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      • ZONE 8, 9, 10 Regional Hunter Seat Medal Finals & Adult Equitation Regional Finals

        NOVEMBER 5-9, 2014
        NATIONAL SUNSHINE SERIES 2

        Desert Horse Park
        85-555 Airport Blvd
        Thermal, CA 92274

        Managers:
        Ali Nilforushan

        Zone 10 Committe Contact:
        Kathy Hobstetter at (714) 797-1404


        ZONE 10 Medal Challenge - South

        AUGUST 2, 2014
        CAMELOT SUMMER SHOW

        Camelot Riding Club
        22945 Coltrane Ave
        Newhall, CA 91321

        Managers:
        Raizy Goffman at (818) 360-4389

        Zone 10 Committee Contact:
        Kathy Hobstetter at (714) 797-1404


        ZONE 10 Medal Challenge - North

        OCTOBER 2-5, 2014
        LET'S SHOW FALL FESTIVAL

        Brookside Equestrian Park
        11120 Bradley Ranch Rd
        Elk Grove, CA


        Managers:
        Peggy Fackrell at (916) 485-7918

        Zone 10 Committee Contact:
        Kathy Hobstetter at (714) 797-1404

        OCTOBER 22-26, 2014
        LET'S SHOW

        Murieta Equestrian Center
        7200 Lone Pine Dr
        Rancho Murieta, CA 95683

        Managers:
        Peggy Fackrell at (916) 485-7918

        Zone 10 Committee Contact:
        Kathy Hobstetter at (714) 797-1404

        ZONE 10 OPEN WATER SCHOOLING SESSION

        The Zone 10 Jumper Committee will be hosting an open water schooling session instructed by Buddy Brown on May 13 at the Sonoma Horse Park. It is the Tuesday of the HMI Equestrian Classic, which will also host Young Rider Trials later in the week. Rider Registrations will be received on first-come-first-served basis in order to participate in the clinic.

        Registration is required with Chris Murphy by email or fax to reserve spot. Registration Deadline: April 28, 2013

        Schedule: May 13
        10:30-12:00: Session I
        12:00-1:00: Lunch (hosted by Zone 10)
        1:00-2:00: Session II


        Clinician: Buddy Brown

        Details: This schooling session is open to juniors, amateurs, and professionals. Horses must have a show record in the 1.20 meters and above. Session is limited to ten horses. There is no fee to participate and riders must have California or Nevada declared as their point state as of December 1, 2013. Spots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis with horses competing in Young Rider Trials taking priority.

        Cancellations: Please submit cancellations 24 hours prior to the start of the clinic so that other riders may be allowed to participate.

  • 2013
    • Grants & Scholarships

      • 2013 Application

        Deadline: August 1, 2013


        2013 Application

        Deadline: August 1, 2013

        Grant and Scholarship deadlines have passed. Applications will be reviewed by Committees and applicants notified by email.

        USHJA Foundation to Offer More Scholarships and Grants in 2013

        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 USHJA Foundation continues to honor its pledge of contributing additional funds to help grow the cash value of each scholarship or grant that a zone bestows. During 2013, the Foundation welcomed an increased number of zone partners and increased zone donations, which in turn provides for more recipients and larger awards.

        An Investment in Our Future: Each scholarship and grant awarded by USHJA Zones is one step closer to ensuring the future of the American Hunter Jumper sport. The Foundation believes these funds:

        • Help students who choose to rise to the challenge of obtaining a college degree.
        • Move future farriers and veterinary technicians a step closer to realizing their career dreams.
        • Aid professionals in becoming certified trainers.
        • Encourage young equestrians to reach higher levels of riding accomplishments via sources such as the Emerging Athletes Program’s curriculum with elite clinicians.

        This year Zone 10 Hunter and Jumper Committees joined forces with the USHJA Foundation to offer one $750 EAP Grant and one $700 TCP Grant. Additionaly, the Committees will be offering two $500 EAP Grants and one $500 TCP Grant. To learn more about the Zone 10 educational offerings please contact Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714

    • Minutes
    • Awards
      • Zone 10 Amateur Sportsmanship Award

        Awarded since 2008, the goal of the Amateur Sportsmanship Award is to recognize amateur owner and adult amateur hunter, equitation and jumper exhibitors who exhibit an outstanding degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteer their time and resources to various aspects of the industry. Some examples of this would include: serving on committees, providing sponsorships and promoting the welfare of the horse. Success in the show ring should be a secondary factor.

        The accolades for the potential candidates must be earned from December 1 to October 1 of the current competition year. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. The nominee must be an Active or Associate member of USHJA. Members of the Zone 10 Hunter and Jumper Committees and past winners of the award are not are not eligible for nomination. Please complete the online nomination form. The nomination must include a the name, contact information, a list of notable accomplishments/services and at least one letter of recommendation for each nominee. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

        Nominations close on October 1, 2013.

        The award, along with a piece of jewelry reflective of the award’s mission, will be presented to the winner during the Zone 10 Banquet at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

        The Zone 10 Committee will appoint four individuals, including two amateurs, to act as the review committee and select a winner.

    • Finals
      • 2014 Zone 10 NAJYRC Selection Trials

        Bid Packets for hosting one of the 2014 Zone 10 NAJYRC Selection Trials
        are now available. All applications must be in the USHJA office
        no later than Monday, September 30, 2013.

        If you have any additional questions please contact Chris Murphy
        (859) 225-6714 or cmurphy@ushja.org

        ZONE 8, 9, 10 Regional Hunter Seat Medal Finals and Adult Equitation Regional Finals

        September 18 through 22, 2013
        LA International Jumping Festival

        LA Equestrian Center
        480 W Riverside Drive
        Burbank, CA 91506

        Manager: Michael Roy Curtis (818) 669-1652

        Zone 10 Committee Contact: Kathy Hobstetter (714) 797-1404

      • Zone 10 Medal Challenges

        2'6 Southern Medal Challenge
        July 6-7, 2013
        Camelot Summer Show
        Newball, CA
        Contact: Raizy Goffman at (818) 259-4364

        3'0 Southern Medal Challenge
        July 6-7, 2013
        Camelot Summer Show
        Newball, CA
        Contact: Raizy Goffman at (818) 259-4364

        2’6 Northern Medal Challenge
        October 23-27, 2013
        Let’s Show Halloween
        Rancho Murieta, CA
        Contact: Peggy Fackrell at (916) 947-4305

        3’ Northern Medal Challenge
        October 23-27, 2013
        Let’s Show Fall Festival
        Elk Grove, CA
        Contact: Peggy Fackrell at (916) 947-4305

      • Zone NAJYRC Teams

        After seven total selection trials the following horses and riders
        will be representing Zone 10 at the 2013 North American Junior Young Rider Championships.

        NAYRC Competitors:
        Hannah Von Heidegger & Geledimar
        Haley Schwab & Wakyra

        NAJC Team:
        Maggie Drysch & Ashtin's Obsession
        Kelsey Maloney & Quattro
        Olivia Champ & Lady Sparkle

        Chef d'equipe - Will Simpson

        Best of luck in Kentucky!

      • 2013 Zone 10 NAJYRC

        The Junior and Young Rider team named to represent Zone 10 at the NAJYRC will be selected based on points earned in the Zone 10 Junior/Young Rider Selection Trials. Candidate horse-and-rider combinations will count a maximum of three scores from the Northern and Southern California Junior and Young Rider Selection Trials. These points will be added to the total points earned during the final trial week to determine final ranking.

        Northern California Selection Trials

        Woodside Spring Preview: April 25 to April 28
        HMI Equestrian Challenge: May 15 to May 19
        Golden State Horse Show: May 23 to May 27

        Southern California Selection Trials

        Desert Circuit VII: March 12 to March 17
        Del Mar National Horse Show: April 30 to May 5
        The 92nd Annual Flintridge Horse Show: April 25 to April 28

        Final Section Trial

        Blenheim June Classic I: June 6 to June 9

        2013 Zone NAJYRC Teams:
        After seven total selection trials the following horses and riders will be representing Zone 10 at the 2013 North American Junior Young Rider Championships.

        NAYRC Competitiors:
        Hannah Von Heidegger & Geledimar
        Haley Schwab & Wakyra

        NAJC Team:
        Maggie Drysch & Ashtin's Obsession
        Kelsey Maloney & Quattro
        Olivia Champ & Lady Sparkle

        Chef d'equipe - Will Simpson

        Best of luck in Kentucky!

    • January E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Fred Bauer

        Welcome to a new show season! We hope 2013 will be a year filled with stand-out riding and great memories. The year is off to a good start as four Zone 10 riders had the privilege to participate in the George H. Morris Horsemastership Clinic. They all report having an extraordinary experience and learning a tremendous amount. Though each year brings many positive experiences in and out of our zone area, we know that there’s always room for improvement right here in our home territory. The Zone 10 Committee strives for productive changes to make your show experience even better than before.

        To that end, we would like feedback from our members about the year-end banquet. A brief survey will be coming out from the USHJA on how members would like to see the Zone 10 Jumper banquet handled going forward. Please respond by sending in your preferences and they will be heard. Your opinions are valued.

        Thank you for your input and we hope to make valuable changes in the year to come. I wish every rider, whether riding in your first show or your hundredth, the best of luck in the coming season.

        Fred Bauer
        Co-Chair, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

        Zone 10 Committee Member Profile: Fred Bauer

        Like many horsemen, Fred Bauer was first exposed to horses at a young age. "I have been involved with horses in various ways all my life. I started riding when I was about five because my older sister rode and that’s what got me into horses," Fred recounted. "My oldest sister was probably one of George Morris’ very first pupils. I also rode throughout my early years, first with George and later with Ronnie Mutch. I had a lot of success in my junior career, including winning the AHSA (now USEF) Medal and ASPCA Maclay Finals."

        However, unlike most horsemen, Fred made the decision to move away from horses. "After my junior career was over, I decided that I wanted to continue my education rather than get involved with horses full time," Fred said. He graduated from Harvard Law School and began developing his career. "I practiced mostly international corporate law at Coudert Brothers, which was a New York based law firm," Fred recalled. "They were the ones who brought me from New York to California. I had grown up in the northeast, so the move to San Francisco was quite a change."

        After four years, Fred realized that he wanted to stay in San Francisco to start a family rather than continuing chasing a legal career in New York. "At that point, I moved into a corporate setting and then into human resources," Fred stated. "I managed human resources in various combinations with law and was the top human resources officer at Visa in Northern California and Edmunds.com, the online automotive company in Southern California. I’ve lived and worked in Europe and had a pretty varied career outside of horses."

        While Fred was gaining valuable legal and business experience in his career, horses were always on the back burner. "I competed as an amateur on and off, but I always focused on my career. Then once I started a family I didn’t compete anymore," Fred remarked. Though he and his ex-wife were both riders, neither of his children took to riding and Fred found himself riding less and less. "Except for judging occasionally, I really didn’t ride myself for about 15 years, but continued to stay in touch with the sport through judging."

        It was another well known trainer that brought Fred back into the horse world. "After I was divorced from my ex-wife, I started dating Karen Healey," Fred explained. "She actually said to me, ‘If you’re going to see me and come to horse shows on the weekend, you had better start riding again or you’re going to be bored to tears.’ It was very good advice!"

        Karen found a horse for Fred and the pair instantly hit it off. Fred and Marble Arch (AKA Marbles) were tremendously successful in the revival of Fred’s amateur career. "We enjoyed a lot of success. We were actually second in the country in the high Amateur/Owner Jumpers twice and won the $25,000 Junior-Amateur/Owner Jumper High Invitational class two years in a row at the Cosequin USPGL Finals," Fred said. "I enjoyed getting back into competing after a 15 year break, so that was pretty special."

        With a solid background in business and horses, Fred has lent his expertise to the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, the USHJA Amateur Committee and other equestrian governing bodies. "I thought we needed some fresh blood on the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, so I decided to run last year." Fred explained. "I was fortunate enough to be elected co-chairman with Ned and I’m very happy to be doing this with him." Fred hopes to bring his unique expertise to the position and also get more people involved in the process. "We’d like more involvement and participation in the Zone 10 Jumper Committee," Fred explained. "It would be great to get broader participation in the governance process and get more people involved."

        Zone 10 Riders at the 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

        Four Zone 10 riders had the honor of being selected for the 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, presented by USHJA and Adequan: Karen Healey’s students Samantha Harrison, Olivia Champ and Kilian McGrath and young professional Ana Forssell, who trains under Renee Ronshausen. "It was such an honor for me to be selected and to be able to ride with such talented riders," Olivia enthused. "It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had."

        The session took place from January 2 through 6 in Wellington, FL. Unfortunately, Samantha could not attend due to illness, but she will be able to attend the 2014 training session as a wildcard rider. After illness prevented George Morris from teaching the session last year, he was back in fine form this year. "He’s a real horseman and a very professional teacher and rider," Ana commented. "He’s not willing to let you make stupid mistakes, but he was patient and understanding as several of the riders weren’t familiar with the horses they rode."

        All of the Zone 10 riders borrowed horses for the clinic. "I rode a horse named Billy, which I borrowed from Laura Kraut," Kilian said. Her barn mate Olivia chose to ride a less experienced horse for the clinic. "I rode a horse named 50/50, which I borrowed from Maarten Huygens. He was a seven-year-old from Belgium and he probably hadn’t done a lot of the things that he was asked to do in the clinic," Olivia explained. "That’s actually why I chose him. I really wanted the horse to learn a lot and for me to learn as well. He had a huge jump and was very hot, which is actually my type of horse. But he was the sweetest horse around the barn, which is always important to me."

        Ana rode two new horses in the clinic. "The first horse I rode was a six-year-old named Zoe which was in training with Candice King," Ana explained.
        "She was a fantastic little mare but she was a little too green for the height and complexity of the jumps in the clinic. For the second half of the clinic, I rode a chestnut mare named Rio, one of Debbie Stephens’ 1.40M horses. I like hot horses and so I got along with her really well."

        George not only taught on the ground, but also on horseback with and without stirrups. Ana had the unique advantage of watching George ride both of the horses she rode in the clinic. "He’s so correct with the way that he rides, so getting to see that and having a visual in your head of what it is supposed to look like and how the horses are supposed to go makes it easier to know what you’re looking for," Ana elaborated. "I really enjoyed watching him ride and I learned tons from it."

        Riders were also able to learn from expert clinicians such as Anne Kursinski, Dean Pearson, Dr. Tim Ober, Dr. Jenny Susser, Ph.D. and Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D. "My favorite clinician was Anne Kursinski," Olivia commented. "I ride and compete in dressage as well, so it was amazing to see her really focusing on dressage flatwork for jumping. She’s a beautiful rider on the flat." Fifteen-year-old Olivia was one the youngest riders at the clinic and truly enjoyed the well-rounded education she received. "My favorite part was getting to learn from all the different perspectives with all of the different clinicians and to really learn on a horse that wasn’t as experienced," Olivia recounted. "It was great to be able to teach the horse some new things and learn a lot about being an overall horsewoman."

        In addition to an excellent education, riders also enjoyed the camaraderie that the clinic fostered.

        "I felt a little bit like an outsider going into the clinic because all of the other riders have much more extensive show records than I do," Ana admitted. "But after the first day, I didn’t feel that way at all. Everyone was really friendly. We were all there to learn and everyone helped each other out. When the first group was getting on in the morning, the second group was shining their boots when they got on and doing whatever they could to help." Kilian agreed and also enjoyed having a familiar face with her. "It was awesome having Olivia there," Kilian commented. "She’s so sweet and always positive."

        The clinic was a great success for the Zone 10 riders, who were all grateful for the opportunity to participate. "I’m so thankful that so many influential people donated their time to help teach the future generations of the sport and I loved how they really focused on all aspects of horse care, not just the riding," Olivia said. Kilian reflected, "The biggest thing that I learned from this amazing experience is that you never stop learning. There is always something new to be learned from each person you encounter, whether big or small."

        Zone 10 Year End Award Standings

        Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below. Remember that the Stirrup Cup point season runs from September 16, 2012 to September 15, 2013 and the Horse of the Year season runs from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.

        USHJA Stirrup Cup standings
        USEF Horse of the Year standings

        Zone 10 Members Q&A: Zoie Nagelhout

        In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our members.

        Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.
        A: Well he's unfortunately not mine any more, but I had the majority of my success with Dale (Y2k). He's the love of my life and I still consider him my horse, so I will talk about him. Something unusual about him is that he is insane in the show ring! He gets so excited and he has so much energy that he would kick out sometimes during our courses. His energy is one of my favorite things about him. But around the barn he is like a big Labrador retriever. I used to go for bareback rides all the time and he would be as quiet and relaxed as a western trail horse.

        Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?
        A: I would love to have lunch with Alfred Hitchcock. He seems like he was a pretty interesting guy and he was incredibly influential in film, which is my major. So I would be extraordinarily excited if I were able to meet him.

        Q: What is your favorite horse book?
        A: I have so many! I always loved reading the Saddle Club books and the Misty of Chincoteague series when I was little.

        Q: What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
        A: Honey Nut Cheerios.

        Q: What was the last movie you saw?
        A: I saw "Any Day Now" at a USC SCA screening. It was amazing!

        Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
        A: Before I show, I always like to do the "lucky bareback hack" as I call it. I like to take whoever I'm competing on for a walk around the show grounds bareback and just get comfortable. It's a way to bond with the horse I'm riding and it keeps me relaxed so I don't get nervous.

  • 2012
    • Membership
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    • TCP Grant Awardee
      • TCP Clinic Grant: Chris Cervantes

    • December E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Fred Bauer
        • As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the successes and events of this past year. Did you meet your goals, change them as the year went on, or even achieve something you never thought you could? While we're in the midst of riding, training and showing, often the blinders come on and it's hard to see our progress. Looking back on just how much we have accomplished over the course of the year can be both heartening and inspiring. We hope you take this time to celebrate the high points of the year and set new goals to take your riding career one step further in 2013.

          In the spirit of celebrating successes, this issue is devoted to a photo essay showcasing a few of our year-end winners who were recognized at this year's Celebrate Jumpers! banquet. Enjoy and we'll see you in the ring in 2013.

          Fred Bauer and Ned Glynn, Co-Chairmen

      • Photo Essay
        • Zone 10 jumpers had a standout year on the national scene, with several riders winning major grand prixes and representing their home territory in the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. Whether competing in high level competition, moving up on a new horse, or just starting out, all of the jumpers in Zone 10 made great memories this season.

          Weopatra and Sarah Haskins

          Fourteen-year-old Sarah Jane Haskins (Archie Cox, trainer) was thrilled to win Reserve Champion in the High Children's Jumpers on her Weopatra (AKA Weo). "This was my first year doing jumpers so to actually win an award was an awesome bonus," Sarah commented. "I've had Weo for almost a year, and she is just amazing. There is zero hesitation at all and she has the biggest heart ever. She had made me extremely confident as a rider and I am so lucky to have her." Sarah also shows in equitation and occasionally hunter classes on her other horse, Vigo. "Next season I hope to become consistent with Weo in the Modified Junior Jumpers and possibly move up into the lows some time during the year. I hope to qualify on Vigo for all of the big equitation medals back east, as well as compete in all of the West Coast Medal Finals."

          Weopatra, owned and ridden by Sarah Jane Haskins 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Reserve Champion in High and Low Children’s Jumpers

          Hot Pants and Sage Flynn

          Though Sage Flynn (Hap Hansen Stables, trainer) only did a few shows during the 2012 season as she is a sophomore at the University of San Diego, she and Hot Pants (AKA Hottie) still rose to the top of the leader board with their consistency. "Hottie was on it at every show despite not being in the show ring as often. I'm really proud of how consistent he was," Sage mentioned. The two have been together for six years and Sage added, "I bought Hottie in eighth grade. He is the only jumper I have ever owned and has taken me all the way from the children's jumpers to where I am now. He is truly special to me because of the bond that we have. He never lets me down and tries his hardest when it counts the most. In 2013, I hope to take Hottie to another grand prix and start competing at a higher caliber of riding. I have Spruce Meadows in my sights for the end of the year and will hopefully make the top four again."

          Hot Pants, owned and ridden by Sage Flynn 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Amateur Owner Jumper Reserve Champion

          Ace of Hearts and Julia Otter

          Julia Otter (David and Caroline Sterckx, trainers) and her pony Ace of Hearts worked hard all season to win the year-end championship. Julia enumerated, "I had been competing in many shows around California and I had to fight for first place until the very last show in November. At most shows I competed against 30 to 50 horses and often had to take risky short cuts to win the class. My trainer David and I had to study each course carefully, as missing a short cut meant losing places. Winning the year-end award was very special because it meant all of the hard work with my trainer paid off." The win was a sweet way to end the season with her pony, because next year Julia plans to transition to a new horse, Emilie DR, and will continue competing in jumpers.

          Ace of Hearts, owned and ridden by Julia Otter 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Low Children’s Jumpers Champion

          E-Star and Sara Jorgensen

          Sara Jorgensen (John French, trainer) admitted that she had a tough show year full of ups and downs on her mare E-STAR (AKA Bunny). While they earned lots of ribbons, including winning the $2,000 Van Vleck Ranch Junior/Amateur Owner (Low) Jumper Stake 1.30m at Capital City Classic in April, there were some challenges along the way. "In July at Spruce Meadows I had a really bad fall the last day of the show. I lost consciousness and had to be hospitalized for some time. Then in September I had another bad fall and in November I had to have surgery," Sara explained. "I stopped showing in August so I was thrilled when I found out E-STAR and I had won the Low Amateur Owner Jumper Championship. It particularly meant a lot to me after all we had been through at the end of the season." Sara is ready to put the past behind her and look forward to next year, "We discovered that Bunny had an ulcered gum in the back of her mouth and it explained all of the problems we had at the end of the season. It's a relief to have clarity and know why the crashes happened, so now I can get better and enjoy many more years with Bunny. She's really special and I can't wait to start showing again with her once we are both healthy!"

          E-STAR, owned and ridden by Sara Jorgensen. 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Low Amateur Owner Jumper Champion. 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year 7/8 Year Old Young Jumper Champion (Ridden by Guy Thomas)

          Alley Oop and Eleanor Hellman

          Eleanor Hellman (Hope and Ned Glynn, trainers) has one of her sisters to thank for her start in riding. "I am the fourth of five sisters. The second oldest wanted a pony, but my parents told her she had to learn how to ride first. As a result, the three youngest of us also took lessons. I have been with Hope and Ned since I began riding except for a few years when I went to school in Virginia and trained with Kitty and Johnny Barker."

          Eleanor and Alley Oop (AKA Al) have been together for a year and a half. Eleanor couldn't be happier with her horse, "He's just the most amazing animal. He's super sweet and very sensitive of his rider and of what they are asking of him. He loves his jobs and lets you know it." Eleanor added, "I'm very excited to get Reserve Champion because it reflects how hard Al and I have worked and how consistent we have become as competitors."

          Alley Oop, owned and ridden by Eleanor Hellman 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Low Amateur Owner Jumper Reserve Champion

          River Bird and Olivia Esse

          Olivia Esse (Chris Pratt, trainer) and River Bird (AKA Birdie) finished their final year showing together with great success. "I had her for two years and I love her so much." Olivia shared, "She's so much fun to ride and so smooth and gentle. A lot of times people watching say that it looked like a hunter or equitation course. She's sneaky because it doesn't look like she's going very fast, but she actually is." Birdie is quite a versatile horse, having competed in hunter derbies and the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic at Thermal. Though Olivia no longer rides Birdie, she still keeps in touch, "Jennifer Gates bought Birdie and has been showing her since August, but I get updates on Facebook and she sends me pictures and videos of the two of them." Olivia currently attends the University of Pennsylvania and competes as a member of their IHSA team. "I plan to ride when I come back on break and hopefully I will be able to show over the summer," she said.

          River Bird, owned by Oscany, Inc. and ridden by Olivia Esse 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Reserve Junior Jumper Champion

          Wow Het Lindehof and Kathryn Burdett Griffiths

          Kathryn Burdett Griffiths had a great season with Wow Van Het Lindehof (AKA Mini) and won several 1.20M Jumper classes throughout the year. Mini is the daughter of one of Kathryn's past horses, Kimball, and is nick named Mini because she is the spitting image or "mini me" of Kimball. "We got Mini when she was three and we've been together for nine years. We had a lot of difficult days with me ending up in the dirt while we learned to trust one another. We have overcome so many obstacles and now have a very strong bond due to all the time we spent patiently learning about each other," Kathryn recounted. Kathryn plans to continue competing with Mini next season and will be balancing her own riding with her new job as coach of the University of Southern California Equestrian Team. "I'm excited to be working with young people who are so enthusiastic to learn all aspects of horses, from the fundamentals of horsemanship to what it takes to win in the show ring," Kathryn said, "Since I'm still actively competing myself in the hunter/jumper world I'm very aware of the nerves and stress we put on ourselves as riders and I hope to teach the girls to ride competitively, but also to have fun."

          Wow Van Het Lindehof, owned by Sunset Farms and ridden by Kathryn Burdett Griffiths 2012 Zone 10 Stirrup Cup 1.20M Jumper Champion

          Sherry Lady and Peyton Warren

          Fifteen-year-old Peyton Warren (Rudy Leone and Jill Humphrey, trainers) has a special bond with her horse of four years, Sherry Lady. "I have had Sherry for about four years," Peyton noted, "She's special to me because she's not just my horse, she's my best friend. Winning the Children's Jumper Year-end Champion with her was very meaningful to me." In addition to jumpers Peyton competes in hunters and equitation. "I love all the rings! I sometimes will get catch rides in the junior hunters, age group equitation, or jumper medals." No matter what she's competing in, Peyton always reminds herself to have fun. "Right before I enter the show ring, I think about why I'm in this sport. It's not about winning or getting the cooler; it's about doing something that I'm really passionate about and have fun doing." Peyton plans to move up to the Low Junior Jumpers next season.

          Sherry Lady, owned and ridden by Peyton Warren 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year High Children’s Jumper Champion 2012 Zone 10 Stirrup Cup High Children’s Jumper Champion

          Salerno and Killian McGrath

          Kilian McGrath (Karen Healey, trainer) and Salerno had a breakout year, winning the Gold medal in the individual competition and Bronze in the team competition at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. She and Salerno also finished third in the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search West. Kilian shared, "I accomplished my goal of being in the top four." It was just such a great experience because it shows who has the most ability to become a professional, and I'm just so happy." Kilian will continue to improve her already impressive riding skills by participating in the 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, presented by USHJA and Adequan, in January.

          Salerno, owned by Rolling Oaks Ranch, Inc., ridden by Kilian McGrath 2012 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Junior Jumper Champion

      • 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session
        • The United States Equestrian Federation will ring in the New Year with the Seventh Annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL January 2-6, 2013. Congratulations to the Zone 10 riders who have been selected to participate in this prestigious clinic: Ana Forsell, Olivia Champ, Samantha Harrison and Kilian McGrath. The latter three riders are trained by Karen Healey. Congratulations to these outstanding riders! Look for comments from the riders about their experience in next month's e-news.

