USHJA E-Update

December 10, 2009

In this issue:

*Riders Announced for the EAP National Training Session

*Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner

*HDIF Discounted Fees

*USHJA Annual Meeting

*Clinics Calendar


2009/2010 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby
Class Results



The Chronicle of the Horse
Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainer Symposiums

Dietrich Insurance
Presenting sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Title sponsor of the USHJA Horse Welfare Resource

The Clothes Horse
Sponsor of the 2009 International Hunter Derby Finals and 2009/2010 International Hunter Derby

Charles Owen & Co.
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Dover Saddlery
Major sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Essex Classics
Title sponsor of the 2009 USHJA Hunterdon Cup & Award sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby

World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles  
  Title sponsor of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program

Sponsor of the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook

Grand Prix Riding Apparel
Awards sponsor of the 2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby and 2009 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

Trainers Symposium nutritional seminars provided by Nutrena.

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen

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Riders Announced for the EAP National Training Session

The inaugural Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session (level 3) will take place January 8-10, 2010 in Reno, NV at Maplewood Stables, Inc. owned by Julie Winkel. The top 12 finalists will spend 3 days focused on displaying their riding, horsemanship and stable management skills.

Finalists for Reno in Alphabetical Order
1. Alexa Anthony Richmond, WA
2. Carly Anthony Redmond, WA
3. Hayley Barnhill Collierville, TN
4. Nelson Bierwirth Roswell, NM
5. Arden Cone Landrum, SC
6. Nick Gegan Denver, CO
7. Kathryn Haley Orchard Park, NY
8. Elizabeth Kenny Welsley, MA
9. Amelia McArdle Barrington, IL
10. Richard Neal Pasadena, CA
11. Molly Osier marion, MA
12. Matthew Wildung Watertown, MN

Main Clinician- Peter Wylde
Veterinarian Seminar & Assistant Stable Manager- Dr. Midge Leitch
Horsemanship Seminar- Mindy Bower
Course Designer- Chrystine Tauber
Judge- Melanie Smith Taylor
Host Hotel- Peppermill Resort
Schedule- TBA
Auditors are welcome to attend for a fee of $75/day.

Please visit the EAP website for more information. For program questions please contact Melanie Fransen, USHJA Director of Programs and Education or call 859-225-6717.

2009 Evening of Equestrians

The highlight of the Tuesday?s events was the Evening of Equestrians awards ceremony, sponsored by the Rudin Family, that recognized members and their horses for their achievements throughout the year. USHJA Officers Beth Miner, Chrystine Tauber, and Alvin Topping helped President Bill Moroney present awards to deserving members. Among the awards presented Tuesday night was the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award.

USHJA Announces 2009 Lifetime Achievement Honorees On December 8th, Larry Langer and Joe Fargis were honored with the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Evening of Equestrians Dinner. This award was created to recognize members whose involvement in the sport, as well as in the USHJA, has benefited the industry.

USHJA President Bill Moroney shared his excitement about the 2009 honorees. ?Deciding the recipients of this award is never easy. Our industry is incredibly fortunate to have an abundance of people that have dedicated their lives to this sport, which makes a decision like this even harder. However, people like Joe Fargis and Larry Langer, who, in their own way, have been synonymous with dedication and achievement in our sport, are why we created this award.?

Read the full article here.

Ron Danta and Shelley Campf were also honored last night with the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award. The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who donates their time to develop and implement programs in the organization. These two deserving individuals was selected from an outstanding group of volunteers by USHJA President Bill Moroney and USHJA staff to receive the award based on their contributions to the association.

The audience was also on hand to witness the presentation of this year?s President?s Distinguished Service Awards to Bob Bell, Lynn Jayne, Colleen McQuay, Susie Schoellkopf, Melanie Taylor, Tracey Weinberg, and Julie Winkel for their work on all the exciting new programs and changes that are happening with our sport.


Hunter Development Incentive Fund -
Discounted Nomination Fees

The USHJA Hunter Development Incentive Fund program is currently offering stallion and horse nominations at a limited-time discounted fee. The HDIF is a points-based system to award financial bonuses to those who breed and show American-born hunters at special member events. In order for horses to be eligible, the horse's stallion must be HDIF nominated. For a limited time, stallions may nominate for previous breeding seasons form from 2005 through 2009; stallion nomination specials include - buy 2 years, get 1 free or buy 3 years, get 2 free.

Please see the stallion nomination table on the HDIF website for specific nomination fees. The rate is based on the average number of mares bred in the past number of seasons (2005-2009). When an owner nominates more than one stallion, a 10% discount is taken off the total fee. Please fill out a stallion nomination form and send it to Sterling Berry by December 31st. Questions concerning the program may be directed to Sterling Berry.


USHJA Annual Meeting

The 2009 USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by The Clothes Horse, comes to a close today. This week was filled with colorful discussions on governance, anticipation for award winners and the excited sounds of colleagues catching up with one another. The last day of Annual Meeting finds the USHJA Board of Directors tackling the difficult task of deciding which rule changes to approve and disapprove.  For a listing of rule chage proposals and actions click here

Click here to read the USHJA blog for a brief look at the past week. Full coverage of the meeting will appear in the February issue of USHJA In Stride.


USHJA Clinics Program Schedule

The USHJA Clinics Program is dedicated to providing clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. For a complete listing of clinics check the USHJA Events Calendar.

Upcoming Clinics


11-13 Chris Kappler will be conducting a clinic at the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, TN. For more information, please contact Catherine Reese at 931.220.4781.

19-20 Scott Hofstetter will be conducting a clinic at Maplewood Inc., in Reno, NV. For more information, please contact Julie Winkel at or 775.742.4615.

21 Paddy Downing-Nyegard will be conducting a clinic at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. For more information, please contact Helen Price at the Lazy E at or 405.282.3004.


1-3 George Morris will be conducting a clinic at T.Ed Garrison Arena in Pendleton, SC. For more information, please contact Sherry Pace at or 803.713.3953.

2-3 Frank Madden will be conducting a clinic at Lehman Farms in Pitsford, NY. For more information, please contact Craig Brown at or 585.657.4528.

2-3 Daniel Geitner will be conducting a clinic at Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, FL. For more information, please contact Colleen Cunningham at or 352.283.0060.

8-10 Gilbert Boeckmun will be conducting a clinic at Westbrook Hunt Club in Westbrook, CT. For more information, please contact Jane Dow-Burt at or 860.662.0550

10 Katie Monahan-Prudent will be conducting a clinic at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, FL. For more information, please contact Vinissa Blann at 561.715.4435.

15-16 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a Sports Psychology clinic at Meadow View Farm in Reno, NV. For more information, please contact Lynn Mullins at or 775.745.2753.


27-28 Tonya Johnston will be conducting a ?Sports Psychology? clinic at Bandalero Ranch in Tucson, AZ. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Buscema at or 520.548.4179.


12 Joe Fargis will be conducting a clinic at Journey Back Stables in Greensboro, NC. For more information, please contact Joan Boyce at or 336.299.5067.

For more information on holding a clinic in your area, please contact Melanie Fransen at or 859.225.6960. Be sure to check the USHJA Calendar daily as the clinic schedule grows throughout the year.


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