USHJA E-Update

December 30, 2009

Special Announcement:
USHJA's phone numbers have changed click here for the new numbers.

In this issue:

*2010 Dates for SmartPak/USHJA Trainers Symposium

*Time to Vote!

*Riders Announced for the EAP National Training Session

*Competition Managers and Secretaries - $2 Zone Fee

*Members Choice Winners

*HDIF - Discounted Nomination Fees

*2010 Clinic Schedule


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

For USHJA sponsorship opportunities please contact Whitney Allen

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USHJA Announces the 2010 SmartPak/USHJA Trainers Symposium Schedule

February 16-18, 2010 - HITS Desert Horse Park, Thermal, CA
April 19-20, 2010 - Evergreen Equestrian Park, Monroe, WA
April 19-21, 2010 - Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook, CT

Registration will open for ALL locations January 4th. Clinicians, schedule and local hotel information will be released January 10th. Two additional locations will be announced in March 2010. For additional information, please visit the Trainers Symposium website or contact Melanie Fransen at


Attention USHJA Members: Time to Vote!

Don’t forget to vote for USEF Horse of the Year and USEF Equestrian of the Year.

Sapphire, the 14-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare owned by McLain Ward and Bluechip Bloodstock is one of the five finalist for USEF’s Horse of the Year award. Please click here to vote or visit the USEF website for more information.

In the running for USEF Equestrian of the Year, are John French, winner of the USHJA’s Inaugural Hunter Derby Final, and the legendary Kenneth Wheeler. Please click here to vote or visit the USEF website for more information.

Please note that in order to vote, you must have had an active USEF membership for 2009 or have your active 2010 USEF membership.


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.

For additional information, please visit the EAP website or contact Melanie Fransen at


Attention Competition Managers and Secretaries:
$2 USHJA Zone Fee

Please submit the payment of your $2 Zone Fee directly to the USHJA office at 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY, 40511. Do NOT submit this fee to USEF, with your Post Competition Report.

Additionally, please include the competition name and number on the payment, so that staff can ensure payment is applied to the correct competition. For questions regarding this fee, please contact Christine Kennedy at or at 859-225-6706.


Congratulations Members Choice Winners!

The 2009 winners of the Members Choice Awards Program were announced, Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at the USHJA Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lynn Walsh, Chair of the Show Standards Committee, gave a brief overview of the program and announced the winners.

Winners were selected in two categories; AA and A rated competitions, as well as B and C rated competitions. Winners will receive a banner, which can be displayed at their competition, in addition to acknowledgement in USHJA publications. Please visit the USHJA Members Choice website for the list of winners.

For questions regarding the Member’s Choice Awards Program, please contact Christine Kennedy at or at 859-225-6706.


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's attention by December 31st. If you have questions about the program please visit the HDIF website or email Sterling Berry at


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


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.


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

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USHJA is moving to 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY 40511.

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The USHJA is committed to advancing and representing the hunter and jumper disciplines by fostering an educated community of equestrians that promotes the welfare of the horse and fairness in competition.

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Trainer Certification Program is a comprehensive education and certification program for all levels of professional trainers.

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Member's Choice Awards Program gives horse show exhibitors and participants the opportunity to award excellence at USEF Licensed Hunter Jumper competitions through their feedback relating to the competition, the facility where it took place, footing, show personnel and hospitality.


"More Than Just Ribbons"

A great resource for schools, parents and potential sponsors, this video will provide a brief introduction into the world of horse showing for junior equestrians.

While focusing on the bond between child and horse, it delves into the challenges of balancing school, riding, and horse care.