    • November E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Fred Bauer
        • Thank you to all of our members who participated in this year's process to elect your new Jumper Committee members, and special appreciation to all the new and retiring committee members for your hard work. The new committee has many new members, including myself. Our goal is to take a fresh approach to issues within our Zone. Geographically, the new committee members provide good diversity; spreading through Northern and Southern California and into Nevada and offer representation for professionals, amateurs and show management. You will learn more about each of these members in upcoming issues of the E-news, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, if you see one us at the shows, feel free to say hello. Please share your ideas on things we can do to improve the sport in our Zone at any time and by any means of communication-email, phone or in person. Ned and I look forward to serving as your Co-chairs for the next four years.

          Zone 10 Jumper Committee:

          Fred Bauer - Co-Chair
          Ned Glynn - Co-Chair
          Stephanie Wheeler
          Linda Allen

             

          Dick Carvin
          John Charlebois
          Joie Gatlin
          Dale Harvey

             

          Sara Jorgensen
          Helen Mc Naught
          Larry Langer
          Julie Winkel

          Here's wishing you a fun and memorable Holiday Season with your family, friends and horses. We're looking forward to the new show season starting in January - we're sure you are, too.

          Fred Bauer
          Co-Chair, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

      • Zone 10 Standouts
        • Zone 10 Standouts: West Coast Indoor Circuit Winners

          The Inaugural West Coast Indoor Circuit wrapped up in November and brought many talented riders to the West Coast. The circuit consisted of four shows, each with a featured Saturday night grand prix: the Del Mar Fall Equestrian Festival (Oct 24-28), the National Preview (Oct 31-Nov 4), the LA National (Nov 7-11), and the Las Vegas National (Nov 13-18). The $50,000 LEGIS West Coast Indoor Circuit Jumper Bonus was available for any rider who won more than one of the grand prix classes on the same horse, although it was not awarded this year as each class win went to a different rider. Look for the $50,000 LEGIS Jumper Bonus for the West Coast Indoor Circuit again in 2013.

          Lane Clarke notched another big grand prix win on Casseur de Prix (Granville Equine, owner) in the $55,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at the Del Mar Fall Equestrian Festival. Earlier this year, Lane won two grand prix classes on McLord's First John (Mickey Hayden, owner) with Casseur de Prix in third both times. Casseur de Prix finally had his chance to shine at the Del Mar Fall Equestrian Festival. "Casseur de Prix is a great horse. He's super careful and fast," Lane commented.

            

          The third grand prix win capped a great year for Lane, who is always effusive about the team that helps him. "There's a great team behind my riding. I'm especially grateful to the Spicers of Granville Equine and Mickey Hayden for letting me ride their horses, as well as Antares Saddlery, Toklat, and the Matrix line for sponsoring me. I also have a great team of vets, shoers, and grooms. It's great when you're out there because you feel like people are behind you. I'm going to compete whether there's people or not, but it's a lot more enjoyable and more fulfilling when you feel like you're all a part of something and that you're a part of that something."

          Marilyn Little made a huge splash in her West Coast debut, winning the $50,000 Anniversary Grand Prix at the National Preview in a thrilling jump off on Zilox T (Raylyn Farms, Inc. and Betsey Smith, owners). "This was a great start to my first time showing in California. I'm just thrilled that everything came together," Marilyn said. She is based in Maryland and just recently decided to re-focus her talents on show jumping. "I've been doing show jumping lightly for the past two years because I've been eventing very heavily. I actually haven't jumped in a grand prix class in over a year."

          Marilyn's lack of recent time in the grand prix ring didn't show when she piloted both Zilox T and Sandrik (Raylyn Farms, Inc., owner), to clear rounds over Leopoldo Palacios' technical course. "Leopoldo is a brilliant course designer. There wasn't anything that would scare the horses, but it also showed you what you needed to work on." Though Marilyn had only been riding Zilox T for three weeks, she made the jump off round look effortless. The pair easily sliced the jumps, made tight turns, and galloped through the timers for a clear win.

            
            

          21-year-old Nayel Nassar (Egypt) had a spectacular ride on his Raging Bull Vangelis S in the $50,000 LEGIS Grand Prix of Los Angeles during the Los Angeles National to beat out noted professionals in the field. The class was a qualifier for the FEI World Cup Finals as well as the HITS Thermal Million. "I heard about the World Cup Qualifier in Los Angeles and decided to come down for it," commented Nayel, who is in his third year at Stanford University. The class also drew a host of veterans and past grand prix winners, including Rich Fellers, Hap Hansen, Rusty Stewart, and John Pearce. However, it was Nayel who came out on top with a double clear ride on Richard Jeffery's tough course.

          The win was another impressive benchmark in Nayel's career. Despite his young age, Nayel has a large amount of international riding experience under his belt and has showed across Europe, Asia, and North America. Nayel made quite an entrance this past winter on the American show circuit when he won the 2012 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series in Florida.

          He was born in Kuwait, lived in Cairo, Egypt, which is the country he shows for,and in 2009 moved to California to attend Stanford where he is studying economics. Nayel balances the rigorous academics of Stanford with the intense traveling and energy of competitive show jumping. He admitted that balancing the two can be pretty difficult. "It's been really tough. I try and get as much done during the week so I'm not so stressed about school when I'm riding. I've been riding a long time and I competed all throughout high school, so I think learning to manage my time from such a young age has really helped me as I've gotten older."

          Another young rider, 21-year-old Karl Cook, won the final West Coast World Cup Qualifier of 2012 with a stunning one-two finish at the $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix at the Las Vegas National. Karl placed first on Jonkheer Z and second on ASB Conquistador (Signe Ostby, owner of both).

          The win was his second big victory of the show as he claimed the $30,000 EQU Lifestyle Speed Classic on Notories Utopia and also placed third on Banba (Signe Ostby, owners of both). Karl is a Zone 10 NAJYRC graduate and gold medalist, and was on the USEF Long List for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Karl also recently started riding with renowned French Olympic show jumper, Eric Navet. With new horses and a new trainer, Karl will definitely be one to watch in the 2013 season.

            
      • Celebrate Jumpers
        • Jumpers had a chance to enjoy their achievements for the year and some camaraderie with friends who share a love of the sport of show jumping, at the annual Celebrate Jumpers! party hosted by the Pacific Equestrians Foundation. Amidst the celebrating, Zone 10 riders were honored with their year-end awards. Departing Zone 10 Chairman Larry Langer honored renowned judge and steward, Arthur Hawkins, with the Zone 10 Chairman's Award, which is given to someone who has advanced the sport of show jumping. Arthur began judging in 1956 and has had a long and prestigious career. Arthur, who at one time in his career judged between 20 and 30 shows per year, has judged Madison Square Garden seven times and the AHSA and Maclay Medal Finals eight times.

          Arthur was born into the horse world as his father was a professional in the 1930's. "When I was around nine years old, my father would show and my brother and I would go with him," he recalled, "We would walk the horses or cool them down or get them ready for my father. We got to know all the trainers, owners, and judges when we were just kids and it was great spending time together." At that time, only amateurs could be officials, however, Arthur's father became one of the first professionals to become a judge in the 1940s.

          Judging became a family business, Arthur and his siblings followed in their father's footsteps. Unlike his father, Arthur did not show often and explained, "I did very little showing myself. I got stage fright, so I decided to let someone else do it for me." Arthur, his father, and his siblings judged concurrently for a time and even got to judge one show together. "In 1980, my father, brother, sister and I all got to judge the same show. That was great. I had judged quite a bit with my brother and father but not as much with my sister. That was the only time all four of us got to be on the same judging panel. We all had the same opinions right down the line," Arthur recounted.

          Throughout his long career, Arthur strove to always judge fairly. "I've been very lucky to judge 56 years and never make a mistake in my own mind," Arthur commented. "I've had very few complaints in my life about my judging. I'm not saying everyone agrees with me, but very few have had a real problem." Arthur loved to judge and his decision to retire was not an easy one, "For 20 or 25 years, I judged 20-25 shows a year. I've been cutting back the last couple of years and I already miss it. But I'm getting older and the travel is pretty extensive at my age, so I decided to quit while I'm ahead. I will definitely miss it, that's for sure," Arthur reflected. Though Arthur officially retired as a judge this year, he will continue to work as a steward on occasion.

          Arthur received a standing ovation from the crowd when he accepted the Chairman's Award and was absolutely thrilled to receive it. "It was one of the nicest things that has ever happened to me in my career," Arthur said. "I was very impressed with the presentation and Marnye and Larry did such an incredibly beautiful job. It was also nice to see so many professionals show up. Without question, this night was one of the highlights of my career."

          In addition to the Chairman's Award, Marnye Langer, President of Pacific Equestrians Foundation, unveiled plans to install a Show Jumping Wall of Fame to celebrate the history of show jumping at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, which will be a duplicate of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky. Show Jumping Hall of Fame inductees Larry Langer, Hap Hansen and Marcia Williams were recognized on stage prior to the unveiling, which was a complete surprise. "I had no idea that the wall was going to be unveiled," Hap commented. "I think the Wall of Fame is a fabulous idea. It's' a wonderful thing to do for the West Coast because a lot of people don't get to Kentucky to see the Hall of Fame. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is a great facility already and what a great addition this will be." Pacific Equestrians hopes to make the Wall of Fame a reality by 2013 and has started a capital campaign to raise $25,000 for the second phase of funding to install Hall of Fame plaques.

        • Congratulations 2012 Zone 10 Jumper Stirrup Cup Award Winners!

          1.20 Jumper
          Champion – Wow Van Het Lindehof, owned by Sunset Farms in Shadow Hills, CA

          High Adult Jumper
          Champion – Thalassa, owned by Susan Azad of La Canada Flintridge, CA
          Reserve– LEGIS No Sugar Added, owned by LEGISequine.com of Burbank, CA

          High Children's Jumper
          Champion – Sherry Lady, owned by Peyton Warren of Rancho Murieta, CA
          Reserve– Jays Way, owned by Rebecca Konrad of San Carlos, CA

          Low Adult Jumper
          Champion – Mozart Z, owned by Susan Azad of La Canada Flintridge, CA
          Reserve– Wedgewood, owned by Mrs. Michelle Water of Loomis, CA

          Low Children's Jumper
          Champion – Latest Release, owned by Lorraine Rowe of Palmdale, CA
          Reserve– Just Me N Julio, owned by Lauren Ender of Las Vegas, NV

        • Congratulations to all the 2012 Zone 10 Jumper Horse of the Year Winners

          5-Year-Old Young Jumpers
          Champion – La Tache, owned by Willow Tree Farm, Inc, Burson, CA
          Reserve – Carlo Cossini Z, owned by Lise Quintero Gregory, Northridge, CA

          6-Year-Old Young Jumpers
          Champion – Calatino B, owned by Branscomb Farms Llc, Woodside, CA
          Reserve – Ravello, owned by Emily Livermore, Woodside, CA

          7/8-Year-Old Young Jumper
          Champion – E-STAR, owned by Sara Halford Jorgensen, Woodside, CA
          Reserve – Velvet B, owned by Branscomb Farms Llc, Woodside, CA

          Adult Amateur Jumper-Highv Champion – Soletto, owned by Kaitlyn Kaseno, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
          Reserve – Thalassa, owned by Susan S Azad, La Canada, CA

          Adult Amateur Jumper-Low
          Champion – Mozart Z, owned by Susan S Azad, La Canada, CA
          Res – Tug Of War, owned by Shelley Jones, Rancho Mirage, CA

          Amateur Owner Jumper
          Champion – Notories Utopia, owned by Signe Ostby, Woodside, CA
          Reserve – Hot Pants, owned by Sage Alyssa Flynn, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

          Children's Jumper-High
          Champion – Sherry Lady, owned by Peyton Warren, Rancho Murieta, CA
          Reserve – Weopatra, owned by Sarah Jane Haskins, Las Vegas, NV

          Children's Jumper-Low
          Champion – Ace Of Hearts, owned by Julia Otter, La Canada, CA
          Reserve – Weopatra, owned by Sarah Jane Haskins, Las Vegas, NV

          Junior Jumper
          Champion – Salerno, owned by Rolling Oaks Ranch, Thousand Oaks, CA
          Reserve – River Bird, owned by Oscany, Inc., Pasadena, CA

          Low Amateur Owner Jumper
          Champion – E-Star, owned by Sara Halford Jorgensen, Woodside, CA
          Reserve – Alley Oop, owned by Eleanor Louise Hellman, Kentfield, CA

          Low Junior Jumper
          Champion – NZ Socialite, owned by Callaway Stables Llc, San Diego, CA
          Reserve – Larissa, owned by El Dorado 29, Pauma Valley, CA

          Pony Jumpers
          Champion – Oreo 'N Milk, owned by Hannah Loly, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
          Reserve – Millpond Celebrity , owned by Macquarie Simon, Mill Valley, CA

      • Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our members.

          Kathryn Burdett Griffiths

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?
          A: That's a tie between Buck Brannaman and Beezie Madden.

          Q: What is your favorite morning drink?
          A: Diet coke in the summer, tea in the winter.

          Q: What is your favorite horse movie?
          A: Mister Ed.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.
          A: Wow Van Het Lindehof's father, Kimball, is part of our family, too. I showed him 10 years ago in the high A/O jumpers. She is a carbon copy image of him (except much thinner) so we call her "Mini" as in "mini me." Kimball now lives the life of a king making sure our grass is always mowed.

          Q: What is your favorite non-horse book?
          A: A tie between Into Thin Air and the Twilight series.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides horses?
          A: My husband and I took up snowboarding about five years ago. He won't get on a horse and I won't get into an Indy car, so we figured it's a good compromise. I'm also obsessed with chickens, Silkies to be specific. I have six and they are amazing pets!

    • Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Awards
      • 2012 Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Awards

        Please Note: Stirrup Cup Awards are for B & C Competitions Only

        The Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Awards were developed in 2002. The goal of the awards program is to recognize the accomplishments of the grassroots equestrians and to promote the B and C level competitions. This awards program is a separate program from the USEF Horse of the Year Program or the USHJA Stirrup Cup Awards Program. The USHJA Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Awards are an additional and unique awards program that you are automatically enrolled in by being a member of USHJA and competing in B- and C-rated competitions.

        Rules

        In addition to the specifications listed below, the USHJA Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Awards are governed by the general and division rules as outlined in the USEF Rule Book.

        USHJA Individual Membership
        USHJA Horse Registration

        Divisions Offered

        Hunter Breeding
        Green/High Performance Working Hunter
        Pre-Green Hunter
        Amateur Owner Hunter
        Junior Hunter
        Small/Medium Pony Hunter
        Large Pony Hunter
        Children's Hunter Pony
        Children's Hunter 13 & Under
        Children's Hunter 14 – 17
        Adult Amateur Hunter 18 - 35
        Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over
        Equitation 14 & Under
        Equitation 15 - 17
        Equitation 18 - 35
        Equitation 36 & Over
           

        2012 Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Standings

        Membership Requirements

        In order to qualify for an USHJA Zone 10 Stirrup Cup award, a horse’s owner and rider will be required to be active members of USHJA in order to participate. Members may join via mail, on line, or at the competition using the competition membership form. However, memberships must be active on or before the first day of the competition as outlined in the USEF rule book. Horses must have an USEF annual or life recording which is active on or before the first day of the competition. In addition, all horses are required to have a USHJA horse registration in order to receive Stirrup Cup Awards points.

        Point System

        The points will be based on the current increment system for B and C rated competitions established by USEF. Only points earned at USEF B and C rated/licensed competitions will count for this award program. Points can only be obtained in states within the owners home zone which is determined by the owners USEF point state.

        Competition Year

        Points will be earned from December 1 through November 30 of the current competition year. Points may be contested up to December 15 of each competition year, thereafter, points will not be changed.

    • HOTY - Equitation Standings
    • Banquet
      • 2012 Banquet

        November 9, 2012, at 7 p.m.

        Location: Viva's (next to LA Equestrian Center), 480 W Riverside Drive, Burbank CA
        Contact: Arielle Pearce Phone: 818.563.3250 email: arielle@langershow.com
        Tickets may be purchased at the door before November 5 tickets will be $40 and after November 5 the tickets will be $50

    • October E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Larry Langer
        • The end of the show year is approaching and that means there are many year-end finals, championships and awards to look forward to. The Zone 10 Jumper awards will be presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Banquet, which takes place November 9 at the Los Angeles National Horse Show, so mark your calendars now. We will also be honoring Arthur Hawkins, who is retiring from judging this year after 56 years of exemplary service to the industry. This will be his last show as a judge and we will be presenting him with a special award at the banquet. It will be a great opportunity for his friends and colleagues to help celebrate his impressive career.

              LEG Up News Archives

          Thank you all for participating in the important process of voting for your Zone 10 Jumper Committee members. The new committee has been named and took over their duties beginning October 1. This will be my last Chairman's Corner, but I will remain on the committee next term to help the new members with the transition.

          Best of luck to all of you in your year-end finals, championships and other endeavors. It has been a pleasure serving as your Zone 10 Jumper Chairman and I look forward to what the future holds.

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

      • Zone 10 Standout: Samantha Harrison
        • Winner of the 2012 USEF/Platinum Performance Talent Search Finals West

          The 2012 USEF/Platinum Performance Talent Search Finals West brought together 33 of the best riders on the West Coast. Proving she was a cut above the rest of the field, Zone 10's own Samantha Harrison (Karen Healey trainer) came home as the winner of this competitive class. "Honestly, it's still hard to believe that it actually happened," Samantha noted, "Sometimes I find myself thinking, 'Did I really win the Talent Search or was that just a dream?' I have to remind myself that it was real!" Winning the Talent Search has been a long-time goal of Samantha's and her win was hard fought and well deserved.

          Judges Chrystine Tauber and Bernie Traurig both praised Samantha's effective riding style, which was particularly evident when the top four riders had to switch horses. "She rode really well on all four horses and was very, very solid on every horse she rode," commented Chrystine. Samantha was not thrown by riding an unknown horse as she explained, "As a member of the equestrian team at Oklahoma State University, I felt like I had a little bit of an advantage. I know what it's like to jump on a horse you don't know and compete because that's what we do in competition all the time."

             

          Although she is used to catch riding, Samantha competed in the Talent Search on her own trusted horse, Santika, who she has had for many years. Samantha collected another ribbon when Santika won the Best Horse Award. "When I heard her name being called for Best Horse Award I was so excited. It meant so much to me because I have had her for so long and I've really watched her progress over the years. I know how far she's come and how great of a horse she is and I think she really deserves it." Samantha enumerated.

          For now though, Samantha and Santika are separated as Samantha is back in Oklahoma to focus on school and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association equestrian team at Oklahoma State. Samantha is currently a junior majoring in Strategic Communications and balances schoolwork with riding on the equestrian team. Samantha elaborated, "I really love it here. I love being on the team and the girls are just so amazing. It's so nice to be around a group of girls that are so positive all the time about everything." The team has competed four times this season and are currently in fourth place overall in their division.

          While she is in Oklahoma, Samantha's family is never far from her mind. "My family is still in La Cañada, but whenever I do show in the area, they are always there to support me," Samantha stated. Samantha's sister Haley is also a rider and Samantha credits her with getting them both into horseback riding. "I think it was because my sister just said one day, ‘I want to ride a horse.' So we started riding. That was a long time ago." Samantha explained with a laugh. Though Samantha is still unsure about her future in showing as an individual, she is grateful for all of the encouragement she's had so far. "Karen Healey, her staff, and my family have given me a great deal of support and worked hard to bring me to where I am today. I really appreciate everything they've done for me and will continue to do for me."

      • Awards Banquet
        • Zone 10 Year End Award Standings

          Congratulations to all of the riders and horses that competed in the 2012 Stirrup Cup and Horse of the Year season this year! Awards will be presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Banquet, which will be held during the LA National on the evening of November 9. We hope you will join us as the banquet offers a chance to recognize Zone 10's top jumper riders at all levels, from ponies to grand prix.

          The USHJA is sending notifications to all year end award winners and we hope to see you at Celebrate Jumpers! for a fun evening of celebration.

          The Stirrup Cup season ran from September 16, 2011 to September 15, 2012 and the Horse of the Year season ran from October 1, 2011 to September 20, 2012. Check the links below to check on the year-end standings.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

          USHJA Member's Choice Awards – Zone 10 Winners

          Congratulations to the Zone 10 winners of the USHJA Member's Choice Awards! The Member's Choice Awards Program was developed by the Competition Standards Committee to encourage communication between exhibitors and competition management. Awards are given to the AA-rated, A-rated, B-rated and C-rated shows with the highest survey average in the zone. The survey allows exhibitors and participants to give their feedback on various aspects of the horse show, including the facility, the footing, horse show personnel and hospitality. Visit the USHJA Member's Choice web page.

          Congratulations to the following USEF-Licensed Hunter Jumper competitions and their staff for putting on great horse shows!

          Rating

          AA
          A
          A
          B
          C

          Competition Name

          Menlo Charity
          Golden State Horse Show
          HMI Equestrian Challenge
          Giant Steps Charity
          Verdugo Hills 2

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news we learn a few fun facts about our members.

          Alexandra Vizents - shows in .80M, .85M and .90M Jumpers

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in and what school do you go to?
          A: I am 12 years old, I'm in 7th grade, and I go to Marlborough School.

          Q: What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
          A: Lucky Charms

          Q: What is your favorite horse book?
          A: Black Beauty.

          Q: What was the last movie you saw?
          A: Pitch Perfect.

          Q: What is your favorite horse movie?
          A: Flicka.

          Q: What is your favorite part about showing?
          A: My favorite part about showing is the great feeling after completing a clean round.

    • September E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Larry Langer
        • As a long time professional horseman and licensed official, I credit much of my success to my formal education; I hold degrees in engineering and business administration. In the equestrian world, there is no substitute for experience and I have learned a great deal about horses in the "school of hard knocks." However, my hands-on equestrian experience has definitely been enhanced by studying and learning in a more formal way. For many years, I have been an advocate of further education, and I seek training and learning opportunities whenever and wherever I can. In fact, those who work with me know that if there is a class or seminar they want to take, I never hesitate to support them in the endeavor.

          As a result, I am very pleased that the USHJA is partnering with Bernie Traurig's Equestrian Coach to provide the educational content online for the Trainer Certification Program. Whether you are just starting out as a professional or you have been teaching and training for decades, you can always learn something new. I encourage you to get certified and to check out Equestrian Coach by logging on.

          When Bernie first approached me about his website plans, I was very excited about the idea. There were many obstacles and challenges to overcome during Bernie's effort to provide education for the equestrian community. I am sure he had no idea what a "green screen" was, let alone all of the other technical issues involved. As a very successful horseman, Bernie used his boundless passion to tackle a project for which he had little knowledge and less technical skill. The result is Equestrian Coach, and I encourage all of you to check out this excellent resource. Equestrian Coach is not just for professionals, anyone at any level can benefit from the material offered on the site. Keep learning and challenging yourself and you will only be better for it.

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

        • Zone 10 Standout: Charlotte Gadbois

          Charlotte Gadbois (Mickey Hayden, trainer) has had an incredibly successful show year on her mare, Semira de Saulieu. They placed second in the $25,000 Land Rover of Pasadena Grand Prix at the Flintridge Riding Club in April and in July she headed to the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North. "Going to Kentucky to the Young Rider Championships was a huge accomplishment for us as a team. I had planned to try for the Young Rider Championships in 2011, but we wanted to be prepared and confident, so we actually moved down a few sections because my horse and I still needed some tuning up," Charlotte explained.

             

          Semira de Saulieu was imported from Belgium in December 2010 as an eight-year-old. "At the time, her age really showed and it was tough, especially for a junior coming up in the ranks like I was," Charlotte commented. "She had incredible scope and jumping ability, but she didn't even know she could move laterally. We knew she didn't need to practice jump courses because her jump was so great, so we did a ton of flat work to get her supple and to get her to move around my leg. That has really been the key to our success this year."

          All of the hard work has paid off, the pair placed fourth individually at the Young Rider Championships and received a bronze medal in the team competition. Charlotte could not be happier with the results saying, "I don't think we've ever jumped such a technical track as the course at the Young Rider Championships. We really rose to the occasion and it was just so much fun. I've never sat on a more amazing horse. Her jumping technique is perfect; she jumps so square and she has the biggest heart in the world."

          The Young Rider Championships gave Charlotte the opportunity to not only bond with her horse, but also with her fellow Zone 10 teammates. "The biggest thing about Young Riders is that it is one of the only team competitions we have besides the Olympics. Being on a team changes your whole mentality. Karen Healey, our Chef d'Equipe, had a sports therapist come and talk to us about the differences in riding individually versus riding on a team, and it was very interesting and helpful," Charlotte noted.

          Charlotte was grateful to be a part of the whole experience. "My teammates were incredible," She said. "Some of the girls are my best friends, and I love the camaraderie and competition that we share together."

          Outside of horses, Charlotte is currently a sophomore at Chapman University where she majors in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business. Charlotte originally started in the business school before a broadcast film class changed her path. "After I took the class, I fell in love with it. I applied to transfer to the film school at Chapman, which is a really competitive process. I didn't think I would get in, but they accepted me and I'm so excited to be in the film school now," she said. "Erin Andrews is a big inspiration to me and I hope to become a football sportscaster like her. Of course, I'd also love to get more coverage of equestrian events on television, but I think football is more realistic right now."

          Attending such a rigorous film school is time consuming and Charlotte admitted she has had to take a step back from riding. "There's a lot going on at school, so I've been taking a break since the Young Riders Championships. But I still want to continue riding and in the next year, I'd like to be able to do some World Cup qualifiers. I'd also like to get my feet wet on the grand prix circuit, and my ultimate goal is to be the PCHA Grand Prix Rookie of the Year." She admitted that she hopes for a rematch with her assistant trainer, Lane Clarke, on the grand prix field. "I was second and Lane was first and third at the Flintridge Grand Prix. We were supposed to compete against each other at the Memorial Day Grand Prix, but I couldn't make it, so I still want a rematch!"

          Whether she gets her desired rematch or not, Charlotte will be a rider to watch in the years to come.

      • New Jumper Committee
        • 2012 Zone 10 Jumper Committee

          The new Zone 10 Jumper Committee has been elected and will be seated in November. Here are the Zone 10 Jumper Committee members for the next four years:

          Fred Bauer
          Ned Glynn
          Linda Allen
          Dick Carvin

             

          John Charlebois
          Joie Gatlin
          Dale Harvey
          Sara Jorgensen

             

          Helen Mc Naught
          Larry Langer
          Stephanie Wheeler
          Julie Winkel

      • Special Events
        • As the year draws to a close, Zone 10 riders can look forward to a busy next few months. The 2012 Los Angeles International Jumping Festival (September 19 through 23) featured the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West and after four grueling rounds of competition, four talented young ladies proved themselves worthy of the top four placings. Watch for more coverage of the event in next month's issue.

