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Welcome to the USHJA Hunter Newsletter. This newsletter is sent monthly to USHJA Hunter members and is designed to provide you with news and updates relevant to the hunters, as well helpful tips and advice from our sponsors. We hope you enjoy it and encourage feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to


Hunter and Jumper Members and Equine Athletes Earn Top Awards at USEF Annual Meeting 

On January 10, some of the best equestrians in the nation, from across all breeds and disciplines, were honored at the annual USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner and were presented with equestrian sports' most prestigious awards in recognition of their 2013 competitive achievements. Several of the top Hunter and Jumper athletes and participants were among the award winners.


USEF Equestrian of the Year

From among eight other Equestrians of Honor recognized during the evening, Beezie Madden was ultimately named USEF Equestrian of the Year, marking the third time she has been bestowed with the honor. This two-time Olympic Team Gold medalist firmly established her standing as one of show jumping's elite with top finishes nationally and abroad, including the coveted Rolex/FEI World Cup Championship.


Madden's amazing 2013 season began with a victory in the $125,000 FEI W-Cup Grand Prix CSI3* at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival with Abigail Wexner's Cortes 'C'. She was instrumental in the U.S. win of the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup with mount Simon, also owned by Wexner. The icing on Madden's cake came in April at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals where she and Simon enjoyed victory.


Emerson Burr Trophy

Fellow Equestrian of Honor, Elizabeth "Liza" Boyd received the 2013 Emerson Burr Trophy, an annual award presented to the top Hunter rider, from any breed which shows over fences. Boyd started the season strong at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival claiming Champion and Reserve Champion honors in the Gold Coast High Performance Working Hunter section in February. Summer found her victorious in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and for the fall Indoor season, her talents and adaptability were capped with the win at the World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals.



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  

Update on 2013 Rule Changes

The 2013 rule changes that were forwarded from USHJA to USEF and either approved, disapproved, withdrawn or referred are now referenced on the USHJA Website's homepageThe list of approved changes is segmented by effective date, calling attention to the timeline for implementation.  


Please direct questions to Melanie Fransen at (859) 225-6705.

2014 World Championship Hunter Rider

Season Underway

The first Member Event of 2014 begins today in the Southeast Region at the Jacksonville National Horse Show in Green Cove Springs, FL. Both the South Central and Southwest Regions will be hosting their first Member Events in the coming weeks at the Great Southwest Winter II in Katy, TX, and HITS Desert Circuit II in Thermal, CA, respectively. The entire 2014 Schedule of Events can be found on the
WCHR Calendar.



The WCHR Program continues to grow with the addition of the Junior 3'3" category, created to recognize and reward WCHR members participating in the new Junior Hunter 3'3" section debuting as a new USEF and USHJA HOTY point section in the 2014 competition year. The new category promises to be popular, with several members already signed up to participate.


Be sure to renew your WCHR membership now if you haven't already!

Spectacular Hunt Gala Table Sales are Open!

Now is the time to reserve tickets for The Spectacular Hunt Gala to be held Saturday, February  15,2014. Celebrate in style and watch top hunter riders in the country chase down the tri-colors in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.


Start the evening with cocktails in the International Club and let the theme of the evening transport you to the beginnings of our sport when riders set off on the hunt across the land of an English Country Manor. Dine ringside as some of the best hunter horse and rider combinations take to the challenging course under the lights in the International Ring. Be sure to stop by the Gallery after the class where the fun and festive atmosphere continues with drinks and dancing.  

Tables and tickets are available for purchase online or by phone by contacting Leslie Mangan at (859) 225-6704.


Celebrate the 2014 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in style. Reserve your table today!

WCHR West Coast Spectacular Returns!

After an exciting and successful debut in 2013, the Flintridge Spring Classic will once again host the West Coast Spectacular on Friday April 18, 2014,* during WCHR week (April 15-19). Both venues will offer an accompanying dinner party with table sales benefiting the USHJA Foundation and the Horseman's Assistance Fund.


*Note date change


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the WCHR Program.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winners of the Pre-Green Incentive Series Year-End Awards 

2013 was a fantastic year for Pre-Green horses as the innovative USHJA Pre-Green Incentive  Program offered new and exciting opportunities not seen before in the hunter discipline. By now most of you know that over $157,000 in prize money was awarded at the Pre-Green Incentive Championship alone, but you may not know that over $155,000 in prize money was awarded in the Stake classes during the year-long series, for a total of $313,000! After the Championship, USHJA continued to track the earnings of enrolled horses for the remainder of the competition year and now the points have locked and standings are official. Congratulations to the following 2013 national winners:


2014 Pre-Green Incentive Series Off to a

Successful Start

November 2013, saw a flurry of activity in the USHJA office as owners enrolled their horses in the 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Program by the dozens. Over 120 horses have enrolled within just the first few weeks of the new year and 13 competitions have offered the Stake class to date. Standings are available in all 10 categories and the national leaders thus far are:


Horse Money Won: Abracadabra WKT owned by Monica Hanks-$520

Rider Money Won: Russell Frey of Libertyville, IL-$952


Congratulations to the 2013 National Hunter Derby Year-End Award Winners 

Charles Owen The USHJA National Hunter Derby has proven to be one of the association's most popular hunter programs since its inception in 2010. More than 2,200 horses participated in a National Hunter Derby during the 2013 competition year and close to two million dollars in prize money has been awarded to date. The year-long series has concluded and congratulations go out to the following national winners:


2014 National Hunter Derby Standings Now Available

The 2014 competition year is underway and once again the National Hunter Derby is proving to be a big draw. Results from several classes have already been posted and the early leaders are:


National Horse Money Won: Lavasco owned by Lauren Stuller-$2,600

National Rider Money Won: Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, TX-$2,600


Full standings, including standings by zone can be found on the NHD Standings page and upcoming National Hunter Derbies can be found on the NHD Competition Calendar. 


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the National Hunter Derby Program.

Reminder-Enrolled Derby Horses Must Renew USEF Horse Recording

If your horse is already enrolled in the International Hunter Derby Program, please remember to renew his USEF Horse Recording prior to competing in a 2014 Derby, to remain eligible for the Derby tracking lists. All enrolled horses must maintain a current USEF recording to retain Derby money won between June 2, 2013, and November 30, 2013, and to continue to accumulate money toward the Derby tracking lists in the 2014 competition year.

USHJA International Hunter Derby 2013-14 Series Enrollment

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Program is going strong with many of the participating horses enrolled and accumulating money won toward the National and Regional tracking lists, as well as the Championship Qualifying list.


A horse may compete in any International Hunter Derby without being enrolled in the International Hunter Derby Program but the standings include only those horses enrolled in the program, and the riders of enrolled horses. Enroll before you compete to become eligible for regional and national awards AND to qualify to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship!


Annual Enrollment Fee: $200 for the 2013-14 Derby Series which includes competitions starting June 2, 2013, through November 30, 2014. 

A minimum of 60% of all enrollment fees collected in each region will be paid out to the top six horses on each regional Horse Money Won list at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series in November 2014.


Visit the IHD Enrollment Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.  

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