Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 4 Committee Members in January. They are already hard at work in our zone. Take a minute to get to know them:

Sue Ashe
Sue, of Wellington, Florida, is a judge, owner and trainer who has been involved with the sport many years. As a committee member, she wants to continue to work on clinics in the zone as well as the Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classics. Outside the sport she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and needlepoint. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose Francis Rowe to talk with her about Molly and Neil (her children) as she was the first one to put them on a jumper at a very young age. 

Eleanor Ellis
Eleanor, of Brooklet, Georgia, has been involved with the sport since she was 6 years old and secretly received a Shetland pony from her sister. Months passed before the sisters told their parents, but Eleanor had already fallen in love with horses. Since then, she's tried to learn all aspects of horses and showing. She competed as a junior and amateur rider before turning professional and also was involved in the Quarter Horse industry for a few years. She is currently a board member for IHSA and coaches the collegiate team at Georgia Sounthern University as well as the IEA middle and high school teams for her farm, Evermore Farm. As a Zone 4 Committee Member, she wants to offer her perspective on the committee and also believes in the grass roots level. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she said it would be difficult to choose, but she would love to have met C.W. Anderson because his stories introduced many young people to horses.

For more information about your Zone 4 Committee  click here

Grant Money Available for Members
Zone 4 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!

Click to apply
Deadline: May 1

Click to apply
Deadline: Oct. 31

The  USHJA Foundation also offers national grant and scholarship opportunities to USHJA members, including: 
Try a Handy Hunter Classic for FREE!
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classics! The Handy Hunter Classics were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. Entries are FREE! Upcoming classics:

April 27-30
Spring Concours I
Fox Lea Farm
Venice, Fla.
May 12-14
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
Tampa, Fla.
July 18-20
Camp Fox Lea
Fox Lea Farm
Venice, Fla.
July 23-26
Plain Brown Wrapper
Fox Lea Farm
Venice, Fla.

For the full list of Handy Hunter Classics, click here.
Zone 4 Free Riding Clinic Was a Success
Fran Dotoli instructs during the Zone 4 Free Clinic. Photo provided by Carrie Buxton.
The Zone 4 Free Riding Clinic with Fran Dotoli that was held February 20 at the 
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center  in West Palm Beach, Florida, was a success!

Thirty members participated in the clinic and even more auditors watched and learned from Dotoli. 

Special thanks to clinic sponsors  SmartPak for providing saddle pads and rider goodie bags, Starbucks for providing coffee and pastries,  The Ridge at Wellington for donating their jumps and setting a beautiful course, and to all the volunteers for making the clinic possible. 

Check back for information about next year's free clinic! To check out the USHJA Directory of Clinics, click here.
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
Good Luck to Laura Kraut and Todd Minikus at World Cup Finals!

Good luck to  Laura Kraut , of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Todd Minikus , of Loxahatchee, Fla., who will be participating in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska

Laura will be riding Old Willow Farms LLC's Zeremonie, and Todd will be riding Jack Snyder & Two Swans Farm's Babalou 41. 

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.
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!
Photo credit: ESI Photography
The USHJA Zones 3 & 4 Jumper Team Championships will be August 25-27 at Constitution Classic in Culpeper, Virginia!

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 4 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 Info
Karen Boysen
Centurion Farm
Woodstock, Ga.
(440) 343-3321
Alison Courtney
Segars Stables
Chamblee, Ga.
Thamara Enriquez
Miami, Fla. 
Matthew Lawson
Adamo Equestrian
Knoxville, Tenn.
(865) 617-5908
Evelyn Lewis
Birmingham, Ala.
*Provisional Trainer
Jeanette McDonald
Equestrian Training Center
Canton, Ga.
(678) 777-4859
Hunter Riders: 
Don't Miss this  Team Championship Experience
Photo credit: Alison Hartwell
The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the South Region will be will be June 21-25 at Atlanta Summer Classic II in Conyers, Georgia!

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.
Get Instruction from Chris Kappler and Anne Thornbury at the EAP Regional Training Session!
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
An Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session is coming to Zone 4! 

The  June 11-15 session will be at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia, featuring clinician Chris Kappler 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 now open ! For more information about EAP, visit
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 4
April 29-30
Blackjack Farms
Birmingham, Alabama
Four sessions offered, $450 for both days
Includes auditor pass, light lunch and Saturday night grill 

Click here for the directory of clinics. For more information on getting a clinic listed on the directory, click here
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.
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 4 session
Click to apply
April 22 Last day to earn points toward the South Region Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships (Zones 3 & 4)
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 4 calendar.
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