          Champion - Samantha Harrison
          Reserve Champion - Olivia Champ
          Third - Kilian McGrath
          Fourth - Lauren Myers

          Los Angeles National Horse Show (November 7 through 11) will hold the West Coast Equestrian Junior/Amateur Medal Finals. These are both challenging and prestigious jumper style medals that have heralded some of our truly great jumper riders. Starting at the end of October, the new West Coast Indoor Circuit will offer high caliber classes and showcase high-level competition. The circuit will consist of four shows: the Del Mar National (Oct 24-28), the National Preview (October 31 through November 4), the LA National (November 7 through 11), and the Las Vegas National (November 13 through 18). Hope to see you there!

      • Points
        • Zone 10 Year End Point Standings

          Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below to keep up to date on your points! Remember that the Stirrup Cup point season ran from September 16, 2011 to September 15, 2012 and the Horse of the Year season runs from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. Awards are presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Dinner held during the LA National on November 9. The Celebrate Jumpers! Banquet offers a chance to recognize Zone 10's top jumper riders at all levels from ponies to grand prix.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our members.

          Alicia Gasser

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in, and what school do you go to?
          A: I am 18 years old. I am a senior at Chaparral High School.

          Q: What was the last movie you saw?
          A: I saw the latest batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."

          Q: What is your favorite non-horse book?
          A: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides horses?
          A: Yes, I also run track and participate in a lot of school activities.

          Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
          A: Before every round, as I am walking into the ring, I touch my lucky necklace. It was my grandmother's necklace, and she gifted it to me many years ago.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.
          A: Audi's Reflection is the perfect mare. She is charismatic, has a HUGE heart, and loves to perform.

    • Championships and Finals
      • Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Finals

        Southern Finals: October 11 to 14, 2012, at the Camelot Classic in Santa Barbara, CA. Contact Raizy Goffman.

        Northern Finals: October 24 to 28, 2012, at the Let's Show Halloween in Rancho Murieta, CA. Contact Peggy Fackrell.

        Sections to be offered at both Northern and Southern Finals

        Adult Amateur Hunters
        Amateur Owner Hunters
        Children's Adult Jumpers
        Children’s Hunter Horse
        Children’s Hunter Pony
        Junior Hunters
        Low Children's Adult Hunters
        Low Children's Adult Jumpers

         

        Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers
        Low Pony Jumpers
        Performance Hunter 3’3"
        Pony Hunters
        Pre Green
        Thoroughbred Hunter
        1.20 Jumper
        1.30 Jumpers

      • Zone 10 Northern Championships

        The Zone 10 Northern Championships will take place during the Menlo Charity in Atherton, CA, August 7 to 12, 2012.
        Contact: Walter Haub or at MenloHorseshow.com
        Sections:

        High Performance Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3'6" to 3'9"
        Performance Working Hunter 3'3"
        Green Working Hunter: 1st and 2nd year
        Amateur Owner Hunter: 18 to 35 and 35+
        Amateur Owner 3'3"
        Regular Conformation Hunter
        Green Conformation Hunter
        Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Junior Hunter: small 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: large 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: small 16 to 17
        Junior Hunter: large 16 to 17

           

        Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Pre-Green sections
        Children's Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Adult Amateur: 18 to 35, 36 to 49 and 50+
        Low Junior Jumper
        Junior Jumper
        Low Amateur Owner Jumper
        Amateur Owner Jumper
        Children's Jumper High
        Children's Jumper Low
        Adult Amateur Jumper
        Young Jumper: 5-, 6- and 7/8-year-old

      • Zone 10 Southern Championships

        The Zone 10 Southern Championships will take place during the Camelot Classic in Santa Barbara, CA, on October 11 to 14, 2012.
        Contact: Raizy Goffman
        Section: Children's Hunter Pony

        The Zone 10 Southern Championships will take place during the National Preview Horse Show in Burbank, CA, on October 31 to November 4, 2012
        Contact: Brenda Outwater at 818.567.7317, fax: 818.567.7320 or LangerShows.com
        Section: Pony Hunter and Pony Jumper

        The Zone 10 Southern Championships will take place during the Los Angeles National Horse Show in Burbank, CA, on November 6 to 11, 2012
        Contact: Brenda Outwater at 818.567.7317, fax: 818.567.7320 or LangerShows.com
        Sections:

        High Performance Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3'6" to 3'9"
        Performance Working Hunter 3'3"
        Green Working Hunter: 1st and 2nd year
        Amateur Owner Hunter: 18 to 35; 35+
        Amateur Owner 3'3"
        Regular Conformation Hunter
        Green Conformation Hunter
        Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Junior Hunter: small 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: large 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: small 16 to 17
        Junior Hunter: large 16 to 17

           

        Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Pre-Green sections
        Children's Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Adult Amateur: 18 to 35, 36 to 49 and 50+
        Low Junior Jumper
        Junior Jumper
        Low Amateur Owner Jumper
        Amateur Owner Jumper
        High Children's Jumper
        Low Children's Jumper
        Adult Amateur Jumper
        Young Jumper: 5-, 6- and 7/8-year-old

      • Zone 10 Northern Finals

        The Zone 10 Northern Finals will be during Strides and Tides in Petaluma, CA, on September 12 to 16, 2012.
        Contact: Sally Hudson at 831.594.1719
        Sections:

        High Performance Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3'6" to 3'9"
        Performance Working Hunter 3'3"
        Green Working Hunter: 1st and 2nd year
        Amateur Owner Hunter: 18 to 35; 35+
        Amateur Owner 3'3"
        Regular Conformation Hunter
        Green Conformation Hunter
        Junior Hunter: small 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: large 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: small 16 to 17
        Junior Hunter: large 16 to 17
        Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Pre-Green sections

           

        Children’s Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Children’s Hunter Pony
        Pre-Green sections
        Children's Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Adult Amateur: 18 to 35, 36 to 49 and 50+
        Low Junior Jumper
        Junior Jumper
        Low Amateur Owner Jumper
        Amateur Owner Jumper
        High Children's Jumper
        Low Children's Jumper
        Pony Jumpers
        Adult Amateur Jumper
        Young Jumper: 5-, 6- and 7/8-year-old

      • Zone 10 Southern Finals

        The Zone 10 Southern Finals will be held during the Blenheim Fall Tournament in San Juan Capistrano, CA, on September 11 to 16, 2012.
        Contact: Stephanie Wheeler at 949.443.1841 or fax at 949.443.1843
        Sections

        High Performance Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3'6" to 3'9"
        Performance Working Hunter 3'3"
        Green Working Hunter: 1st and 2nd year
        Amateur Owner Hunter: 18 to 35; 35+
        Amateur Owner 3'3"
        Regular Conformation Hunter
        Green Conformation Hunter
        Junior Hunter: small 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: large 15 and under
        Junior Hunter: small 16 to 17
        Junior Hunter: large 16 to 17
        Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Green Pony Hunter: small, medium and large
        Pre-Green sections

           

        Children’s Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Children’s Hunter Pony
        Pre-Green sections
        Children's Hunter Horse: 13 and under; 14 to 17
        Adult Amateur: 18 to 35, 36 to 49 and 50+
        Low Junior Jumper
        Junior Jumper
        Low Amateur Owner Jumper
        Amateur Owner Jumper
        High Children's Jumper
        Low Children's Jumper
        Pony Jumpers
        Adult Amateur Jumper
        Young Jumper: 5-, 6- and 7/8-year-old

      • Zone 10 West Coast Pony Challenge

        The USHJA Zone 10 West Coast Pony Challenge (Mock Pony Finals at 2'6 which do not count for zone points) will be held during the Blenheim June Classic III in San Juan Capistrano, CA, June 20 to 24, 2012. Contact: Stephanie Wheeler at 949.443.1841 or fax at 949.443.1843

        Blenheim June Classic III and the dates are June 20 through June 24
      • Zone 10 Northern and Southern Medal Challenges

        The USHJA Zone 10 Hunter Committee established an exciting competition six years ago for qualifiers of medal classes 3'3" and under in Zone 10! The first and second place winners of junior & amateur medal classes from all horse show organizations will be eligible to compete in the Zone 10 Northern/Southern Medal Challenge Finals. Riders do not need to be a member of USEF or USHJA. The Zone 10 Hunter Committee uses these Challenges to promote an introduction to competing in a USHJA/zone event for grassroots riders from all local associations by letting them compete head to head at a USEF licensed competition.

        USHJA Northern & Southern Medal Challenge Specifications

        Southern Medal Challenge - Sponsored by Equine Insurance
        July 6 to 7, 2012, Camelot Summer Show Contact: Raizy Goffman

        Northern Medal Challenge
        October 4 to 7, 2012, Lets Show Fall Festival Contact: Peggy Fackrell

    • Election
      • August Zone Election Update

        The 2012 Zone Elections have closed and the individuals listed below have been elected by the eligible voting members to represent your zone.

        Next steps: The three largest Affiliate Organizations, within the zone and registered with the USHJA, have the opportunity to recommend one appointee who has designated hunter to the Hunter Committee and one appointee who has designated jumper to the Jumper Committee. At a later date additional appointments will be made to ensure a balanced committee on the basis of geography and constituency representation.

        The current committees will continue overseeing zone business until November 2012, at which the newly elected committees will be seated.

           

        Zone 10 Hunter

        GLYNN, HOPE
        KARAZISSIS, NICOLAS
        FRENCH, JOHN
        ARAKELIAN, CHANCE
        GOFFMAN, RAIZY
        HOBSTETTER, KATHY
        BARMEN, TRACI
           

        Zone 10 Jumper

        ALLEN, LINDA
        GLYNN, NED
        GATLIN, JOIE
        MC NAUGHT, HELEN
        CARVIN, DICK
        HARVEY, DALE
        BAUER, FRED
    • August E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Larry Langer
        • We have had a gold medal month in Zone 10. Kilian McGrath faced tough competition at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and after helping the Zone 10 Young Rider team win the Bronze Medal, she advanced to the Young Rider Individual Championship. After two challenging rounds Kilian captured the individual Gold Medal. To top it off she was also awarded the Style Award by the NAJYRC Show Jumping Ground Jury, which included Cesar Hirsch as President, Leslie Brown, Neil O'Connor, Marnye Langer, Charlotte Skinner and myself. I couldn't be prouder of Kilian's achievement.

          A few weeks later, pony riders made the trek to the Kentucky Horse Park and Keely Laughlin brought yet another Gold Medal back to Zone 10 as the USEF National Pony Jumper Individual Champion. Highlights of her accomplishment are detailed in this Zone 10 E-News.

          Finally, kudos to NBC for its excellent and comprehensive coverage of the Olympics. Although the U.S. show jumping riders did not bring home a medal, we watched, cheered and hoped. I even got up at 4:00 a.m. to watch the Individual Show Jumping Final to cheer for Rich Fellers live. Let NBC know how much you appreciated their coverage. You can drop them a note and share a few comments by sending general feedback on their website.

          As Fall approaches, so do many championships, finals and special events. Good luck to all!

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

      • Getting Your Head into Your Riding
        • We spend many hours practicing our riding skills, working with our horses and making sure they are in top physical condition. However, how many of us really understand or focus on the mental aspects of our sport? Mental preparedness is a crucial element for top athletes in other sports, but it is often overlooked in ours. As the 2012 NAJYRC approached, Karen Healey contacted Larry Langer and asked if Zone 10 would help sponsor a one day session with Dr. Ken Ravizza for the Zone 10 NAJYRC riders. Karen has had many of her riders work with Dr. Ravizza over the years and knew the Zone 10 teams would benefit from his insights.

          Dr. Ravizza has worked with many elite athletes, including the U.S. Women's Volleyball team. The Zone 10 riders who attended his session sat rapt as he discussed how mental control and attitude can significantly affect an athlete's performance. In fact, Dr. Ravizza's discussion was so informative that we will be bringing several pieces of his ideas and discussion points to you over the next few months.

          Kilian McGrath credits her success in executing five consistent rounds and dealing with the pressure at the NAJRYC to the concepts she learned from Dr. Ravizza. "I know I have the riding skills," began Kilian, "but so many times I have psyched myself out." Kilian put a number of Dr. Ravizza's key ideas to work for her. "I am willing to do anything to improve my riding, so I was all for the session with Dr. Ravizza." The session obviously paid off, as Kilian now has a gold medal to show for her efforts.

          Control the Controllable

          There are many things outside of a rider's control: the weather, the difficulty of the course, how other people are behaving, etc. Athletes need to identify the things they can control and let go of what they can't. "You can do nothing about whether it is hot, cold, windy, or rainy," stated Dr. Ravizza. "Why waste energy and mental focus on those things?" However, Dr. Ravizza noted that how an athlete responds to uncontrollable items can also affect them. "You can control your response to those things, and you can be in control of yourself."

          Kilian applied this idea by choosing specific controllable items to focus on. This focus involved breathing and calming skills. "I kept myself breathing slow, deep breaths and I picked specific places on course to take a deep breath. When my adrenalin starts going, I can lose focus and speed up. I concentrated on not rushing." The wisdom of Kilian's choices, controlling what she could, were reflected in her calculated, precise riding.

          Stay tuned for more insights from Dr. Ravizza's discussion of The Mental Game for Performance Excellence in subsequent issues of the Zone 10 E-News.

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          From July 17 through 22, over 200 young equestrians gathered at the historic Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North. The competition included the best young riders from all over the country and Zone 10 was represented by ten highly dedicated riders.

          Zone 10's Junior Team, which consisted of Madison Bradshaw, Hannah Von Heidegger, Alicia Gasser, Haley Schwab and Haley Stone (alternate), put in a solid showing and finished fourth in the team competition. In addition, Hannah on Candle Light Van De Warande (Monarch International, owner) and Alicia Gasser aboard Audi's Reflection (KMG Equestrian, owner) finished in the top ten of the individual final standings. Hannah tied for fifth with just 8 faults after five rounds of jumping.

          Zone 10's Young Rider Team, which consisted of Kilian McGrath, Sage Flynn, Charlotte Gadbois, Stevie Sorenson and Taylor Harris (alternate), performed well under pressure and received a Bronze Medal in the team competition. In the individual competition, Kilian, riding Salerno (Rolling Oaks Ranch Inc., owner) started out in fifth place and then finished strongly to win the gold. Fellow Zone 10 riders Charlotte Gadbois aboard her Semira de Saulieu and Sage Flynn on her Hot Pants finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

      • National Pony Jumper Championship
        • Keely Laughlin Wins 2012 USEF Individual National Pony Jumper Championship

          One of Zone 10's own proved to be the best pony jumper in the nation at the 2012 USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Twelve-year-old Keely Laughlin (Tracy Cotchett, trainer) piloted Larger Than Life (Pam Poulsen, owner) through four clear courses to clinch the title of 2012 Individual Pony Jumper Champion.

          Heading into the final jump off, Keely was up against fellow twelve-year-old Ellyn Fritz from Connecticut, who was aboard Sailor Moon (Back Country Farm, owner). Both rode flawlessly in the previous rounds and each had zero faults coming into the final jump off. "Going into the jump off, we actually didn't know that we were supposed to be entering the arena. They didn't announce it, so I had to trot into the warm up arena, jump a jump and immediately go in," Keely shared, "I didn't have time to be nervous since I had to go into the arena right away. I thought, ‘Okay, I just have to get this done.' The gate person rushed me in, so Tracy told me to take a moment to visualize my course even though I was already in the arena. I did the whole course in my head once and then headed to my first jump."

          Larger Than Life (AKA Jack) navigated the inside turns of the jump off with ease and the pair went clear. Though Ellyn also went clear, Keely had the faster time of 31.277 seconds. Keely enjoyed showing at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park. She commented, "It was kind of like a mini Olympics because the stands are right next to the arena. It was nice because it was air conditioned. I liked it because it was a big indoor ring, but you still had to look for the jumps because they would come up really fast."

          Keely has leased Jack for the past two years. She explained that he has all of the qualities of a great pony jumper: "He always wants to go. He has this motor that will never stop, so he always wants to go faster and faster. Not only is he fast, but he tucks up to clear the jumps. He never jumps flat and hardly ever even hits a rail."

          "Keely works really hard and usually rides three horses a day. She's a great rider," her trainer, Tracy, commented. Keely's family has a barn in their backyard where they keep their horses and lesson with Tracy. Keely comes from a family of riders, "My sister does equitation, hunters and jumpers. My mom is a jumper rider and my dad does polo. The only one who doesn't ride is my brother, so sometimes he gets upset because we're always talking about horses at the table. But it's a lot of fun because we can help each other out and my sister and I have a great bond because of riding." she said.

      • Points
        • Zone 10 Year End Point Standings

          Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below. Remember that the point season started last year and the year ends September 15. Awards are presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Dinner held during the LA National in November.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our members.

          Stevie Sorenson

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in and what school do you go to?
          A: I'm 18, I will be a freshman in college this fall, and I will be attending Durham University in England.

          Q: What was the last movie you saw?
          A: I think it was 21 Jump Street.

          Q: What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
          A: Sugar Pops, for sure.

          Q: What is your favorite horse book?
          A: Black Beauty.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone who isn't your current trainer, who would it be?
          A: I think it'd probably be Helen McNaught or Duncan McFarlane.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.
          A: He's missing his front tooth but it no way hinders his ability to eat, eat, eat!

          Hannah Von Heidegger

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in and what school do you go to?
          A: I just turned 15, but I ride as 14. I am going into my sophomore year in high school at Campbell Hall School.

          Q: What is your favorite part about showing?
          A: My favorite part about showing is the adrenaline rush that I get and getting to compete with my horses in big fun classes.

          Q: What is your favorite non-horse book?
          A: My favorite non-horse book is probably The Hunger Games series.

          Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?
          A: I would have to choose Jesus to find out the truth about religion

          Q: What is your favorite horse movie?
          A: My favorite horse movie is definitely Black Beauty. Even though the middle part makes me cry, I love when he is reunited with the boy he loves.

          Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
          A: I always wear my lucky belt that I have had since I was ten. Also, I visualize my course before going in the ring, especially before really important classes.

    • June E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Larry Langer
        • What a month and what a year we have had so far. First, congratulations to our 2012 Olympic team of Rich Fellers, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Reed Kessler. I am especially gratified to see Rich and Flexible on our team. While Rich may reside in Zone 9, he spends a fair amount of time competing in Zone 10.

          Not only was our Olympic team named this month, but Zone 10 also finalized its Young Rider and Junior teams for the 2012 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The NAJYRC is a stepping stone into the grand prix ranks. Both Lucy and Davis and Saer Coulter represented Zone 10 at the NAJYRC, and both are now competing internationally and went through the entire Olympic Selection Trial process. Karl Cook is another Zone 10 NAJYRC graduate–and gold medalist–and he was next in line to go to the World Cup Finals in 2012.

          In 2010, Reed Kessler helped the Zone 2 team win the Young Rider Team Bronze Medal and was fourth individually. Now, two years later, she is representing our country at the Olympics.

          I am proud of our Zone 10 NAJYRC program and the talented riders who come through the program. Going through the selection trials is valuable for a jumper rider. Competing at the NAJYRC takes a rider to additional heights, and winning a medal is a wonderful reward for the hard work and hours of dedication it takes to become a talented, competitive athlete.

          Good luck to our Zone 10 NAJYRC Junior and Young Rider teams this July in Kentucky, and good luck to our USA Olympic team this August in London.

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

      • Elections
        • Zone Elections

          It is time to elect a new Zone 10 Jumper Committee using the new electronic voting process. All members should have received a reminder via email. Your voice matters, so please use it! Voting closes on August 1, 2012. For more information, read the 2012 USHJA Zone Election Timeline and Procedures.

      • USA SHow Jumping Team Chosen
        • The USEF approved the Show Jumping FEI Nominated Entries for the 2012 Olympic Games. The final team of four and a traveling reserve will be officially entered on July 6. Zone 10's congratulations go to Rich Fellers, who once lived in California and regularly competes in Zone 10 competitions. He heads the list with Flexible (Mollie and Harry Chapman, owners). We are also very excited for Lucy Davis and Nemo 119 (Old Oak Farm, owner), who made the Short List ranked at number twelve and Saer Coulter and Springtime (Copernicus Stables, owner), who made first alternate. This is a huge accomplishment for these young riders! The 2012 Olympic Games take place in Greenwich Park, London, July 27 to August 9, 2012. Follow the USA Show Jumping Team

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          The North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Zone 10 Selection Trials are officially completed, and the teams have been chosen. Congratulations to the following outstanding riders:

          Young Rider Team

          Kilian McGrath and Salerno
          Sage Flynn and Hot Pants
          Charlotte Gadbois and Semira de Saulieu
          Stevie Sorenson and Esperanto
          Taylor Harris and Candilla

          Junior Team

          Madison Bradshaw and Katina
          Hannah Heidegger and Candle Light Van De Warande
          Alicia Gasser and Audi's Reflection
          Haley Schwab and Charlemayne
          Haley Stone and Tyrone

          The 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, will take place July 17 to 22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit the young rider website.

          A bit about some of our riders...
          In 2011, Alicia Gasser represented Zone 8, and this year she will ride for Zone 10 on the Junior team. Alicia is excited to be part of the Zone 10 team and is looking forward to another trip to Kentucky.

          Sage Flynn rode on the Young Rider team last year and plans to take those experiences with her to Kentucky this year. "Last year my goal to go to the NAJYRC was a bit far-fetched, but it was a great experience," she says. "This year I feel really solid. The best part of NAJYRC is the team experience. I got close with the other riders." Sage just finished her first year at the University of San Diego, and the barn is close enough that she can ride regularly.

          Charlotte Gadbois is making her first appearance at the NAJYRC, although she has competed in the Zone 10 Selection Trials in previous years. "I did the trials in 2011 and I was not quite ready, but it really showed me what I needed to be able to do," she recalls. "This year when I did so well at Thermal in the first trial, it really set me up. Because of my age, the Young Rider team was my only option." Trainers Mickey Hayden and Lane Clarke made sure Charlotte was well prepared leading up to the final trial and now she too is headed to Kentucky to represent Zone 10. "I think we are going to have a fun team this year, and this has been a long term goal of mine so I am really happy." Like Sage, Charlotte just finished her freshman year at Chapman College.

      • Points
        • Zone 10 Year End Point Standings

          Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below. Remember that the Stirrup Cup point season runs from September 16, 2011 to September 15, 2012, and the Horse of the Year season runs from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. Awards are presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Dinner held during the LA National on the evening of November 9. The Celebrate Jumpers! banquet offers a chance to recognize Zone 10's top jumper riders at all levels from ponies to grand prix.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

      • Zone 10 Standout: Hap Hansen
        • Hap Hansen, recently inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, has been a role model for many generations of young riders. With his unmistakable precision and style, he is a fan favorite any time he steps into the ring. This is particularly true in the Los Angeles area, where Hap spent much of his early career.

          Hap grew up riding at the Flintridge Riding Center in La Cañada Flintridge, where he trained with Jimmy and Marcia (better known as "Mousie") Williams. Hap recalls, "It was fun. There were many riders I got to ride with, like Susie Hutchinson, Robert Ridland and Kirsten Skee." In the company of these great riders, Hap spent a lot of time on the show circuit with Jimmy. "In my junior rider years, I got to ride my junior hunter, Green Dolphin, and also One More Time for Jimmy and Mousie. We would trailer in to the horse shows and I would stay in the tack room and help with the medication when I wasn't riding," Hap recalls.

          While riding with Jimmy, Hap competed in his first grand prix when he was 17. In fact, it was the first grand prix event in Los Angeles. Although grand prix classes can be intimidating, Hap felt well prepared for the class. "Jimmy was a genius," Hap comments. "One of his exercises would be jumping a chute, which was circular. We would jump the chute with no bridle and no stirrups. That exercise really taught us to stay on and get a good feel of the horse." Jimmy's lessons provided an excellent foundation for Hap to continue riding. Hap's love of riding, combined with good timing, led him to his first job as a hunter/jumper trainer. Hap describes, "I was taking lessons with Jim McAvoy, a Saddlebred trainer in Chula Vista, when their back barn lost their trainer, Bob Bradley. They were looking for a hunter/jumper trainer to replace him, so I took the job and worked there for a year."

          Since his days at Flintridge, Hap has had an illustrious show jumping career, trained many successful students, and accumulated decades of experience in the business. When asked what makes him want to get out of bed and go to work every day, Hap responds, "I love the horses, the people, the competition and the traveling. I also love training the horses to become competitive." In addition, as one might expect from a rider with 99 grand prix wins under his belt, Hap admits that he finds winning to be the most rewarding part of his job. "As a rider, you know you've won because your horse was cooperative and it was going the way you wanted it. As a trainer, it's nice to know that your students were doing it right. Overall, it's great to see a good outcome of what you have been working toward."

          Hap is obviously no stranger to winning, and his many accomplishments in the show ring were the basis of his recent induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Hap says, "It was very exciting when I found out! I got a phone call from Marty Bauman, telling me I was being honored in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. I didn't even know I was nominated. It was a great surprise." Though the honor might have been a surprise to Hap, it certainly came as no surprise to those who have followed his career over the years. Today, Hap continues to train, ride and compete on the show circuit and will continue to inspire young riders whenever he rides.

      • Show Jumping European Young Rider and Junior Rider Tour
        • Annie Cook of Woodside, California, represented Zone 10 in fine style on this year's Junior and Young Rider European Tour. She was selected for the American team with Banba and Landkorn 5 (Signe Ostby, owner of both).

          The tour began with the CSIOYJ Bonheiden in Belgium (May 17 to 20), where the team tied with the Belgian team for fourth place. Annie garnered twelve faults in the first round, but improved in the second with eight.

          The team moved on to CSIOYJ Reims in France (May 31 to June 3), where Annie and Banba jumped double clear to assist the team in a second place finish. After the team racked up eight faults in the first round, the girls rallied and added no more faults in the second round.

          Chef d' Equipe Michele Grubb was very pleased with her team's effort in France. "We had two double clears, which was fantastic. I was thrilled with their performances. All the girls rode really well under pressure." Michele was also very impressed with the caliber of competition at the CSIOY Reims Nations Cup. "It was a tough class and nail-biting to the end. It was great down to the very last riders."

          At the same event, Annie landed in fourth place in the Conseil Chevaux Champagne/Ardenn competition. Annie piloted Landkorn 5 (Signe Ostby, owner) to a clear round in 57.55 seconds.

          The tour wrapped up at the CSIOYJ Hagen in Germany (June 13 to 17), where the USA team was determined to continue the high performance they had demonstrated throughout the tour. They drew first in the field of eleven top European Young Rider teams, not enviable position in which to find themselves. However, they didn't let the pressure get to them, and they finished the first round in a three-way tie with France and Norway, all with eight faults. In the second round, the USA again produced an eight fault performance, with the French just adding four faults to win the class. The team from Norway added twelve faults for third place. Annie had a great warm-up for the Nation Cup, having come in second in the Prize of Elektro Niemeyer the day before.

          "It was great sport," commented Michele. "The girls did a great job, and with a little luck we would have won. These girls have really come together as a team and are a great group. We are very happy to have finished second behind the French."

          Congratulations to the USA team, especially Zone 10 member Annie Cook, on a job well done.

          The 2012 USA Show Jumping Young Rider Tour is made possible through funding by the USET Foundation. Learn more about the 2012 Show Jumping European Young and Junior Rider Tour. Follow the 2012 USA Jumping Team

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our members.

