Zone 4 Archive
|The dates and locations of the 2014 Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classes will be announced in late January 2014.
July - NAJYRC Zone News
The Zone 4 Young Rider Team had a rocky start to the competition with two rider falls in the first phase of
competition. Individual rider, Hasbrouck Donovan, had only eighteen faults headed into the final two individual rounds,
but was eliminated in the fourth round.
The Junior Team was hoping for a repeat of 2011, but were just as happy with a bronze this year. The team picked
up a total of twenty eight faults in the first round of team competition, but only had four in the second round for a
combined team total of 32 faults.
Individually, Spencer Smith only had 13 faults headed into the final day of competition; however a costly 14
faults in the fourth round put him in twelfth place at the end of the competition. Claudia Billups and Kaely Tomeu
also made it to the final rounds of individual competition finishing 15th and 16th place, respectively.
Shawn Casady had only four faults in the second round of competition, which led to a thrilling jump off that
landed Shawn an individual silver medal. The Caristo Cup, named after Zone 2 Chef Ralph Caristo, is given annually
in Ralph’s honor. The award is given to the Chef d’Equipe who best exemplifies Ralph’s enthusiasm and professionalism.
Zone 4 Chef d’Equipe, Kim Land was awarded the 2012 Caristo Cup during closing ceremonies.
North American Junior Young Rider Championships -
Gallop in the Glen II: October 4 to 7, 2012
Contact: John McQueen at 318.348.8233 or
South Florida Hunter Jumper Annual Charity November 22 to 25, 2012
Contact: David Burton at 561.793.5867 SFHJA.com
Junior Equitation Finals and Adult Equitation Finals
To be held during the Southeast
Medal Finals at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, FL,
September 21 to 23, 2012.
Contact: Bob Bell 843.768.5503 or ClassicCompany.com
Jimmy Torano Hunter and Jumper Clinic
A Jimmy Torano clinic will be held on June 18, 2012, organized by Bob Bell, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA.
No Fee-limited space.
Must be a member of Zone 4 - Open to all levels of riders.
Luncheon will be provided by Dietrich Insurance.
Contact Janet McCaroll at 228.669.2689 for more information.
This clinic is filled, however auditors are welcome without charge.
Water Jump Clinics
In support of those looking to compete at NAJYRC and USEF Talent Search events, Zone 4 is sponsoring five water
jumping clinics throughout the 2012 season. There is no fee to participate. The next two clinics will be held at the following locations:
April 27 to May 2, 2012, at Fox Lea Farm, Venice, FL. Contact Kimberly Farrell 941.809.6365 or 941.480.1100
June 19, 2012, with Clinician, Wilhelm Genn, at the Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA. Contact Jill Mills 404.731.3643.
Videos of the Karen Healy Rider Clinic that was held February 20, 2012,
are available for purchase. Videos are $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions.
Sections include 2’6 to 3’, 3’ and 3’ to 3’6”.
Contact Carrie Buxton to order.
This year we will hold four Zone Forums. We hope to utilize the Zone Forums to share ideas and
discuss solutions in our zone and/or sport along with talks about rule changes. Refreshments will be served. Upcoming forums include:
June 29, 2012: Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN, with Sissie Anderton and Brad Spragg
November Rule Change Forum: Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA with Bob Bell
Attention Amateur Riders
This fall, amateur riders of Zone 4 will have an opportunity to compete in a USEF
Adult Medal Championship class. The Zone 4 USEF Adult Meal Finals will be a class featured
at the new Southeast Medal Finals to be held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in
Jacksonville FL, September 21 to 23, 2012. The top 20 ranked riders in the
zone will be eligible to compete. More details and specs coming in the near future!
Several shows in Zone 4 do not offer the USEF Adult Medal and you are encouraged
to ask the shows you exhibit to hold the class. The competition manager can add a
class if he follows GR904.
Best of luck to all Zone 4 amateurs riders.
In 2011, the USHJA Foundation partnered with several USHJA Zones to develop the Scholarship and Grants Partner
Program. Designed to benefit the USHJA members with a cohesive and easy to use system, the program became an
instant success and provided zones the opportunity to give back to their members in the form of financial
assistance towards educational needs.
The USHJA Foundation continues to honor its pledge of contributing additional funds to supplement
the various educational awards, which helps to grow the cash value of each scholarship or grant that
a zone bestows. 2012 has welcomed an increased number of zones now partnering with the Foundation and
an increase in the zone donations. This growth is a win-win to everyone. Zones are able to provide for
more recipients and the awards can be more sizable.
