Get to Know Your New Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 2 Committee Members in January.  These members are already hard at work in our zone! Take a minute to get to know a few more: 

Katie Benson
Katie, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, has been involved in the sport all her life. She owns and operates a hunter/jumper business in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and her program encompasses beginner through advanced riding and horsemanship. She is involved with multiple boards and organizations including the USHJA Board of Directors and the New Jersey Horse Shows Association. As a Zone 2 Committee member, she wants to keep the zone aware of all the programs offered by USHJA and contribute in any way that helps encourage quality horsemanship. Outside the sport she enjoys spending time with her children. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose Linda Allen because she's an amazing horse person, course designer, clinician and author.

Michael Dowling
Michael, of Far Hills, New Jersey, has been involved in the sport for 40 years. He is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional President and serves on the IHSA National Board of Directors. His goal as a committee member is to serve as a voice representing the collegiate contingency of the zone. Outside the sport he enjoys traveling. If he could have dinner with any equestrian, he would choose Murray Kessler. 

Tobey McWilliams
Tobey, of Oley, Pennsylvania, has been involved in the sport all of her life. She owns and operates Valley Mist Farm and is involved with many committees including the Hunter Working Group, USEF National Hunter Committee, Eastern Pennsylvania Professional Horseman's Association, and more. As a committee member, she wants to be a voice for Zone 2 members and bring their wants and concerns back to the committee. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose Gordon Wright because he had wonderful stories and was so knowledgeable about horses. 

For more information about your Zone 2 Committee, click here

Grant Money Available for Members
Zone 2 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in various USHJA Programs this year. Click the links below to apply for these grants!

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Deadline: May 1

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Deadline: Oct. 31

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Deadline: July 1

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Deadline: Oct. 1

The  USHJA Foundation also offers national grant and scholarship opportunities to USHJA members, including: 
Get Instruction from Anne Kursinski and Geoff Teall at EAP Regional Training Sessions in Zone 2
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Two Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions are coming to Zone 2!

The June 12-16 session at Cazenovia College Equine Education Center in Cazenovia, New York, with Geoff Teall and Colleen Reed. 

T he June 12-16 session at Centenary University Equestrian Center in Long Valley, New Jersey, with Anne Kursinski and Nanci Snyder. 

Applications are now open! Apply for the Zone 2 sessions and the other early summer sessions by April 17. The application deadline for the late summer sessions is May 5 Click here to view the full list of training sessions. For more information about EAP, visit
Hunter Riders: Don't Miss this Team Championship Experience!
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The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the North Region (Zones 1, 2 & 5) will be  August 9-13 at Showplace End of Summer in Crete, Illinois, at the new Balmoral Park! To attend:
  1. Apply online at by May 1
  2. Continue competing to earn points toward qualifying until 60 days prior to your competition
  3. Check out the specifications and ensure you meet all other criteria (Please note: Riders may not compete in a class that exceeds 3'3" during the qualifying period (Exception: riders may compete in the USHJA National Hunter Derby and the Children's or Adult Amateur Jumper sections during the qualifying period)
Each rider's Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $100 paid by the rider's USHJA Zone.  Visit  for more information.
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!
2016 Adult Amateur Champions. Photo credit: ESI Photography
The USHJA Zones 1 & 2 Jumper Team Championships will be  September 21-24 at Princeton Show Jumping Fall I in Princeton, New Jersey!

Mark your calendars, review the  specifications, and make sure to get your rider applications in by  May 1! Earn a minimum of 20 points ($20 money-won) by June 1 to be eligible to qualify for the championships. 

Each rider's Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $75 paid by the rider's USHJA Zone.

For more information or to apply visit
Upcoming Clinics in Zone 2
April 28-30
Coker Farm
Bedford, New York

Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel
Julie Winkel Clinic
July 3-4
Hi Acre Stables
New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

Click here to view other upcoming clinics in the Directory of Clinics. If you have a clinic you'd like to be included in the directory, click here for more information.
Jumper Team and Jumping Seat Equitation Championships At-a-Glance
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Are you working your way up in the Jumpers/Jumping Seat Equitation or looking for a new goal in the Jumper arena? 

We've created a quick cheat sheet for Jumper riders to help you find the Team and Jumping Seat Equitation Championships that will help you get there! From the USHJA to USEF and FEI programs, Jumper riders have some great Championships available!

**Just Announced!  The U.S. will field a Child Rider Team and a Junior Rider Team at CSIOJCh Langley, a new FEI Nations Cup event with CSIO4* Langley at Thunderbird Show Park.  Click here  for more information.
Good Luck to McLain Ward at World Cup Finals
Good luck to  McLain Ward, of Brewster, New York, who will be participating in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, riding Double H Farm & Francois Mathy's HH Azur!

World Cup Finals will take place March 29-April 2.  Tune in to FEI TV for coverage of the event. Click here for more info.
Are You Up For the Challenge?

Find out how your horsemanship knowledge measures up with our fun online quiz for a chance at Nationals and great prizes! Register and t ake the 2017 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge,  presented by The Plaid Horse !

Click here for more information. Register here
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers
Congratulations to these trainers from Zone 2 who recently earned their certifications as part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel

For more information about the Trainer Certification Program visit For the complete list of Certified Trainers, click here

Trainer Contact
Grace Smith
Rumson, N.J.
*Provisional Trainer
Shannon Cunneff
Highland Farm
Little Silver, N.J.
(732) 241-5121
Jaimey Lancaster
Lancaster Equestrian Stables
Red Bank, N.J.
(732) 533-8233
Alexa Harris
Smokey Hollow Farm
Pompey, N.J.
(315) 382-5231
Callie Kuntz-Bauer
South Salem, N.Y.
Ahna Cafaro
Allison Park, Pa.
Maria Metz
Wayne, Pa.
Recent News

Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
April 1 Last day to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals Click for more info
April 17 Deadline to apply for early summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
*This includes sessions in Zone 2
Click to apply
April 28-30  TCP Clinic Bernie Traurig, Coker Farm, Bedford, New York Click for more info
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. 
Click for more info
May 1 Last day to apply for: 
  • Zone Jumper Team
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships

Click to apply for Zone Jumper Team Championships

Click to apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Deadline to apply for EAP Travel Grant Apply here
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions Click to apply

Click here for the Zone 2 calendar.
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Sponsors and Partners
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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