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Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Registration Closes September 1   

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 ages 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 generous grants from the United States Equestrian Federation and the USHJA Foundation.


 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.

Deadline Extended for USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards

The September 1 application deadline for the four USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards has been extended to September 15! The Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards recognize amateurs, juniors, professional riders and riding instructors who exemplify high-quality horsemanship, sportsmanship and integrity. Participation in this awards program is open to all USHJA Affiliate Member Associations.


Each Affiliate Association may select up to four award winners per year in the following categories: amateur, junior, professional rider and riding instructor. Sixteen of these individual award winners who best demonstrate ongoing commitment and dedication to the USHJA and their affiliate will be selected as regional winners.


All Affiliate Sportsmanship Award winners will receive a gift from the USHJA and have their names, biographies and photos included in the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook, presented by Equisure. In addition, regional winners will receive a free USHJA membership at their current level!


In order to be included in the USHJA Affiliate Yearbook and to be eligible for one of the sixteen Regional Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards, the following must be submitted to USHJA no later than September 15:

  • Biography (see below)
  • Letter of recommendation written by Affiliate Association
  • Photo of award winner

Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Biographies:

Click here to learn more about this exciting awards program and the requirements for award winners. Contact Christina Murphy at (859) 225-6714 with any questions.

Emerging Athletes Program 2014 Host Facility Applications Now Open   

The 2013 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Clinics have concluded, and 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 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.

Youth Award Applications Deadline

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.

USHJA Annual Meeting is Just Around the Corner

Registration is now available for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Annual Meeting registration will be offered at a discounted price through 4pm EST on November 15th.


The first 50 people to register online for the 2013 USHJA Annual Meeting will be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN A FREE Charles Owen Helmet.


The 2013 Annual Meeting will be packed with new and exciting business and social events. Be sure to check the schedule online regularly view the updated offerings.


We hope to see you all in Atlanta. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Insko at (859) 225-6716.

Reminder - 2013 Amateur Sportsmanship & Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Awards Nominations

There is still time to nominate an amateur rider from your area that exhibits a high degree of excellence and integrity by supporting his fellow competitors and/or volunteering his time and resources to various aspects of the industry. Ideal USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award candidates include those serving on committees, providing sponsorships and promoting the welfare of the horse. Success in the show ring is a secondary factor. Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers.


The Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award was created to acknowledge a past or current owner who has been, or is, a true "patron" of the hunter/jumper industry. This award honors an owner who has created a legacy of giving back to the hunter/jumper sport through continued dedication and support   


Nominate your candidates today for the USHJA Amateur Sportsmanship Award and/or the Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy AwardThe nomination deadline is October 15, 2013.


For additional information, please contact Melanie Fransen at (859) 225-6705.

Upcoming USHJA Outreach Program Events
USHJA Outreach competitions are easy to hold and participation is open to all equine enthusiasts. Riders who are members of the USHJA at the Outreach, Collegiate level or higher will be eligible for year-end awards.

For more information on applying to be a USHJA Outreach Competition or to find Outreach Competitions in your area, visit the USHJA Outreach Competition website or contact Christina Murphy at (859) 225-6714.

Outreach Competition - Roscoe , IL 

Zone 5

Outreach Competition - SUFFIELD, CT 

Zone 1

Outreach Competition - PETALUMA, CA 

Zone 10

Outreach Competition - PETALUMA, CA 

Zone 10

Outreach Competition - Marysville, OH 

Zone 5

Outreach Competition - Marysville, OH 

Zone 5

Outreach Competition - Lloyd , FL 

Zone 4

Outreach Competition - SUFFIELD, CT 

Zone 1

Outreach Competition - INDUSTRY, CA 

Zone 10

Click here for additional Outreach Events.
USHJA Directory of Clinics
Sept. 9-10
George Morris
Hampshire, IL
Sept. 13
Dianne Johnson
Monroe, WA
Sept. 21
5th Annual THJA
College Equestrian Fair
Katy, TX
Sept. 27-29*
George Morris
Birmingham, AL
Nov. 8-9*
Candice King
Owings Mills, MD
Nov. 8-10*
George Morris
Buffalo, NY
Nov. 9-10
Geoff Teall
Hawthorn Woods, IL
Nov. 9-11
Bernie TraurigSellersville, PA
*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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