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Visse Wedell Joins USHJA as a Contributing Sponsor VisseWedell
Includes EnVisian supporting sponsorship of the USHJA International Hunter Derby and Pre-Green Incentive Championships

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce Visse Wedell as a Contributing Sponsor of the USHJA for 2016-2018. Visse is a licensed Realtor® with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Florida and with Kirkpatrick & Company in Kentucky. EnVisian, an innovative company co-owned and operated by Wedell and Brian Lookabill, also has become a supporting sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derby and Pre-Green Incentive Championships for 2016-2018.

May 26 Deadline to Apply for 3-Foot Section at Five Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training SessionsEAP3
USHJA is offering 3-foot sections at five Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions this summer in  Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas. Interested riders must  submit their applications prior to May 26, 2016, and they will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis, after EAP riders are accommodated.

Why Apply?
The 3-foot section will give less experienced riders or horses an introduction to the EAP experience, which includes a five-day Regional Training Session with a top clinician providing advanced instruction on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances, course work, and an intensive stable-management curriculum. Clinicians for the EAP Regional Training Sessions with 3-foot sections include Geoff Teall, Candice King and Julie Winkel.

For a complete schedule Regional Training Sessions offering a 3-foot section, minimum eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit
Don't Miss A Chance for You or Your Clients to ParticipateDeadlinesReminder
Below are important upcoming dates for USHJA programs. Don't miss this chance for you or your clients to participate today!

May 25Comment period for 2017 Zone Specifications closes. Review your zone's 2017 specifications and submit comments to
Provide input or feedback to draft zone specifications for the 2017 competition year before zone committees vote to approve. 
May 26Last day to apply for 3-foot section at Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions, presented by Dover Saddlery, in Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas.Opportunity for riders at the 3' level to get the EAP experience. Riders must submit applications by May 26. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis, after EAP riders are accommodated.
June 1Last day to enroll in the Pre-Green Incentive Program for $550. Enrollment increases to $750 on June 2. Enrolled horses are eligible to compete in Pre-Green Stake Classes, the Pre-Green Incentive Championship, and earn Championship Bonus Prize Money. Tier II riders are also eligible for bonus prize money. 
June 1Last day to enroll in the International
 Hunter Derby Program for $550
. Enrollment increases to $750 on June 2.
Enrolled horses are eligible for inclusion on regional and national money won tracking lists and to participate in the International Hunter Derby Championship.
June 11Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter North Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak
(Zones 1, 2 & 5)
New team competition aspect for Ch/AA Hunter riders and the chance to earn Zone HOTY Bonus Points. Be sure to check where your clients stand on the appropriate qualifying lists.
June 15Membership nomination period opens for Board At-Large and National Officers Election. The nomination period will close August 15.Help shape the future of our sport. Nominate a USHJA Senior Active or Associate Member to serve as an At-Large Member or National Officer on the USHJA Board of Directors.
July 31Nomination Based Awards:
Amateur Sportsmanship
Jane Marshall Dillon
Lifetime Achievement
A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy
Nominate a deserving member for a year-end prestigious award by July 31. Winners will be announced at the 2016 USHJA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA. 

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Dietary Changes and ForageStandlee
Do you know how to safely make changes to your horse's diet? The following article by equine nutritionist Dr. Stephen Duren and Standlee Premium Western Forage® outlines health issues that are related to sudden changes made to a horse's diet and how horse owners can prevent any health issues by following a few easy steps to gradually introduce their horse to a new diet.

Dietary Changes and Forage
By Dr. Stephen Duren, Performance Horse Nutrition and Standlee Premium Western Forage® Nutritional Consultant
Horses, cattle, sheep and goats are all animals that rely on fiber (hay, pasture, forage pellets, and forage cubes) to provide most of their nutrition. Each of these animals has a digestive system that is filled with billions of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria and protozoa. These microbes ferment plant fiber and produce energy and other useful nutrients that fuel these animals. The digestive system is also home to harmful bacteria such as e. coli and salmonella. The delicate balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria can be easily disturbed.This disruption in microbial population can result in gas, acidosis, diarrhea, weight loss and even death.  Read More
Zone Committee Voting Open until July 1ZoneVote

If you want to demonstrate your commitment to continuing education in the sport to your clients, the USHJA Trainer Certification Program is for you! 

As a Certified Trainer, you will join other professionals like Candice King, Geoff Teall, Louise Serio and more. We have several upcoming Certified Trainer clinics approaching to help you on your way to becoming certified:
The USHJA Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel Insurance, is a comprehensive educational program based on the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System that provides accreditation for professional horse trainers.

Hamel Family Establishes $25,000 Scholarship Through USHJA FoundationHamel
The Hamel Family has established the USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education, which will award up to $25,000 to one USHJA member each year to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2017.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer a national scholarship like this to USHJA members, all thanks to the Hamel Family's generosity" said Jennifer Burger, president of the USHJA Foundation. "For the first time, members from across the United States will be eligible for scholarship funds that allow them to pursue advanced education."

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Sponsors & Partners Sponsors
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


United States Hunter Jumper Association 
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