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2013 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Clinics Conclude 

Dover The 2013 Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, wrapped up the final  two Regional Clinics to more accolades from participants and instructors. The Andrews Osborne Equestrian Center in Willoughby, OH was the site of the July 16-19, 2013 EAP Regional Clinic. The four-day clinic welcomed 12 riders seeking to gain wisdom from two of the equestrian community's top experts, lead clinician Cynthia Hankins from Wellington, FL and stable manager Nanci Snyder from Rutland, VT.


All riders of the Regional Clinics were instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as the intensive stable-management curriculum. New for the 2013 Regional Clinics were the demonstrations from specialists such as USHJA Contributing Sponsor, Nutrena, on proper nutrition and conditioning.


Putting the students through extensive exercises daily before taking on the jumping layouts created specifically for the EAP Regional Clinics by legendary horseman Conrad Homfeld, lead clinician Cynthia Hankins stuck to her mantra, "You can't rest on the laurels of natural talent. We want to work toward an ideal. If you get close to that ideal, then great."


EAP Stable Management expert Nanci Synder guided participants in proper horse care along with methods for better barn organization. "The clinic was a smaller group, but showed great enthusiasm and dedication to good horse care. The very hot, humid weather gave us a good lesson in priorities. The proper, thoughtful care of the horse came first, and their personal schedules, lunch and such come after. This is my first year with the EAP and I am very excited about the program. I think the rider who knows their horse from top to bottom has a real advantage and this is an integral part to becoming a horseman," Synder said.


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Time is Running Out: USEF National Junior Jumper Applications are Due by August 31st

2013 USEF National Junior Jumper Championships


Click here for the 2013 USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) Selection Procedures 




Application: Riders wishing to be considered for the 2013 USEF National Junior Jumper Championships must complete an application by one of the following methods:

  • SAVE $5 by completing your application online. Online applications are updated immediately in the standings and an email confirmation is sent immediately. Click on USEF LOGIN at the top right hand side of the USEF website. Online applications also have an extended deadline of August 31, 2013.
  • Download a paper application here. Paper applications take a week to be updated in the standings and once updated, an email confirmation is sent. Paper applications must be returned postmarked, hand-delivered, or faxed on or prior to Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

Please direct questions to Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

Déjà vu for Zone 4 Pony Jumper Team at US National Pony Finals

USHJA sends out a BIG Congrats to the  Zone 4 Pony Jumper Team on their Gold Medal win at the 2013 US National Pony Finals! This marks two years in a row for Zone 4's golden victory.

Please join us in sending good wishes to the members of the Zone 4 Gold Medal team and Chef d'Equipe Katie Maxwell from Hilton Head, South Carolina.


Heather Vaxer of Delray Beach, FL and partner Cha Cha Cha
Morgan Gravely of High Springs, FL and partner Dragon's Lair Banner
Cooper Dean of Fayette, AL and partner American Hero
Micaela Smith of Clover, SC and partn
er Blue Me Away

USHJA also Congratulates Cooper Dean and American Hero on their Individual Gold Medal Pony Jumper victory at the US National Pony Finals!



Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Registration for the 2013 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by Sweet Briar College, closes on September 1! This educational program is open to all USHJA members 20 and younger (per USEF competition rules). Your high scores of the HQC Level One and Two Quizzes may grant you an invitation to participate in the HQC Finals in Findlay, OH this November, held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. The 2013 HQC Finals is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.


HQC Finalists receive unique opportunities:

  • Learn from the top clinicians and experts in the equine industry
  • Participate in a hands-on practicum to further test your horsemanship and barn knowledge
  • Chance to win a $1,000 training grant
  • Chance to win an individualized opportunity to learn from the equine experts at Spy Coast Farm

All HQC participants must complete both the Level One and Two Quizzes by September 1, 2013. Visit the HQC webpage to learn more and register for the new season or contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

Emerging Athletes Program 2014 Host Facility Applications Now Open!

Although the 2013 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Clinics have ended, the Task Force is in full swing with planning and inviting applications for host facilities for 2014.


Throughout all levels of the Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, USHJA works in partnership with the host facilities to produce quality Regional Clinics. USHJA offers 10 Regional Clinics in areas where an appropriate host facility applies and that best serve the demographic population and geographic balance of those interested in participating in the program. Regional Clinics are four days in length with 24 riders and their horses being invited to attend.


The host facility does not have to be a show facility to be considered. Private farms, boarding facilities, universities, prep schools, et cetera may apply, as long as the facility can meet USHJA/EAP requirements.


