USHJA On Course

The official podcast of the United States Hunter Jumper Association

Welcome to USHJA On Course, the official podcast of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. From beyond the competition arena, we'll introduce you to aspects of the sport you've always wanted to know more about, tricks of the trade from prominent members of the community and even reveal some topics you may have never thought of. Tune in each month as we chat with top juniors, amateurs and professionals all across the industry to discuss the latest happenings in the sport and how it is changing all of our lives.

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Safety in the Sport with Joe Dotoli
Episode 23

From the saddle to the judge's booth, Joe Dotoli has an extensive history in the Hunter/Jumper sport and a passion for safety. In the early 2000s, he spearheaded the rule that requires riders to wear helmets on showgrounds and recently led the charge to raise funds for the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab's testing. With the first round of testing done, Joe has his sights set on testing the newest form of safety equipment: air vests. Tune in as we discuss his impact on the sport and the future of rider safety.

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Writing and Riding as a Black Equestrian with Shaq Blake
Episode 22

Shaq Blake is the author and rider behind The Black Equestrian, a blog chronicling her riding journey as an equestrian of color, and North Wind Acres, her debut book following the story of a young Black equestrian riding in Detroit. Listen as we discuss how she and her writing are impacting riders and the sport.

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Leading Change with Ryder Richardson
Episode 21
´╗┐´╗┐Ryder Richardson is involved in and out of the saddle with the Hunter/Jumper sport. With USHJA, he is active on committees, was a Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals recipient in 2018, received the USHJA Youth Leadership Award and was awarded the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award after receiving a nomination from USHJA. Listen to discover how Ryder Richardson is leading changes in the Hunter/Jumper community!