Chairman's Corner

Our first horse show in May is fast approaching (see below for a list of Zone 12's recognized hunter/jumper shows for 2015), and we have a few reminders and updates. First, don't forget to renew your USEF and USHJA memberships, and your horses' recordings, prior to our first horse show in May. Also, we are pleased to welcome Kathy Haghighi as the newest addition to the Zone 12 Committee. Lastly, don't miss the presentation on college equestrian programs by Mr. Robert Cacchione at the Horsemanship Challenge Clinic. Read on for more information on this great opportunity!


Wishing everyone a great show season,

Dana Eaton

Chairman, Zone 12 Hunter/Jumper Committee

USHJA Zone 12 Hunter/Jumper Committee Members
Get to know your Zone 12 committee members

Dana Eaton, Chairman
Kerri Geppert, Vice Chairman/Secretary
Rebecca Carrington, Treasurer
Jill Cornforth, Member
Lindsay Henry, Member
Barbara Dey, Member
Kathy Haghighi, Member
2015 Zone 12 Competitions
May 29-31
Palmer, AK
June 19-21
Palmer, AK
July 9-12GEE Summer Circuit III & Zone 12 Summer Festival/Zone Finals
Anchorage, AK
August 6-9Palmer, AK
September 5-7Palmer, AK
Comment Period Now Open for 
2016 USHJA Zone Specifications 

Drafts of the 2016 USHJA Zone specifications are now available online for members to review. Zone Hunter and Jumper committees welcome input from members on specific zone specifications until June 12, 2015, before zone committees vote on specifications.


Please submit comments to Alina Brazzil, Sport Education Coordinator, by June 12, 2015.  

 Zone 12 Horse of the Year Finals 

The Zone 12 Horse of the Years Finals will be held during the Glacier Equestrian Events Summer Circuit III, July 9-12, in Anchorage Alaska. To qualify, exhibitors must have competed at a USEF-rated competition one timie during the current competition year, in the section in which they enter at the Zone Finals. 


For more information on Zone Finals specifications, bonus points and qualifying criteria, visit the Zone 12 Finals webpage 

Applications Open for Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

July 27 is the application deadline for the 2015 Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships, which will be held for the West Region (Zones 9, 10, 11 and 12) during the Blenheim Fall Tournament (September 9-13, 2015) in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Riders participating in the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper classes across the country are encouraged to apply so their points (accumulated between September 29, 2014, and July 27, 2015) can be counted toward qualifying in this exciting event. Only riders that apply can qualify to compete in the Championships! See where you stand by checking the appropriate
qualifying list!

For more information about the Championships including specifications, competition format, qualifying lists or to apply, visit:  

Nominate Deserving USHJA Members for Prestigious Awards by July 31, 2015!
USHJA is now accepting nominations for the Jane Marshall Dillon, A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy and Amateur Sportsmanship awards! The deadline to nominate a deserving individual for these awards is July 31, 2015.

Nominate a deserving member for the Jane Marshall Dillon Award, which recognizes an individual who has devoted their life to teaching and mentoring riders beginning their education in the hunter/jumper discipline. Past recipients include Ralph Caristo, Nick Karazissis, Walter T. Kees and Sissie Anderton.

Nominate a deserving member for the Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award, which honors an owner who has created a legacy of sportsmanship and giving back to the hunter/jumper sport through continued dedication and support. Past recipients include Helen Lenahan, Harry Gill, Wilhelmine Stewart Kirby Waller, and R. Bruce Duchossois.

Nominate a deserving member for the Amateur Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes Amateur Owner and Adult Amateur exhibitors who exhibit a degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteering their time and resources to various aspects of the industry. Examples of this include serving on committees, providing sponsorships and promoting the welfare of the horse. Success in the show ring is a secondary factor.

Zone 12 Educational Grants

Since 2011, the USHJA Foundation has partnered with several USHJA

Zones to offer the Scholarship & Grants Partner Program, as a means for zones to give back to their members in the form of financial assistance towards educational needs. 


The Zone 12 Hunter Jumper Committee has several grants available for Zone 12 members. Take advantage of this opportunity to offset costs and participate in Zone and USHJA programs! 


Upcoming Application Deadlines:

TCP Grant-----    due August 1, 2015

General Educational Grants-----    due August 1, 2015


For more information, including application procedures and deadlines, please visit the Zone 12 webpage.

 Zone 12 Horsemanship Challenge Clinic & College Program Presentation

The Zone 12 Horsemanship Challenge Clinic will be held at the William C. Clark Equestrian Center (WCCEC) in Anchorage on August 1, 2015. Mr. Robert Cacchione, founder and executive director of Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), will be the judge/clinician for this fun and educational event. In addition, he will give a presentation on college equestrian programs. 

Mr. Cacchione established the IHSA organization in 1967. IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition, both hunter seat and western. It was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status. Students ride horses that are furnished by the host college and chosen by drawing lots. Contact Barbara Dey 
for more information on both the clinic and the presentation.

USHJA Offers First of Its Kind Hunter Team Championship Experience in 2016!
Rider applications for the new 2016 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships are now open! Designed to showcase the skills of riders who compete in the Children's and Adult Amateur hunter sections across the country, the Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year bonus points in their respective Children's or Adult hunter section.

Zone 12 will compete at the West Region Championships with Zones 8, 9, 10 and 11. Qualifying for the West Regional Championships begins July 20, 2015, and ends May 21, 2016. The 2016 West Regional Championships will take place at Oregon High Desert Classic #1, in Bend, OR, July 20-24, 2016.

For more information including what competitors can expect and Championship specifications, visit

 Zone 12 Newsletter Articles

Jill Cornforth will be contacting individual members with interview questions for "spotlight" articles in upcoming Zone 12 newsletters.  Please contact Jill regarding any information or photos to be considered for newsletters.

Zone 12 USHJA Certified Trainers

Each of our featured trainers has completed the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel Insurance. For more information about the Trainer Certification Program, visit

Jill Cornforth
Polar Farm
Fairbanks, AK
Certified since 2012See Jill's complete Certified Trainer profile.
Dana EatonEaton Equestrian Center
Anchorage, AK 
Certified since 2014See Dana's complete Certified Trainer profile.
Jenny RouseyNorthgate Farm
Palmer, AK
Certified since 2014See Jenny's complete Certified Trainer profile
Beth TheisenTwo Rivers Ranch
Palmer, AK
Certified since 2014See Beth's complete Certified Trainer profile
Zone 12 Budgets Available Online

From awards to scholarships to educational clinics, find out how Zone 12 is allocating funds to support the zone membership. USHJA Zone 12 Hunter and Jumper 2015 Budgets are available on the Zone 12 webpage.

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Sponsors and Partners
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.

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