Zone 8 Archive

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

        SEPTEMBER 17-21, 2014

        Blenheim Equisports
        30753 La Pata Rd
        San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

        Stephanie Wheeler at (949) 443-1841

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

        USHJA/CHJA Member Benefits Clinic with Nick Karazissis
        Tuesday July 23rd, Estes Park Fairgrounds
        Applications will only be accepted between May 15th and June 7th.
        Download the clinic application here

        USHJA/AHJA Member Benefits Clinic with Bernie Traurig
        September 14-15, 2013, Horseshow Park and Equestrian Center
        Queen Creek, AZ
        Applications will only be accepted between June 15th and July 15th.
        Download the application here.

        USHJA/CHJA Member Benefits Clinic a Success!
        On July 23rd, 2013 USHJA Zone 8 and Colorado Hunter Jumper Association proudly offered a free clinic to its members with Nick Karazissis at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds in Estes Park, Colorado. Nick Karazissis is one of the most successful trainers on the West Coast with over 50 years of experience. To attend riders had to be both members of CHJA and USHJA, complete the application and write a letter to the selection committee about their goals.

        The clinic consisted of four groups of six, starting at the 3’6” level and finishing with a 2’6”-2’9” level. For each group Mr. Karazissis started with flatwork focusing the riders position and getting the horse working from behind, uphill and balanced. He then moved to gymnastics and from there to course work. Nick was amazing: patient, kind and the ultimate teacher! His teaching revolves around his 6 Commandants:
        1. Pick a pace and a parallel line 2. Square corner 3. Keep the same pace or move up
        4. Jump the fence in the center 5. Land on your center line at the same pace
        6. Halt or half halt

        Allie Pelzel commented on Nick’s ability to give each rider attention “I was very impressed with the way that Nick helped work on each rider's goal even with six people in a group.” Jordan Sharp added “He was great at giving each person one thing to work on and it all tied in to rhythm, impulsion, pace and balance.”

        Look for more educational opportunities from USHJA Zone 8 and CHJA in the future!

        ZONE 8, 9, 10 Regional Hunter Seat Medal Finals & 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

    • Banquet
      • Click on the below flyer to download a printable PDF version.

    • Minutes
  • 2012
    • Membership
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    • Grant and Scholarship Awardees
      • Congratulations Awardees!

        College Scholarship: Megan Martinez
        EAP Clinic Grant: Jenna Groth and Cassidy Jorden

    • Zone Minutes
    • Election
      • USHJA Welcomes New Zone Committee Members

        It’s been a busy summer with new zone committee members getting seated and settled in. USHJA is looking forward to further welcoming all the zone committees at the 2012 Zone Retreat on December 2, 2012, prior to the start of the USHJA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Miami Downtown.


        Zone 8 Hunter Committee

        Ms. Jenny Paisley
        Mr. Chris Collman
        Ms. Beth Nielsen
        Ms. Wendy Johnson
        Ms. Laurie Grayson
        Ms. Carol O’Meara
        Ms. Debbie Jamsa
        Ms. Candace Cavanaugh
        Ms. Ann Carter
        Ms. Tracye Ferguson


        Zone 8 Jumper Committee

        Mrs. Page Tredennick- Chair
        Ms. Sharon Stewart-Wells- Vice Chair
        Mrs. Betty Beran
        Mrs. Susan Griffis
        Mrs. Meredith Houx-Remiger
        Mrs. Mickie Sage
        Ms. Sarah Invicta Williams
        Ms. Ana Carlson
        Colonel Betsy Checchia
        Mr. Jonathan Knight
        Ms. Ashley Stannard
        Mrs. Sue Halpern
        Miss. Allison Wicks

      • 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. 2012 Zone Election Timeline


        Zone 8 Hunter


        Zone 8 Jumper

        BERAN, BETTY
        SAGE, MICKIE
    • A Sad Farewell
      • A Sad Farewell to Keiri Kaneps

        With the celebration of another successful summer show season, we all have come up for air to be presented with heartbreak. The passing of our beloved friend, respected colleague and inspirational trainer, Keiri Kaneps, has left Zone 8 and beyond with thoughts of how precious and unexpected life can be. Keiri passed peacefully on August 7, 2012 at 8:26am at Presbyterian St Luke's Hospital in Denver, CO in the arms of her loving husband, Vic Kaneps, and in the company of her father and sister.


