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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


Last Day to Participate in the 30-Day Horsemanship Stable Challenge! 

Here's a great way to reward your favorite trainer! When at least three junior and/or amateur students per trainer* take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz between June 14 and July 15, the trainer will be in the running for a unique trainer inspired award package which includes a Trainer Certification Program Manual, one year free subscription from, a ball cap, gift certificate, insulated lunch cooler and a copy of "Equine ER" provided by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy, 10 free bags of grain provided by Nutrena, a Charles Owen Tote Bag, a Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Presenting Sponsor Sweet Briar College Gift Pack and a USHJA package of polo wraps, grooming brush and a hoof pick.


At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer in each zone wins the awards package!  


USHJA hopes that with this firsthand experience of the challenge, trainers will encourage their students to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge program presented by Sweet Briar College in which USHJA members under 21 years of age test their horsemanship knowledge and may have the opportunity to compete in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals. 


For additional information or questions please contact Carrie Vaught via email or by calling (859) 225-6703.


* Trainers, coaches and riding instructors must be current USHJA members and be declared professionals with USEF.

Deadline Approaches for USHJA Lifetime Achievement and Jane Marshall Dillon Award Nominations

The deadline for the 2013 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award and Jane Marshall Dillon Award is July 31, 2013.


Established in 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to honor members who have dedicated their lives to furthering the hunter/jumper discipline on a national platform and whose involvement in the sport and the USHJA have benefited the industry. The 2013 recipients will join an illustrious list of past winners, such as Joe Fargis, and have their names added to the Eugene R. Mische Perpetual Trophy.


Created in 2010, the Jane Marshall Dillon Award recognizes the dedication of equestrian teachers within the hunter/jumper discipline who have devoted their lives to instilling the values of horsemanship, integrity and hard work in their students. The winner will have their name placed on the Jane Marshall Dillon Perpetual Trophy which resides in the USHJA headquarters in Lexington, KY.  


The 2013 honorees for these prestigious awards will be recognized at the USHJA Annual Meeting, December 8-12, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.  


All active USHJA members are encouraged to nominate for these prominent awards. Written nominations must include: the nominee's name; the city and state of residence; supporting documentation of accomplishments and accolades, and any other information pertinent to their involvement in the horse industry. Nominators should also include their name, USHJA member number, mailing address and daytime telephone number in the event that USHJA needs to contact them for additional details. The nomination form can be downloaded from the USHJA website.


Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement and Jane Marshall Dillon Awards must be received in the USHJA office by July 31, 2013. Please submit nominations via email to Marla Holt or mail them to 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY 40511. Questions concerning these awards may be directed to Marla Holt via email or call (859) 225-6710.

Almost Here - The 2013 Hunterdon Cup!

The 2013 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 30, 2013, during the USEF Junior Hunter Championships East Coast held July 29 to 31, 2013, at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, NY.


Named in honor of George Morris and his farm, Hunterdon, the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic ("Hunterdon Cup") is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or WIHS Equitation Classic at a competition starting between July 2 and July 1 of the qualifying year.


The complete list of 2013 qualified riders is available on the USHJA Hunterdon Cup page. For more information on the classic contact: Melanie Fransen (859) 225-6705.

International Hunter Derby Championship

Entry Deadline August 1

Invitations have been issued to compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on August 15-17. Every horse that has earned a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes at competitions with a start date between June 2, 2012, and June 1, 2013, is qualified to compete. The prize list and entry forms as well as a list of qualified horses, are available online.


Entries must be received in the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show office or postmarked by August 1, 2013, to be eligible to compete in the Championship.


The guaranteed minimum prize money in 2013 is $100,000 plus 80% of each $750 entry fee that is added back to the prize money and paid out to award winners. The more horses that enter, the higher the total prize money becomes! The immensely popular Consolation Round is back, once again supported by Moyer Farms, LLC, and offering an additional $10,000 in prize money.


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


Thank you to the International Hunter Derby Championship Sponsors.  

