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Welcome to the USHJA Jumpers' Newsletter. This newsletter is sent monthly to USHJA members designated as a jumper. We hope you enjoy it and encourage feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to myushja@gmail.com.


Hunter and Jumper Members and Equine Athletes Earn Top Awards at USEF Annual Meeting 

On January 10, some of the best equestrians in the nation, from across all breeds and  disciplines, were honored at the annual USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner and were presented with equestrian sports' most prestigious awards in recognition of their 2013 competitive achievements. Several of the top Hunter and Jumper athletes and participants were among the award winners.


USEF Equestrian of the Year

From among eight other Equestrians of Honor recognized during the evening, Beezie Madden was ultimately named USEF Equestrian of the Year, marking the third time she has been bestowed with the honor. This two-time Olympic Team Gold medalist firmly established her standing as one of show jumping's elite with top finishes nationally and abroad, including the coveted Rolex/FEI World Cup Championship.


Madden's amazing 2013 season began with a victory in the $125,000 FEI W-Cup Grand Prix CSI3* at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival with Abigail Wexner's Cortes 'C'. She was instrumental in the U.S. win of the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup with mount Simon, also owned by Wexner. The icing on Madden's cake came in April at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals where she and Simon enjoyed victory.


Emerson Burr Trophy

Fellow Equestrian of Honor, Elizabeth "Liza" Boyd received the 2013 Emerson Burr Trophy, an annual award presented to the top Hunter rider, from any breed which shows over fences. Boyd started the season strong at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival claiming Champion and Reserve Champion honors in the Gold Coast High Performance Working Hunter section in February. Summer found her victorious in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and for the fall Indoor season, her talents and adaptability were capped with the win at the World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals.


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2014 Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships 

Are you a Children's or Adult Amateur Jumper rider that may be interested in a chance to  compete in a Championship? Applications for riders are now available!


After reviewing competitor and trainer input from 2013, the USHJA have revised the Specifications for 2014. Please be sure to read the Specifications in their entirety prior to applying for the Championships.


The four Regions will remain the same and are composed of the USHJA zones as follows:

  • North - Zones 1, 2 and 5
  • South - Zones 3 and 4
  • Central - Zones 6 and 7
  • West - Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

The standings are already posted for 2014!


For more information and the complete Specifications of the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships please visit our website or contact Meghan Carney at (859) 967-6160.

Attention Competition Managers

The deadline for bid packets for the 2014 Children's and Adult Amateur Regional Championships is fast approaching!


A successful site should offer facilities and amenities worthy of hosting a USHJA Championship Competition. Host sites are chosen through a bid process.


Please return your completed bid packet to the USHJA office on or prior to January 30, 2014.  For complete Specifications and Bid Packets, please click here.  


Any questions please contact Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

2014 CSIOY/Junior/Children Wellington Nations Cup

Applications are now available for the 2014 CSIOY/J/CH Wellington Nations Cup. Please read the Memo and Selection procedures carefully.

Application - Athletes wishing to be considered for the Event must complete and submit an online application (Attachment A) with the appropriate application fee at USEF. Applications submitted on or before Monday, January 20, 2014 will be charged $50 per Application. Applications and fees submitted online after January 20, 2014 and received by USEF on or before February 10, 2014 will be charged an application fee of $300 per Application. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER FEBRUARY 10, 2014.


Note that this is a USEF program and all questions and inquiries should be directed to Lizzy Chesson.

Reserve your ad space for the March issue of USHJA In Stride today

Space reservation deadline is January 21 and materials are due on January 23rd. Ads can be designed by AIM Media at no additional fee. For more information contact Michelle Adaway  

2013 EAP National Winner Sunny Drescher Blogs about George Morris Horsemastership Experience  

DoverAs the 2013 winner of the Emerging Athletes Program's National Training Session, Sunny  Drescher received a coveted invitation to the 2014 George Morris Horsemastership Training Session at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.


ProEquest invited Sunny to blog about her daily experiences during the training session in their Coast to Coast section. If you missed out, here's a second opportunity to follow Sunny's journey from arrival to departure! All of her blog entries are available now.


To learn more about the EAP please visit our website or contact Meghan Carney at (859) 225-6721.

Sponsors and Partners
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.
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