        Keiri grew up and began her riding career in Minnesota under the tutelage of John and Stephanie Kaneps. After graduating with a degree in Visual Communication from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she decided that her true passion lay with her horses and turned professional. Since re-locating to Colorado in 1995, Keiri rode and produced numerous zone and state champion from Ponies to Regular Working Hunters and has been a consistent force in any hunter ring.

        Keiri's accomplishments include:

        • Four Horse of the Year awards in the state of Colorado: Bel Aire, CO Star and Brescia
        • Winner of the International 4 year old Hunter Futurity on Gibson in 2001
        • State Champion, Zone Champion and 5th nationally in the Regular Working Hunters on her own Brescia in 2007
        • Numerous Zone 6 and 8 year end awards
        • Five WCHR Professional Championships – Central Mountain Region
        • USHJA Trainer Certification Program
        • R Hunter and Equitation Judge

        She met every "critter" and every person on their terms. The consummate professional, she never raised her voice or said a negative word, yet could clearly communicate how things were going. At one point Keiri said that she would stick with her amateurs, she was even a little leery of children. Little did she know that she was to become the pied piper at horse shows, lined up against the rail with all of her kids right next to her anxious to hear her analysis of a round. Keiri was a role model and confidant for all of her clients, colleagues, friends and family.

        A true horsewoman in every sense of the word; Keiri brought strength, passion, integrity and fun to her work and her life. Whether you experienced Keiri at a horseshow catching a glimpse of the orange lining of her favorite hunt coat while putting in yet another flawless ride, relying on the ever present green step ladder we have all become so dependent on, or meeting her at the barn with a herd of corgi’s charging your way; Keiri was bound to bring a smile to your face and provide you with a good chuckle.

        We have been blessed to have had the time we did with Keiri, She will remain forever in our hearts.

    • NAJYRC
      • North American Junior Young Rider Championships

        2012 Results

      • July - NAJYRC Zone News

        Zone 8 Young Rider, Navona Gallegos with No Fear, trotted away with a team silver medal from the 2012 NAJYRC. The composite team of Zones 3, 7 and 8 had to keep all three of their scores throughout the team competition, but managed to stay ahead of Zone 10 by one point. The last day of competition Navona and No Fear had a few rails but held on for a ninth place individual ribbon.

        The Junior Team was a composite team of Zones 8 and 9 with three riders. Sadly an unlucky fall ended their chance at a podium position, Taylor Alexander stayed consistent throughout the competition to finish in 13th place individually. Madeline Thatcher entered the final two rounds of competition with 24 faults but had a fall in the last combination ending her medal hopes.

    • Water Jump Clinic
    • Championships and Finals
      • Zone 8 Finals

        Northeast Finals: November 13 to 18, 2012, at the Show for Champions in Denver, CO. Contact Wilson and Sandy Dennehy.

        Southwest Finals: October 31 to November 4, 2012, at the Tucson Fall Festival in Tucson, AZ. Contact Jeffrey Gilbret.

        Zone 8 Championships

        Northeast Championships: September 13 to 16, 2012, at the High Prairie Fall Classic in Parker, CO. Contact Charlotte Skinner.

        Southwest Championships: November 14 to 18, 2012, at the Arizona Season Finale in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact Chris Collman.

        Sections to be offered:

        High Performance Working Hunter Performance Working Hunger 3'6"-3'9"
        Performance Working Hunter 3'3" Green Working Hunter 1st year
        Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 Green Working Hunter 2nd year
        Amateur Owner Hunter 35+ Amateur Owner 3'3"
        Regular Conformation Hunter Green Conformation Hunter
        Junior Hunter –Small 15 & Under Junior Hunter-Large 15 & Under
        Junior Hunter Small 16-17 Junior Hunter Large 16-17
        Pony Hunter Small Pony Hunter Medium
        Green Pony Hunter Large Pre-Green sections
        Children's Hunter Horse 13 & Under Children's Hunter Horse 14-17
        Children's Hunter Pony Adult Amateur 18-35
        Adult Amateur 36-49 Adult Amateur 50+ years
        Low Junior Jumper Junior Jumper
        Low Amateur Owner Jumper Amateur Owner Jumper
        Children's Jumper High Children's Jumper Low
        Pony Jumpers Adult Amateur Jumper
        5 year old Young Jumper 6 year old Young Jumper
        7/8 year old Young Jumper
  • 2011
    • Statistics
      • 2011 Zone 8 Statistics

        1,636 members: 920 hunters and 507 jumpers.*

        33 USEF licensed competitions

        • 9 were AA-rated
        • 21 were A-rated
        • 3 were B/C-rated

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

    • Finals
      • Congratulations to the 2011 Zone 8 Overall Finals Winners

        The 2011 USHJA Zone 8 Finals competitions were held November 2 thruogh 6, 2011, at the Tucson Fall Festival in Tucson, AZ and November 15 through 20, 2011, at the Show for Champions in Denver, CO. Competitors at both events were tested over identical courses and evaluated by the same judge.

