USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships set to begin on Friday


Thermal, Calif.—November 8, 2018—Children and Adult Amateur Hunter Riders from Zones 9 & 10 are ready to kick off the last USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships of the year at AON HITS Desert Horse Park this weekend.

The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, will begin Friday, November 9, with the jog and riders meeting. The Team Championships will be held on Saturday, November 10, and the Individual Championships will conclude on Sunday, November 11.

The USHJA congratulates the following members who are competing in the Championships:

Zone 9 Adult Amateurs

  • Jennifer Boyce, Eugene, Ore.
  • Nancy Butano, Bend, Ore.
  • Carissa Macdonald, Portland, Ore.
  • Sonya Maxwell, Bend, Ore.
  • Allie Talbot, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Kathleen Waldorf, Portland, Ore.

Zone 9 Child

  • Madison Givant, Bellingham, Wash.

Zone 10 Adult Amateurs

  • Amy Concha, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Melissa Frost, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Catherine Goedken, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Stephanie Goodson, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Julia Greenspan, Encino, Calif.
  • Kristyn Hill, Dana Point, Calif.
  • Alice Marks, Larkspur, Calif.
  • Molly Mrowka, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Sonja Petri, San Mateo, Calif.
  • Harriet Posner, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Jennifer Rawlings, Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Cheryl Wertheimer, Moorpark, Calif.

Zone 10 Children

  • Georgia Botham, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Whitney Hejmanowski, San Diego, Calif.
  • Ayanna Kimbro, Northridge, Calif.
  • Makena Reeves, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
  • Anusha Sarkar, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Avery Schoen, Tiburon, Calif.
  • Lola Stern, Malibu, Calif.
  • Savannah Strome, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
  • Georgia Yewell, Diablo, Calif.

Special thanks to Chefs d'Equipe Corey Smith and Katie Taylor, who will be leading teams this year for Zones 9 and 10, respectively.

For the team competition, riders will compete in three phases: an under saddle, and two classic hunter-style courses. The team with the highest overall score is Team Champion.

Only horse and rider combinations ranked 40th or above from the team competition, as well as any alternates who did not compete in the team phase, will compete in the individual competition on Sunday. The individual competition also consists of three phases, including an under saddle, a classic hunter derby-style course and a handy hunter course. The horse-and-rider combination with the highest overall score from all three phases of the second day of competition will be crowned Individual Champion.

In addition to competing for the Championship title in their sections, riders will take home great prizes. All riders will receive polo shirts and tote bags from the Championships presenting sponsor SmartPak. Medals and ribbons are awarded to the top three teams, and the Individual Championships are pinned through 8th place. The Team Champions in either section will also receive an embroidered cooler, and Individual Champions will receive an embroidered cooler, Charles Owen HelmetCWD halter, Professional's Choice Pro Performance Schooling Boots, Essex Classics Riding Shirt, FITS Ridingbreeches, and a pair of Parlanti paddock boots.

The Hunter Championships format changed from regions to zones this year, similar to the format for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships.

The Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships will run alongside the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships at AON HITS Desert Horse Park this year.

For more information on the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, click here.

About SmartPak

Presenting sponsor of the Championships SmartPak Equine was founded by riders and horse owners for riders and horse owners in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements to horses. Their patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, they offer a broad line of horse health, show apparel, tack, and canine supplies sold online and through their catalogs. More information is available at