          Julia Otter

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in and what school do you go to?
          A: My name is Julia Otter, I am 12 years old, and I am in 7th grade at Chandler School in Pasadena.

          Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
          A: My favorite subject is history. I am currently studying the imperial and industrial revolution. Before that I was fascinated by Greek mythology.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone who isn't your current trainer, who would it be?
          A: I would love to have a week's worth of lessons with Richard Spooner. Last year he came for a clinic at my barn, Sterckx Stables, and helped me improve my flat work, related distances and course work.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides the horses?
          A: My hobbies include drawing, debating and doing volunteer work. I joined a Girl Scout troop in third grade, and I am currently finishing my silver award. This year we had a lot of fun raising money to equip a youth center with cabinets. We crafted bracelets and sold gingerbread houses to name just two things we did. Next year I would like to join JustWorld.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.
          A: My pony has a funny character. He puts his tail up really high when he is excited and sometimes he does the cat stretch while waiting in the cross ties. I have never seen another pony stretch like this especially as he goes very low.

    • April E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: By Marnye Langer
        • This month I am taking over the Chairman's Corner because the Zone 10 Chairman would not write about the topic that needs to be in the Chairman's Corner. Both Hap Hansen and Larry Langer were inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, along with Jane Forbes-Clark and Gabor Foltenyi. In any other circumstance Larry would wax poetic about what an honor it is for someone to be chosen for this tribute, the importance of recognizing and honoring our sport's history, and that in our fast paced world it is important to slow down and reflect.

          Since Larry was one of the inductees, he would never write about this year's Show Jumping Hall of Fame, but it is an accomplishment that should not be overlooked. Zone 10 has produced other Hall of Famers: Jimmy Williams, Barbara Worth Oakford, and Mousie Williams. Snowbound, Bill Steinkraus' 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist horse, started his jumping career in California and is one of the horses in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

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          Now Larry and Hap, two icons in our sport, join such notables as Bert de Nemethy, Frank Chapot, and Harry Chamberlin, to name just a few of the illustrious men and women who have been given one of show jumping's highest honors.

          The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is at the Kentucky Horse Park, with memorabilia housed in the USHJA's Wheeler Museum and Hall of Fame plaques housed in the Rolex Stadium. For those traveling to the Kentucky Horse Park, take some time to visit both the museum and the stadium. You can also visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame online and read about all of inductees.

          To help all the West Coast people celebrate this terrific honor bestowed upon Hap and Larry, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Board of Directors asked the Memorial Day Classic to host a special ceremony during the $30,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix (May 28).

          Please join me in congratulating both Hap and Larry on this prestigious, well deserved honor.

          Marnye Langer
          Photo: Hap Hansen and Larry Langer

      • World Cup Finals
        • Congratulations to Rich Fellers and Flexible (Harry and Mollie Chapman, owners) winner of the 2012 World Cup Finals. Rich hails from Oregon and spends a fair amount of time competing on the grand prix circuit in Zone 10. Congratulations to our new World Cup Champions!

      • EAP
        • The USHJA's Emerging Athletes Program is a wonderful opportunity for junior riders to receive coaching from some of our sport's top riders and coaches, and to gain insight on what it takes to progress to higher levels in the jumper discipline. Zone 10 is fortunate to have two EAP clinics this year: Franktown Meadows in Carson City, NV (June 28 to July 1) and Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lakeview Terrace, CA (July 11 to 14). Cynthia Hankins will serve as the main clinician at Franktown Meadows, and Olympian Anne Kursinski will be the main clinician at Hansen Dam.

          The deadlines are posted on the EAP Apply page. Zone 10 is offering some grants (Zone 10 Grants and Scholarships page) to help defray expenses to attend. Riders need to be able to jump 1.10M, which readily includes Children's Jumper and medal riders. I hope Zone 10 trainers will encourage their students to apply for this program. We need to support programs the USHJA provides, and it would be a shame to have our Zone 10 riders have to travel outside of our already large Zone in order to attend an EAP Clinic.

      • US Show Jumping Team Observation Event
        • US Show Jumping Team Observation Event at The Del Mar National Horse Show

          The Del Mar National Horse Show (May 1 to 6) will host a U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Event, which will play an important role in selecting the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Horse and rider combinations named to the Long List after the USEF Selection Trials at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival must compete in two of the four USEF Observation Events in order to continue in the Olympic selection process.

          "It's a great opportunity, not only for the Del Mar National, but for the West Coast in general to be able to be a part of it," shares Dale Harvey, Division Manager of Hunter/Jumper Week at the Del Mar National. "We're looking forward to it, and we're really excited to see who comes to the event."

          The Zone 10 riders named to the Long List include (preceded by rank):

          14 Springtime/Saer Coulter
          15 Nemo 119/Lucy Davis
          30 Jonkheer Z/Karl Cook
          32 Tao Tao 3/Alicia Jonsson-Foster
          34 ASB Conquistador/Karl Cook
          T35 Cadett 7/Ashlee Bond

          Three additional observation events will be held at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show (May 8 to 13), The Devon Horse Show (May 29 to June 2) and Spruce Meadows (June 13 to 17).

          Follow the U.S. Teams on Course to London on the USEFNetwork presented by SmartPak ( View Long List).

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          The North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Zone 10 Selection Trials are officially under way. HITS Desert Circuit 5 hosted the first of the trials, and current standings can be viewed at: 2012 NAJYRC Zone 10 Selection Trials. Selection procedures

          Selection Trials Schedule:
          Northern California Selection Trials
          Capital City Spring Classic: April 11 to 15
          Woodside Spring Preview: April 26 to 29
          HMI Equestrian Challenge: May 16 to 20

          Southern California Selection Trials
          Desert Circuit VI: March 6 to 11
          Del Mar National: May 1 to 6
          Memorial Day Classic: May 24 to 28

          Final Section Trial (Mandatory)
          Blenheim June Classic 1 June 6 to 10, 2012

      • Points
        • Zone 10 Year End Point Standings

          Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below. Remember that the point season started last year and the year ends September 15. Awards are presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Dinner held during the LA National in November.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

      • World Cup Finals
        • West Coast Well Represented at World Cup Finals

          On April 17 through 22 of this year, show jumping fans from around the world turned their attention to 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, for the 2012 World Cup Final. Two West Coast stars, Zone 10 rider Richard Spooner and Oregonian (one-time Californian) Rich Fellers represented the United States in fine style. Rich broke a 25-year dry spell by becoming the first American to win the World Cup Final since 1987 aboard his show ring partner of 10 years, Flexible (Harry and Mollie Chapman, owners). Richard Spooner finished 16th with Cristallo (Show Jumping Syndication International, owner). We are proud of these two great riders and look forward to seeing them in the ring in California later this show season.

    • March E-News
      • Chairman's Corner: Larry Langer
        • The HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal kicks off the show season in Zone 10 and it has become one of the biggest and most important of the winter circuits in our country. We are fortunate to have this circuit in our zone, and Tom Struzzieri and his staff have done an impressive job developing the show grounds and producing the shows.

          This year I spent a few weekends at Thermal throughout the six week circuit. I was there as a supportive husband to my wife when she rode her jumpers, I attended some meetings, I watched the Zone 10 Junior and Young Rider Trials, and I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of you. It was great to see the shows so strong and so many different people showing their horses. All the rings were in play and the jumper classes were huge.

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          The strong start to our year portends positive things for the rest of the season. I hope this synergy carries to the rest of our shows in Zone 10. As people packed up and left Thermal, some were headed to different states and countries, and the rest dispersed throughout our zone. While we won't see shows this size for the rest of the season, I do expect to see keen competition and lots of participation throughout the year. I feel our sport owes Tom and his HITS team a huge debt of gratitude for creating the Desert Circuit in the first place, for making the huge investment to create the show grounds, and for running a series of first class horse shows to get our hunter/jumper sport started off each year with a big resounding bang.

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper Committee

      • US Show Jumping Observation Event
        • US Show Jumping Team Observation Event at The Del Mar National Horse Show

          Photo: Saer Coulter and Springtime (c) Flying Horse Photography    

          The Del Mar National Horse Show, will be held May 1 to 6, will host a US Show Jumping Team Observation Event, which will play an important role in selecting the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Horse and rider combinations named to the Long List after the USEF Selection Trials at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival must compete in two of the four USEF Observation Events in order to continue in the Olympic selection process.

          "It's a great opportunity, not only for the Del Mar National, but for the West Coast in general to be able to be a part of it," shares Dale Harvey, Division Manager of Hunter/Jumper Week at the Del Mar National. "We're looking forward to it, and we're really excited to see who comes to the event."

          The Zone 10 riders named to the Long List include (preceded by rank):
          14 Springtime/Saer Coulter
          15 Nemo 119/Lucy Davis
          30 Jonkheer Z/Karl Cook
          32 Tao Tao 3/Alicia Jonsson-Foster
          34 ASB Conquistador/Karl Cook
          T35 Cadett 7/Ashlee Bond

          Three additional observation events will be held at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show on May 8 to 13, The Devon Horse Show on May 29 to June 2 and Spruce Meadows on June 13 to 17.

          Follow the U.S. Teams on Course to London on the USEFNetwork presented by SmartPak. The entire long list can be found on the USEFNetwork.

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          The North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Zone 10 Selection Trials are officially under way. HITS Desert Circuit 5 hosted the first of the trials, and current standings can be viewed at: 2012 NAJYRC Zone 10 Selection Trials. Selection procedures

          Selection Trials Schedule:
          Northern California Selection Trials
          Capital City Spring Classic: April 11 to 15
          Woodside Spring Preview: April 26 to 29
          HMI Equestrian Challenge: May 16 to 20

          Southern California Selection Trials
          Desert Circuit VI: March 6 to 11
          Del Mar National: May 1 to 6
          Memorial Day Classic: May 24 to 28

          Final Section Trial (Mandatory)
          Blenheim June Classic 1 June 6 to 10, 2012

      • Points
        • Zone 10 Year End Point Standings

          Are you and your horse in contention for an award? Check the links below. Remember that the point season started last year and the year ends September 15. Awards are presented at the Celebrate Jumpers! Dinner held during the LA National in November.

          USHJA Stirrup Cup standings

          USEF Horse of the Year standings

      • Committee Member Profile: Gay Talmey
        • When it comes to horses, Zone 10 Jumper Committee member Gay Talmey has just about done it all. Like many equestrians, she started as a rider and even rode in several grands prix, and through the years has added show manager, USEF Steward, "R" Hunter, Jumper and Equitation judge and course designer to her resume. She has served on committees and boards, including helping found the Nor Cal Hunter Jumper Association, and she bred several very successful sport horses.

          "It's made it interesting," Gay says of her multidimensional career. "I see the sport from many different perspectives: as an exhibitor, trainer, official, and from the governance side. At one point I even produced and managed some horse shows. I've been involved in every facet of the industry, so I understand the challenges faced in each of them as we try to progress."

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          When you are involved in so many different aspects of the horse industry, it's hard not to gain a valuable education. Gay's explorations into each corner of the sport taught her something that carried over into every part of her horse life. "There are different things to learn and enjoy about each aspect," she says. "For example, as a judge and course designer, I learned a lot about horses and the way they go. What I really enjoy, though, especially as I've gotten older, is just riding. I've come back around to what got me into the sport in the first place. I'm just so grateful I can still ride and compete; it's still fun so I just keep doing it."

          Gay spent many years breeding high quality sport horses, starting with a Thoroughbred stallion by the name of Big Jim S, a horse she bought off the track with the intention of gelding. Her plans were delayed, and she discovered that he had such a good mind to go with his excellent movement that she decided to keep him whole and breed him. Over the years, she bred many horses that went on to successful careers with top riders like Meredith Michaels-Beerbahm.

          However, she made the decision a few years ago to discontinue her breeding program. "My youngest foal crop is three," she says. "I focus on riding and training and developing the ones I already have rather than breeding more. When you enjoy training and developing young horses, what could be better than doing it with one that you in essence created?"

          In addition to riding, Gay serves on the Zone 10 Jumper Committee. "I'm very interested in the sport of show jumping and how to make it the best it can be in our zone," she explains. "I served on the USEF National Jumper Committee for a term, but in a way, being on the zone committee is more meaningful because we're in touch with what happens right here where I live and compete."

          With all of Gay's experience and perspective in the sport, she definitely has ideas on the direction Zone 10 is headed. "I think we do a good job of communication with members of the zone with the use of technology and the online newsletter," she remarks. "It helps to keep everyone aware of what's going on in the zone, and that didn't used to be the case so I think it's a good thing. Moving forward, I would like to see a meaningful and valuable pipeline for all levels of jumper riders to achieve their personal best and go as far as they can go, aided by the zone with programs and events that meet their needs. I think we've done a tremendous job with the upper end and the entry level riders. Now, I think we need to turn our attention to the mid-level exhibitors, the ones competing at the 1.20-1.40M level. A lot of the younger up and coming professionals and amateurs compete at this level."

          With the voice of experience and varied perspective, Gay Talmey is a valuable member of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee.

      • EAP
        • Emerging Athletes Program

          Zone 10 supports the Emerging Athletes Program, which was created to give young riders the opportunity to advance their education and become well rounded horsemen. Clinics include intensive stable management sessions as well as lessons in flatwork, gymnastics, related distance and course work from top clinicians. EAP webpage

          In 2012, Zone 10 will host two regional clinics and the deadline to apply is May 1, so be sure to get your application in so you don't miss out! Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, Lake View Terrace, CA, July 11 to 14, 2012 and Franktown Meadows, Carson City, NV, June 28 to July 1, 2012

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this section of the Zone 10 Jumpers E-news, we learn a few fun facts about our year-end award winners and other members. Erin Markee, Adult Amateur Jumper-Low Reserve Champion

          Q: What is your job?
          A: Hostess/Barista for Claire's on Cedros Bakery and Cafe.

          Q: What is your favorite horse movie?
          A: Hidalgo.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?
          A: Richard Spooner.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides the horses?
          A: I make costumes for circus troops.

          Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
          A: I meditate.

          Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?
          A: Elvis Presley; he's a distant relative.

    • February E-News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • Congratulations are in order for Zone 10 Jumper Committee member Robert Ridland and our sport of Show Jumping. I think all of us happily greeted the news about Robert following in the footsteps of George Morris, Frank Chapot and Bert deNemethy as the new Chef d'Equipe for our American Show Jumpers. I am proud to call Robert both a friend and a peer, and I have no doubt our sport will be in good hands.

          This is an election year, and we will be voting in some new members to our committee. The USHJA, the Zone 10 Committee, and I welcome people who are passionate about our sport and are willing to work and share their vision. There is more to being on a zone committee than showing up for monthly meetings. Committee members are expected to work on various zone projects, like the NAJYRC program, the awards banquet and zone finals and championships. If you think getting involved is for you, I am always happy to talk with interested members.

          I hope our junior members will read through this newsletter, especially the part about the 2012 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. This year there will be two training sessions in Zone 10. Zone 10 member Richard Neal won the inaugural EAP, and in subsequent years, other Zone 10 riders have progressed to the final competition. However, the EAP is about more than winning. Time and again I hear from the riders who participated in the EAP and what a wonderful experience they had and how much they learned, even if they only attended the first session.

          In the meantime, enjoy your horse and good luck with your showing. I hope to see you at the shows and you can always e-mail me: larlanger@gmail.com.

          Larry Langer
          Zone 10 Jumper Chair

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          Zone 10's NAJYRC selection trials will kick off during week six of the HITS Desert Circuit, and your applications and paperwork should already be in. Visit the Zone 10 finals page for dates and locations.

      • Elections
        • Later this year, Zone 10 members will be voting for a new Zone 10 Jumper Committee using the new electronic voting process. "I think the new elections process is much more user friendly, particularly with how often our members are away from home competing and/or are at a second home," remarks USHJA CEO Shelby French. "Being able to sign in using your member number and vote from wherever you happen to be will make it easier for members to actually vote, not to mention the savings on printing and mailing the letters and the number that so often get returned. I think more and more of our members really like using electronic communications because of the mobility they provide.

      • USEF Jumping Forums
        • The fourth open forum to discuss jumping in the United States will be held at the end of the show day at the Blenheim Spring Classic on March 28. USEF President David O'Connor will lead the session, which is to be held in the Medal Club Tent.

          Earlier forums were held in Lexington, Kentucky, and during the USHJA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, and another will be held March 13 in Wellington. For more information about the forums contact Sally Ike, Managing Director of Show Jumping Programs at 908.326.1156.

      • EAP
        • Emerging Athletes Program

          Zone 10 supports the Emerging Athletes Program, which was created to give young riders the opportunity to advance their education and become well rounded horsemen and women. Clinics include intensive stable management sessions as well as lessons in flatwork, gymnastics, related distance and course work from top clinicians. For more information on the program visit the EAP page.

          In 2012, Zone 10 will host two regional clinics for accepted riders. The deadline to apply is May 1, so be sure to get your application in so you don't miss out!
          Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, Lake View Terrace, CA, July 11 to 14, 2012
          Franktown Meadows, Carson City, NV, June 28 to July 1, 2012

      • Jumper Committee Member: Robert Ridland
        • Zone 10 Jumper Committee Member Robert Ridland
          Chosen as United States Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor

          On February 21 of this year, USEF announced that the Executive Committee approved the recommendation of Zone 10 Jumper Committee Member, Robert Ridland as the next United States Show Jumping Chef d' Equipe/Technical Advisor. George will continue as Chef through this year's Olympics, and Robert will work closely with him before taking over in 2013.

          Robert Ridland's face is one that is highly recognizable in the hunter/jumper industry, having been involved in many aspects of it in a career that spans several decades. He is a man who doesn't know the meaning of the word "mediocrity," rising to the top in everything he does. From rider to television commentator to event organizer and many things in between, he has just about done it all.

          "It's my philosophy of life," Robert shares. "I enjoy taking advantage of everything that comes my way, and I teach my kids that. I started as a rider at a young age, and I was fortunate to have some unbelievable experiences. I learned from some of the best, and my riding led to teaching when I was asked to do clinics from the early part of my international competition career. It was a fun challenge to give back to the sport in the same way I as a young rider had gleaned information from top horsemen and women of the day."

             

          Robert's riding career included two appearances in the Olympic Games as a member of the United States Equestrian Team: 1972 in Munich and 1976 in Montreal. Through the years he claimed victories on four continents, with some of his prestigious wins including the American Invitational, the Grand Prix of New York in Madison Square Garden and the Grand Prix of Switzerland.

          "I like to look back at my equestrian career and what it has allowed me to do," Robert says. "Going to Montreal to be a part of the Olympics for the second time was one of my favorite memories. To get to be front and center in Olympic Village and meet incredible athletes in other sports was pretty neat. To ride down the same ramp to the stadium where we'd marched in the opening ceremonies a couple weeks earlier was an incredible feeling, and that was the last Olympics where the show jumping was held in the track & field stadium."

          Of course, there were many wins to look fondly on, as well. "Throughout my riding career, my most favorite victories were not individual wins," he adds. "In 1986, the California Nations Cup team won at Spruce Meadows against teams that had just come from competing in Aachen. That was the year Hap (Hansen) was our anchor rider and rode three clean rounds and an incredibly fast jump off and won whole thing for us. It was fun to be a part of that. I love team sports anyway, and riding is such an individual thing that there are few opportunities to compete as a team."

          His riding led to course design work, when he was asked to design the courses for The Hampton Classic in 1976. "I never like to say no when an opportunity is presented to me, because you never know what you might be passing up," Robert explains. "I'd never tried course designing before, but I sat down and started scribbling it out; we didn't have computer design programs then. We also didn't have so many regulations as we do now. I remember I started working on it in earnest right after riding in the Montreal Olympics and I thought it would be fun to use that as a theme. When I got it on paper, it looked like a brilliant course but when I showed it to other people, they asked how the horse and rider would get to first fence, because there was too much stuff in the way. I had to do what I still do today if something is not working: ripped up my piece of paper and started again from scratch. It was a valuable lesson, and I went on to have some great experiences in course designing."

          In fact, Robert became a celebrated FEI course designer, creating courses for the U.S. Olympic Trials and many international competitions and twice earning the Course Designer of the Year Award. His course design work led to an invitation to serve as FEI Technical Delegate for five World Cup Finals, as candidates for that position are drawn from the international course designer list.

          Robert's expertise made him the perfect candidate to be a broadcast color analyst for ESPN, for CBS at the 1986 World Championships, and for NBC at the Barcelona and Athens Olympic Games. "Being color analyst on TV was, in many ways, the easiest thing I've done. All I had to do was talk, which is what I would do while watching show jumping on TV anyway, and I'm analytical by nature. It was a lot of fun to see what happens behind the scenes in producing a TV show."

          Robert has also made his way into the governance side of the sport, serving several terms as a board member of the USEF and the USET, has served as the North American delegate on the FEI Jumping Committee, and as a member of the USEF and USHJA Zone 10 Jumper Committees.

          "I've always been interested in the federation side of things," Robert recalls. "It's been a great experience, and over the years I've gotten to meet some of the top athletes in different sports and get to know them on a working basis. I've also gotten to know how things work on the federation side, and that's put me in good stead in my career."

          Currently, Robert spends most of his time on the event management side of the sport, producing over 40 horse shows per year through Blenheim EquiSports. Blenheim was responsible for bringing the U.S. Olympic Trials to the West Coast (in 2000 and 2004) for the first time in history. Blenheim has been the competition management company for the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas five times, and in fact they have managed more FEI Championship events than any other equestrian management company in the United States.

          Robert's willingness to accept each new challenge has ensured him a lifelong career in the industry he loves. "While our riding careers can go longer than some athletes, there is still a finite time you can be at the peak of your sport," he notes. "It's hard, but you need to prepare for what happens after that point. I've been lucky to be able to participate in some aspects of the industry I wasn't already familiar with, and it was especially easy to take that risk when I had another job and had nothing to lose. If it didn't work, so what--I was making a good living as a professional rider. I think it's sad when people are caught in one profession and don't like it but feels it's the only thing they're trained to do. They should be able to take a right turn and do something else. There are risks in life, but I've never minded taking risks."

          With all the twists and turns in Robert's career, it all boils down to one thing: a love of horses and riding. "In all the things I've done, I go back to what I consider the essence of it all. I'm a rider at heart, even though I don't compete internationally anymore. I look at everything from the rider's perspective. I also like to think globally, looking at what's best for the sport worldwide first, then the United States. We have hosted multiple World Cup Finals and two Olympic Trials in the west, and I feel the East Coast-West Coast divide has gone away. Zone 10 does some wonderful things; the North American Junior and Young Rider Trials has been a good thing, which the results have shown. I hear across the country how people put Zone 10 up on a pedestal for the way we do things and our team spirit, so we're setting a good example."

          In recognition of all of his accomplishments, his role in promoting the sport, and his vision that is always trained on the future, Robert received the Pacific Equestrians Visionary Award for 2011 at the end of year Celebrate Jumpers! banquet. We are fortunate indeed to have Robert as a member of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee.

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this feature of the e-news, we learn a few fun facts about some of our Zone 10 year-end award winners from 2011. Jane Bacharach, 2011 Zone 10 Horse of the Year Children's Jumper-High Champion

          Q: What was the last movie you saw?
          A: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

          Q: Favorite morning drink?
          A: Earl Grey with a little milk

          Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
          A: Don Julio margarita!

          Q Favorite non-horse book?
          A: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

          Q: Favorite part about showing horses?
          A: The clothes! I also like the adrenaline rush, the challenge, and the tall boots.

          Q: Favorite horse movie?
          A: Flicka

    • January E-News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • The new show year is upon us, and I am taking a moment to reflect and review before forging ahead into the 2012 show season.

          In any non-profit horse show organization with a large membership base, there are cornerstones that serve as a foundation for the organization's success. In the case of our Zone 10, there are four such cornerstones: awards, rules, education and communication. While each organization has its own culture, strengths and weaknesses, communication seems to be one of the weakest cornerstones.

          Because there are so many things that happen on any given week, we are forced to prioritize about what we communicate to you, our members. We have to keep an eye on the big picture, and the amount of available space forces us to pick and choose exactly what we send.

          However, communication is one of the reasons why our organization exists; it's why we have members. The whole idea behind joining is to know what's happening in the industry, so it's imperative that our communication channels stay open and we give members information they wouldn't otherwise have.

          Most horse show organizations communicate badly or not at all. This is because most of them are usually run by volunteers. Although some have a paid staff member to pull everything together, that person is usually not well paid. Therefore, volunteers are required to be good communicators, which is very difficult for most of us. We often do this in our spare time for free, between work, family, riding and their other responsibilities.

          I am proud of the fact that for the past two years Zone 10 Jumpers has been sending this monthly e-news to its members and the response has been very positive. I enjoy getting your e-mails and talking to people at the shows. In addition to the Zone 10 e-news, the USHJA sends an e-mail update every two weeks, and the re-designed USHJA website makes it easier to find zone related information.

          I encourage you to share your ideas and thoughts. I hear from trainers who bring many horses to top shows to adult amateur jumper riders. I hear from parents of children entering their first jumper class, to parents who have a child eyeing the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. We have both breadth and depth in our zone and I welcome the challenge of reaching the members and finding things of interest to them.

          My email address is larlanger@gmail.com and I welcome your comments and feedback. Also feel free to talk to me or any of our Zone 10 jumper committee members when you see us at the horse shows. We are happy to hear your comments.

          Take care and I'll see you at the shows.
          Larry Langer
          Zone 10 Jumper Chairman

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          Zone 10's NAJYRC selection trials will kick off during the HITS Desert Circuit. Be sure to have you applications and paperwork in order. For information, including dates and locations, visit the USHJA Zone 10 website.

      • Harris Attends George Morris Horsemastership Training Session
        • Taylor Harris Attends George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

          Zone 10 rider Taylor Harris started off 2012 with an exciting and productive learning experience at the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session (Jan 3-7). Though now back at school in California at U.C. Berkeley, Taylor brimmed with enthusiasm when she described her five days at the George Morris Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, Florida. Due to illness, George wasn't able to attend the session, but several renowned riders stepped in and taught in his stead. Mounted sessions included flat work with Anne Kursinski, gymnastics with Kent Farrington, bending lines with McLain Ward and a no stirrups flat session with Beezie Madden with input from Dr. Tim Ober, DVM, the U.S. Equestrian Team veterinarian. While Beezie drilled the riders on their riding skills, Dr. Ober discussed the importance of knowing your horse to establish a baseline that helps you determine when it is necessary to call a veterinarian or when the horse is just a little sore from daily work. Taylor particularly enjoyed listening to Dr. Ober, who used Taylor's horse, Candilla, as an example when discussing various aspects of horse health and sports medicine.

