USHJA E-Update


September 23, 2010

In this issue:

*USHJA Names Shelby French New CEO

*USHJA Staff Availability During WEG

*USHJA Coverage of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

*2010/2011 Trainers Symposiums Announced

*USHJA Nominating Committee Seeks Member Recommendations for Upcoming Election

*Professionals Must Pull Their Own Weight

*USHJA Clinics Program


USHJA Events Calendar

2010 USHJA Annual Meeting Registration and Information


2010/2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Class Results


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USHJA Names Shelby French New CEO

In a joint statement, Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va., and the United States Hunter Jumper Association have announced that Shelby French, currently the director of Sweet Briar's riding program, has been appointed chief executive officer of the USHJA effective May 5, 2011. French will be replacing former USHJA Executive Director Susan Dotson, who recently relocated to Atlanta. Merrilee "Mimi" Wroten, who has served as associate director at Sweet Briar since 1999 and instructor since 1996, has been named to succeed French.

French has been actively involved in the USHJA as a volunteer and board member since it was approved as the national hunter/jumper affiliate in 2004. She will be the association's first CEO, leading an organization that encompasses more than a dozen employees servicing over 37,000 members from its new headquarters in Lexington, Ky.

"While we know that this will be a great loss for Sweet Briar, the USHJA is pleased to welcome Shelby French as our new CEO. Shelby brings many years of experience in the hunter/jumper sport as well as the strong business and people skills necessary for the position," said Bill Moroney, USHJA president.

The CEO appointment represents a new stage for the young organization with the creation of an executive position that will share responsibility for its vision as well as implementation of the board's directives.

"It has to be a partnership with the volunteers," French said. "For me it's exciting to see my sport have an organization that's dedicated to its growth and sustaining its education mission. It's even more exciting to know the leadership has the same vision you do."

As a volunteer, French has already helped shaped the USHJA's direction and knows her values and approach to riding are in sync with its mission. It was the same philosophy she brought to Sweet Briar, an all-women's liberal arts college, where the forward system of riding was already the teaching foundation under former director Paul Cronin - and his predecessors, going back to Harriet Howell here to read the rest of the article.


USHJA Staff Availability During WEG

The USHJA is committed to providing courteous and responsive service to our membership. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games starting in just a few days brings great anticipation and excitement. It also brings a unique set of challenges in conducting our daily business. Due to Homeland Security and extended operating hours, the USHJA staff will be limited during the Games. Our staff will be working hard as we showcase our sport to an international audience through our trade show booth, the Derby demonstrations and museum tours. We ask you for your patience and to allow up to 48 hours for us to return your phone calls and emails.

There will be a staff member answering the main line, (859) 225-6700, during normal business hours 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday ET.

We appreciate your patience and support of USHJA and the equestrian community.


USHJA Coverage of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

USHJA will be covering the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with coverage of the Show Jumping beginning on October 4. You can follow our coverage at where you will find photos, press releases, and blog posts. You can also follow us on, Twitter, Facebook and the USHJA RSS feed.


2010/2011 Trainers Symposiums Announced

The 2010 and 2011 Trainers Symposiums will be held on:

  • December 12-14, 2010 Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL
  • May 8-10, 2011 Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX
  • September 2-4, 2011- Maplewood Stables, Inc. in Reno, NV

Registration is currently open for the Wellington event. The complete schedule for the Wellington event will be available after October 15th.

The Symposiums offered attendees an opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry.

The schedule offers three days of hunters, equitation and jumpers. Each of the disciplines will be broken into sections: i.e. junior hunters, intermediate equitation and junior/amateur owner jumpers. The sections will feature about four demonstration riders for the clinician to work and explain different techniques, exercises and tips for various levels of riders and horses.

The symposium is a great opportunity for professionals and members to exchange thoughts and ideas on training exercises, training aids, and business practices. Attendance at one of the Trainers Symposium will count towards the pre-requisites to enroll in the USHJA Trainer Certification Program.

For more information, please contact Melanie Fransen at


USHJA Nominating Committee Seeks Member Recommendations for Upcoming Election

The USHJA Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for potential candidates for the office of Treasurer and Secretary, as well as three At-Large positions on the Board of Directors. The process and procedures for submitting recommendations are available on the USHJA website.


Professionals Must Pull Their Own Weight

Reprinted Courtesy of The Chronicle of the Horse. Previously published September 3, 2010.

Article by Geoff Teall. The author hopes that changes in USEF-licensed official and course designer certification processes will encourage more professional trainers to get involved.

I know I'll take a lot of heat for this article, but I'm comfortable with that because I think this is a very important topic and something that we, as participants in the hunter and equitation divisions, need to talk about.

For many reasons, I feel that the professionals in our discipline who are current, active, knowledgeable and successful need to become much more active in the roles of horse show judges and course designers. This is the key component to our divisions moving forward into the future and maintaining their success and popularity. There are simply not enough of us taking on this responsibility to ensure the well-being and health of our sport... Click here to read the rest of the article.


2010 USHJA Clinics Program

The 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


24 Larry Sanchez, Shelby French and Amanda Love Clinic will be held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. Contact Roxanne Cook at or 713.621.6290 to RSVP by September 15.

25-26 Michael Page Clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. Contact J. Michael Halbleib at or 205.283.3082.

26 Linda Andrisani Clinic at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. Contact Glena Wirtanen at or Beverly Abbott or call 410.259.2575.


2-3 Holly Hugo Vidal Clinic at Los Cedros in Scottsdale, AZ. Organized by AHJA. Contact Debbie Jamsa at or 928.899-3373.

5-7 Nick Karazissis Clinic at Spring Down Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, CA. Contact Diane Allison at or 650.851.1114.

9-10 Jeff Cook Hunter/Jumper Equitation Clinic for beginners to professionals at Ridgefield in Wildwood, MO. Contact Tracey Gentry Ryan or Annie Vibbert at

9-10 "R" Judge Randy Neumann Clinic at St. Timothy's School following the October 9th Benefit Horse Show in Stevenson, MD. Contact Libby Southall at or 410.486.5483.

9-10 Diane Carney Clinic at Smoke Tree Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact Betty Beran at or 480.451.0732.

23-24 Rob Bielefeld Clinic at Outlaw Stable in New Bloomfield, PA. Contact Rara Dawn Hazen at or 717.582-8221.

23-25 George Morris Clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL. Contact J. Michael Halbleib at or 205.283.3082.

23-24 Sean Jones Clinic at The Equine Pavilion in Heber City, UT. Contact Leslie Edison at or 410.504.9587

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.



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