Each scholarship and grant awarded by USHJA Zones is one step closer to
ensuring the future of the American hunter jumper sport. These funds can:
- Help students who choose to rise to the challenge of obtaining a college degree- perhaps becoming the first in their family to attend college.
- Move future farriers and veterinary technicians a step closer to realizing their career dreams.
- Aid professionals in becoming certified trainers who might not otherwise be able to afford the expense of educational programs.
- Encourage young equestrians to reach higher levels of riding accomplishments via sources such as the Emerging Athletes Program’s curriculum with elite clinicians.
2011 Zone 4 Statistics
5,415 members: 3,258 hunters and 1,401 jumpers.*
142 USEF licensed competitions
- 70 were AA-rated
- 52 were A-rated
- 12 were B/C-rated
- 1 were jumper only
- 7 were local
*512 members have not declared hunter or jumper as their primary or secondary discipline...more information on declaring disciplines.
Awards will be presented at the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association Banquet
Date: January 15, 2012 6-11pm. Location: Crown Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Cost is $50 per person. Please contact Christine Davis
770.403.8330 for more information.
Rescheduled - Zone 4 Northern Finals
In hopes of preventing the potential exposure and spread of the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) the Zone 4 Northern
Finals at Gallop in the Glen Horse Show in Newmarket, NT October 6 through 8, has been cancelled and rescheduled.
The Zone 4 Hunter Committee has rescheduled the Northern Finals to be held at the Atlanta Fall Classic I in Conyers, GA
on November 9 through 13. Visit www.classiccompany.com for entry information.
Zone 4 Southern Finals
Zone 4 Golden Spur Finals
The Zone 4 Golden Spur Finals will be open to Zone 4 members who are in good standing with both USEF and USHJA.
However, members will only be eligible to earn points at one competition. Additionally, make sure that the horse
and owner are registered as members of Zone 4.
High Performance Working Hunter
Performance Working Hunger 3’6” - 3’9”
Performance Working Hunter 3’3”
Regular Conformation Hunter
Junior Hunter –Small 15 & Under
Junior Hunter-Large 16-17
Pre-Green sections – 3’ & 3’3”
Green Pony Hunter sections - SM, M, & L
Children’s Hunter Horse - 14 & Under, 15-17
Adult Amateur 35+
Amateur Owner Jumper
Adult Amateur Jumper
Amateur Owner Hunter sections - 18-35+
Amateur Owner 3'3"
Green Working Hunter sections - 1st & 2nd year
Junior Hunter - small 16-17
Junior Hunter - large 16-17
Pony Hunter secions - sm, m, & l
Children's Hunter Pony sections - sm, m & l
Adult Amateur 18-35
Low Junior Jumper
Low Amateur Owner Jumper
Young Jumper Classes - 5, 6 &7/8 year olds
|Hunter Breeding sections - yearling, 2 year old, & 3 year old
Pony Hunter Breeding - yearling, 2 year old, & 3 year old
Please visit the
Zone Finals and Championships Summary to see the new point structure and specifications.
June Finals News
In order to better serve the membership, the Zone 4 Finals will be moved to new venues this year. The Zone 4 Committee
noted that this decision allows for expanded participation and offers riders from different areas the opportunity to take
advantage of the extra zone points. There are no qualifying requirements to participate in the Zone 4 Finals, but the horse,
rider and owner must be registered members of Zone 4 in order to accrue points.
Zone 4 offers two zone finals locations — north in Tennessee and south in Florida — in which members can compete in their respective divisions.
Riders must purchase an armband in the horse show office prior to the start of the show, and the proceeds from the armbands will serve the membership.
Zone 4 will offer a scholarship to its members through the USHJA Foundation Scholarship Program, so be sure to check the Zone 4 scholarship page for specs,
updates and educational information throughout the year.
North American Junior Young Rider Championships
Zone 4's Show Jumping Riders Claim Two Team Golds
Zone 4 was victorious this year during the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, July 27
through 31 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Zone 4’s talented riders dominated the Show Jumping division and claimed two team golds!
Junior team members Hayley Barnhill/Toucan Tango, Hasbrouck Donovan/Delilah, Frances Land/Merlin and Michael Hughes/Shockwave, finished
with just 4 faults, which led to the victory gallop.
The Young Rider team of Chase Boggio/Hennessey, Jordan Coyne/Lazaro, Liza Finsness/Ormsby Hill and Samantha Senft/Early Morning represented
us well under Chef d’Equipe Kim Land.