             

          When not riding, participants attended various lectures about a variety of subjects, including how to select a jumper horse with Katie Prudent, the importance of maintaining healthy joints with Allyn Mann from Adequan, horseshoeing with Dean Pearson, barn management with Pancho Lopez and principles, policies and procedures for international riders with John Madden. The riders also attended a forum to learn more about the Artisan Farms Young Rider Under 25 Series and the 2012 European Junior and Young Rider Tour. The forum focused on the future of the sport, opportunities for young riders and what riders can do to transition from being a young rider to competing in the jumper and grand prix ranks. In addition to learning so much, Taylor said, "It was great bonding with the other eleven riders and we all really got to know each other and the teachers, which was amazing."

          There were many highlights of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, but Taylor's favorite day was the last, when all twelve riders participated in a mock Nations Cup competition. Each member of the U.S. Gold Medal-winning team from the 2011 Pan-American Games--Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, Christine McCrea and McLain Ward--coached a team of three riders for the competition. Before riding, all of the riders heard from FEI course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio and had the opportunity to walk the course with him and ask him questions. Taylor recalled, "It was great seeing the course from the designer's perspective and then actually ride it afterward."

             

          Taylor joined Samantha Ramsay and Michael Murphy on Kent Farrington's team. Taylor was chosen to go first for their team and had to be the very first rider on course. "I actually got quite nervous," she said. "There were a ton of people there and lots of trainers in the audience. I felt like I was in the show ring." However, she went on to say that Kent's calm attitude helped her relax and once she got into the ring, she was able to leave the nerves behind and let the training of the previous days take over.

          "It was great to walk the course with my team and our mentor and see the progression in everyone," Taylor added. "Each day we worked on developing our skills in a different area, and it really showed on that last day. I could definitely feel a difference in my horse; she jumped really well in the Nations Cup." In fact, Taylor's team "won" the mock Nations Cup, but everyone in the training session certainly came away with a wealth of knowledge and great memories.

          Taylor had many positive things to say about the training session and credited Lizzy Chesson and Amy Serridge from USEF for making it so fun. Taylor shared, "I felt like I was in a school for horseback riding, which was so cool! I had tons of fun and really enjoyed learning about all aspects of horsemanship. It truly was a horsemastership class."

          For video, photos from the week and information about the participants and clinicians, visit the USEF Network.

      • Elections
        • Later this year, Zone 10 members will be voting for a new Zone 10 Jumper Committee. We will have more information in subsequent issues of the Zone 10 E-News.

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this feature of the e-news, we learn a few fun facts about some of our Zone 10 year-end award winners from 2011.

          Stephanie Don: Zone 10 Horse of the Year Pony Jumpers Reserve Champion

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in, and what school do you go to?
          A: I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade. I go to Huntington Middle School in San Marino, CA.

          Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
          A: American history, because it reminds me that what I do right now could change my whole future.

          Q: Favorite breakfast cereal?
          A: Honey-nut Cheerios because I was raised with them. I try to stay away from artificial flavors.

          Q: Favorite part about showing horses?
          A: the rush of energy I get over the jumps. In the show ring my mind clears completely except for the course. I feel like I can do anything.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides horses?
          A: I enjoy reading and drawing. Sometimes I bring a sketch book to the barn and draw as many horses as I can. I also play the flute and piano.

          Q: Favorite horse movie?
          A: Secretariat; when I saw it with my barn friends, we could all relate to what the horse owner was going through.

          Toni Zierold: Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Adult Amateur Jumper Reserve Champion

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse
          A: My horse's name is Momentum. His grandfather is Seattle Slew, but he has only raced twice.

          Q: Favorite part about showing horses?
          A: It's the thrill of getting to that sweet spot. I'm really competitive and I'll do just about anything to win. People consider me to be very brave, but my horse is also very brave.

          Q: Do you have a hobby besides horses?
          A: No, I live on a small ranch with five horses. But I love watching horse races. I'm a big fan of Zenyatta.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?
          A: Beezie Madden and maybe George Morris. I love how Beezie is always so calm, cool and collected.

          Q: Do you have any rituals before you show?
          A:I do like to have quiet time. Then, I study the course and watch people go.

          Q:Favorite horse movie?
          A: I have a feeling it will be War Horse. I really enjoyed Secretariat.

  • 2011
    • Statistics
      • 2011 Zone 10 Statistics

        4,812 members: 2,598 hunters and 1,670 jumpers.*

        103 USEF licensed competitions

        • 29 were AA-rated
        • 39 were A-rated
        • 30 were B/C-rated
        • 2 were jumper only
        • 2 were local
        • 1 USHJA Outreach

        *287 members have not declared hunter or jumper as their primary or secondary discipline... more on declaring disciplines.

        Zone 10 Mission Statement:

        From short stirrup to grand prix, Zone 10 represents hunter, jumper and equitation competitors throughout California and Nevada. The Zone 10 Committee is dedicated to developing programs for all levels of hunter/jumper interests. We recognize that awards, communication and education are the three main interests of our association’s constituency. To that end, Zone 10 strives to meet those goals.

        Zone 10 Objectives:

        • To represent the zone in national matters.
        • To continue to re-establish unity and cohesiveness between our California and Nevada members.
        • To follow the USHJA National Hunter Council Timeline.
        • To continue to have good working relationship with our local and regional organizations and to make sure that there is rule alignment between associations whenever possible for our constituency.
        • To work with and support the Zone 10 Jumper Zone Committee with their projects and help them send the best teams and individuals to National Jumper/International Jumper Competitions.
        • To provide service, goals and a special annual banquet for our members and winners.
        • To disseminate information and provide education to our entire constituency.
        • To establish a user friendly web site that communicates Zone achievements of all of the above.
        • To encourage USHJA Clinics in our zone to not only help our present members but to also help encourage and welcome grass roots to our Zone functions.
        • Committed to implementing national programs by taking advantage of the new annual resource funding that started in 2011.
    • Championships and Finals
    • Standings: HOTY and Stirrup Cup
    • USHJA Foundation to Offer More Scholarships and Grants in 2012
      • In 2011, the USHJA Foundation partnered with several USHJA Zones to develop the Scholarship and Grants Partner Program. Designed to benefit the USHJA members with a cohesive and easy to use system, the program became an instant success and provided zones the opportunity to give back to their members in the form of financial assistance towards educational needs.

        The USHJA Foundation continues to honor its pledge of contributing additional funds to supplement the various educational awards, which helps to grow the cash value of each scholarship or grant that a zone bestows. 2012 has welcomed an increased number of zones now partnering with the Foundation and an increase in the zone donations. This growth is a win-win to everyone. Zones are able to provide for more recipients and the awards can be more sizable.

        An Investment in Our Future

        Each scholarship and grant awarded by USHJA Zones is one step closer to ensuring the future of the American hunter jumper sport. These funds can:

        • Help students who choose to rise to the challenge of obtaining a college degree- perhaps becoming the first in their family to attend college.
        • Move future farriers and veterinary technicians a step closer to realizing their career dreams.
        • Aid professionals in becoming certified trainers who might not otherwise be able to afford the expense of educational programs.
        • Encourage young equestrians to reach higher levels of riding accomplishments via sources such as the Emerging Athletes Program’s curriculum with elite clinicians.
    • December Jumper News
      • Chairman's Message
        • Zone 10 Chairman's Message - Larry Langer

          I recently returned from New Orleans after attending the 2011 USHJA Annual Meeting. Each year the event gets bigger and bigger, and this year was no exception with well over 350 attending. We discussed many issues and rule changes, the various forums and meetings were well attended, and there was a lot of healthy debate and discourse.

          I was happy to see not only a good number of Zone 10 members in attendance, but more and more jumper people are realizing that the USHJA Annual Meeting is an important place for them to make their opinions heard. While the USEF meeting in January is the final place where rules are voted on, hunter/jumper members are realizing that the USHJA is the conduit for hunter and jumper interests.

          If you have a particular rule change proposal that you know is controversial, it is only after the USEF Board of Directors vote at their annual January meeting that you will know its fate with certainty.

          I also enjoyed seeing a number of Zone 10 people receiving various awards. Polly Sweeney was honored with an Affiliate Amateur award and Jeni Brown was honored with an Affiliate Professional award. Both were nominated by LAHJA. USHJA President Bill Moroney gives out a handful of Distinguished Service Awards every year, and Kathy Hobstetter received one as did Chris Collman. Although Chris is from Zone 8, he manages shows in Zone 10 so the accolades can be shared.

          This year the USHJA presented a new award, the Vital Staff Support Award, and I was thrilled that Brenda Outwater was the inaugural recipient. While Brenda is a dear friend, she epitomizes what this award is all about. She has spent her adult life working in the horse show world and is one of the top horse show secretaries in the country. I was very proud to be asked to help present the award.

          Finally, be sure to visit the USHJA re-designed website (www.ushja.org). I think you will find it easier to find information you are looking for, including information pertaining to our zone. Information about the NAJYRC Trials is available, and we post these monthly newsletters on our Zone 10 section of the USHJA website.

          I hope all of our Zone 10 members enjoy a happy holiday season.

      • NAJYRC
        • North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

          North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Zone 10 Selection Procedures are posted on the USEF website.

      • Taylor Harris Represents
        • Taylor Harris Represents Zone 10 in George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

          As the new year quickly approaches, one of Zone 10's own riders, Taylor Harris, will be lucky enough to start the year off by attending the sixth annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, presented by the United States Equestrian Federation, USHJA and Adequan from January 3 to 7, 2012. Twelve extraordinary young riders throughout the United States were invited to participate in the training session. These included the North American Young Riders Individual Champion, the North American Junior Rider Individual Champion, the 2011 Randolph College/USEF National Jr. Jumper Individual Champion, the champion and reserve champion of the 2011 Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals – East and West, two riders from the USHJA Emerging Athlete Program and three Wild Card riders chosen by George Morris. Taylor Harris is from Orange County and will be the only rider from the West Coast and Zone 10 at the training session.

          The training session, held this year at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, is a comprehensive program that includes not only riding sessions but also sessions covering other important aspects of horsemanship and showing such as stable management, veterinary care and horse selection. Specific sessions are all led by experts in the field.

          Taylor was studying and working hard during her finals week at UC Berkely when she received a phone call inviting her to participate in the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. "I was thrilled to accept the invitation," Taylor says. She will be taking her favorite horse, Candilla, to the training session. Taylor has had Candilla for six years and they have developed a strong relationship showing all over the United States together.

          "I love taking care of Candilla and all aspects of horsemanship in general," she says. "It is something I really miss doing when I'm at college. I'm really excited for the opportunity to study with some of the best in the business, and I think it's great that the training session emphasizes horsemanship in addition to riding. I'm particularly looking forward to meeting Olympian Beezie Madden and attending the Course Design and Farrier sessions."

          Of course, she is also honored to meet and train with George Morris. She says, "I'm really interested to hear what George Morris has to say and get experience from him because he's one of the best of our time, so to have the opportunity to learn from him is absolutely amazing."

          Before attending college, Taylor took a year off of school to focus solely on riding and competed in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Pessoa Finals, Washington International Horse Show Medal Finals, and the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals. Now as a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in economics, Taylor is working hard to balance riding and school. She applied to the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and hopes to be accepted as a business major, spend some time studying abroad and later attend graduate school. Blending her passion for riding and for her college, Taylor also rides for the newly formed equestrian team at UC Berkeley and competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). While at school, she rides with the team's trainer, Diane Yeager, and also does some riding at Stanford's facility.

          For 2012, Taylor hopes to continue balancing riding and her education, and her goal is to represent Zone 10 in the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. With the great experience of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session to start off 2012, Taylor will certainly be on her way to having a successful and memorable year.

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this feature of the e-news, we learn a few fun facts about our Zone 10 year-end award winners.

          Susan Azad, 2011 Adult Amateur Jumper-Low Champion, Adult Amateur Jumper-High Reserve Champion

          Q: What is your job?

          A: I am a civil litigation lawyer. I do trial work and I work for about 2,000 lawyers.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?

          A: I love my current trainer, but I would like to lesson with Susie Hutchinson or Beezie Madden.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse.

          A: Thalassa is my first mare; she is super sweet and almost like a puppy dog. Between my classes, Thalassa will be lying down in her stall, with her head in the shavings and making little sounds with her muzzle in the bedding. She lets me lie down with her and we cuddle.

          Q: Who is your hero now or when you were a child?

          A: Well in my field where I work I would say Sandra Day O'Connor. She was the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court. She set a high standard and judged her cases with a fair and moderate outlook.

          Q: What is your favorite quote?

          A: "Don't swim upstream; just go with the flow." I try to have an open mind about things.

          Kira Zelman, 2011 Children's Jumper-Low Champion

          Q: How old are you, what grade are you in, and what school do you go to?

          A: I'm 14 and in ninth grade at Westlake High School.

          Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

          A: English, because I like to read.

          Q: Favorite horse book?

          A: Probably Black Beauty, but I love everything horse related.

          Q: Favorite part about showing horses?

          A: I like going in the ring, riding, and having the connection with horse. It's not all about the ribbons.

          Q: Tell us something unusual about your horse

          A: My horse Vieret is a 16hh Warmblood. When you rub the side of his mouth he opens it really big, and when he's standing he crosses his feet.

    • Banquets
      • Zone 10 Hunter and Jumper Banquets

        Zone 10 Jumper Awards

        Awards to be presented at the L.A. National Celebrate Jumpers Banquet on November 18. The Zone 10 points are calculated from October 1 to September 30. Please contact Melanie Mullens at emailformelanie@ymail.com for tickets.

    • Grant and Scholarship Recipients
      • Congratulations to the 2011 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

        EAP: Emily Sowski

        TCP: Sarah Phaklides

    • October IHSA News
      • IHSA

        Since 2008, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has contributed a portion of every regular-season entry fee from the Hunter Seat Novice Flat and Novice Western classes to Ride For The Ribbon, to support breast cancer awareness. According to IHSA Board of Directors member Naomi Blumenthal, for the 2010-11 season the IHSA raised $3,500.

        Ride For The Ribbon, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, was launched in 1998 in memory of Spielman, who survived two bouts with breast cancer before losing her battle in November 2009.

        Sharon van der Walde, with Ride For The Ribbon, said the original goal of $1 million has been amply surpassed: Support for the cause has raised $6 million.

        "Ride For The Ribbon came about because of the friendship Stefanie and I shared, and the fact that our daughters rode," said van der Walde. "When Naomi contacted me about wanting to help, I had no idea the impact she—and IHSA—would have! I'm overwhelmed that IHSA riders care enough to participate in Ride For The Ribbon classes."

        This season, every IHSA Novice class during the school year will again contribute toward the fund. For more information on Ride For The Ribbon, visit www.ridefortheribbon.net or call (614) 563-6301.

        IHSA Zone 8 - AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, OK, OR, UT, WA and WY

        October is a big month for the colleges in Zone 8 as their show seasons begin from Arizona to British Columbia.

        In Region 5, the Zone's newest addition, the first show of the season was the October 8-9 competition hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder. Head Coach Jill Pelzel, of Fall River Farm in Lupton, Colorado, is looking for her team to repeat the Buffalo's first trip to the IHSA National Finals in 2011.

        Down in Region 1, the hunt seat season begins with the November 5-6 show co-hosted by Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara in California.

        With a sixth-placed finish at the 2011 IHSA Nationals, Stanford began the year with their annual Red Barn Festival fundraiser on October 9, with all proceeds going to Stanford team.

        In a multi-phase jumper competition, juniors, amateurs and professionals, including many collegiate riders from the Region 1 colleges, compete on their own horses in events including the 5-Bar and a Jumper Relay. Last year's winner, Stanford junior Nicoletta Heidegger, cleared 5'6" in the 5-Bar.

    • September and October Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • The Platinum Performance/ USEF Talent Search Final is one of the premier events in the country and a showcase of up and coming riders 21 and under who may be heading to the jumper ring or are already riding in the jumpers. A number of our top grand prix riders honed some of their early skills in the Talent Search, like Richard Spooner, Francie Steinwedell and Kirsten Coe, to name a few.

          There are many ways for riders to advance up the jumper ranks and the Talent Search is one of those conduits. Jumper experience definitely pays off in the Talent Search Final as evidenced by the fact that two of the top four riders, Sage Flynn and Taylor Harris, regularly ride in the Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers. In fact, Sage represented Zone 10 this year at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

          I applaud all the riders who qualified for this year's Final and a huge congratulations to Demi Steigler who topped this year's competition. I look forward to hopefully seeing Demi in the jumper ring as she expands her riding skills.

          Larry Langer, Zone 10 Jumper Chairman

      • High Performance Clubs
        • High Performance Clubs - Meter 40 and Meter 50

          With the successful launch of the High Performance Meter 40 and Meter 50 Clubs in 2010 to recognize our top flight Zone 10 jumper riders, the program has now been adopted by the USHJA and expanded to all twelve zones. Once again we will honor the 2011 High Performance jumper riders at our annual dinner, Celebrate Jumpers! during the LA National (Nov. 18). To see if you are eligible for one of these awards, check the High Performance Clubs page.

      • Celebrate Jumpers!
        • During the LA National we are taking part in the second annual Celebrate Jumpers! dinner (November 18) where jumper rider accomplishments are celebrated. Zone 10 Stirrup Cup and Horse of Year winners will be presented with their trophies, as well as presentation of the NAJYRC and Pony Jumper teams and so much more. Last year's celebration was a success and we look forward to even more participation this year. For more information, contact Marnye Langer.

      • Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Visits California
        • Former Zone 10 Member Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Visits California

          One of today's brightest stars in the show jumping world and one who will surely be considered one of the greatest in history, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum got her start right here in Zone 10. She and her husband Markus recently attended the L.A. International Jumping Festival with their student Saer Coulter and Meredith's new horse, Cantano, which she bought from El Dorado 29 two weeks before.

          Meredith was born to non-equestrian parents, including her father, television and film director Richard Michaels. She started riding at the age of seven, taking weekly lessons at Foxfield and working her way up in the show ranks starting with ponies. Under the guidance of Karen Healey, she won the Talent Search Final at the age of 17.

          "It was a great event," Meredith shared of her Talent Search experience. "It is a well rounded event with the four phases and it's the best of the equitation championships in this country. I like how it mocks the World Championship with the horse change for the top four. The gymnastics is so good for training jumpers and the flat work is very important. It definitely helped set me up for international competition, and it's very good for riders who want to move in that direction."

          After high school, Meredith studied Political Science at Princeton, but after her junior year she took a tour of Europe with a U.S. jumping team and she loved it so much there that she took a year off from Princeton to stay in Germany and train with Paul Schockemöhle. That one year off stretched into another and she never came back. A year after moving there, she met her husband Markus, brother of Olympian Ludger Beerbaum, and they married in 1995. In 1999, she made the difficult decision to give up her American citizenship and compete for Germany.

          Since that time, Meredith's career has been on a decidedly uphill tilt. She attributes her success to the support she has received, although an enormous amount of talent is surely a large factor. "I couldn't have done it without the support from my husband, the owners and our team, and I've been well mounted," she explained. "I've been fortunate to have some very nice horses to ride."

          Some of her accomplishments include:

          • World Cup Finals: Winner in 2005, 2008, and 2009--First woman to win the World Cup Finals three times. Second place in 2004.
          • The first woman to have reached the No. 1 position on the FEI show jumping world rankings (December 2004). Ranked #1 in the world 11 straight months in 2008 (February thru December)
          • World Equestrian Games: individual and team bronze
          • European Championships Individual Gold, Team Gold and Silver
          • Nations Cup starts: 27 Wins: 8
          • Ladies German Championships: Gold Medal in 1999 and 2001, Silver medal in 2002, Bronze medal in 1998, 4th place in 2004
          • German Championships: Gold Medal in 2008, Bronze Medal in 2004, 5th place in 2002

          Last year, Meredith had another achievement: the birth of her daughter, Brianne Victoria Beerbaum.

          Meredith has already returned to Germany after spending a few weeks in California, although she took some time to compete a little with Cantano while she was here. "So far so good," she said of the new partnership. "I started him at 1.35M and showed at 1.40M this show, so I'm moving him up slowly."

          As for being back in California, she added, "It's nice to be back here. There are some great riders here who could easily compete on an international level and win anywhere."

          Meredith is a living testament to the quality of riders that Zone 10 produces and many more are set to follow in her footsteps, perhaps while staying a little closer to home.

      • Zone 10 Members Q&A
        • In this feature of the e-news, we learn a few fun facts about our Zone 10 members.

          Lise Quintero, 2010 Seven and Eight Yr Old Jumper Trophy winner

          Q: Tell us something unusual or interesting about your horse.
          A: Cupido, while being ridden, won't go anywhere unless he is following someone or something. Being the leader of a victory gallop is especially difficult for him.

          Q: Favorite horse book?
          A: Lanee' Hippique, Seabiscuit

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?
          A: Beezie Madden, to watch and study her timing. Katie Prudant for lessons.

          Q: Favorite morning drink?
          A: I drink hot tea with masses of honey and cream. NO COFFEE. I can't even smell it. As a small child going to one day horse shows around L.A. every weekend, my parents used to stop to get coffee on the way to the show, always making us late for my classes. It made me crazy.

          Q: Favorite non-horse book?
          A: I enjoy non-fiction books. I love to learn about other people's lives.

          Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?
          A: Bobby Kennedy, Chuck Yeager and Bill Cosby

          Grace Shelton

          Q: Favorite horse book?
          A: My Friend Flicka, because it's really the only one I've read. I don't like horse books because it seems like they're always sad.

          Q: American Idol, Jersey Shore, or So You Think You Can Dance?
          A: Jersey Shore (my mom will hate that answer!)

          Q: What's an unusual fact about your horse?
          A: He's 20 years old and still competing in lower level jumping classes. He's awesome and still wins.

          Q: If you could have a lesson from anyone, who would it be?
          A: George Morris. I had a lesson from him last year and it was amazing.

          Q: If you could have one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
          A: Cheese. I love it!

    • August Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • Over the past few months I have discussed the four cornerstones that guide the USHJA and by extension, Zone 10: awards, communication, rules and education. Education is probably the most challenging of the four cornerstones, the most expensive, the most difficult to do well and often the most neglected. However, I see this as a challenge and not a detriment.

          Some education already exists. This monthly Zone 10 e-news takes a step toward educating all the Zone 10 members about the jumper aspects of Zone 10. We have a USHJA Emerging Athlete Program (EAP) Level 1 clinic in our zone and there are a number of USHJA Trainer Certification clinics held throughout the year in our zone. We also regularly hold continuing education clinics for hunter/jumper judges and stewards.

          These are a start and the Zone 10 Jumper Committee plans to do more. Our goal is to develop a variety of educational programs that reach different levels of riders and interests. So stay tuned and look for new and ongoing education. As always feel free to e-mail with any thoughts or comments you may have: larlanger@gmail.com.

          Larry Langer
          Zone 10 Jumper Chairman

      • Southern Medal Challenge
        • A Fun Time at the USHJA Zone 10 Southern Medal Challenge

          After a sizzling week of 100 degree weather in Southern California, the Zone 10 Southern Medal Challenge sponsored by Equine Insurance was held in ideal conditions at the Camelot Summer Show on July 8 and 9.

          The Stirrup Cup Challenge was held at 3' and after two rounds and a work-off, Deni Hird ( a Junior) was the Stirrup Cup Champion while Wendy Ackerman (an Adult rider trained at Foxfield) emerged as the Reserve Champion.

          Deni's trainer, Stephanie Haney stated that "the Mike Nielsen designed course was very competitive and it was beautifully decorated by Raizy Goffman's Camelot staff". Both riders received lovely coolers from Haggarty Mills, while a monogramed saddle pad was awarded to the third place winner, Erin Clark. All the winners to tenth took home Camelot totes with Missing Link Horse Supplement, No Thrush Hoof Product and Zone 10 Neck Medals and ribbons. Deni Hird also received the beautiful bronze Chelsea Weaver Memorial Trophy to keep for one year.

          The next day the 2'6" riders tackled the Zone 10 Mini Medal Challenge course. The top 3 riders in the Mini Medal had very close scores, so the Judges asked for a very specific work-off. Only one of the three followed the instructions exactly and won the Challenge! Rainbow Canyon's Jennifer Sofio-Hall emerged victorious with Finley Burger, from Foxfield, winning the Reserve Championship, while Olivia Doty trained by Stephanie Haney picked up the third place ribbon. All riders that competed were awarded Camelot bags filled with all the sponsored products. Jennifer Sofio-Hall took the Jennifer Martinez Memorial Trophy home which was so very fitting since Jennifer Martinez was a trainer at Rainbow Canyon Ranch before her death and Jennifer Sofio-Hall now is trained at Rainbow Canyon. Judges Penny Carpenter, Rusty Stewart and Regina Antonioli liked the ambience in the arenas and the presentation of the Finals and stated that this is a wonderful way to kick off the Medal Finals Season.


          Zone 10 Southern Stirrup Cup Challenge Results

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          Rider
          Deni Hird
          Erin Clark
          Wendy Ackerman
          Laurel Hicks
          Emma Marlow
          Rachel Sears
          Haley Mosdell
          Mary Anastasi
          Emma Lapin
          Hannah Klinedinst

          Zone 10 Southern Mini Medal Challenge Results

          Place
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          Rider
          Jennifer Sofio-Hall
          Finley Burger
          Olivia Doty
          Samantha Stutz
          Lexie Looker
          Connor Daniels
          Trainer
          Rainbow Canyon
          Foxfield
          Stephanie Haney
          Foxfield
          Far West Farm
          Julie Connor-Daniels

          Of Zone 8's five riders who competed in the Cacchione Cup, it was Region 2's Camille Pease from the University of California Los Angeles who earned a spot in the top 10, finishing eighth. In addition, Pease took home another eighth in Individual Open Fences.

      • Celebrate Jumpers!
        • The Celebrate Jumpers! banquet, held during the LA National Horse Show, offers a chance to recognize Zone 10's top jumper riders at all levels from ponies to grand prix, including the Stirrup Cup and Horse of the Year awards. This year's event will be on November 18.

      • Nation's Cup
        • Zone 10 Riders Outside the Zone: Nation's Cup

          Zone 10's rising star riders Lucy Davis and Saer Coulter spent some time in Europe this Summer, representing their home country well against stiff competition in the Nation's Cup at the CSIO5* in Falsterbo, Sweden.

          "It was incredible to be there!" Lucy commented about her first super league experience. "It is such a different atmosphere when competing on a team and especially when competing on the US team, as opposed to competing as an individual. There is a lot of added pressure because of the teammates counting on you, the same as if I were competing on a Zone 10 team. However, it is heightened because it is a national team and you are representing the country. It is an honor to walk the course and ride in a red coat."

           
          Saer Coulter and Springtime in Falsterbo

          This was also Saer's first super league team, although she and Lucy both represented the US in a gold medal win at the CSIO Buenos Aires in Argentina last fall. "It was incredibly exciting to get to show at a super league show," she recalled. "The experience was incredible, riding for my country as well as competing against the top riders of the world. There is always some pressure, but it is also great to ride for a team where you root for each other and everyone is striving to do the best for the team. Being a part of a Nations Cup team is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of riding for me."

          Lucy was second with Hannah in the 1.50m SEB at CSIO5*, Qualification to the Grand Prix and second in the 1.45m Eurocommerce Prijs and Saer Coulter and Springtime were fifth in the 1.45m Roelofsen Raalte Prijs.

