Is Your Helmet Ready For 2014?

Just like you give your horse a check-up Charles Owenbefore the season starts it is important to evaluate your helmet and ensure that it is ready to protect you for the upcoming year. Does it still fit properly? Is the harness correctly adjusted? Have you fallen in it? If you decide you need a new helmet here are some tips to follow.  


A properly fitted helmet is essential to riding safely. The emphasis on safety and protection from impact in a fall, as well as the helmet's ability to stay in place, should be your number one priority. 

Participate in the 2014 FTI Great Charity Challenge

Cast Your Vote Today!

The Fifth Annual FTI Great Charity Challenge Presented by Fidelity InvestmentsĀ® takes place Saturday, February 1st during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Prior to that date, fans can vote online for their favorite charities and help them earn additional funding in the $50,000 FTI Voting Challenge.


The top-three fan favorite charities will win a portion of the $50,000, with $25,000 being awarded to the number one fan favorite receiving the highest number of online votes; $12,500 to the second runner-up; and $12,500 to the third runner-up.


The USHJA Foundation is asking our equestrian members to support the 2014 FTI Great Charity Challenge by casting your votes in support of the many worthy organizations being benefitted by this event.  


A total of 34 charities will be participating in this year's FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, including last year's winner of the $50,000 FTI Voting Challenge Danny and Ron's Rescue.

It's really easy - no forms to fill out, no names or e-mails to provide. Simply click and vote! 


You may vote repeatedly, one vote per IP address every 24 hours.


Online voting opens Friday, January 17 and will remain open until end of the FTI Great Charity Challenge competition on Saturday, February 1st. Voting is restricted to U.S. participants only.


Thank you very much for your support.

One Three Letter Word that Improves  Equestrian Client Communications, Big Time!  

By Elisabeth McMillan   


Have you ever had a client get upset when you were simply trying to provide them with information to improve their horse's care?  Have you ever corrected an employee only to have them become resentful rather than improve their performance? Have you ever had a rider lose confidence and make more mistakes when your instruction was intended to help them ride better?   


As a professional equestrian, a big part of your "job" is to impart your knowledge. However, in order to be effective and successful, your clients must receive your message in a positive way. Here is a simple but hugely effective little tip.


When providing feedback or correction use the word "and" instead of "but" to help you communicate a more positive core message. It sounds simple, but let's look at what a big difference it makes in the meaning behind your words.


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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.

2014 USHJA Trainer Certification
Program Clinics 

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.

TCP Clinic with Karen Healey at the North Shore Equestrian Center in Greenvale, NY. Long Island Professional Horsemen's Association is  

holding this clinic.

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TCP Clinic - Geoff Teall & Julie Winkel - Monroe, WA  

Geoff Teall & Julie Winkel TCP Clinic at Evergreen Equestrian Park in Monroe, WA. Contact Dianne Johnson to register.

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Sponsors & 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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