Derby Championship 101 

An innovative new format is being introduced at the Championship this year, in which riders are grouped into two tiers based on their amount of Lifetime Derby Money Won as of December 1, 2012. This competition format, along with the return of the Consolation Round, guarantees each entry in the Championship two rounds of competition and more chances to win prize money.


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

USHJA International Hunter Derby  

2013-14 Series Standings Available

The standings are now available online for the 2013-14 International Hunter Derby Series and they include several of the 14 classes that have taken place thus far. The standings include only those horses enrolled in the program, and the riders of enrolled horses. The early leader in the National Horse Money Won standings is Mythical, owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Ken & Selma Garber, while Mythical's rider, Kelley Farmer tops the National Rider Money Won standings.  


Enroll before you compete to become eligible for regional and national awards AND to qualify to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship!


A horse may compete in any International Hunter Derby without being enrolled in the International Hunter Derby Program, but a horse must be enrolled in the program before competing to be eligible for inclusion on the regional and national money won tracking lists, and to participate in the 2014 Derby Championship. Only money earned by riders on enrolled horses will count toward the regional and national rider money won tracking lists and money won prior to enrollment is not retroactive.


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.


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

Inaugural Pre-Green Incentive Championship - August 14-15, 2013 

A program several years in the making, the inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship debuts August 14-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Pre-Green horses have been competing in Stake classes offered by host competitions nationwide as owners endeavor to showcase their young horses and qualify for the Championship.


Any horse enrolled in the program that has competed in a minimum of two USHJA Pre-Green Stake classes at competitions starting between December 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, is eligible for the Championship. 261 horses are enrolled in the program, 156 of which are currently qualified to compete in the Championship. A list of qualified horses is available online and is updated weekly as more Stake results get submitted and processed. Remember there could be anywhere from a two to four week lag time between the time of a Stake class and when the results are processed.   


Entries must be received in the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show office or postmarked by August 1, 2013, to be eligible to compete in the Championship.


There is still time to enroll and qualify as seven more qualifying Stake classes are on the calendar in the next two weeks. Official invitations are being issued weekly as horses continue to qualify. The prize list and entry forms are available online.


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

Pre-Green Incentive Championship Guaranteed Prize Money Tops $100,000 (BEFORE Addback!)

The total prize money for the Championship has already reached $103,877.50, not including the 50% added back from each Championship entry fee! The total prize money will only continue to grow as more horses enroll and 65% of each new enrollment fee is also added back to the pot!  To date, if even half of the qualified horses compete in the Championship, the total prize money this inaugural year will total $137,027.50!!

American-Bred Pre-Green Horses to be Honored with High Score Award at Championship

One of the goals of the Pre-Green Incentive Program is to encourage and recognize American-Bred horses. DS Holdings LLC has generously donated a perpetual trophy which will be awarded each year to the high score American-Bred horse from the first two rounds of the Championship.


Eligible horses must be declared American-Bred with the USHJA prior to the championship. Please email Kelley Douglas with your declaration.

Founding Members of the Pre-Green Incentive Program to be Recognized during Championship Opening Ceremonies

The Pre-Green Incentive Program has gained popularity since its debut in December 2012, and has garnered praise from members across the country for its encouragement of the development of young horses. The program would not have gotten off the ground without the early support of several people, including USHJA committee members, who will be honored for their contribution during the opening ceremonies of the Championship Round on Thursday August 15th at 4:45 p.m. Please join us on what will prove to be a historic day for the hunter/jumper industry. 


Founding Members 

Amanda Lyerly

Bill Ellis                     

Betty Oare                          
Colleen McQuay             

Diana Strumberg

Don Stewart                    

Emil Spadone                    

Geoff Teall                         

Jenny Karazissis              

Joey Darby                        

Liza Boyd

Louise Serio                       

Peter Pletcher                  

Susie Schoellkopf   


World Championship Hunter Rider Southeast Region Concludes July 24-28 at Blowing Rock Charity

The first of eight WCHR regions concludes next week with the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show in Blowing Rock, NC. Nine Regional Champions will be named during an awards presentation on Sunday afternoon and several invitations to compete in the WCHR Finals will be issued.


