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  USHJA Dash For Cash Standings

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  Foran Finishes First at USHJA Emerging Athletes
  Program National Training Session

Stephen Foran impressed the clinicians and judges during the USHJA Emerging Athletes National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, November 15-18, and earned top honors.

After the Nations Cup concluded the final day, four riders were asked to contest the jump-off course as a final ride-off for the placings—Foran, Ana Forssell, Ashlyn Matheus and Katie Lynch. Each rider received an unfamiliar horse from among those in the pool and had a short warm-up before tackling the course, where they were judged on their skill, style, adaptability and promptness.

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  Show Jumping Hall of Fame Visits EAP National Training Session

Participants at this year’s EAP Nationals and HQC Finals received an extra surprise upon arrival at the host facility Fields and Fences in Gurnee, IL. Event hosts Rush and Caroline Weeden wanted to make sure their guests had a special experience. The Weedens reached out to friends in the show community for help. One of the first to respond was Bobby Murphy, Technical Coordinator and Assistant Course Designer at last month’s Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

Murphy gathered the beautiful flower arrangements from the National along with the award podiums, plus various staging finery and had them delivered to the Weedens. With help from Kevin Saggese, Director of Sponsorship for the Garden State Horse Show; several artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame were collected for display at the EAP Nationals locale. Saggese not only accompanied the pieces to Illinois but painstakingly adorned the walls with the treasured plaques of inductees such as Olympic great Michael Matz and the extraordinary show jumper Snowman, along with several rare photos of show jumping’s most famous moments. Murphy even supplied the National Horse Show’s larger than life pastoral mural depicting the simple beauty of horses. The Weeden’s far surpassed their goal of providing an educational journey while paying tribute to the history of show jumping and giving the young visitors an event to remember for years to come.

  Zone 1 Wins the Inaugural Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals

The inaugural Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals, presented by Sweet Briar College, was held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session Nov 16 - 18, with 28 competitors qualifying for Zone and Individual competition.

The Finalists each took a written exam, and the top four zone teams (comprised of three competitors) and the top four individuals with the highest scores advanced to the hands-on practicum of 30 minutes that included handling a horse and horse-related equipment in a mock trial ride scenario. USHJA Youth Committee member Lilli Biedermann judged the practicum and was assisted by Vice Chairman Elaine Schott.

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  Coming in 2013 – New USHJA Children’s & Adult Amateur Jumper
  Regional Championships

Over the years there has been on-going discussion among Adult Amateur and Children jumper members hoping to one day have their own championship; in 2013 USHJA will make that vision a reality. Members of the special task force included Eric Straus, Robert Ridland, Jeff Campf, Charlotte Skinner, Britt McCormick, David Wright and Sandra Ruiz. Once satisfied with a concept, the members submitted their report to the newly- formed Jumper Working Group, who in turn, refined, finalized and approved the program.

In an effort to provide greater participation, more competition and less cost to exhibitors there will be four regions, composed of the USHJA zones as follows:

  • North — Zones 1, 2 and 5
  • South — Zones 3 and 4
  • Central — Zones 6 and 7
  • West — Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Basic eligibility requirements for riders who wish to participate in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships include U.S. citizenship, current active junior or adult amateur member in good standing with both USHJA and USEF, and their horse must be registered with USHJA plus recorded with USEF pursuant to USEF GR 1102 and shown under the owner of record.

Competitions will be held for teams and/or individual riders. Composition of teams and individual competitors that each state can send to the Championship will be determined by the number of Children’s jumper riders and Adult Amateur jumper riders residing in a state the previous year. As an example, a state with less than 150 Children’s jumper riders will be permitted one team. A team will consist of a minimum of three horse and rider combinations, but not more than four.

Look for more news and details on this exciting jumper program in the weeks to come!

  Don’t Miss the New USHJA Wheeler Museum
  Exhibit: Equitation — A Foundation for Life

Equitation — A Foundation for Life is the newest exhibit of the USHJA Wheeler Museum with some of the most famous names in show jumping history among the equitation champions featured. The exhibit opened October 22nd and runs through January 31, 2013.

Do you know which Olympic medalist has never owned a horse in his entire life? Find out which riders trained themselves at Madison Square Garden. Discover who stayed in the horse business and who went on to have equally successful careers outside of it, and what those careers are. Read the inspirational story of the 1936 Maclay winner, who at 90 years of age, is still riding and enjoying horses. Can you guess how many champions named their mothers when asked “who brought you into the sport?”

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  Keep Yourself in the Loop — Check Zone Points Now!

With the 2012 show season coming to a close, make sure to track your Zone Points. All points will lock on December 15. You may be close to your goal for the year and tracking the current point totals could help clinch that targeted prize!

  Tis the Season – To Renew Your USHJA Membership

With the 2013 winter show season rapidly approaching, don’t forget to renew your USHJA membership! You can renew, obtain new membership, print cards and much more online or contact Kim Knotek at 859.225.6709 with questions.

  2012 USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinics

Presented by Markel Insurance Company

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program. TCP applicants may also fulfill their educational requirement by completing the Online Trainer Certification Course.





Nov. 23-25

George Morris

Hampshire, IL

Diane Carney

Dec. 10-11

Stacia Madden

Alpharetta, GA

Jonna Wilks

Dec. 15-16

Bernie Traurig

North Salem, NY

Alan Beitsch

Jan. 7-8, 2013

Bernie Traurig

Greenvale, NY

Long Island PHA

Jan. 19-20, 2013

Bernie Traurig

Frankfort, KY

Elaine Schott

Click Here for a complete list of TCP Clinics.