Don't Put Your Dreams Off. Grant Money Available!
USHJA Zone 11 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in the USHJA Emerging Athletes and Trainer Certification 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
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
Make Plans to Attend an Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session!
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Applications are now open for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions!

Are you proficient at 1.10m jumper-style courses? Are you under 21? This could be the opportunity you've been looking for.

Zone 11 members are encouraged to apply in 2017, and travel grants will be available to members to assist with travel costs. For more information about EAP, visit

April 17 Application Deadline:
Clinician/Stable Manager
May 29-June 2
World Equestrian Center,
Wilmington, Oh.
Julie Winkel
Anne Thornbury
June 11-15
Georgia International Horse Park,
Conyers, Ga.
Chris Kappler
Anne Thornbury
June 12-16
Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Cazenovia, N.Y.
Geoff Teall
Colleen Reed
June 12-16
Centenary University Equestrian Center,
Long Valley, N.J.
Anne Kursinski
Nanci Snyder

May 5 Application Deadline:
Location Clinician/Stable 
June 26-30
Great Southwest Equestrian Center,
Katy, Texas
Kip Rosenthal
Nanci Snyder
June 27-July 1
Virginia Horse Center,
Lexington, Va.
Jim Wofford
Colleen Reed
July 5-9
Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, Mass.
Julie Winkel
Colleen Reed
July 12-16
Los Angeles Equestrian Center,
Burbank, Calif.
Joe Fargis
Anne Thornbury
July 19-23
Sonoma Horse Park,
Petaluma, Calif.
Geoff Teall
Nanci Snyder
Aug. 1-5*
Colorado Horse Park,
Parker, Colo.
Kip Rosenthal
Nanci Snyder

*The date for the Colorado Horse Park session was recently changed to Aug. 1-5. Read more here
Represent Us at the USHJA Children's & Adult Amateur Hunter West Regional Championships
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the West Region (Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12) will be July 18-23 at Oregon High Desert Classic I in Bend, Oregon. 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. 

In 2018, these championships will be moving toward a zone-based structure similar to that of the Zone Jumper Team Championships. Stay tuned for more information about those changes for 2018.

Visit for more information.
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainer Amy Quinlan

Congratulations to Amy Quinlanof Waialua, who recently earned her certifications as part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, presented by Markel . Amy has seven years of professional experience. 

For more information about the Trainer Certification Program visit For the complete list of Certified Trainers, click here
Don't Miss the Chance to Apply for the Gochman Family Grant for U.S. Pony Finals!
Becky and David Gochman pictured with 2016 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant recipients Cecillia Machado, Riley Hogan and Judy Dettore. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives.
Applications are open for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for the 2017 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Foundation by April 1

Each year, the Foundation awards this grant to up to three riders who exemplify the qualities that are most important in our sport-sportsmanship, tenacity, and horsemanship-and would otherwise be unable to go to Pony Finals, to enable them to go.
"Last year, we were able to help make the dreams of three young equestrians come true," said Jennifer Burger, president of the USHJA Foundation. "Again, we encourage any young member who has ever dreamed of going to the US Pony Finals but thought they would never be able to apply." 

The grant is not strictly monetary in nature but rather experience-based. The grant recipient(s) will receive an opportunity to compete at Pony Finals and will be provided an appropriate pony if one is needed.   Up to three individuals may be selected each year.
The grant aims to inspire young riders to embrace this sport at the earliest age and encourage them to continue growing as equestrians is graciously supported by Becky and David Gochman and family.  Click here to apply.
$25,000 Scholarship for Equestrians! Apply by April 30!
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The USHJA Foundation is now accepting applications to the USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. The Foundation will award $25,000 to one USHJA member for use toward college, graduate, trade or professional school. 

"We are very excited to kick off this first year of the scholarship and encourage junior and adult USHJA members alike who are furthering their education to apply," said Jennifer Burger, president of USHJA Foundation. "This opportunity wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the Hamel Family, and we look forward to being able to support the advanced educational pursuits of a deserving USHJA member each year."

USHJA members who have been members for the past three consecutive years are eligible for the scholarship; applicants must be accepted into a college, graduate, trade or professional school as a student. They should be ranked in the top 20 percent of their class with at least a 3.5 grade point average. For those not currently or recently in school, the Foundation will consider an equivalent employment history. Click here to apply.
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.
Sport News

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

Date Event Additional Information
April 1 Deadline to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals Click here to apply
April 17 Deadline to apply for early summer EAP Regional Training Sessions Click here to apply
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. 
Click here to apply
May 1 Deadline to apply for: 
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships

Apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Deadline to apply for EAP Travel Grant Click here to apply
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click here to apply
Have an interesting story to share? Know a member who deserves to be recognized? Email stories  here for possible inclusion in a future Zone eNews Update!
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 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033