          "I was very happy with my and our team's performance," Lucy remarked. "The course was very difficult. A lot of the best riders in the world were riding there, so we were very pleased to come out with eight very respectable rounds among the four of us. The nice thing about our performance was that everybody contributed. There was not one person who just totally messed up. In fact, no one ended up getting over eight faults; we all had just a few minor mistakes."

          Saer agreed, coming away from the competition with pride in the performance of her team. "We were a very young team with Lucy at age 18 and me at 20 competing in our first super league," she explained. "It was also one of the biggest tracks I had jumped with my horse Springtime. I was happy with my scores of 8 and 4 and the experience I got competing there was invaluable. Riding is a sport that truly requires experience, so getting the opportunity to ride on a super league team was an amazing learning experience. Overall I was proud of how we did as a team and of my own performance."

          Their performance at Falsterbo was just one more in a series of great experiences for Lucy and Saer this year. Both girls have been doing extremely well, racking up wins in many grands prix. "My year has been way better than I had ever imagined!" Lucy exclaimed. "I have dreamed of being on a Nations Cup team for awhile but did not think that this summer would be the one. I am currently training in Germany where I have been based for the whole summer, and I will return to the States at the end of the month to compete at the Hamptons and Saugerties in New York. Then I start my freshman year of college at Stanford on September 20, so my riding plans are unclear after that. Though I will of course keep riding and competing competitively, I am very excited to focus on school this fall and hopefully find a way to balance the two by winter or spring."

          As for Saer, she added, "So far I have been really happy with my 2011 show season. I really enjoyed showing in Europe as it is a very different environment than the shows in the US and I felt like it was great to ride there over the summer. My horses will have a little bit of a break now and then I plan to show at the Hamptons and do the $1 million at Saugerties in early September and then I will head back to California to show there in the fall."

          Championship Point Standings: USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States)

      • Committee Member Profile: Sara Jorgensen
        • Zone 10 Committee Member Profile: Sara Jorgensen

          Sara Jorgensen has been riding since she was seven, and she has been in love with the sport ever since. However, it took until she was 42 years old to make her debut in the grand prix ring. "I'll never forget it," she shares. "It was at Menlo, my home town show. I had dreamed of a grand prix career my whole life. When I entered the ring, I had tears in my eyes. I didn't care if I leveled the whole course. I had entered, and I was there...but secretly I wanted to win!"

          Although she didn't win that day (or level the whole course), she still carries the memory with her ten years later, along with her love for her mount that day, NZ Omni. He is now retired and living on Wild Turkey Farm in Oregon. "He was special. He wasn't purchased as a grand prix horse; we just evolved as a team. I showed him in the grands prix for five years and he never missed a start. He had wings and I miss him terribly. He gave me courage and I did things I never knew I could do. We had a connection that I didn't take for granted. I truly believe he made me better as a rider and an experience like that is what makes you find your courage."

          During the day, Sara spends her time raising two children and attempting to keep them under control. She has found that there are a lot of skills she has learned from being a mother that carry over into her riding life and vice versa. "God knows I have learned patience," she says with a laugh. "I have learned to be very organized, a very good communicator and I've instilled in my kids a commitment to their dreams. I tell them to never, ever throw in the towel, but to go out and follow what you love."

          Sara enjoys serving on the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, which allows her to give back to her sport. "It's important to be involved in what you love. So many times I've heard people complain about this and that and they don't really know the facts. By serving, hopefully I'm informed about what's going on and can contribute and maybe make a difference. I think it's great for the zone to have contributions from both Northern and Southern California, and I'm proud to represent Northern California along with several other great members of the committee. I think Zone 10 does a remarkable job fielding NAJYRC teams each year. Our qualifying process is one of the toughest and I think we have great talent in California."

           

          Besides learning from her kids and work on the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, Sara has learned a little something from her other hobby, too: surfing. "When I retired NZ Omni, I learned to surf. Sadly for my surfing career, I now have a super cool young horse so my board does not see enough action. But one day when I was surfing, a woman surfed by me who must have been 70 years old with a long gray braid. She caught every wave. I thought to myself, 'I want to be her.' I just may be one day!"

      • Awards
        • Zone 10 Year-end Award Winners Q&A

          In this feature of the e-news, we learn a few fun facts about our year-end award winners, recognized at the 2010 Celebrate Jumpers! banquet. If you were a winner last year, contact Brittany Albrecq at BalbrecQ@gmail.com so you can appear in this section of a future e-news.

          Kilian McGrath: Low Junior/Amateur Owner Champion

          Q: Tell us something unusual or interesting about your horse.

          A: My horse loves the very berry coffee cake from Starbucks

          Q: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or The Jersey Shore?

          A: Jersey Shore

          Q: Favorite morning drink?

          A: Carmel macchiato from Starbucks

          Q: Favorite non-horse book or movie

          A: I don't have a favorite book but I really like the Private Series by Kate Brian

          Lorilynn: Stirrup Cup Award Adult Jumpers

          Q: Tell us something unusual or interesting about your horse.

          A: King of Hearts, AKA "Romeo" has personality plus! He knows his nickname, "Romey," and always does an "about face" when he hears me call him. He also loves to carry the crop in his mouth to and from the ring. He is a real character!

          Q: Favorite horse book or movie?

          A: Horse Heaven is my favorite horse book. "Sea Biscuit" and "Secretariat" are tied for first in the movie department.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?

          A: I would love to have the opportunity to work with Richard Spooner. Just talking to him for a week would be a lifetime of education.

          Q: What was your favorite subject in school, and why?

          A: Certainly my favorite subject was English. I have always loved to read and write and have published several books for teachers, as well as some articles and poems on a variety of subjects. I also write my own songs (music and lyrics), which is really just another way of writing poetry.

          Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?

          A: I would want to meet Lao-tse, the author of Tao Te Ching because, as Benjamin Hoff says in his book, The Tao of Pooh, ". . . happy serenity is the most noticeable characteristic of the Taoist personality . . . " That would be something to be in the presence of! Hopefully, it would rub off on me!

    • Postcards From Young Riders
      • For this month our Zone 10 E-News is a bit different from our regular monthly publication. Look for our regular format at the end of August, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy Postcards From Young Riders. Larry Langer - Zone 10 Chairman

        August 2011 Postcards From Young Riders

        By Marnye Langer
        For this month our Zone 10 E-News is a bit different from our regular monthly publication. Look for our regular format at the end of August, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy Postcards From Young Riders. Larry Langer - Zone 10 Chairman

        Day 1 - Wednesday

        Postcards from Young Riders started in 1998 as some e-mails I sent to my mom while attending my first North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The stories got passed around and within a few years they were distributed to the entire readership of LEG Up News. Photos from this year’s Postcards from Young Riders are posted on the Langer Equestrian Facebook page. Check out lots of great photos of the Zone 10 gang in Kentucky.

         

        Zone 10 Young Rider Team. Photo Credit: LEG Up News

        I have been fortunate to be involved with this event, the only annual FEI Championship held in North America. Over the years there have been various changes different host locations, a variety of management teams, many different riders, and even changes to the format, like inclusion of the Junior Championship designation. A few things remain the same. You may find yourself walking alongside an Olympian, or two or three, as many attend coaching the next generation of top international riders. The team camaraderie is palpable and banners, flags and team colors are everywhere. Officials from many different countries converge on the event for a week. NAJYRC is a spectacular, exciting, unique opportunity for all who attend.

        This year Endurance has been added to the docket, along with Reining, Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping. I often describe this event to my non-horsey friends as our sport’s Junior Olympics.

        Today got underway with the Dressage Team competition, and the show jumping riders had their jog in the morning. In the afternoon they got to tour the ring and jump a schooling course to familiarize themselves with the venue.

        Zone 10's eight horses and riders all passed the jog and confidently jumped around the schooling session.

        Hot and humid seem to be the conditions we are facing, and no one is immune. Dressage riders were banned from wearing their coats today and show jumping riders are requested to wear their team shirts instead of their coats. The jumping chefs d’equipe all agreed to have the team competition on Friday started at 7:00 a.m. in an attempt to beat the heat.

        Throughout the week we’ll post daily stories and photos on the LEG/ LEG Up News Facebook page and we will distribute the stories via LEG Up News. You can always find copies on the LEG website under Articles.

        I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I enjoy sharing them.

         

        Zone 10 Chef d'Equipe. Photo Credit: LEG Up News

        Day 2 - Thursday

        Our first official show jumping competition got underway this afternoon and a large, talented group of Juniors took to the field and Richard Jeffries’ course. The water was part of the course, but with a pole over it the lathe was not judged. That proved favorable for a large number of riders. However, all favors will disappear tomorrow.

        For the first time at the NAJYRC there are more Junior riders than Young Riders, and the depth of talent at the Junior level is impressive. The Junior category was first offered in 2004 and was made an official FEI Championship a few years later. Since then the Junior category has steadily grown and this year there are 42 Juniors, up from 36 in 2010. There are 24 Young Riders this year, down from 42 in 2010. Many Young Riders are bypassing the NAJYRC to compete in grands prix and even in Europe. To be competitive in the Young Rider category at these Championships, a rider has to be comfortable and capable of jumping 1.45 - 1.50 meters over challenging courses. Juniors must be very capable at 1.40 meters.

        But back to the competition itself. Demonstrating the depth of talent in the Junior category, 23 riders jumped fault free rounds, including two Zone 10 riders. The riders started out conservative, but Hannah Warde was both bold and accurate. She put the pedal to the metal and shaved five seconds off the leading time. For a long time she led the class with a time of 75.38 with her Canasucre. Brooke Cudmore (Zone 6), daughter of grand prix rider Karen Cudmore, showed everyone there was still more time to shave by posting a time of 71.08 on the grand prix veteran Ocelot. Watching Brooke ride one is reminded of Karen and it was truly a demonstration of both "nature" and "nurture" at work. Brooke looked pretty unbeatable, but no one told Zone 1's Sydney Shulman. She stopped the clock in 70.61 and remained on top of the leader board.


        Killian McGrath. Photo Credit: LEG Up News
         

        Madison Bradshaw (Zone 10) put in a steady, smooth ride that left all the rails up and slotted her into 16th place. Brittany Albrecq and Kilian McGrath wanted to combine their two rides on behalf of Zone 10. Kilian and Ashtin’s Obession rubbed the first fence and the rail teetered and tottered and finally rolled out of the cups to land in front of the jump. The rest of her round was fault free. Brittany on the other hand was perfect until the final line, the water to a big oxer. Her Union Jack gave a lovely effort over the water and Brittany just didn’t get him back sufficiently and that heartbreaking four faults at the last jump was Brittany’s score for the day.

        While the two were relegated toward the bottom of the class, they are far from out since only faults carry forward for the Junior riders. Zone 10 looks quite solid for a medal in tomorrow’s team competition and I will go as far to say that a medal is theirs to lose. They clearly have the talent and the horses to bring home a team medal for Zone 10, they just need to keep their cool and have a little luck on their side.

        For the Young Riders it is amazing how just five centimeters can make a big difference. The course not only got bigger, but the track got tougher, and it showed. The scoring for the Young Riders follows that of the World Cup Finals. In the first round faults are converted to time, and then a multiplier and a few other mathematics converts the riders’ time into scores.

        The first few riders had three rails each, which added twelve seconds to their time. A fall off, a refusal or two, and it was beginning to look like a clear round was not likely. However, Chase Boggio of Zone 4 showed everyone how to do it. He rode beautifully and posted a clear round with a reasonably fast time (78.96) aboard Hennessey. Then it seemed like the rest of the field took a cumulative deep breath and more clear rounds were posted.

        For Zone 10 Kendall Skreden led off and she really wanted to make the round count. After NAJYRC she is hanging up her spurs and heading to college. Last year she rode on the silver medal Junior team and finished sixth individually. Making the Young Rider team culminated her riding goals and Kendall showed everyone why she earned her berth by posting a solid, clear round with enough speed to finish tenth overall. "My horse was great," beamed Kendall after the class.

        Danielle Korsh has plenty of experience and her horse, San Diego has seen his fair share of international tracks, including a World Cup Finals, so an unexpected run out at fence three caught everyone by surprise. However, Dani’s experience showed itself and she quickly re-grouped and finished the course with all the rails in the cups. Even with her stop she was faster than some of the riders without a refusal. No doubt she will be extra focused for the team competition tomorrow, and the pair should be able to post great scores for Zone 10.

        Cayla Richards also showed that experience is a great teacher. Building on her great equitation foundation, Cayla has been riding in Europe and Spruce Meadows, broadening her horizon. She too is heading to college in the fall and the NAJYRC is one of her final, major events. She posted a lovely clear round that was fast enough to put her in second, just a mere 1.43 points off the class leader, Kaitlin Campbell (Zone 3) and Rocky W. Kaitlin blazed around the course in a time of 71.94 and Cayla finished with a time of 74.79.

        Sage Flynn closed the class and rounded out the Zone 10 performances aboard her Hot Pants. She had two rails and settled into 14th for the day. Sage is the least experienced of the Zone 10 Young Rider team members having never been to the NAJYRC, but she is not letting that slow her down. Her teammates are supportive and she is holding her own.

        The team competition for the Young Riders will be tough tomorrow and if the Zone 10 girls really bring their game faces, they can go home with medals. Usually the Young Rider team medal is a contest between Zone 2 and Zone 10, but Zone 4 is looking quite strong this year. All four of their riders placed in the top ten, the only zone to do so.

        A lot can happen. Stay tuned and we’ll bring you the news.

        Day 3 - Friday: Team Day

        Team Day is always exciting, nerve-wracking, and exhausting . . . for everyone. As Officials, our day began at 4:45 a.m. as we had to be at the Kentucky Horse Park at 6:00 a.m. for our 7:00 a.m. start. Everyone agreed to start earlier to help beat the heat and as the first light began to etch across the eastern sky the riders took to the ring to walk the course.

        Today’s courses were definitely more difficult than yesterday’s, especially the Junior track. Yesterday 24 Junior riders negotiated clear rounds, with one of those earning a single time fault. After two rounds of team competition today, only three riders remain with scores of zero. The water took its toll, as did the narrow vertical set a tight five strides after a scopey combination.

        Zone 10's Juniors had a tough day and had to fight to stay in the team competition. With ten teams starting out, only six could return for the second round and the contest for the medals. Kilian McGrath led off for the Zone 10 team and she got off to a rough start. Four rails and a time fault put a damper on the team. However, Madison Bradshaw bouyed the team’s spirits with a seemingly effortless clear round. Brittany Albrecq rode in the third rotation and a pair of rails added to Zone 10's score. Hannah Warde rode in the anchor position, and she demonstrated why Chef d’Equipe Kelly VanVleck made the decision as Hannah piloted her Canasucre to a clear round.

        Zones 2 and 4 showed they were there to win and the rest of the teams were left to fight over the scraps. Instead of fighting it out for a gold medal, Zone 10 was grateful to be among the six teams returning for the second round. All the other riders still rode because their scores counted toward the Junior Individual Championship where only 25 would move forward to Sunday’s two round final competition.

        2011 is a re-building year for Zone 10 as the top Young Riders are in Europe and riding primarily at the grand prix level. All four Juniors are not only rookies to the NAJYRC, but all are relatively new to even riding at this level. Eighteen months ago Brittany Albrecq was riding in Children’s Jumpers and Killian McGrath just moved up to the 1.40m ranks this year. Hannah and Madison are similarly new to this level of competition as well.

        All four riders continued to put in solid rounds – Killian improved her score, Brittany had another pair of rails, Madison had just a rail in the second round, and Hannah’s horse looked like it got tired as they pulled three rails. Regardless, all four girls rode quite well and there is no doubt they will continue to improve and probably return to NAJYRC next year able to win a medal.

        Zone 4 led the victory gallop after an exciting jump off with Zone 2. One by one the four riders raced around the jump off course trying to leave the rails up while posting fast times. When Frances Land, the Zone 4 anchor rider posted a clear round, there was no need for the final Zone 2 rider to jump. Zone 4 clinched the gold and Ralph Caristo’s Zone 2 team took the silver. The combined Zone 1/6 team took the bronze due in large part to great riding by Brooke Cudmore (Zone 6) and Sydney Shulman (Zone 1). Zone 3/8 finished fourth, followed by Team Mexico in fifth, and Zone 10 in sixth.

        After a course change where the jumps got bigger, the time got faster, and the track got tougher the Young Riders took to the stadium. Again, Zone 10 was fielding a relatively young and inexperienced team, but this team displayed its mettle. Cayla Richards showed her teammates the way with a four fault round plus a single time fault. Time became a significant factor for the Young Riders who have to ride at 400 meters per minute. Danielle Korsh brought her A game to the team and jumped flawlessly, only adding a single time fault to the team’s score. Sage Flynn, probably the least experienced and the only member of the team who has never been to the NAJYRC got a bit nervous facing the course. She had a pair of rails and then a stop going into the triple combination. However, a deep breath, and lots of encouraging from Zone 10, and she finished up with a final score of 16. While hers was the drop score for the first round, she proved invaluable in the second round. Kendall Skreden brought things home for her team with only a heartbreaking rail at the final oxer. However, the Zone 10 team was sitting in solid medal contention alongside Zones 2 and 4. Zone 10 carried a score of ten into the second round, with Zone 2 carrying eight, and Zone 4 with four. There was little margin for error.

        By now it was midday and the sun was beating down, but a mild breeze helped make the heat a bit more bearable as the second round commenced. Cayla Richards posted another great round with only a single rail dislodged. Danielle and San Diego kept soaring over the jumps and once again added only a single time fault. Sage took her nerves and channeled them into a positive ride and had one of the few clear rounds. Kendall’s horse got tired in the second round and dropped two rails, but thanks to the great riding of her teammates Kendall’s eight faults served as the drop score, giving Zone 10 a final score of just 15.

        Zone 2 was in contention for the silver, but when anchor rider Karen Polle also dropped two rails, Zone 2 finished that round with a total of eight and a final total of 16. Zone 10 edged them out for the silver by just one point.

        With the most clear rounds of any team, Zone 4 was assured the gold medal after the third rotation. However, Chase Boggio, their anchor rider still had to produce the best round possible for he found himself in contention for an individual medal. Riding with great aplomb and accuracy, he logged a clear second round, helped his team to a gold medal, and found himself within striking distance of an individual medal on Sunday.

        Spirits were mixed in the Zone 10 camp, but all the riders should be proud of themselves. They have ridden well, represented Zone 10 proudly, and showed the great talent that Zone 10 continues to produce year after year. The competition at the NAJYRC seems to get tougher every year, and the Juniors this year are the best overall group of horses and riders since the inception of this category almost ten years ago.

        For more information on NAJYRC and complete results, visit www.youngriders.org and don’t forget our daily stories on Facebook (Langer Equestrian).

        Day 5 - Sunday: Individual Championships

        Another early morning for show jumpers and the mist was thick as everyone walked the course in advance of our 7:00 a.m. start. Twenty-six Junior riders took to the field led off by Brittany Albrecq (Zone 10). Brittany rode well and added two rails and two time penalties to finish on a score of 35, and she is already eyeing NAJYRC 2012 where another year’s worth of experience will make her a serious contender.

         

        Young Rider Bronze Medalist Danielle Korsh. Photo Credit: Killian McGrath

        Hannah Warde (Zone 10) put in a solid performance and only added five to make her final score just 17. She missed the cut for the top 15 to return for the fifth and final round by her one time fault. Hannah is another rider who will be a force to be reckoned with next year as Zone 10 builds its depth of NAJYRC riders and horses.

        Madison Bradshaw performed beautifully during these Championships, and a pair of rails ensured that she would progress to the final round. She added another eight faults to finish with a score of 20 and tied for 15th overall, an outstanding finish for her first year jumping 1.40m.

        Although Zone 10 was no where near the individual medals, Zone 4 was with two riders in serious contention. Today started with three riders – Samantha Schaefer, Hayley Barnhill, and Callie Smith – carrying fault free scores, from the original 24 riders who left the rails in the cups the first day. However, only Samantha could pull off a fourth clear round; Hayley had a rail and Callie had two. Frances Land pulled off a clear round and put herself in contention for a medal.

        After a quick course adjustment and walk, the second round got underway. While none of the Zone 10 riders were in contention for medals, Samantha, Hayley, and Callie were within a rail of one another. No one had any margin for error in the second round of the day, and the fifth round overall. The girls all brought their game faces to the ring and Frances and Hayley put the pressure on Samantha by posting clear rounds. Samantha had the first fence down and then had to ride faultlessly to stay in medal contention. She finished on a four fault score and forced a three way jump off for the gold medal. Even up in the jury box we were on the edges of our seats. The three riders gave everyone a very exciting show and they truly earned their medals.

        Hayley was blazing fast in the jump off (35.80), but she dropped a rail. Frances rode just as fast (35.81), and left all the rails up. In order to get gold, Samantha had to be clean and fast. She managed to shave just under two seconds off the time (33.95) and she left the rails in the cups to clinch the 2011 NAJYRC Individual Junior Show Jumping gold medal.

        The fences went up and the Young Riders took to the stage. Katie Dinan (2.14) and Samantha Senft (2.24) each had a rail in hand over their nearest competitor, Danielle Cooper (6.91). However, Danielle and three other riders were all within a rail of one another, and another six riders were within a rail of one another. All of that meant that the final two rounds would come down to who could ride clear rounds without time penalties. And in these rounds time proved a factor. Although the time was set at 400 meters per minute, in the first round of the day Richard Jeffries, in consultation with Dave Ballard (Technical Delegate) chose to add two seconds to the time allowed. The riders were clearly struggling with the demanding pace.

        Zone 10 did not look to be in serious medal contention, but never say never.

        Cayla Richards started out the competition looking to be Zone 10's strongest rider, but an uncharacteristic stop at the triple combination, the last set of jumps on the course, dashed Cayla’s hopes. Clearly rattled, her second approach was weak and Cayla and Faustino were eliminated. Sage Flynn probably rode the biggest track of her career and she struggled with two rails, a stop, and time penalties, but she finished up strong and still made the cut for the final round with a score of 37.47. Kendall Skreden rode a safe, cautious first round and only added one time penalty to her score for a total of 18.94. Dani Korsh and San Diego were amazing. Other than the drive-by the first day, the pair had not touched rail. Steering intact for this round, Dani was once again clean, but had to add three time penalties for a score of 16.57.

        Rails and time penalties kept adding up for other riders, and Dani and Kendall went into the second round in ninth and tenth respectively. Katie and Samantha were still in the lead, but eight and four faults respectively had reduced their lead. Again, the final round added a lot of pressure to the riders as none could afford mistakes.

        Sage rallied and led off the final round of NAJYRC by posting one of the few clear rounds over the two round competition, thus closing out her NAJYRC experience with a bang. With only one time fault added to her score, she ended her first experience at NAJYRC in 11th and there is no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of this talented rider representing Zone 10.

        A few riders later Kendall tackled the course, and unlike in team day where she lost some focus, she stayed cool and calculating and was one of only two riders who had no jumping faults for the day, just one time fault in the first round. She finished on a score of 18.94 and the waiting and nail biting began.

        Dani followed on Kendall’s heels and not only did she post another clear round, she added no time faults to her score of 16.57. Hers was the only horse to never touch a rail through five rounds of grueling competition.

        Rider after rider pulled a rail or two, and Kendall and Dani slowly, but steadily climbed in the standings. When Kaitlin Campbell pulled a rail, suddenly Dani was assured an individual bronze medal and Kendall was fifth. Samantha and Katie were the only two riders left and although they had a one rail lead over Dani, they were each separated by mere fractions. Katie went first of the final two and she put the pressure on by posting a faultless round for a final score of 10.14. Samantha carried a 6.24 into the final round and she could only afford a time fault or two if she wanted to maintain her lead. A rail relegated her to silver and a final score of 10.24, just a tenth of a point behind Katie.

        The 2011 NAJYRC closed out with medal ceremonies and all the riders from all the disciplines coming together. While Zone 10 did not come home with handfuls of medals, Dani’s Individual Bronze and the team’s silver medals are surely accolades to be proud of. Zone 4 showed its talent that has been building over the years. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect was watching the depth of talent in the Junior category this year, and although the Young Rider section was smaller almost none of the horses and riders were over-faced. In years past a percentage of Young Riders were not prepared for the level of difficulty. For me it was an honor to serve on the show jumping jury. The caliber of individuals was terrific and we all worked really well together. Already I am looking forward to 2012. In the meantime, I hope readers enjoyed Postcards From Young Riders and the various photos. Thanks to Killian McGrath for contributing many of the great photos and congratulations to all our Zone 10 riders. You did us proud!

    • June Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • For the past few months we have been telling you a lot about what is going on with regard to Zone 10 Jumper-land, its 160+ Zone 10 horse shows, and its 1800 Jumper members. We have discussed our four cornerstones: Awards, Communication, Education, and Rules. Each month we are profiling one of our Zone 10 Jumper Committee members, and each month we profile one Zone 10 Jumper member who has stood out in competition from the rest. In addition to "pushing" information on Zone 10 Jumper happenings through this e-news, we also have a Zone 10 webpage, with links to older copies of our e-news, links to standings for our various Zone 10 offerings, and other similar useful information. USHJA is in the process of revising this website to make it even more intuitive and useful.

          Please know the entire Zone 10 Jumper Committee is here to further our jumper sport and represent your interests, but the relationship is not a one way street. Not only am I and the other Zone 10 Jumper Committee members open to your ideas and feedback, we actively seek your input and involvement.

          All the Zone 10 Jumper Committee members are listed on our USHJA Zone 10 page complete with our e-mail addresses. Feel free to e-mail me, larlanger@gmail.com or walk up to me at a show. I relish the chance to talk about our jumper sport with individuals who are also interested and passionate.

          Larry Langer, Zone 10 Jumper Chairman

      • Zone 10 Standout: Susie Hutchison
        • Zone 10 Standout: Susie Hutchison

          Susie Hutchison and Cantano (El Dorado 29, owners) are having another great year. In fact, it's been great ever since they got together. But then, Susie has seen one success after another her whole riding career. She started riding at the age of five when she went to a horse camp in Idylwild and then to Flintridge Riding Club, and horses have been her life ever since.

          "My older sister rode, and I wanted to do whatever she did," Susie recalls. "Then my dad started riding when he was 50, so it became a family thing."

          Under trainer Jimmy Williams's tutelage, Susie quickly blossomed into a skilled and competitive rider. She rode every horse she could, whether it was the horse that wanted to stop at fences or the born champion. At one show, she recalls having 56 rides. She knew by the time she was 15 that she wanted to be a professional horsewoman, but as she says, "school was getting in the way," and she had to wait until she was finished to begin her career in earnest. She would go on to win many grands prix and place in many international competitions, including placing fourth at the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden. Susie has been rated among the Top 25 Riders in the United States, with more than 60 lifetime grand prix wins to date and she's not finished yet.

