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Looking forward to attending college but don't want to give up your love for horses? Whether you want to pursue a degree in Equine Studies or ride competitively at the collegiate level, Emory & Henry is the answer!

With a premier riding facility that includes both indoor and outdoor arenas, a cross-country course, and 41 seasoned, school-owned horses, Emory & Henry is the perfect place for students who wish to graduate with a top notch education while also continuing to pursue their passion for horses.  Winning 18 national championships since 2001, the College's IHSAIDA and ANRC teams offer opportunities for students to gain expertise in hunters, jumpers, equitation, and dressage. Riding is open to all students at Emory & Henry, regardless of their major or level of riding.

Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College also offers both a major and a minor in Equine Studies. The Equine Studies curriculum offers a broad range of courses in teaching, schooling, horse show and stable management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition that serves to prepare students for successful careers in a variety of different positions within the equine industry.

Interested in learning more?
Visit or contact Danni Roberts at (276) 944-6533 or for more information and to schedule your campus visit!

Letter from the President: Fee Changes for 2016 letter

Dear Members,
We thank you for your membership and your passion for this sport. We are committed to serving you through excellent programs, rules and recognition/awards, offering a robust set of programs and resources to support the sport and the well-being of our equine partners.
Over the last 10 years, the USHJA has experienced exponential growth in its membership, beginning with just 26,000 members to serving more than 44,000 members today. After a comprehensive review of the Association's current and future needs and after nearly four years without any fee changes, the USHJA Board of Directors unanimously approved the following fee changes to support the sport's significant growth, along with growing member needs:
  • 2016 annual membership fee for active/competing members is changing from $70 to $85, which equates to $240 for three-year memberships ($5 per year discount). 
  • There will be no change to the Life Membership fee.
  • Effective December 1, 2015, one-time horse registration fee is changing from $30 to $75.
  • The USHJA Fee (formerly called USHJA Zone Support Fee) is based on a competition's highest hunter or jumper rating, whether it is a Hunter-only, Jumper-only or combined Hunter/Jumper competition. Effective December 1, 2015, if a competition's highest hunter rating is National (A) or Premier (AA) or if a competition's highest jumper rating is Level 4 or above, the USHJA Fee is $7.The USHJA Fee at all other competitions remains at $2.
Read the full letter here.

Registration is now open for the 2015 USHJA Annual Meeting!AM

Registration is now open for the USHJA 2015 Annual MeetingDecember 6-10, 2015, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL. Surrounded by Walt Disney World Resort, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel is the place to be for USHJA members looking to network, discuss industry challenges and opportunities, and honor fellow equestrians during the USHJA Annual Meeting.

Register Early and Win!

The first 50 people to register online for the 2015 USHJA Annual Meeting are automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win either a Charles Owen Helmet or a USHJA Gift Bag. If you are a member of the USHJA Board of Directors, Hunter Working Group or Jumper Working Group please contact Jill Insko for special registration.

Discounted Hotel 

A block of rooms for USHJA members has been reserved with a special rate of $185/night. Please make your reservations early to ensure availability.
Reserve online, or by calling 1- 888-353-2013. To receive the discounted rate, refer to the USHJA Annual Meeting and use the discount code: HUSH. 

For questions or concerns about hotel reservations please contact Donna Devadas at or (540) 687-5810.

For all other Annual Meeting questions, contact Jill Insko.

USHJA Official Sponsor Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy are pleased to sponsor the Kentucky Experience, a wonderful opportunity to attend the National Horse Show at the incredible Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Cost for the Kentucky Experience is only $10, which includes tickets to all sessions of the National Horse Show (October 27 November 1), plus breakfast and a tour of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy on Saturday morning, October 31. 

For more information and to sign up for the Kentucky Experience, go to

Additional sponsors include Merial and Phelps Media Group. Due to the large number of events going on that weekend, we recommend booking hotels in advance. 
Each year the USHJA recognizes two competition staff members from the more than 1,200 hunter/jumper competitions held each year, one from the East Coast and one from the West Coast, to receive the Vital Staff Award, and the nominations come from members like you. Think about those announcers, starters, secretaries, technical coordinators, facility managers and their crews, ring crews and assistants of every type who make competing in this sport possible and fun! Nominate someone whose made a difference in your competition experience by October 5!

Click here for the nomination form

USHJA Directory of ClinicsClinics

Looking for educational opportunities? Check the USHJA Directory of Clinics for upcoming educational clinics. Here's a preview of upcoming Trainer Certification Program Clinics, presented by Markel Insurance:


TCP Clinic: George Morris (Birmingham, AL)
Zone 4
Sept. 25-27, 2015
Zone 2
Oct. 24-25, 2015
Zone 3
Oct. 30-31, 2015
Zone 2
Nov. 6-8, 2015

Spotlight: Certified Trainers of the MonthStory7
Denise Finch

Certified Trainer since 2013

Owner/Head Trainer: Hunter's Edge

Las Vegas, NV

Professional Experience: 12 years         

Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons


Kim Barone

Certified Trainer since 2010

Trainer: Raven Ridge Farm, Inc.

Watertown, MN

Professional Experience: 16 years

Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Young Horses

Each of our featured trainers has completed the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel Insurance.

For more information about the Trainer Certification Program, visit

Sponsors and PartnersSponosrs
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.

Official USHJA Sponsors

Additional USHJA Sponsors & Partners



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