        Zone 8 recognizes the individuals with the highest score in each section from both competitions as the overall Zone 8 Finals winners. Zone 8 Finals participants at both competitions are awarded zone bonus points based on the results of their efforts. The overall best score winners from each section receive a Zone Finals cooler.

        Coolers were awarded at the Show for Champions in Denver, CO and the AZ Hunter Jumper association year end awards banquet in Scottsdale, AZ.

        High Performance Working/Green Hunter

        Horse: Alcaprin
        Rider: Janine Weathberby
        Owner: Carly Casper
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        3'3" Pre Green Hunter

        Horse: Be Home By Midnight
        Owner: Dana Wheeler
        Rider: Wendy Johnson
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        3' Pre Green Hunter

        Horse: Relishing
        Owner: Gretchen Lof
        Rider: Gretchen Lof
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        A/O Hunter

        Horse: Topsail
        Rider: Kristen Cooper
        Owner: Kristen Cooper
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival


        Junior Hunter

        Horse: Quite Nice
        Rider: Susan Winston
        Owner: Susan Winston
        Competition: Show For Champions

        Pony Hunter

        Horse: Summer Breeze
        Rider: Isabelle Carlson
        Owner: Marnina Seller
        Competition: Show For Champions

        Children’s Hunter Horse

        Horse: Avatar
        Rider: Celeste Perdom
        Owner: Celeste Perdom
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        Children’s Hunter Pony

        Horse: Nicodemus
        Rider: Grace Tuton
        Owner: Grace Tuton
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival


        Amateur Adult 18-35

        Horse: No Doubt
        Rider: Cara Green
        Owner: Sherry Templin
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        Amateur Adult 35+

        Horse: Gosczip
        Rider: Jill Reingold
        Owner: Jill Reingold
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        Children’s Adult Jumper

        Horse: Ahu Akivi
        Rider: Ruth Foley
        Owner: Ruth Foley
        Competition: Tucson Fall Festival

        Horse: Barely Primitive
        Rider: McKenna Tutage
        Owner: McKenna Tutage
        Competition: Show For Champions

    • 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.
    • Banquet
      • December: Zone 8 Year End Awards

        New Mexico Members

        January 7, 2012 6pm - Awards will be presented at the New Mexico Hunter Jumper Association Banquet
        Tanoan Country Club
        10801 Academy Road
        NE Albuquerque, NM 87111
        For more information contact John Roberts

        Colorado Members

        January 7, 2012 5pm - Awards will be presented at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association Banquet
        The Plaza Hotel
        1900 Ken Pratt Blvd.
        Longmont, Co 80501
        For more information please contact Brianna Hammerman 303.910.0250

        Arizona Members

        January 15, 2012 5pm - Awards will be presented at the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association banquet.
        Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
        7700 E. McCormick Parkway
        Scottsdale, AZ 85258
        Please contact Stephanie Cope 602.321.4667 for more information.

    • Minutes
    • Championship and Final
    • Grant Recipients
      • October: Congratulations to the 2011 TCP Grant Recipients

        TCP Grant Recipients: Alexandra Stephens, Sara Kirby, Adrien Westcott, Angela Carmitchel, Mickie Sage and Susan Somerville Baca

    • Affiliate News: IHSA
      • October Affiliate News: IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)

        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 or call (614) 563-6301.

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

    • Pony Jumper Finals
      • August: Pony Jumper Finals 2011 - By Leah Scholl

        My name is Leah Scholl and my ponies name is Indian Dancer RF, "Indy". Indy and I were members of the Zone 8 pony jumper team. Pony finals were an amazing experience and the greatest achievement that I have reached in my life of riding horses. The Kentucky Horse Park is absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever been to, I hope that every little girl or boy with a pony gets a chance to go there. Everyone there was welcoming, kind and very helpful.

