Committee Corner
Though summer usually is a time of vacation and relaxation, not so for riders! This summer is jam packed with championships, clinics and fun horse shows. Our Zone 10 riders are getting their chance to shine in all disciplines across all levels. Pony riders look forward to the USEF Pony Finals in August, Junior Hunters enjoyed the West Coast USEF Junior Hunter National Championships and USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic, up and coming riders will learn a ton from EAP Regional Training Sessions, and jumpers can look forward to qualifying for the Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships. There's certainly no shortage of exciting events in our zone, and we hope all of our riders take advantage of these great opportunities!

Kathy Hobstetter
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee

Zone 10 Members Shine at Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter West Regional Championships
The gold medal Children's and Adult Amateur Zone 10 team. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives

Zone 10 Hunter riders had great performances at the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter West Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak

In the combined Children's and Adult Amateur Team Championship, Zone 10's  Ava Lakey, Olivia Vance, Misa Kokka and Sonja Petri, all of California, earned the gold medal followed by Zone 10's Ella Dyson, Katie Kehring, Alison Stern and Elizabeth Stodden, all of California, taking home the silver medal. The Zone 10 teams were led by Chef d'Equipe Laura Gerst.

In the Children's Individual Championship, Zone 10's Ava Lakey earned the gold medal.  Elizabeth Stodden took home the silver, and Misa Kokka earned the bronze. 

In the Adult Amateur Team Championship, Sonja Petri took home the gold medal, and Alison Stern earned the bronze medal. 

Congratulations to all the riders who participated: 

Adult Amateur
  • Sonja Petri, Burlingame, Calif.
  • Alison Stern, Turlock, Calif.

Click here  to read more about the Championships.
  • Ella Dyson, Portola Valley, Calif.
  • Katie Kehring, Woodside, Calif.
  • Misa Kokka, Fremont, Calif.
  • Ava Lakey, Pleasanton, Calif.
  • Elizabeth Stodden, Davis, Calif.
  • Olivia Vance, San Anselmo, Calif.
Zone 10 Riders Earn Medals at 
Adequan/FEI North American Children's, Junior and Young Rider Championships!
Congratulations to Zone 10 members who participated in the Adequan/FEI North American Children's, Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, last week at HITS in Saugerties, New York!  Zone 10 had great performances and earned medals in the Championships! 

In the Children's Championships, the Zone 10 team of Virginia Bonnie, Clea Caddell, Dylan Laiken and Alexa Leong earned the gold medal!  Zone 10's  Dylan Laiken  went on to earn the Children's Individual gold with five clear rounds. 

In the Junior Championship,  Hannah Loly  earned the Junior Individual silver. 

In the Young Rider Team Championships, Zone 10's Sarah Baz, Sydney Hutchins, Emma Reichow and Hayden Zadel earned the bronze medal. 

Congratulations to all of the Zone 10 members who attended the Championships, and special thanks to Zone 10 Chef d'Equipe Sally Hudson for leading the teams at the Championships. Click here to view full results. 

  • Virginia Bonnie, 14, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Clea Caddell, 14, Carmel, Calif.
  • Amanda Gomez, 14, Norco, Calif.
  • Dylan Laiken, 13, La Canada, Calif.
  • Alexa Leong, 13, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Alyce Bittar, 17, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Katherine Brewer, 17, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Danielle Lean, 18, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
  • Hannah Loly, 15, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Sophia Siegel, 15, Portola Valley, Calif.
Young Rider
  • Sarah Baz, 18, Monte Sereno, Calif.
  • Natalie Dean, 18, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Sydney Hutchins, 19, Westlake Village, Calif.
  • Emma Catherine Reichow, 16, Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Hayden Zadel, 17, Monte Sereno, Calif.
The Children's Gold Medal Team. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Karssen for EqSol/USHJA Archives
Hannah Loly earned Junior Individual Silver. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Karssen for EqSol/USHJA Archives
Dylan Laiken earned Children's Individual Gold. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Karssen for EqSol/USHJA Archives

Augusta Iwasaki Takes Top Honors at USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic-West
Augusta Iwasaki earns top honors at USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-West. Photo credit: Captured Moments Photography
All the best Junior Hunters in the west were at Del Mar Horse Park competing at the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships and 2017 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-West last week. 

The USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-West was July 24 and Zone 10's Augusta Iwasaki and Ashland Farms' Vanderpump took top honors.

Zone 10's Brooke Morin of Laguna Beach, Calif., was reserve champion on Laura Strasburg & Strasburg Morin, Inc.'s Boss. Read all about the competition here
Hunter Siebel and Boss Crowned Overall Grand Champions of USEF Junior Hunter National Championship - West
Hailey Link and Maldini Win Overall Grand 3'3" Junior Hunter National Championship - West Title
Hunter Siebel and Boss. Photo by Captured Moment Photography
By Blenheim Equisports

After two days and three phases, Hunter Siebel and Laura Wasserman's Boss were crowned Overall Grand Champions of the 2017 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship - West. Earning second in the classic round and first in both the under saddle and the handy, the pair rose to the top with a grand total of 262.6 points. After winning the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division, Augusta Iwasaki and Lyn Pederson's Small Affair emerged as Overall Reserve Grand Champions with a total of 256.4 points from the three phases.

With Kim Dorfman, Gary Duffy, and Robin Swinderman Mitchell as the judging panel, Siebel and Boss established themselves as a competitive duo with scores of 83, 84, and 85 in the classic round on the first day. The beautiful bay gelding truly shined in the under saddle, where he earned an 87, a 90, and a 92. With 90s across the board from the handy round, the pair stole the show.

HQC Practice Questions

1. True or false? The Hunter/Jumper industry considers a horse to be at least 14.1 hands tall. 

2. Which of the following body parts is NOT found on the horse's front leg?
a. Knee
b. Stifle
c. Elbow
d. Forearm

3. True or false? A horse's diet should ideally consist primarily of roughage. 

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Zone 10 Riders Participate in Late Summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Congratulations to riders who were selected to participate in late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions, including the  July 12-16 session at LA Equestrian Center, which welcomed 20 riders from several different zones and the  July 19-23, session at Sonoma Horse Park in northern California.

Athletes at the L.A. Equestrian Center session. Photo credit: Kim Miller for EqSol/USHJA Archives
Athletes at the Sonoma Horse Park session. Photo credit: Alden Corrigan/USHJA Archives

Here are the riders who were selected to participate in late summer EAP sessions: 

Virginia Horse Center EAP Session, June 27-July 1 with Jim Wofford and Anne Thornbury:
  • Virginia Bonnie, 12, San Francisco, Calif.
Mount Holyoke College EAP Session, July 5-9 with Julie Winkel and Colleen Reed
  • Kit Cunningham, 17, Thermal, Calif. 
L.A. Equestrian Center, EAP Session, July 12-16 with Joe Fargis and Anne Thornbury
  • Sophie Amundson, 16, Menlo Park, Calif. 
  • Alyce Bittar, 16, Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • Amelie Louise Bittar, 13, Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • Tazmyn Geere, 16, Henderson, Nev. 
  • Lauren Kee, 17, San Francisco, Calif. 
  • Maggie Kehring, 13, Woodside, Calif. 
  • Mirey Kurkcuoglu, 16, Northridge, Calif. 
  • Dylan Laiken, 12, La Canada, Calif. 
  • Cece Manze, 19, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 
  • Trent McGee, 14, Granada Hills, Calif.
  • Emily Meena, 19, Newhall, Calif. 
  • Payton Potter, 13, Modesto, Calif. 
  • Carly Theis, 15, Agoura Hills, Calif. 
  • Daniela Trnavsky, 16, Oak Park, Calif. 
  • Emily Williams, 15, Newhall, Calif. 
Sonoma Horse Park Session, July 19-23 with Geoff Teall and Nanci Snyder
  • Lisel Anderson, 14, Mill Valley, Calif. 
  • Nicole Beales, 15, Oakland, Calif. 
  • Emilie  Bell, 11, Elk Grove, Calif. 
  • Charlotte Collins, 12, Mill Valley, Calif. 
  • Roxanne Culhane, 14, Larkspur, Calif. 
  • Sara Faust, 17, Santa Rosa, Calif. 
  • Cecily  Hayes, 16, Brentwood, Calif. 
  • Sabrina Lewis, 19, Berkeley, Calif. 
  • Jackie  Martin-Castro, 16, Oakland, Calif. 
  • Ellie Memari, 16, Placerville, Calif. 
  • Dabney Park, 15, San Francisco, Calif. 
  • Danielle Park, 13, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Molly Pedulla, 18, Watsonville, Calif. 
  • Sophia Sanders, 14, Orangevale, Calif. 
  • Sydney Shelby, 14, Santa Cruz, Calif. 
  • Catherine Sunding, 14, San Anselmo, Calif. 
  • Elizabeth Sunding, 15, San Anselmo, Calif. 
  • Grace  Towle, 18, Mill Valley, Calif. 
  • Maya Wadhwani, 13, San Francisco, Calif. 
  • Taylor Wohler, 16, Folsom, Calif. 
  • Sydnie Young, 14, Loomis, Calif. 
Sophia Sanders and Jackie Martin-Castro were awarded EAP Grants thanks to the USHJA Zone 10 Committee and USHJA Foundation. 

