Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 5 Committee Members in January. They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know some more of them: 

Roxane Durant
Roxane, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is the founder and executive director of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, based in Cleveland. She has been involved with the sport since she was a junior and has a background in teaching/training but focused on horse show and event management for the past 20 years. Her goal as a committee member is to connect IEA to USHJA wherever possible and be a proud representative of the zone. Outside the sport she is obsessed with golf and also enjoys tennis. She said she has already had dinner with the equestrian she would choose, Melanie Smith Taylor, who was her all-time favorite as a kid. 

Lisa Goldman
Lisa, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, has ridden her whole life and became a professional after graduating college. She rides and competes around the country and runs a boarding and training facility, Red Coat Farm, with her mother in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Her goal as a committee member is to be more involved in the industry. Outside the sport she enjoys playing board games and arts and crafts. 

For more information about the Zone 5 Committee, click here

Grant and Scholarship Money Available!
Zone 5 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

The  USHJA Foundation also offers national grant and scholarship opportunities to USHJA members, including: 
Get Instruction from Julie Winkel & Anne Thornbury at an EAP Training Session!
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An Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session is coming to Zone 5! 

The May 29-June 2 session will be at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, and will feature clinician Julie Winkel and stable manager Anne Thornbury. To participate in this clinic or any of the early summer training sessions apply by April 17. To participate in a late summer training session apply by May 5.

Click here to view the full list of training sessions. Applications are open !  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 these Championships: 
  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.
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
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!
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The USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships will be  August 11-13 at Showplace End of Summer in Crete, Illinois.

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
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers

Congratulations to these trainers from Zone 5 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

Rachel Rock Robinson
Moline, Ill.
Professional Experience: 8 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
Photo provided by Rachel Rock Robinson
Janet Rock
Coal Valley, Ill.
Professional Experience: 16 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
Photo provided by Janet Rock
Hana M. Arnold
Volo, Ill.
*Provisional Trainer
Professional Experience: 1 year

Upcoming Clinic in Zone 5
May 6-7
Buena Vista Farm
Zion, Illinois 

May 13-14
Alpine Ridge Farms
Sparta, Michigan

Click here to view the USHJA Directory of Clinics. For more information about getting a clinic listed in the directory, click here
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers
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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.
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 the Zone 5 session
Click to apply
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

Find more Zone 5 events here.
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 
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