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  Jacob Pope Adds to an Impressive Junior
  Career with ASPCA Maclay Victory

Until late last year most of Jacob Pope’s showing experience was on a local level and he wasn’t even riding jumpers. He decided to participate in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program where captured the 2011 EAP Nationals top spot and life for Pope hasn’t been quite the same since.

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  Mary Babick Leads By Example

This New Jersey-based trainer and educator has been nominated for president of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Babick will be presented for election at the USHJA Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, December 4, during the USHJA Annual Meeting, which runs from December 3-6, in Miami, Florida.

Nominations from the floor close at 5:00 pm EST November 10.

Whether Mary Babick is standing at the in-gate of a national championship horse show or a local one-day competition, her philosophy never wavers: If a student has the desire and capacity to learn, then Babick will take him wherever he wants to go.

“If you are willing to learn, I love to teach,” she said with a smile. “It’s as simple as that.”

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  2012 Annual Meeting

Presented by the USHJA Supporting Winter Circuits of Zone 4

Discounts and Special Awards

ONLY two days left to get the special USHJA rate on your hotel room at the Hilton Miami Downtown during the 2012 Annual Meeting. To receive the special rate, please make your hotel reservations with the Hilton Miami Downtown online or by phone 305.374.0000. If making your reservation by phone, please refer to the group code USH.

Special award for Affiliate Luncheon Attendees: All Stirrup Cup Champion Award winners in attendance at the Stirrup Cup and Affiliates Awards Lunch Sponsored by BHC Management Company with Blue Ribbon Ventures, Langer Equestrian Group and its Gold Coast and its Verdugo Hills Shows, McDonogh School & The USHJA Young Professionals Committee will receive additional awards donated by Dr. and Mrs. Wallace Boston.

Copacabana and Door prizes: USHJA will be kicking off this year’s meeting with Miami flare including a live band, dancing, buffet dinner, assorted door prizes and open bar at the Copacabana-themed welcome party Presented by Equestrian Sport Productions & The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Join us at the Downtown Miami Hilton on Monday evening from 6:30pm until 11pm. No tickets required – just come, join the fun!!

In 2011, we raised money for the USHJA Foundation during this welcome party. This year we will have a high-end auction taking place during the evening party to support the Foundation’s Horseman’s Assistance Fund. Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on 2013 Kentucky Derby skybox seats that include a two-night stay at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, a week’s stay in a vacation house on Jekyll Island, a custom Michael Tang painting, or a table in the VIP tent during a Grand Prix at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Be sure to check out USHJA Annual Meeting for the latest information and updates. We hope to see you all in Miami. If you have any questions, please contact Shelby French at 859.225.6701.

  Just Around the Corner – EAP Nationals & HQC Finals

Audit EAP Nationals and HQC Finals Next Week!

Don’t miss out on the fourth annual Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session and Inaugural Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals! These educational events will be held at Fields and Fences in Gurnee, IL, and hosted by Carl and Rush Weeden of Brookwood Farm. EAP Nationals are November 15-18 and HQC Finals will be November 16-18.

EAP Finalists will participate in riding clinics with Olympic veteran Peter Wylde; stable management sessions with Karen Golding; and specialist sessions with Sally Ike, USEF Managing Director of Show Jumping Activities; Kip Rosenthal, Sports Psychologist; and Janice Marquis, Equine Physiotherapist.

HQC Finalists will audit the EAP riding sessions, participate in horsemanship seminars and take a comprehensive written test. Finalists with the highest written test scores will advance to a hands-on practicum to further test their knowledge, skills and compete for a spot as the inaugural HQC Finals Winner.

Auditors are welcome! In lieu of an auditing fee please make a donation to the Emerging Athletes Program or Horsemanship Quiz Challenge through the USHJA Foundation or onsite during the event. Suggested donation is $50.

For additional information visit the EAP Nationals webpage or contact Meghan Carney, or visit the HQC Finals webpage or contact Carrie Vaught.

  Zone 4 Offering Annual Meeting Grants

The USHJA Zone 4 Jumper Committee is dedicated to helping members further their career and knowledge through the various opportunities available at Annual Meeting. In an effort to demonstrate this commitment, the USHJA Zone 4 Jumper Committee will be awarding grants to five USHJA members permanently residing within Zone 4 who wish to participate, but may need financial assistance.

USHJA realizes that registration fees and travel expenses weigh heavily on an individual’s decision to pursue opportunities such as this event. The Annual Meeting Grant is intended to assist in making attendance possible to all members regardless of financial status.

Grants to be awarded:

  • One $1,000 grant
  • Two $800 grants
  • Two $450 grants

In order to be considered for one of these grants a member must meet the requirements, complete an application and submit all other required documents to USHJA postmarked no later than November 30, 2012. For more information contact Chris Murphy at 859.225.6714

  Stay on Track – Check Your Zone Points Now!

As the 2012 show season winds down don’t forget to check your Zone Points before they lock on December 15. You may be one point or two away from your goal for the year and tracking your current point totals could help clinch that targeted prize!

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  USHJA Directory of Clinic

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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.





November 10-11

Frank Madden

Gurnee, IL

Anita Schadeck

November 11

Rob Bielefeld

New Bloomfield, PA

Tara Dawn Hazen

November 16-18

Anne Kursinski

Frenchtown, NJ

Anne Kursinski

November 17-18

Otis Brown

Long Grove, IL

Lorrie Canady

November 24-25

Joe Fargis

Brewster, NJ

Jan F. Golash

November 24-25

Linda Allen

Aiken, SC

Ann Thal

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

Nick Karazissis

Colorado Springs, CO

Karen Catov-Goodell

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The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.