Stay tuned to see who was selected to participate in the EAP National Training Session. For more information about EAP visit
Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) Deadline Approaching!
Don't forget that the deadline to apply for the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) is coming up at the end of August!  Right now, Hannah Loly and her Asombro lead the standings in Zone 10. Natalie Dean holds the second and fourth spots in the Zone 10 standings with her horses Idagio Van Het Nerenhof and Mary Poppins, respectively. Hayden Zadel and Triskel de Kerliven (HHZ, LLC, owner) are currently third in the standings.

This special event provides an opportunity for U.S. Junior riders to compete against their peers over multiple days of competition. The Championship features both the Prix des States Team Competition, with Teams fielded by Zone, and an Individual Competition. The Team Championship will be based on a modified Nations Cup format and the Individual Championship will be a multi-round competition. The application deadline is August 31 and all applicants must also have earned a Certificate of Capability by that date as well.

For more information about the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, click here.
Don't Forget to Apply to Have Your Points Count!
National Sunshine Series II  
November 10-12, 2017 
Thermal, California
Application Deadline and Points Lock: September 26

Note our new deadline and APPLY!! This is your chance to get identified by sport leadership as part of the NEW USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider ProgramAll riders who applied and met the criteria at the time of the original application closing deadline of May 1 will be invited to the Championships.
Zone 10 Pony Jumpers Heading to USEF Pony Finals 
The 2017 U.S. Pony Jumper Championships will be held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm (Aug 8-13) in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Congratulations to the following riders and ponies who will be representing Zone 10!
  • Avery Kim and her Joel
  • Sydney Flashman and her Karamel
  • Tabitha Okitsu and her Spoot de la Jorlais
  • Caroline Mawhinney and Silver Dream (Stal Minion, owner)
Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
July 31 Deadline to nominate someone for the following awards
  • Amateur Sportsmanship Award
  • Jane Marshall Dillon Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award
Click for more info
Aug. 8-13 Zone 10 HOTY Hunter Championship, Menlo Charity Horse Show, Atherton, Calif.  Click for more info
Aug. 8-13 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, Lexington, Ky.  Click for more info
Aug. 15-17 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship, Lexington, Ky.  Click for more info
Aug. 17-19 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, Lexington, Ky.  Click for more info
Aug. 31 Final deadline to submit online application and/or Certificate of Capability for Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) Click for more info
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Championship, Gold Coast Labor Day, Burbank, Calif. Click for more info
Sept. 1 Final deadline to submit application for USEF Youth Sportsman's Award and USHJA Youth Leadership Award Click for more info
Sept. 20-24 Zone 10 HOTY Jumper and Age Group Equitation Championship-North, Petaluma, Calif.  Click for more info
Sept. 26  Application deadline and points lock for USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 10 calendar of events.
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HQC Answers:
1. False
2. b. Stifle
3. True

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