          Susie attributes her success to Jimmy, the support from her parents, and having top quality horses to ride ever since she was a kid. "Horses become our teachers," she explains. "Jimmy was quite good at teaching kids to become teachers. He would look for a young rider making the same error you did when you were that age, and he would put you together to help them learn what not to do. Teaching is a really valuable asset no matter what level you're at, and it's just as valuable to me now as it was back then. Teaching someone else makes you think about different ways to explain the concept, so you're reminding yourself at the same time."

          Susie also notes that she couldn't be where she is now without some help from the ground. "Sandy Aston is my ground person, and I attribute a great deal of my success to her recommendations. She also found Cantano for me. I think it helps every rider at every level to have someone on the ground, because it can certainly feel different than it looks."

          Out of the saddle, Susan represents the Active Athletes on the Board of Directors of the USEF. She has judged the East Coast USEF Talent Search Finals along with the Midwest and West Coast International Jumper Futurity Finals. She offers clinics and acts as an advisor on equine investments and syndications.

          As for Cantano, he has now won 15 grands prix to date, which is more than Susie has ever won on one horse. "Cantano is a great show horse," Susie comments. "He knows what day is Sunday, and when he walks in the ring he knows it's an important class." This year, she hopes to do well in the World Cup qualifiers starting early in the season and make the finals in 2012.

      • Year-end Award Winners
        • In this feature of the Zone 10 E-news, we will get to know a few fun facts about the Zone 10 Year-end Award winners who were recognized at the 2010 Celebrate Jumpers! banquet. If you were a winner last year, contact Brittany Albrecq at BalbrecQ@gmail.com.

          Rebecca Reyes, Champion Low Children's Jumper, Champion Children's Jumper

          Q: Tell us something unusual or interesting about your horse.

          A: He has an underactive thyroid, so he is chubby and it's hard for him to lose weight

          Q: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or The Jersey Shore?

          A: American Idol

          Q: Favorite horse book or movie?

          A: I really liked "Secretariat."

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?

          A: Probably McLain Ward because he is such an amazing rider; no one else rides like him. Also because of his teaching style, his accomplishments, and I would like to learn his preparation, mentally and physically.

          Q: Favorite morning drink?

          A: Hot chocolate

          Q: What is your favorite subject in school, and why?

          A: I like Bible Study because I really like my teacher and I like learning about it; it's really interesting

      • NAJYRC Winners
        • Zone 10 NAJYRC - June 25, 2011

          2012 NAJYRC Zone 10 Selection Trials Point Chart

          Since the inception of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Zone 10 has regularly fielded competitive teams and won a large share of gold medals. Besides the level of talent and depth regularly found within Zone 10, the Zone 10 Selection Trials contribute to the regular success of Zone 10 teams at the NAJYRC. The final selection trial is not only mandatory for all candidates, but is run in the same format as the championships themselves. Many Zone 10 riders have commented that the experience in the final selection trial really paid off at the actual championships.

          This year Zone 10 will once again be featuring two strong teams and undoubtedly some medals will return to the West Coast.

          Cayla Richards is reprising her role on the Zone 10 Young Rider team. She has garnered international experience in both Europe and, most recently, Spruce Meadows. That experience combined with her own talent will undoubtedly make her a strong contender.

          Although Danielle Korsh has not ridden on a Zone 10 team, she has plenty of experience and her horse San Diego was part of the U.S. contingent at the World Cup Finals a few years ago with Mandy Porter.

          Kendall Skreden was part of Zone 10's silver medal Junior team in 2010 and earned herself a sixth place finish in the Junior Individual Championships. Before hanging up her spurs and focusing on academics at Southern Methodist University in Texas, Kendall will ride on Zone 10's Young Rider team. "The whole experience in Kentucky last year was amazing," said Kendall. "Getting to ride on the Young Rider team this year is just a great way to wrap up all my time riding as a junior. I am really excited to go to Kentucky one more time."

          Kendall's coach Kelly Van Vleck will serve as this year's Chef d'Equipe. "I have gone to NAJYRC a few times," said Kelly, "so when Larry (Langer) asked me if I wanted to be Chef I thought it might be a good experience, and besides, I like being organized."

          Jocelyn Neff, pictured above, was last year's bronze medalist in the Individual Junior Championships, and like Kendall she too will be on the Young Rider team. With several grand prix finishes aboard her Gaja 20, Jocelyn is well prepared for the rigors of the NAJYRC.

          Sage Flynn rounds out the Young Rider team, and although this will be her first experience representing Zone 10 in team competition, she is ready. She has been posting top performances in the High Junior Jumpers and is gaining valuable experience riding at the international level at Spruce Meadows this summer.

          The Zone 10 Junior Team is also well represented. Killian McGrath stepped up to the High Junior Jumpers this year after gaining valuable experience in the Low Junior Jumpers. "I wanted to move up last year," said Killian "but my trainer, Leslie (Steele) wouldn't let me until she was convinced I was ready." Leslie's careful planning paid off as Killian regularly earned top honors among some of the toughest competition. "My horse, Ashtin's Obsession is just really great and I know I can do whatever I need to with him."

          Hannah Warde is another rider who spent time building up her skills and experience in the lower levels. When she stepped into the High Junior Jumpers, she rode to win and win she did. Now she too is heading to Kentucky. "I am so excited," said Hannah. "This is something I have always wanted to do and now I am doing it. Riding on a team will be great."

          Just a year and a half ago Brittany Albrecq was riding in the Children's Jumpers, but she knew where she wanted to go. With hard work and dedication Brittany moved up to the High Junior Jumpers at this year's HITS Desert Circuit and earned herself the Mid-Circuit Championship. "The final trial was hard for me because I didn't start out very well," explained Brittany. "But my trainers and other people just kept telling me to take it one round at a time." On the final day, where riders had to jump two big tracks in a Nations Cup format, Brittany logged only four faults in the first round a clean round the second time. This clinched her trip to Kentucky.

          Viva Hallinan and Madison Bradshaw are the final two members of Zone 10's NAJYRC Junior Team.

          During the 2011 NAJYRC, we will bring you "Postcards from Young Riders," a daily journal of stories and photos from the event. Ride along with Zone 10 as we cheer on our NAJYRC Young Rider and Junior teams!

      • Jumper News
        • Zone 10 Jumper Success Outside the Zone

          Several riders are busy representing Zone 10 well in international competition. The USEF selected two Zone 10 riders to represent the United States in Falsterbo, Sweden, at CSIO5* July 7-10, the next installment of the FEI Nations Cup Series. Lucy Davis of Los Angeles will ride Nemo 119 (Old Oak Farm, owner), while Saer Coulter of San Francisco will compete aboard Springtime (Copernicus Stables, owner).

          In Europe, 19-year-old Ricky Neal, pictured left, is doing well with the U.S. Young Rider Show Jumping Team at the Nation's Cup. The team was victorious in Austria at CSIOY Lamprechtshausen, trumping the Swiss team's ten faults with just five of their own.

          Ricky stepped up his game at the CSIOY Hagen Grand Prix, besting 47 other riders aboard his16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Transmission. His clean and speedy trip through the jump off gave him a time that was over a second faster than Stephanie van den Brink of the Netherlands.

          The U.S. Young Rider team tied for third with Germany in the CSIOY Nations Cup with 24 faults, trailing The Netherlands with four and Great Britain with eight.

      • Medal Challenge
        • Zone 10 Medal Challenge

          North Medal Challenge - November 1 through 6, 2011 at Sacramento International Welcome Week in Rancho Murietta, CA. For more information contact Dale Harvey or visit the Sacramento international Welcome Week website.

          South Medal Challenge - July 8 through 10, 2011 at the Camelot Summer Show in Newhall, CA. For more information please contact Raizy Goffman or visit the Camelot Summer show website.

          Medal Challenge will include a Mini Medal and Stirrup Cup Medal Challenge.
          Specifications are as follows:

           
          2011 Mini Medal Champion

          Junior or Amateur
          • Exhibitor may compete in both the northern and southern challenges
          • Exhibitors may only compete at one challenge height
          • If an exhibitor qualifies for both the mini medal and stirrup cup challenges, the exhibitor must compete in the 3' stirrup cup challenge.

          Mini Medal
          • Finals to be set at 2'6"
          • No combinations
          • Exhibitor must place 1st or 2nd in an equitation type class at 2' -2'9" to qualify

          Stirrup Cup Medal Challenge
          • Finals to be set at 3'
          • Exhibitor must place 1st or 2nd in an equitation type class at 3' – 3'3" to qualify

           
          2011 Stirrup Cup Challenge Champion
      • Championships and Finals
        • Zone 10 Golden Spur Finals

          Northern Finals - September 14 through 18, 2011 at Strides and Tides in Petaluma, CA. For more information contact Sally Hudson or visit the Strides and Tides website.

          Southern Finals - September 14 through 18, 2011 at Blenheim Fall Tournament in San Juan Capistrano, CA. For more information please contact Stephanie Wheeler or visit the Blenheim Fall Tournament website.

        • Zone 10 Championships

          October 19 through 23, 2011 at the Del Mar Festival I in Del Mar, CA. For more information contact Dale Harvey or visit the Del Mar Festival I website.

          Championship classes to be offered:

          Small Pony Hunter
          Children's Hunter
          Medium Pony Hunter
          Children's Hunter Pony
          Large Pony Hunter

          Zone 10 Golden Spur Finals and Championships and are open to all Zone 10 members in good standing with both USEF and USHJA. Exhibitors are only eligible compete in one championship or finals competition per year.
          Please visit the Finals and Championships Summary to see the new point structure and specifications.

    • May Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • "High Performance" is a term all of us are hearing more and more often in our hunter/jumper sport. For jumper riders in Zone 10, the Zone 10 Committee has chosen 1.40m jumpers as the benchmark. Why 1.40 and not 1.30 or 1.20 or 1.50? The USEF National Junior Jumper Championships at Harrisburg. Pennsylvania, are held at 1.40. The FEI's Junior Championships (the lower of the two levels) of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships begin at 1.40. Seven- and Eight-Year-Old Young Jumpers finish their season at 1.40.

          In 2010, Zone 10 implemented a program to recognize these High Performance Jumper Riders with our Meter Forty and Meter Fifty Clubs. Riders had to show and place in a certain number of classes to attain membership and recognition in this special cadre of riders. Out of the 1800 jumper riders in Zone 10, 50 of those earned their way into the Meter Forty Club, and an even smaller number, 28 were honored as Meter Fifty members. This group comprises professional, junior, and amateur members, and they are truly in an elite category.

          Getting to the top is hard and many factors come into play. Finding the right horse, getting the necessary training, having the resources, and then lots and lots of hard work sprinkled with a little luck all contribute to the mix. Not everyone gets to the top, and that is why the Zone 10 Committee recognizes these athletes and celebrates their accomplishments.

          Congratulations.

          Larry Langer, Zone 10 Jumper Committee Chairman

      • Zone 10 Member Profile: Cayla Richards
        • Cayla Richards

          This spring, Zone 10 rider Cayla Richards (Ilan Ferder, trainer) had the opportunity to do something only a small percentage of American riders get to do: she traveled to Europe to compete in international competition, specifically the European Youngster Cup, also known as the EY Cup. This competition for riders aged 16-25 serves as a tremendous introduction to international competition, as well as a stepping stone for riders wanting to move up from 1.40M junior classes to more serious grand prix classes. "It was an amazing experience to be able to compete in Europe," Cayla explains. "Not only because of the riding, but also being able to watch and interact with the best riders in the world, who were there competing in the World Cup Finals. It meant so much to me to have the opportunity, and I know the EY Cup is something I will always remember and cherish."

          Cayla's journey to Europe started at HITS Desert Circuit, where she qualified for the competition. "The first qualifier was a special EY-Cup qualifier held in the indoor arena during week three," Cayla recalls. "I won that class, but was tied with three other girls because we all got 20 points for being double clear. The next qualifier was the High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic during week four. I had four faults in the first round and therefore was only awarded an additional four points. So, I had 24 points and was sitting in third behind Audrey Coulter and Jocelyn Neff who both had 34 points. The last qualifier was the $25,000 Junior/Amateur Owner High Classic during week six. It was a big, tough course and I knew that both Jocelyn and Audrey had to have rails and I had to be clear to have a chance at going to Europe. I didn't have a hope that this would happen, considering Jocelyn and Audrey are such consistent and great riders. So, I went in the ring trying to do my best but not having high expectations. However, I got very lucky and went double clear while the other girls both had unlucky rails. I came out of the jump off and Ilan, my trainer, yelled, 'We're going to Europe!' It was a very exciting moment." Audrey was also selected to join the EY Cup team.

          After Thermal, Cayla's jumpers Valentine and Faustino had two weeks off before flying to Europe. "Ilan wanted the horses to go in early April so they could be all adjusted to the time, the weather, and the atmosphere before the EY Cup at the end of the month," Cayla continues. "They flew to Belgium and stabled at Ilan and his partner Tal's barn in Brussels for a few weeks before I arrived April 21st. I practiced in Belgium for a few days before we traveled with the horses to Leipzig, Germany."

          The second night in Leipzig, Cayla attended a dinner for all the American EY Cup riders, hosted by team mate Audrey Coulter's family, which gave her the chance to get to know her team mates. "It made the rest of the week fun," she recalls. "We all rooted for each other and cheered each other on. I could really feel the American pride."

          Of the American riders, Reed Kessler of New York placed fifth in the competition, Zone 10 rider Audrey Coulter placed twelfth, and Caitlin Ziegler placed 13th. Each of those riders collected four faults. Cayla, Charlotte Jacobs, and Katie Dinan, each with twelve faults, did not place but rode well and represented their country with pride.

          Although Cayla did not have a place in the victory gallop at the conclusion of the EY Cup, she took some irreplaceable gifts from her first experience competing in Europe. "The experience there was amazing and inspiring. The show was so impressive; the crowds were huge, there were tons and tons of vendors and exciting activities, the security was extremely tight, and everywhere I looked I saw the best riders in the world: Pius Schwizer, Eric Lamaze, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward."

          Of course, there were also some lessons to learn as well. "The competition was definitely tough. The ring was indoor and a little spooky, and the courses were very technical. I learned so much from this experience. Not only little adjustments I can make to improve my riding, but I learned a lot about international competition and how other riders prepare their horses. I know this experience will help me in the future."

          Now that she's home, Cayla has the rest of the year planned out. She will compete at Memorial Day Classic, where she hopes to make her bid in the Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix. She also has her sights on the Blenheim show at San Juan Capistrano for the final Zone 10 Young Rider trial and Spruce Meadows, and she hopes to qualify and compete in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. She will then head off to school at Columbia University in New York this fall, although she has not yet decided on a course of study. Whatever it is, she is sure to excel, just like she has in the show ring.

      • EAP
        • 2011 Emerging Athletes Program

          The USHJA EAP was designed to identify promising young riders and provide them with support and education in reaching their full potential in the sport. The EAP year is off to a good start, and the Zone 10 Level I session took place May 7-8 at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Sylmar, California. Twenty-one riders from Zone 10 attended a clinic with EAP Co-chair and Olympic Team Gold Medalist Melanie Smith Taylor.

          Twelve-year-old Tylor Nowell joined the program for the first time this year. "I really wanted to take part in the program because I thought it would be a good experience. I wanted to learn about being a horsewoman, not just a rider. I wanted to learn more about taking care of the horse every day and interact with them more."

          Tylor prepared for the session ahead of time by working with the grooms at her barn (Chestnut Hill, Beverly Jovais) to practice tacking up her own horse, wrapping legs, and general care. However, there were still some surprises in store for her. "It was different than I expected. There was a lot more detail than I anticipated. What I really wasn't expecting was the fact that I felt so much closer to my horse at the end of it. I have a whole new appreciation for the grooms."

          During the riding sessions, Melanie focused a lot on straightness, using various exercises to help riders practice keeping their horse straight when approaching, jumping, and landing. She also worked on keeping the horse's focus with the rider rather than back at the barn or elsewhere outside of the arena. The riders also completed a written test with questions taken from the trainer certification test. "It was pretty hard," Tylor recalls. "The best score was a 90, and the worst was 40. I got 65 or 70."

          Only a few of the Level I riders will be selected to move on to the Level II session, which takes place in August. "I would definitely like to go on to Level II," Tylor adds. "It would be a great experience. If not, I will try again next year. I definitely plan to use the knowledge that I gained from Level I. It's great to have the experience of being there and working with the horse."

      • Committee Member Profile: Carol Dean-Porter
        • Zone 10 Committee Member Profile: Carol Dean-Porter

          Carol Dean-Porter, a member of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, has had a diverse career in the equine industry. Not only is she a professional hunter and jumper trainer and USEF "R" licensed horse show judge for hunters, jumpers, equitation, and hunter breeding, she is an equine journalist and manager of the "Horses For Parks" donation program for National Park Trust. She is also a member of the USEF Licensed Officials Committee, Continuing Education Committee, USHJA Officials Committee, and the Rolling Hills Estates Equestrian Committee. Her work takes her all over the country, judging horse shows, riding, showing, training, and teaching clinics and seminars.

          Carol's love for horses came to her through her mother. "She was probably the best horsewoman I have ever seen," Carol shares. "She instilled in me the love of the animals and the belief that reward for a job well done was the only way to train anyone. She carried around a shoulder bag filled with sugar cubes long before there were any horse cookies."

          Carol obtained a lot of experience and education as a member of the Rolling Hills Pony Club, attending Pony Club rallies all over California. Her professional career started early, giving riding lessons on her own horse on her parents' property when she was 13 years old, and she had a full time business by the time she graduated from high school. While she might have ended her schooling there and concentrated on her work, at her father's insistence she took classes at Harbor Junior College in business, psychology, computers, and CPR.

          As a rider, Carol has achieved many honors, including winning the GTE High Jump three times. She adds, "I won the Gran Premio de Mexico at the Caliente race track where they had parimutuel betting on the show jumpers. It was lots of fun!"

          As a teacher, Carol travels far and wide to conduct a variety of seminars, such as a conformation seminar in North Carolina to an FFA judging team before their state finals, a seminar on judging and showing Arabian sport horses in hand in Kentucky, and judging seminars on how to properly keep a judging card and take notes during rounds.

          Carol's expertise has brought her other opportunities, such as serving as an expert witness in a deposition, and she has also given opinions and done research on horse sales and agent practices.

          When asked why she chooses to spend so many hours supporting her sport through her work on the various committees, particularly the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, she answers, "Now that I am not competing, I have more time to give. I love to be a part of the governing bodies that are the future of our sport. I believe practical experience and common sense are key to providing the best experience for our exhibitors. I love the horses and our sport. I hope to help improve conditions and help encourage growth in a geographical area where it is difficult to find space and finances."

          Carol's teaching has also taken her into the world of 21st Century technology: social networking. She, Rob Gage, and Sharon Stewart Wells donate many hours to the Facebook pages Judge My Ride and Equitation by Judge My Ride, where they give free critiques on photos and videos posted by their 40,000 followers around the world. The pages garner in excess of three million hits per month. "Horse shows are changing with the times. Footing is improving, infrastructure is improving, communication is improving. The use of social media and the ability to make entries and changes online has completely changed the way exhibitors and trainers do business."

          Of course, the internet is only one small part of the way the sport of riding is evolving. "High schools and colleges have riding programs and it's becoming more common for non-equestrians to view riding as a sport," Carol explains. "Some of the NCAA program schools offer full scholarships, with hundreds applying for slots on the team. In the show ring, Children's and Adult Jumpers have more opportunities for recognition. Recognition for clear rounds in 1.40M and 1.50M classes is a wonderful way to reward those riders who are competing successfully at high levels. The hunter derbies are revitalizing the hunter divisions and giving spectators an understandable sport which is also fun to watch with creative courses and jumps."

      • Year-end Award Winners
        • Zone 10 Year-end Award Winners

          In this new feature of the Zone 10 E-news, we will get to know a few fun facts about the Zone 10 Year-end Award winners who were recognized at the 2010 Celebrate Jumpers! banquet.

          Caroline Underwood, High Adult Amateur Jumper Reserve Champion:

          Q: Tell us something unusual or interesting about your horse.

          A: My horse's name, "Reina" (rey-na), means Queen in Spanish, and she acts like one and definitely knows she's special.

          Q: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or The Jersey Shore?

          A: American Idol of course.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?

          A: Margie Goldstein-Engle

          Q: Favorite morning drink?

          A: Coffee

          Q: Favorite non-horse book or movie?

          A: Hachi- A Dog's Tale. I still can't get over it.

          Peyton Warren, Low Children's Jumper Reserve Champion:

          Q: Favorite horse book or movie.

          A: Secretariat - Because it gives the message that with hard work you can achieve your goals.

          Q: If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?

          A: Eleanor Roosevelt, because of her great ideas and visions. She was a smart, strong woman and a great role model.

          Q: If you could have a week's worth of lessons from anyone, who would it be?

          A: I would love to have a lesson with Karen Healey. I see how hard she works and the type of results she produces. She always seems to be the first one to the horse show and the last one to go home at night.

      • Events
        • Pertinent Zone 10 Events

          Visit the Zone 10 Calendar in the above menu for all upcoming events.

          The Del Mar National Horse Show Hunter/Jumper Week ran May 3-8 at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. This show has been in existence for over 60 years, drawing in excess of 1,500 horses to show throughout the three weeks.

          The show offers a range of classes from Low Hunters on up, with several opportunities to compete for a prize money check, such as the $25,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Grand Prix. Zone 10 rider Hannah Warde won the class aboard her own entry, Canasucre, while Karl Cook piloted Notories Utopia (Signe Ostby, owner) to second. The $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix drew 52 entries, and Susie Hutchison emerged the victor aboard Cantano (El Dorado 29, owner), followed by Duncan McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy (Simone Coxe, owner). However, the big draw was the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, in which Chris Pratt triumphed on Cruise (Indigo Farms, LLC, owner), with Saer Coulter and Springtime (Copernicus Stables, LLC, owner) in second.

    • April Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • Goals.
          Championships.
          Awards.
          Recognition.

          What does Zone 10 Jumper offer in relation to these words? The answer is plenty. In fact, Zone 10 offers a depth and breadth of awards, and I am going to focus on the high end awards in this month's Chairman's Corner. However, you will find a summary of all our awards later in this Zone 10 E-news.

          As I have mentioned before, an organization like Zone 10, or any of our other horse show associations, should properly be based on four cornerstones: Awards, Communication, Education, and Rules. Last month I talked a bit about Communication, and this month I am focusing on Awards, and specifically our high end awards.

          Our chosen sport is Show Jumping, and in any competitive aspect of a sport there are winners. We strive for excellence, and we reward excellence. I may not watch downhill skiing or swimming on a regular basis, but I can assure you that when the Olympics roll around, I am right there cheering for our American athletes. Because Show Jumping is where I have spent my life, I am passionate about our sport, and I love winners. Veteran grand prix rider Susie Hutchison and Cantano are on a roll. They had a fabulous year last year, and they won two back-to-back grands prix this past month. Lucy Davis is on a meteoric trajectory with four grand prix wins during Thermal, including the $200,000 class and then another victory just a few weeks ago at Blenheim Spring III, and I am proud to say that she has come up through the Zone 10 ranks. When I walk past the ring where the Pony Jumper riders are bombing around, I can't help but wonder which one of them is the next Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Susie Hutchison, or Lucy Davis.

          At the highest level, we honor our top jumper riders with our Zone 10 High Performance Awards – membership into the elite Meter Forty Club and the Meter Fifty Club. This is a rarified atmosphere that includes our top grand prix riders and many of our most competitive junior and amateur riders.

          Our top junior and amateur riders are recognized with USHJA Zone 10 Horse of the Year awards, soon to be known as the USHJA Zone 10 Golden Spur Awards. Riders in the High Junior and High Amateur Owner Jumpers, as well as those in the Low Junior and Low Amateur Owner Jumpers, are presented with year-end awards that include our beautiful, custom designed perpetual trophies for both champion and reserve champion.

          We also field very competitive teams at the two major championships held each year. The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships are the only FEI Championships held in North America, and Zone 10 regularly sends medal contending teams in both the Junior and the Young Rider levels. Frequently our riders stand proudly on the top of the medal podium.

          The USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, commonly referred to as Prix des States, pits the best juniors from each zone against one another in both a raucous team competition and an individual championship. Again, Zone 10 is always a serious contender.

          Finally, we recognize and reward the young jumpers making their way up the ranks and hopefully on to the grand prix ring. Five-, Six-, and Seven/Eight-Year-Old Jumpers are recognized with USHJA Zone 10 Golden Spur awards at the end of the year.

          And where does all this recognition and celebrating occur? Why, at Celebrate Jumpers! The dinner we started last year during the Los Angeles National. This year's event will be on November 18 and we'll have a lot more news and information about that in coming newsletters.

      • Awards
        • Awards Offered by Zone 10

          As Larry Langer discussed in his Chairman's Corner, Zone 10 offers numerous awards and for all levels of jumpers. Below is a brief description of the various awards and honors Zone 10 members can win. Additional award information can be found on the Zone 10 Awards page.

          The Meter Forty Club

          Jumper members who reside in Zone 10 and who place in at least five classes at 1.40 or 1.45 during the show year. In 2010 we recognized 50 members.

          The Meter Fifty Club

          Jumper members who reside in Zone 10 and who placed in at least three classes at 1.50 or higher during the show year. In 2010 we recognized 28 members.

      • Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe Search
        • Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe Search

          George Morris, our country's current Chef d'Equipe is retiring after the 2012 season. He plans to lead our two show jumpers through one more Olympic Games, where he has helped us win two gold medals. A search committee, led by Eric Straus is seeking questions and comments from High Performance jumper riders on this important topic. You can contact Eric directly at: ericlstraus@gmail.com.

          The Chef d'Equipe serves as our national coach for show jumping, and accompanies our horses and riders to the major international championships, Super League, and Nations Cup competitions. The Chef d'Equipe is also very involved in the plan, strategy, and implementation for Show Jumping High Performance. In addition to George Morris, Frank Chapot and Bert DeNemethy have served as the Chef d'Equipe.

      • Zone 10 Member Profile: Richard Neal
        • Richard Neal (Meadow Grove Farm, trainer) is only 19, but he has already been riding in grands prix for several years and has numerous impressive accomplishments on his riding resume. In fact, he's already been riding in so many of the big classes that his move from junior to amateur has been quite seamless. "It feels about the same," he says. "It's been a pretty smooth transition; I've been showing in the same classes against the same people."

          Richard's first grand prix was at Menlo Park in 2007, just before his 15th birthday. "It was a big step up," he recalls. "My eyes were pretty big that first time. It was interesting, because the first couple of grands prix I did, I was moving up with my horse (Larina). We had been doing 1.40m classes, and we moved up to the smaller $25,000 1.45m grands prix. It was a learning experience for both of us. Now I have a veteran horse under me, Transmission, which has scope to spare. It's a totally different experience. In looking at the Young Rider events in Europe at 1.40m to 1.45m, I'm feeling pretty confident about the height--of course, we'll see when we get there. I have confidence Transmission can get me there." He and Transmission have been selected to represent the United States in the Show Jumping European Young Rider and Junior Rider Tour.