Applications close on October 1, 2013.


If you are interested in becoming a host of this exciting program in 2014, please visit our website for more information regarding the host facility requirements.


To learn more about the Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery please visit the USHJA website or contact  Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

Recent News from the Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships 

Two of the four inaugural USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional  Championships have recently concluded to great success in the South and Central Regions.

Read more about the South Regional Championships here and the Central Regional Championships here.


Excitement for the North Regional Championships is ramping up in anticipation of their Wednesday, September 4, 2013, start date at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, NY.


For more information on this exciting program visit our website or contact Meghan Carney at (859) 225-6721

Attention Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Riders from the West Region*

Applications for the 2013 Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper West Regional Championships have CLOSED.


However, for those of you that have applied, you still have an opportunity to advance to the West Regional Championships as the Qualifying Period ends for the West Region* on August 25, 2013.


Remember that you can earn qualifying points at any USEF Licensed Competitions in Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper classes held at 3'6" or 1.10m - 1.15m, in any state.

For more information regarding the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Championships, please visit our website. Any questions regarding the Championships, please contact Chris Murphy at (859) 225-6714 or Meghan Carney at (859) 225-6721.


*Zones 8,9,10,11 and 12

Sacramento International Welcome Week 

Rancho Murieta, CA

Competition Manager: Dale Harvey
Competition Webpage:
September 24 to 29, 2013
Rider Application Due Date
August 10, 2013
Qualify Period
December 1, 2012 - August 25, 2013

Youth Award Applications Close Soon!

Revita Vet Logo Applications for two awards that recognize youth members for their equestrian and  horsemanship achievements are now open! The  USHJA Youth Leadership Award and USHJA nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award identify potential future leaders in the equine industry who demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to USHJA  by promoting the equestrian sport, exhibiting characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles and who serve as role models for their peers.


Applicants for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award must be between 12 to 15 years of age, while USHJA nominees for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award must be 17 years or younger. The 2013 winner of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award will receive a RevitaVet Infrared Therapy System donated by RevitaVet. A Charles Owen helmet, the Official helmet of the USHJA, will be presented to both Youth Award winners.  


The application deadline for USHJA Youth Leadership Award is September 25. The application deadline for USHJA nominee for USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is October 1.


Visit the youth awards page to apply to the USHJA Youth Leadership Award and/or the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award today! For more information contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.

Trainer Certification Program Offers Educational Options

Trainer Certification Program applicants have two exciting opportunities to fulfill the educational component of their TCP application:


Attend a TCP Clinic: Each TCP Clinic features at least one clinician over multiple days, who, using the principles of the American Forward Riding System, educates members on teaching skills. Check out the TCP Clinic Calendar for a list of upcoming TCP Clinics throughout the country.


Complete the Online Trainer Certification Course: In  response to USHJA member input that the educational requirement for the Trainer Certification Program be more affordable and easily accessible, USHJA partnered with EquestrianCoach.com to offer TCP applicants an online educational option. The cost of the Online Trainer Certification Course is $200, which includes a complimentary 6-month subscription of EquestrianCoach.com. This gives TCP applicants access to Equestrian Coach's extensive library of videos in addition to the TCP course materials.


Markel Insurance Company is proud to sponsor the Trainer Certification Program. Please visit their website to learn more about what they can do for you.  


Contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703 for more information about the TCP and these educational opportunities.

Current Standings as of August 19, 2013
Dash For Cash
Christian Heineking-TX
Wilhelm Genn - OH
Bjorn Ikast - CO
Laura Linback - IL
Theo Genn - OH
USHJA Rider Lifetime Money Earned - Jumper
Margie Engle - FL
Kent Farrington - FL
Wilhelm Genn - OH
Todd Minikus - FL
Tracy Fenney - TX
USHJA Owner Recognition - Jumper
USHJA Directory of Clinics
Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program. TCP applicants may also fulfill their educational requirement by completing the Online Trainer Certification Course.

Sept. 27-29George Morris
Birmingham, AL
J. Michael Halbleib
Oct. 26-27Geoff Teall
Coconut Creek, FL
Donna Phillips
Nov. 8-9Candice King
Owings Mill, MD
Miranda Kolbe
Nov. 8-10George Morris
Buffalo, NY
Susan Schoellkopf
Nov. 9-10Rita Timpanaro
Sinsbury, CT
Kathleen Battiston
*Depicts a TCP Clinic              TCP Clinics are presented by Markel Insurance Company
For more information on all upcoming clinics click here
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.
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033
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