In the Junior individual standings, Zone 4's Frances Land brought home a silver medal aboard her Merlin with Barnhill adding the bronze on
Toucan Tango. Additionally, Samantha Senft rode Early Morning to the individual silver in the Young Rider division.
Gold All Round for Zone 4 at NAJYRC
Gold All Round for Zone 4 at NAJYRC: The 2011 USHJA North American Junior & Young Rider Show Jumping Championships as part of the
2011 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships presented by Gotham North were held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 27 through 31,
featuring a week of fierce competition among elite athletes from across the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Friday spotlighted the team competition and USHJA Zone 4 dominated both the Junior and Young Rider sections. Under the guidance of Chef Kim Land
the Junior team of Frances Land (GA), Hayley Barnhill (FL), Hasbrouck Donovan (FL), Elizabeth Patz (FL), and Michael Hughes (FL) swept the Gold Medal
position with a mere 4 fault total.
Following their cue the Zone 4 Young Rider team of Chase Boggio (GA), Samantha Senft (FL), Taylor Land (GA), Jordan Coyne (FL), and Liza Finsness (FL) claimed the Gold with a total of 12 team faults over the 2 rounds of competition.
In regards to the individual second jump off, Silver Medalist Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA commented, “It was definitely a surprise. I don’t think any of us were thinking about the jump off much today, just because we had two rounds and so much can happen in two rounds. Hayley and I had to jump off for the team the other day, so I think we were a little worried that maybe our horses were a little tired, but everyone seemed comfortable and rode well.” Land and her 10 year-old Warmblood partner of 2 years Merlin, finished the final jump off clear in 35.81 seconds and a combined 5 round total of 4 Faults. Barnhill rode Toucan Tango, her 9 year-old Warmblood to a Bronze medal with a 4 fault 35.80 finish in the jump off. “I’m so proud of him. He was just wonderful.” Barnhill said.
As for the Young Rider individual results the Silver-medal was awarded to Zone 4's Samantha Senft and Early Morning, her 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, who finished with an overall score of 10.24. "My horse is not an easy horse," Senft explained. "Each jump is a huge accomplishment if we get over it clean. I know the first round my horse jumped really, really well, but got a little flat over the vertical I had down. Then she finished up phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for a better round."
For complete results on the 2011 FEI/Adequan North American Junior & Young Riders Championships please visit www.youngriders.org.
Zone 4 offered two free clinics in June for the members. Grand prix rider and trainer Wilhelm Genn donated his time to address the proper
way in which a rider should negotiate the water, while hunter trainer Bibby Hill educated the members regarding conformation. Thank you Wilhelm
and Bibby for your kindness in giving these clinics to the membership. Additionally, thank you to show manager Bob Bell for offering the venue
for the zone committees to offer these clinics.
Coastal Hunter Circuit -
2010 results (PDF) and
2010 Perpetual Trophy Winners (PDF).
Coastal Hunter Circuit -
2009 results (PDF)
Sue Hendrix High Point Walk-Trot Rider: Rachel Bird
Margaret Rhodes-CHC Founders Trophy for Beginner Rider: Rachel Bird
“Piece of Cake” High Point Cross Bar Rider: Sarah Merritt
Indian Summer High Point Short Stirrup Hunter: Free and Easy and Kayla Jacobs
BEC High Point Long Stirrup Hunter: Second Chance and Theresa Woods
Rose Hill High Point Hunter: Savannah Delight and Ashlee Barker
Dixie Crystals High Point Quarter Horse: Izzy Zippin and Madisyne Jackson
Scot Glen High Point Pleasure: Cadeaux and Caroline Gussler
Amy Gabrielle High Point Equitation Rider: Lauren Thompson
Phoenix Farms High Point Adult Equitation: Kirsten Bulkeley
“Just Do It” Savannah Delight and Ashlee Barker
“Why Not” High Point Lesson Horse: Heart of Gold/Evermore Farm
Sportsmanship Award: Britnee Kratochvil
“Sir Lance-A-Lot” Award: Woody’s Dunn Deal
2010 Zone 4 Statistics
4,806 members: 3,126 hunters and 1,322 jumpers*.
271 USEF licensed competitions
- 78 were AA-rated
- 98 were A-rated
- 41 were B/C-rated
- 11 were jumper only
- 6 were local
- 28 were USHJA Outreach
*358 members have not declared hunter or jumper as their
primary or secondary discipline.
2009 Zone 4 Statistics
4,922 members: 3,220 and 1,317 jumpers.
211 USEF licensed competitions
- 73 were AA-rated
- 81 were A-rated
- 43 were B/C-rated
- 2 were local