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May 24, 2012
New Wheeler Museum Exhibit
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive
EAP Application Deadline
Hunter Derby Winding Down
Reminder – Zone Specs
USHJA Foundation Grants & Schloarships
Upcoming Hunter Derbies
WCHR Member Events
Trainer Certification Clinics
2012 USHJA Clinics Calendar

USHJA Unveils New Wheeler Museum Exhibit:
Ponies through the Decades

Calling all pony lovers, it's your time to shine in the latest exhibit at the Wheeler Museum, located in the USHJA Headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The exhibit, Ponies Through the Decades pays homage to a vital part of both the sport of horse showing itself, and the people and ponies throughout history, who have influenced us all.

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USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program

On December 1, 2012, the USHJA will debut the new Pre-Green Incentive Program, created by the Open Hunter Task Force to provide an incentive based program for developing Pre-Green hunters for the competition ring. The program consists of Pre-Green Stake classes and a Championship to be held in conjunction with the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The Championship will offer a guaranteed $25,000 purse.

"This is an exciting opportunity for those in this country who love to start young horses, develop horses and give them an opportunity to have a career. It's exciting for me personally because it's the launch of a formula that can help us in many areas of our hunters in regards to creating purses that will help sustain the sport in our country and bring a new level of excitement to our riders, our owners, and spectators." Colleen McQuay of the Open Hunter Task Force.

While this is a new concept in the US Hunter Jumper community, it is a proven one in other equestrian sports around the world. Vice Chair, Louise Serio agrees, "I believe this is one of the most exciting things to happen in a long time for the hunter sport! Now we have something for the younger horses. The older horses have the Derby and now we're coming full circle in providing a special showcase for the young horses as they work towards Derbies."

The Pre-Green Stake classes may be offered at any Federation Licensed AA, A, B or C-rated hunter competition. Stake classes may be offered at both 3' and 3'3". Horses will be required to compete at their respective height and may be ridden by professionals, juniors or amateurs.

"We are pleased to recognize the efforts of the Open Hunter Task Force members who contributed to the initiation of this program. Professionals are partnering with USHJA and investing in their future and that of their owners and horses by supporting the development of incentive based programs." Bill Moroney, USHJA President.

For more information on the Pre-Green Incentive Program and how to enroll your Pre-Green horse, please visit the USHJA web site.

Emerging Athletes – Next Application Deadline is June 1st

Applications are still being accepted for two of the EAP Regional Clinics held throughout the country, that offer the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and stable managers. Each four-day clinic features flatwork, gymnastics, course work and an intensive stable management curriculum. 16 riders will be selected to advance to the National Training Session and compete for the title of the 2012 EAP National Champion and a $3,000 grant for advanced training. Please check the EAP Calendar for the Regional Clinic in your area.

Riders wishing to participate in one of the Regional Clinics listed below must complete the application process no later than June 1, 2012.

  • August 6-9 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA
    Clinician: Karen Healey     Stable Manager: Lisa Baldassari

  • August 23-26 at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH
    Clinician: Julie Winkel     Stable Manager: TBD

For more information please contact Carrie Vaught at 859.225.6703.

2011-2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Qualifying Series Winding Down

With just two USHJA International Hunter Derby classes left in the 2011-12 qualifying series, USHJA is making preparations for the 2012 Derby Finals, presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance. On August 17-18, 2012, the top USHJA International Hunter Derby horses in the country will come together again at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, to compete for over $100,000 and the title of the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion. Invitations to compete will be sent to the recorded owner of every horse that has earned a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes during the qualifying period.

A new feature of the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals is the addition of a $15,000 Consolation Competition, in which the highest scoring 30 horses from the Classic Hunter round that did not otherwise qualify for the Derby Finals Handy Hunter round will be invited back for their own second round. This means more chances to compete for prize money! The Consolation Competition is generously supported by Moyer Farm, LLC.

Get a jump on the closing date of entries, August 1, 2012, by sending in your completed Derby Finals entry form now!

For more information please contact Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717.

Derby Finals Ad Space Available

Reserve your advertising space in the official 2012 International Hunter Derby Finals Program to: Congratulate a job well done; Send words of encouragement and support; Say thank you to a special horse, rider, trainer or owner. For more information contact Jill Insko.

Reserve your space today in the International Hunter Derby Sneak Peek issue of In Stride in August. In Stride is offering discounted rates for Derby Finals competitors with free ad design available. The deadline is June 26, for more information contact Michelle Adaway.

REMINDER – Draft of 2013 USHJA Zone Specifications

The 2013 Draft Zone Specifications for the Pre-Green and the Children and Adult Hunter and Jumper sections are now available for member comment. This is the perfect opportunity to let your zone committees know if you would like to see changes within these sections. Please take time between May 1 and June 3 to review your zone's specifications and send comments to Chris Murphy at 859.225.6714.

There's Still Time to Apply for USHJA Foundations Grants & Scholarships in 2012

The USHJA Foundation partnered with several USHJA Zones are offering more in the 2012 Scholarship & Grants Partner Program. Created to provide USHJA members with a well-integrated and easy to use system, the program provides zones an opportunity to give back to their members in the form of financial assistance towards educational needs.

To learn what your Zone's Grants and Scholarships offerings are please visit the USHJA web site or contact Kim Knotek at 859.225.6709.

Upcoming USHJA International Hunter Derbies

May 27 – Memorial Day Classic, Burbank, CA

June 3 – Devon Horse Show, Devon, PA*

* Final Derby in the 2011-12 Qualifying Series

For a complete list of USHJA International Hunter Derby classes visit the USHJA web site.

Upcoming WCHR Member Events

May 23-27 – Southwest Classic, Tyler TX*

May 24-June 3 – Devon Horse Show, Devon, PA

June 4-10 – Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Upperville, VA

June 6-10 – Blenheim June Classic I, San Juan Capistrano, CA

* Final Member Event in the South Central Region

For a complete list of 2012 WCHR Member Events visit the WCHR Events Calendar.

2012 USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinics

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.

June 1-3 Karen Healey Penryn, CA Patty Ball
June 30-July 1 Julie Winkel Palmer, AK Kerri Geppert
July 7-8 Karen Healey Moorpark, CA Peter Lombardo
August 31-Sept. 1 George Morris Irving, TX Britt McCormick
Sept. 29-Oct 1 George Morris Birmingham, AL J. Michael Halbleib
November 10-12 George Morris Buffalo, NY Susan Schoellkopf

Click Here for a complete list of TCP Clinics.

USHJA 2012 Directory of Clinics

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.

May 26-27 Linda Allen Aiken, SC Ann Thal
June 1-3 Nick Karazissis Arena, WI Stephanie Veloff-Histed
June 2-3 Bernie Traurig Sparta, MI Rebecca Bradley
June 11-12 Julie Winkel Quinton, VA Colleen Seely
June 18 Jimmy Torano Conyers, GA Bob Bell
June 19 Wilhelm Genn Conyers, GA Bob Bell
June 21 James Clapperton &
Mindy Darst
Conyers, GA Bob Bell
Click Here for more information on all upcoming clinics.

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