        Lucy Bradbury and Patronis, Leah Scholl and Indian Dancer, Tessa Hingston and Sienna. Photo Credit: Cindy Scholl

        Meeting my teammates was great. I had already met one of them briefly but then we were combined with another zone, which makes more friends! With our team of 3 we cheered each other on and really stuck together helping each out. I loved the ‘team part" and think it helped take a little of the edge off.

        Competing was my favorite part of this experience. My goals were to make it to Pony Finals, once I was there I would never have guessed that I would make it to the top ten in the finals. It wasn’t like any other horse show or competition, it felt like competing in a Grand Prix! I could never have achieved this without the support of my parents, trainers, zone coordinator and my pony. Making it to the Pony Finals was an experience I will cherish forever. I really did dream of going to Kentucky and it was a dream come true.

    • NAJYRC
    • Championships and Finals
      • July Championships and Finals News

        The Zone 8 Finals shows have been finalized. The Tucson Fall Festival (Arizona), November 2 through 6, (Jeff Gilbert, manager) hosting the Southwest Region, while the Show For Champions (Colorado), November 15 through 20 (Wilson Dennehy, manager), will host the Northeast region.

        The Show For Champions will also host a free judge's seminar on November 19 during the break between the hunters and jumpers. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Zone Finals awards will also be presented that evening, prior to the start of the grand prix.

        In addition, an overall winner will be determined in each section from the two shows. Jimmy Lee, Keswick, Virginia, will judge both events this year, and the same courses will be used at both shows, as has been done for the past few years.

      • Zone 8 Golden Spur Finals

        Northeast Finals - November 15 through 20, 2011 at the Show for Champions in Denver, CO. Contact Sandy Dennehy for more information.

        Southwest Finals - November 2 through 6, 2011 at the Tucson Fall Festival in Tucson, AZ. Contact Jeff Gilbert or visit Tucson Fall Festival website for more information.

      • Zone 8 Championships

        Northeast Championships - September 15 through 18, 2011 at the High Prairie Fall Classic in Parker, CO. For more information contact Charlotte Skinner or visit the High Prairie Fall Classic website.

        Southeast Championships - November 16 through 20, 2011 at the Arizona Season Finale in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information contact Chris Collman.

        Championship Classes to be offered:

        High Performance Working Hunter 1st year Green Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3’6"-3’9" 2nd year Green Working Hunter
        Performance Working Hunter 3’3" Regular Conformation Hunter
        18-35 Amateur Owner Hunter Green Conformation Hunter
        35+ Amateur Owner Hunter Pre Green Sections
        Amateur Owner 3’3" Junior Hunter – Small 16-17
        Junior Hunter – Small 15 & Under Junior Hunter – Large 16 -17
        Junior Hunter - Large 15 & Under Small Green Pony Hunter
        Small Pony Hunter Medium Green Pony Hunter
        Medium Pony Hunter Larger Green Pony Hunter
        Large Pony Hunter Children’s Hunter Pony
        Children’s Hunter Horse 13 & Under Low Junior Jumper
        Children’s Hunter Horse 14 -17 Junior Jumper
        Adult Amateur 18-35 Low Amateur Owner Jumper
        Adult Amateur 36-49 Amateur Owner Jumper
        Adult Amateur 50+ Pony Jumper
        Children’s Jumper High Adult Amateur Jumper
        Children’s Jumper Low 5 Year Old Young Jumper
        6 Year Old Young Jumper 7/8 Year Old Young Jumper

        Zone 8 Golden Spur Finals and Championships and are open to all Zone 8 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 Zone Finals and Championships Summary to see the new point structure and specifications.

  • 2010
    • Financial Reports
    • Statistics
      • 2010 Zone 8 Statistics

        1,520 members: 901 hunters and 480 jumpers.*

        59 USEF licensed competitions

        • 9 were AA-rated
        • 39 were A-rated
        • 10 were B/C-rated
        • 1 were jumper only
        • 0 were local
        • 0 were USHJA Outreach

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

  • 2009
    • Statistics
      • 2009 Zone 8 Statistics

        1,532 members: 913 hunters and 491 jumpers.

        In 2009, Zone 8 had 59 USEF licensed competitions:

        • 8 were AA-rated
        • 37 were A-rated
        • 10 were B/C-rated
  • 2008
    • Specs

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