          Richard has had the opportunity to experience International competition on several different occasions in the past. He rode in the FEI International Children's Championships three times: twice in Simi Valley, California, where he placed fifth one year and sixth the next, and once in Spruce Meadows, where he was one of only two United States riders chosen to participate. "They were great competitions," he recalls. "It was really good to familiarize myself with the Nation's Cup format for the first time. It was a great introduction to international competition."

          He received more exposure to international competition when he joined other Zone 10 riders at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. He rode on the Junior team in 2009, winning the Individual Bronze and Team Gold Medals, and in 2010 he rode on the Gold Medal-winning Young Rider team. "I think one thing we did well was building good relationships with the other kids as juniors, so when we went as young riders we had a really good team," Richard recounts. "I think the reason we've had so much success with medals was the team bonds. I was great friends with everyone on the teams. We were all from California, and we all got along well and had a good time together."

          Richard finds the selection trial process to be a good way to select team members. "It's a big competition with some high pressure moments, and I think that's really beneficial. That's where you see the good riders coming out. The last few years, we have produced some good teams for Zone 10."

          One part of the riding education that has made Richard such a good rider came from the USHJA's Emerging Athletes Program. In 2009, he made it through all three phases of the program and was named the winner. "The EAP is a phenomenal program," he comments. "I couldn't recommend it enough. It taught me a lot as a rider, and the other kids seemed to feel the same way. There's more and more support and backing being put into that program, and I think in the coming years it will be something to keep your eye on. It really addresses all the aspects you need to become a professional horseman, all bundled up in one program. Given the connections you make with the other riders and the participating professionals, along with all the additional training, the program has really thrust me into a higher level of competition."

          As for the rest of the show season, Richard has just a few months to compete before heading off to Wesleyan University in Connecticut. "I'm looking to bring home some gold medals from Europe, and then I'll let my horse have some time off. The European tour will likely be my grand finale before school, and we have a fantastic team going."

          Although he doesn't know what he'll study or what he will do after that, Richard is sure he will have some kind of riding career after he graduates.

      • Program Highlights
        • At the L.A. National Horse Show in November 2011, Langer Equestrian Group, USHJA Zone 10, and Pacific Equestrians will honor jumpers from ponies to the grand prix level at the Celebrate Jumpers banquet. Some of the awards will include the Pacific Equestrians Lifetime Honoree, the Pacific Equestrian Visionary Award, given to those who have shown great vision in the industry, USHJA Stirrup Cup Awards, USHJA Golden Spur Awards (formerly HOTY), inductees of the Meter Forty and Meter Fifty clubs, and more. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this fun event, which includes dinner, prize drawing, and special presentations.

      • Zone 10 Committee Member Profile: Julie Winkel
        • Julie Winkel, member of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, has achieved one impressive accomplishment after another during her long career. As a rider, trainer, judge, and breeder, she has achieved excellence in many aspects of the equine industry.

          While some kids change their minds every week about what they want to be when they grow up, Julie never wavered in her goal. "I actually decided to be a professional horsewoman when I was five years old, and I started my own business at 15," she recalls. "I loved horses and knew at an early age this was my career path."

          Julie started competing at a high level and winning at an early age. Some of her early accomplishments included winning reserve champion in the Young Jumper Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, and being invited to compete in Belgium at the World Young Jumper Finals.

          As she grew older, Julie found satisfaction in other ways a little closer to home. "Something really special was winning a grand prix on a young stallion I trained, then watching my son win the same grand prix on the same horse the following year," she recounts. "Then, my other stallion that I trained and competed won a big grand prix with my son. I love watching the offspring of my two stallions grow up, compete, and win up to the grand prix level with their new owners in the jumper ring."

          Julie has been a licensed Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper judge since 1984, including officiating at such events as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Capitol Challenge, The Hampton Classic, and Upperville Horse Shows. Most recently, she was proud to judge the USEF Medal Finals with George Morris in October of last year. She has also designed courses for the ASPCA Maclay Finals, The USEF Medal Finals, and The New England Equitation Finals.

          Even with all of her accomplishments, she keeps her outlook on training and teaching simple. "My most important philosophy is to do the right thing for the horses," she explains. "I think about the big picture and try to develop horses and horseman that will be successful in their careers because they have good basics to fall back on, regardless of what they encounter in their lives. If you go a little slower at the beginning of a horse's or rider's career and build a solid foundation, then you can go faster later."

          As for the secret to her success, she adds, "The important thing is to continue learning. I strive to learn more everyday from every source possible: books, magazines, other trainers, riders, horsemen and especially from my horses."

          As a member of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, Julie participates in meetings with other committee members to discuss and vote on rule changes for the organization. "I feel this is a duty to be a voice for our horses and riders, regarding rules as well as education opportunities for our sport. I hope we continue to have conversations about ideas to educate and successfully compete in the jumper rings. Our Zone 10 Young Rider Teams and Prix des States teams have always been very strong, and that's a good indication we are on the right track."

          Julie owns and operates Maplewood Stables, Inc., in Reno, Nevada, where she stands Osilvis and Cartouche Z, both grand prix show jumpers. She teaches clinics around the country and writes a monthly column for PRACTICAL HORSEMAN titled "Conformation Clinic".

    • March Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • For many years, the hunter/jumper discipline did not have a separate affiliate organization outside of what was known as the AHSA (now the USEF). The Federation (USEF) acted as the affiliate for our discipline, providing hunter/jumper specific services and representation. However, the USEF encompassed 19 breeds and disciplines and did not have the resources to provide the focus and support the hunter/jumper discipline needed and wanted.

          With the formation of the USHJA as the official hunter/jumper affiliate seven years ago, the various duties and roles between the USEF and the USHJA have been evolving. As the USHJA has matured, more and more hunter/jumper activities and services have moved from the USEF to the USHJA. For example, the entire zone program moved from the USEF's jurisdiction to the USHJA. This involves zone awards, zone championships, zone finals, specifications for certain sections, like Childrens and Adult Hunters and Jumpers. And there are other zone pieces and parts.

          Education is one of the cornerstones of the USHJA, and is one of the most far reaching activities any organization can undertake. Slowly the zones are assuming educational responsibilities as well. While most of the education has emanated from the USHJA on a national scope, Zone 10 has taken part. Zone 10 has hosted the Emerging Athletes Program Level 1 on two occasions, has hosted the EAP Finals once, and has hosted a fairly large number of USHJA supported clinics.

          Another aspect of education is the training and continuing education for our hunter/jumper licensed officials, mainly judges, stewards, and course designers. While most of this education is organized and funded by the USEF, the USHJA is stepping in. As the USHJA steps in, so do the zones, and Zone 10 is leading the way. Zone 10 continues to lobby to host continuing education courses for officials on an annual basis.

          Another cornerstone is communication, and is the way we stay connected to our 5,000 plus Zone 10 members. This monthly Zone 10 E-news is a primary vehicle for staying connected and informed. Plus, there are many Zone 10 people serving on both USHJA and USEF hunter/jumper committees.

          Funding will allow us to provide more education and continue our communication efforts. The USHJA is working with the zones on funding, and we need to create ideas for educational programs, identify those experts who can impart their knowledge, and then spread it as far and wide as feasible.

          As always I welcome your feedback and ideas. Stay tuned!

          Larry Langer
          Chairman, Zone 10 Jumpers

          Larry Langer is the President and CEO of Langer Equestrian Group, one of the top horse show management companies in the country. Some of his many notable accomplishments include receiving the CPHA Lifetime Achievement Award, serving as the Show Jumping Competition Manager for the Olympic Games (1996 Atlanta, GA), and managing the 1992 Show Jumping World Cup Finals (Del Mar, CA). He holds judging and steward licenses for both the USEF and the FEI, has served as either president or chairman of every major organization in California and was a member of the USEF Board of Directors and president of the National Hunter Jumper Council.

      • NAJYRC Qualifying
        • NAJYRC Qualifying Gets Underway

          Qualifying for the 2011 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships for Zone 10 riders kicked off at Week 6 of the HITS Desert Circuit. With Olaf Petersen Jr. laying out the tracks, riders competed for positions on either the Junior Team or the Young Rider Team for Zone 10. If eligible by age, riders can compete for positions on both teams, but may ultimately only ride on one team at the championships.

          Cayla Richards, a veteran from the 2010 Junior Team, demonstrated that she is a serious contender for the Young Rider Team. She earned both first and third place points with her two horses, Faustino and Valentine respectively. She also qualified for the European Cup and will be heading to Germany this summer to represent the United States.

          Hannah Warde proved that she is serious about representing Zone 10 at the NAJYRC with top finishes in both qualifying classes. She was second in the Young Rider qualifier and third in the Junior qualifier. Taking top points in the Junior class, Haley Stone hopes to stay in the top ranks so she too can head to Lexington, KY representing Zone 10.

          Candidates comprise veterans from previous teams, Cayla Richards, Audrey Coulter, and Lindsay Douglas, as well as new faces, like Brittany Albrecq, Hannah Warde, and Killian McGrath. Killian is excited about the possibility of riding for Zone 10. She spent a year honing her skills in the Low Junior Jumpers, and is making the transition to the bigger tracks with confidence and success.

          "Right now, we're the only zone in the country that does trials," explains Charlotte Skinner, NAJYRC Selection Trial Technical Coordinator. "The other zones choose their teams based on prize money won. However, with this method, you might eliminate a talented kid who can't go to as many shows. It's also good for the kids to get the experience of participating in a competition that's run to the specifications of the actual championships. They have to jump fences set to the height specificationss, they have to jump open water, and we even have the final jog.It seems to have worked well for us. We have dominated the competition in the last ten years."

          Complete Standings (USEF.org)
          Qualifying Criteria and Application (USEF.org)

      • Superstar Success: Lucy Davis
        • Superstar Success

          Lucy Davis is a rising star on a seemingly never ending trajectory upward. From her first days in the saddle, Lucy has been among the best. She won top equitation and hunter honors, and then stepped into the jumper ring as a committed, talented competitor. Lucy rode on the Gold Medal Zone 10 Young Rider team at the NAJYRC and then in the fall won the European Young Rider Individual Championship. She won her first grand prix still riding as a junior when she led the victory gallop of the 2010 Memorial Day Classic. At the 2011 HITS Desert Circuit, she continued the acceleration. Not only did she win four grands prix in a row at the end of the circuit, one grand prix was a World Cup Qualifier and the other was the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix. With top horses, top coaching, top talent, and a fastidious work ethic, Zone 10 congratulates Lucy on her many successes and we know there are many more to come.

      • Points
      • Rule Changes
        • 2011 Rule Changes - Be aware of the following rule change for 2011

          Please note: items in itallics are changes to the previous rule

          JP112 Starting Order.

          1. When a starting order is used, the order in which horses are to jump must be posted in a conspicuous place, at least one-half hour prior to the start of the class. The class cannot be started prior to that time without permission of all exhibitors. The jumping order must be legible to a mounted rider. A systematic rotation of the starting list must be employed throughout the classes of a section so that a complete cycle is made during the competition.

          a. A starting order must be used for all classes offering $5,000 or more in prize money.
          b.
          A starting order must be drawn for the highest money class in each section, unless the order is automatically established by the results of a previous class(es).

          2. Establishing the Order. (Either manually or via computer) The jumping order for ...

          b. All horses ridden by a single rider must be ridden in the sequence that appears on the jumping order in all rounds of a competition unless class specifications call for a new order for a second round and/or jump-off. If a rider with multiple horses competes out of the drawn sequence of their horses in any class with a drawn and posted order, the remaining out of sequence horses will be eliminated, unless the out of sequence rides are approved in advance by the judge due to extraordinary circumstances. (Exception: In Table II, Sec 2(a/b) classes, riders with multiple horses may jump-off immediately or later with each horse as they choose.)
          ...
          4.b.
          Competitors with multiple rides; even if allowed by management to move ahead in the order, may NOT compete out of sequence per JP112.2b.

          Zone 10 Chairman Larry Langer explains, "During a show, if one looks for a USEF rule book, it usually can be found only in two places: the show office, and in the show Steward's briefcase. It is therefore very important that specific rules are made easy to read and to understand, so they can result in a level playing field across all the shows, with the same interpretation by all the show offices and all the show Stewards. JP 112 was found to be a little difficult to read and understand, so the Jumper Committee clarified it."

      • Committee Member Profile: Charlotte Skinner
        • Many people know Charlotte Skinner as a judge, announcer, and horse show manager. However, she started out just like many of us do, with a simple love of horses.

          "I started as a little kid because I loved horses," Charlotte says. "I did some competitive endurance riding and a lot of trail riding as well as some showing at local hunter/jumper schooling shows. I rode at a boarding stable, where we built our own jumps out of picnic tables, garbage cans and whatever else we could find that was ‘jumpable'. It was a small stable with no electricity, and I went every day and did the feeding, cleaning, and other chores with all the kids. We had so much fun."

          Charlotte moved to a more formal riding environment when she was about 16 and took lessons from Bob Lorimer in Oakland riding school horses. While there, she attended one-day shows at an arena located in the Oakland Hills that she could ride to from the stable, do a few classes, and then ride home.

          It was about that time that Charlotte knew she wanted to ride professionally. "When I was 18, I was working at a stable giving up/down lessons," she explains. "I began taking lessons from Larry Langer at Pacific Horse Center and after a few months decided that I really wanted to be there full time. He and his wife at the time, Twiggy, ran a resident Horsemastership course based on a British program. We were taught stable management, riding, and the basics of riding instruction. After finishing the program, I stayed on at PHC as Twiggy's assistant trainer/instructor."

          Eventually, Charlotte and Twiggy moved their business to Mexico, and after a few years together, Charlotte went out on her own and developed her business into her own 60-stall training barn. "I coached the Young Rider team when the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships were held in Mexico," she continues. "The following year, I was the trainer for two of the four kids on the Mexican Young Rider team that competed in Chicago, and our team won the Gold Medal."

          After nine years in Mexico, Charlotte moved back to California in 1988. She rode for Tom Blackiston for a year, then leased a barn in Thousand Oaks, but when her lease was up, the barn was closed to put in a housing development. "I didn't have the energy to start over again, so I called Larry, explained the situation, and have been working for Langer Equestrian Group ever since."

          Now, Charlotte runs the Langer Equestrian Group Colorado division. She also does event consulting, is an FEI "I" Judge, a USEF "R" Judge, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association, and an announcer. Some of the highlights of her career include being one of the announcers at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and being a member of the management team for the World Cup Finals in Del Mar. "I consider myself very lucky to get to do the variety of jobs I do all within the sport I love," she adds.

          Closer to home Charlotte is the Treasurer of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee and the Young Rider Technical Coordinator for the NAJYRC Zone 10 Selection Trials. "I think Zone 10 is doing a really good job with our awards program and the recognition of jumper riders and horses," she comments.

          As for the future of the zone, Charlotte has a few ideas. "I would like to see us get more involved in education; possibly organizing some clinics for our riders."

      • Zone 10 Member Profile: Helen McNaught
        • When watching Helen McNaught tear up a grand prix course, it's hard to imagine her as a little girl running around the fields of England on a pony. Yet, this is exactly how her riding career started.

          "We have pictures of my sister Lesley and me riding since before we could walk," Helen recalls. "We grew up on a farm and woodyard and our mom had horses, so we always had ponies. We did local gymkhanas and pony club."

          For Helen, riding was never merely a pastime. "I've been selling ponies since I was 10 or 11," she explains. "It was never really a hobby. We had to make money from the horses from the beginning in order to have them. We'd drive to Wales and buy wild ones, break them, sell them, then go get more. Then people would send us their problem ponies to sort out, we'd set them right and either send back or sell them."

          It was riding that took Helen to new places, and eventually the United States. "I never actually intended to move to the States," she says. "When my sister rode in the Sydney Olympics, the owner of the horse needed someone to run his place in Austria. I moved there, and then when he bought a beautiful facility in Florida, we started going there for the winters. It was the best of both worlds, because we would do Europe in the summer and Florida in the winter."

          When Helen was offered a job in California, she moved here and has been here ever since, although she still owns property in England. She went out on her own and started Outwoods Farm a few years ago.

          Some people might find it scary to move from country to country, but not Helen. "We've always traveled a lot. I've never been one to plan many years down the road, so I just take it as a new adventure. When I moved to Austria, I thought, 'I've never been there, so let's see how it is--I can always go home.' I try to just go with the flow and see where it takes me."

          Of course, there is a little bit of culture shock in moving from one country to another. "The show system here is terribly different. The warm-up arenas are crazy, with seven people all going at one jump. Here we have people shouting at kids in the ring, but in Europe they would be disqualified. Another thing that's different in Europe is that you don't have the extensive relationships with clients like you do here. People there don't usually have a full-time trainer; they have their own barn and get coaching at shows. I didn't have my first teacher until I was 17. We just got on and rode. Here, it's expected that you have a trainer. I think a balance between the two is best: it's good to figure out some things yourself, but you need a trainer to help you. "

          The way Helen runs her program can be summed up in one basic concept. "Every single horse is an individual, right down to the feeding program," she explains. "We don't treat any two horses or clients the same. We don't have every rider or every horse doing the same exercises. They don't all have to be grand prix horses to be superstars. I have a junior jumper that's worth her weight in gold for what she does: she gives her all to look after the kids. As for the people, we gear our program toward each individual's goal. If they just want to ride and have fun, that's fine. If they want to be a World Cup rider, they have to get more serious. As long as they're honest with themselves, that's the important thing. If we can't help them reach their goal, we'll send them to someone who can."

          While her sister Lesley had Olympic ambitions and won a Team Silver Medal for the Swiss team in Sydney, Helen was content with humbler ambitions. "I've never been one to want to go to the Olympics and win medals. I just like the horses. I'm very proud of what Caballo and I have done together. I'm proud of every horse and rider I've helped to improve. When I receive a phone call or email about what a good job I've done, that alone is quite satisfying."

    • January and February Jumper News
      • Chairman's Corner
        • In any organization with a membership base or constituency, there are cornerstones that serve as a foundation for the organization's success. In the case of horse show organizations, four cornerstones often guide the organization's focus: Awards, Rules, Education and Communication. While each organization has its own culture, strengths, and weaknesses, communication seems to be a common challenge for many.

          However, communication is one of the reasons why an organization exists; it's why it has members. The whole idea behind joining is to know what's happening in the industry, so it's imperative that communication channels stay open and organizations give members information they wouldn't otherwise have if they weren't members.

          Although the Zone 10 Jumper Committee, like most other groups, is comprised entirely of volunteers who have jobs, families, ride their horses, and many other things demanding attention and time, all of us work hard to serve Zone 10 Jumper and to provide communication to our members. Reaching our 5,000 members is a big challenge, and how do we so effectively? Starting with this monthly e-news is a big step to making Zone 10 more relevant to its members. Although the USHJA sends updates every other week, they are national in scope. Rarely is there news and information about our zone.

          We also have a USHJA Zone 10 webpage, but the challenge there is to keep it updated, relevant and useful. And unlike e-news, a member has to go the web page to get information. E-news lands in your mail box for you to open and read, or not.

          It is a challenge to find out exactly what news the constituency of any organization wants or needs and get it to them in a timely manner. This is a problem every organization faces and must work to solve, and I can assure you Zone 10 Jumper is interested in hearing from you about the information and news you would like to see from us.

          Larry Langer Chairman, Zone 10 Jumper

      • EAP
        • The application for the 2011 Emerging Athletes Program is now available online. Applications for Zone 10 are due February 25, 2011, so get your application in now. The Zone 10 Training Session will run May 7 through 8 at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lake View Terrace, California. Visit the USHJA EAP website to access the application and recommendation form.

          The mission of the EAP is to develop complete horsemen by implementing a system of identifying and nurturing talented young riders and providing them with support and assistance in achieving their full potential. This program creates opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become professionals within our industry.

          "I think the EAP is an opportunity for the association to give some recognition to young athletes who normally don't get recognized by a national association," comments Larry Langer. "It's a way to make the USHJA relevant in the various parts of the country where the program is in place. For the riders, it's a chance for them to be evaluated to see if they have the talent and ability to move up. I think that's a really good thing for the organization to do."

          In 2010, Zone 10 rider Morgan Geller earned the opportunity to travel to Buffalo, New York, for the National Level III EAP program that featured the top twelve EAP riders from 2010. While there she participated in clinics, lectures, and a competition run in a Nation's Cup format in which her team placed second.

          "The Level III program was a very educational," she says. "It is very rare to have access to people such as Peter Wylde, Jennifer Alfano, and Dr. Midge Leitch all in one setting. The tests they designed for the riders were perfect to assess each individual's strengths and weaknesses. Not only did I learn a lot about being a horseman in general, but I learned about what I need to work on. I would highly recommend the EAP program to anyone who is able to participate. The experience was invaluable, and there is no doubt I would do it again if given the opportunity. The advice I have for anyone who wants to apply is to have a desire to be part of this sport long term and to try and be the best horseman, not rider, you can be."

      • Program Highlights
        • At the L.A. National Horse Show in November 2010, Langer Equestrian Group, USHJA Zone 10, and Pacific Equestrians honored jumpers from ponies to grand prix at the Celebrate Jumpers banquet sponsored by O.H. Kruse Grain and Milling. Numerous awards were given out throughout the night, including the first-ever Pacific Equestrians Lifetime Honoree, which was awarded to Linda Allen for her lifetime of outstanding service to the sport. Another first-time award was the Pacific Equestrian Visionary Award, given to those who have shown great vision in the industry. USHJA President Bill Moroney and Show Jumping Unplugged founders Paul and Tammy Peterson were honored with the inaugural award. Paul and Tammy were particularly touched by their surprise honor.

          Beginning with next month's issue, look for updates on Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Award standings.

      • Rule Changes
        • 2011 Rule Changes

          Taking effect with the 2011 show year, the following addition was made to the Amateur/Owner Hunters and Jumpers sections of the rulebook (changes in italics):

          An amateur who competes for a person outside of his/her family may not compete in a class restricted to Amateur Owners at the same competition. Exceptions:

          (1) Equitation classes,
          (2) Under Saddle per HU107.2.
          (3) and a maximum of one (1) horse not owned by the rider or his/her family in jumper sections and a maximum of one (1) horse not owned by the rider or his/her family in hunter sections, in classes not restricted to amateur owners. (For Amateur rules please see GR1306) BOD 1/17/10 Effective 12/1/10 EC 11/15/10 Effective 12/1/10

          "For many years, the amateur owner jumper rule was different from the amateur owner hunter rule," explains Larry Langer. "Historically, amateur owner jumper riders could ride as many non-owned horses as they wanted in non-amateur owner designated classes. However, amateur owner hunter riders, if they rode in amateur owner classes at a given show, were not allowed to ride any other person's horse at that show except in equitation and under saddle classes. There were a number of people on the amateur committee who thought the rules should be the same, so the new rule is a compromise: A hunter rider who rides in amateur owner classes may ride one hunter owned by someone else in non-amateur owner classes, and they may also ride one jumper owned by someone else. The same rule applies for jumper riders riding in amateur owner classes. These riders are still allowed to ride non-owned horses in equitation and under saddle classes."

      • Committee Member Profile: Ned Glynn
        • Zone 10 board member Ned Glynn is not only a fixture in the California jumping scene, but he has made his mark on the international scene as well.

          Ned's first introduction to the horse world came when accompanying his sister to lessons and three-day events. When he decided at the age of 15 that he wanted to take up riding, he began in three-day eventing as well. His first horse was an Appaloosa he bought out of an advertisement. The horse came with one month of training with John Charlebois and Elizabeth Kilham, so that's where Ned started. He and his new horse entered their first show just a month later. "I was hooked," Ned recalls.

          Although he knew early in his riding career that he wanted to be a professional, Ned decided that it was important to get a college education first. He went to UC Davis, where he kept up his riding and coached the school's equestrian team while earning a degree in economics and studying course designing. After he was done with school, he drove across the country to ride with Candice King. While there, he competed at many prestigious events.

          Eventually, it was time for Ned to return home to California. He established his grass roots business in Sonoma, starting babies and retraining horses from the track. "The business just grew from there," he explains of Sonoma Valley Stables. "It gets stronger every year." He started teaching, and his students began doing well on a local level. Now, he takes them all the way to the prestigious Spruce Meadows.

          He met his wife, Hope, shortly after returning from the East Coast. He was at a show at Rancho Murieta when Rudy Leone and Peggy Fackrell conspired to bring the two of them together. They paged Ned and Hope to the back gate and said, "You two need to know each other." They started dating a week later, and they have now been married for 10 years.

          Through the course of his career, Ned has had the good fortune to have several excellent influences on his riding and training. He recalls, "After John Charlebois gave me a good foundation, Gry and Duncan McFarlane brought my training to a whole new level. Betty Kilham gave me fantastic training, teaching me to learn each horse individually to get the most out of each one. I studied course designing with Linda Allen, who is just a fantastic horsewoman. She has a great view of the horse world."

          As for his own philosophy for training, Ned says, "I stick to the fundamentals, work consistently toward goals, and work with each horse and rider combination to find the program that suits them the best."

          What is it about this sport that attracts him? "I'm a very competitive person, and I love animals, especially horses. This is a unique sport, where you have a horse and rider working together—something that's unparalleled in any other sport. The way you and the horse work as a team to help each other is really special."

          And competitive he is. During his junior career, he finished in the top four of all the major junior medal finals in California including USET Talent Search, NorCal, WCE, and CPHA. He also won a Jimmy Williams Futures Class and the Oregon High Desert Grand Prix as a junior. Stepping out of the saddle, he worked as assistant course designer for the Atlanta Olympics, Mexico City Selection Trials, and World Cup in Sweden with Linda Allen.

          With all of his success in the show ring, if you ask what Ned's biggest accomplishment is, his answer is a little closer to home. "My biggest accomplishment is the consistency of what I've been able to do with horses and riders. Week after week, they perform at top levels. The horses go into the ring happy in their job with a good chance at being competitive." Moving forward, he plans to get his junior students competing at the Young Rider level, as well as to continue producing great horses and riders. He is currently campaigning his grand prix prospect SVS Caramunde Z and loving what he does.

          Ned participates in the sport by serving on the Zone 10 Jumper committee. "Being in touch with owners and riders gives me a good perspective," he explains. "The committee is such an important part of the industry, because having a set of ground rules for competitions is important to the sport. Additionally, I'm very proud of Zone 10 and how well we do at international competitions."

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  • 2010
    • Financial Reports
    • Statistics
      • 2010 Zone 10 Statistics

        4,409 members: 2,429 hunters and 1,643 jumpers.*

        173 USEF licensed competitions

        • 32 were AA-rated
        • 66 were A-rated
        • 60 were B/C-rated
        • 6 were jumper only
        • 9 were local
        • 0 were USHJA Outreach

        *337 members have not declared hunter or jumper as their primary or secondary discipline.

  • 2009
    • Statistics
      • 2009 Zone 10 Statistics

        4,443 members: 2,422 hunters and 1,669 jumpers.

        167 USEF licensed competitions

        • 33 were AA-rated
        • 68 were A-rated
        • 54 were B/C-rated
        • 9 were local
  • 2008
    • Specs


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