, contact Jane Nordstrom at 703.966.0139.

23 The Old Dominion Horse Show at Deep Run Hunt Club will be hosting a College Night Recruiting Dinner in Manakin Sabot, VA. For more information, contact Ellen Shevella at or 434.242.8937.

24-25 Katie Prudent clinic at Morningside Training Farm in The Plains, VA. For more information contact Erin Kath at 540.347.4777.

26 Linda Andrisani & Jim Zoli clinic at Grazing Fields in Buzzards Bay, MA. For more information contact Liz Moakley at 508.759.3763.

For more information on holding a clinic in your area, contact Carrie Vaught at or 859.225.6703. Be sure to check the USHJA Calendar daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.


For more information, please contact Whitney Allen, Director of Marketing and Communications at or 859.225.6707.

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