It is not too late to get involved and qualify for regional and national awards, and the WCHR Finals which take place during the Capital Challenge Horse Show, September 30-October 6 in Upper Marlboro MD. The top six riders in each category regionally and top 10 nationally automatically qualify for their respective Challenge Class (exception Handy). There are also several chances to qualify from the eligible hunter sections at Capital Challenge. Full details available here.


Current standings on the WCHR website include competitions starting on or before June 25, 2013. As always, please check your points thoroughly after each new posting. Points lock 30 days after posting so please email any discrepancies to Kelley Douglas within 30 days. Thank you for your assistance.

2014 World Championship Hunter Rider Member Event Applications Now Being Accepted

Are you a licensee or manager of an AA or A-rated competition interested in becoming part of the WCHR Program? USHJA is currently accepting applications to host a WCHR Member Event in 2014. Completed applications must be received in the USHJA office or postmarked no later than August 15, 2013. WCHR Member Events are determined on an annual basis by evaluating applications, membership votes, selection criteria, geographical balance, variance of dates, constituency opportunity. Selection criteria and the official application are available on the WCHR Member Event Selection webpage.


Visit the WCHR website or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.

USHJA National Hunter Derby Updates 

Charles OwenThe USHJA National Hunter Derby just keeps growing as exhibitors nationwide enjoy a fun and educational venue in which to experience the excitement of Derby competition. Originally modeled after the International Hunter Derby, the National Derbies have become a coveted goal in their own right. It is not uncommon to watch between 30 and 50 horses in a single class at a competition!


As of July 11, 2013, the top of the leader board includes:


Leading Horse: Luck, owned by Johnnie Martin-Carey, with earnings of $8,200.

Leading Rider: Peter Pletcher, with earnings of $15,200.


Money won by horses and riders from each of the USHJA Zones is also being tracked.


Lifetime National Hunter Derby Standing

Lifetime Money Won by Horse: Without Question, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables with earnings of $13,450.

Lifetime Money Won by Rider: Peter Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, with earnings of $61,225.


USHJA also recognizes the top adult amateur rider in each of the 12 zones, with a helmet provided by Charles Owen, the Official Helmet of the USHJA.   


USHJA National Hunter Derby High Point Adult Amateurs - 2013 Standings

City, State
Zone Bonus Pts Earned
Stephanie Dixon
Hamilton, NH
Makena Cummings
Wake Forest, NC
Caroline Carr
Tampa, FL
Michaella Gerlacher
New Albany, OH
Ellen Murphy
Corpus Christi, TX
Jessica Singer
Palos Verde Estates, CA

As of 7.10.13


Find a National Hunter Derby in your area by checking out the 2013 calendar today!


Read more about the USHJA National Hunter Derby or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

Reminder - Youth Award Applications Open! 

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

Don't Let Time Run Out! Deadline is Approaching to Advertise in the International Hunter Derby Championship & Pre-Green Championship Programs

Want to congratulate a horse and rider or send words of encouragement and support? Reserve your advertising space in the official 2013 International Hunter Derby Championship or the 2013 Pre-Green Championship Program today.  Advertise in both programs and get a special package deal. For more details please contact Jill Insko.

Trainer Certification Program Offers Educational Options

Trainer Certification Program applicants have two exciting opportunities to fulfill the educational component of their TCP application:


Attend a TCP Clinic: Each TCP Clinic features at least one clinician over multiple days, who, using the principles of the American Forward Riding System, educate members on teaching skills. Check out the TCP Clinic Calendar for a list of upcoming TCP Clinics throughout the country.


Complete the Online Trainer Certification Course: In response to USHJA member input that the educational requirement for the Trainer Certification Program be more affordable and easily accessible, USHJA partnered with to offer TCP applicants an online educational option. The cost of the  Online Trainer Certification Course is $200, which includes a complimentary 6-month subscription of This gives TCP applicants access to Equestrian Coach's extensive library of videos in addition to the TCP course materials.


Markel Insurance Company is proud to sponsor the Trainer Certification Program. Please visit their website to learn more about what they can do for you.  


Contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703 for more information about the TCP and these educational opportunities.

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Lexington, KY 40511
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