Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 7 Committee Members in January. They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know Sarah Mechlin Duhon:

Sarah Mechlin Duhon
Sarah, of Wright City, Missouri, has been involved with the sport for 22 years but has been around horses all of her life. She operates Mechlin Farm, a full-service hunter/jumper showing and sales program in St. Louis. As a committee member, she would like to assist with the betterment of the sport and the industry. Outside of the sport she enjoys spending time with her family.

Click here for more information about the Zone 7 Committee. 

Grant Money Will be Available for Members!
Zone 7 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

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Deadline: Oct. 31

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Deadline: Oct. 1

The  USHJA Foundation also offers national grant and scholarship opportunities to USHJA members, including: 
Upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges Are FREE!
As the new competition year begins, mark your calendars for the upcoming Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges! The Handy Hunter Challenges were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. Entry is FREE for Zone 7 members! Here is the list of upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges in Zone 7:

May 4-7
Louisiana Spring Classic II
Amen Corner Farm
Folsom, La.
June 21-25
Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II
Heart O'Texas/Extraco Coliseum
Waco, Texas
Oct. 5-8
Louisiana Fall Classic II
Amen Corner Farm
Folsom, La.
Oct. 10-14
American Royal
American Royal
Kansas City, Mo.
For more information about the Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges click here
Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!

Photo credit: Bianca McCarty Photography
The USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships will be July 13-16 at GO Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Mark your calendars, review the  specifications, and make sure to get your rider  applications in by  May 1Earn a minimum of 20 points ($20 money-won) by May 10 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
Get Instruction from Rosenthal & Snyder at EAP Regional Training Session!
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives.
An Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session is coming to Zone 7! 

The June 26-30 session will be at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, featuring clinician Kip Rosenthal and stable manager Nanci Snyder.

Click here to view the full list of training sessions. Applications are now open ! The application deadline for the first four sessions will be April 17. The deadline for the remaining sessions, including the Zone 7 session, will be May 5. For more information about EAP, visit
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
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.
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers

Congratulations to these trainers from Zone 7 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
Brittany Harpool
Professional Experience: 13 years
Overland Park, Kan.
Kendall Pray
The Stables at Brush Creek
Manhattan, Kan.
Professional Experience: 7 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
(217) 836-1972
Jessica Sims
Professional Experience: 13 years
Houston, Texas

Hunter Riders:
Don't Miss this Team Championship Experience
Photo credit: Jerry Mohme Photography
The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the Central Region (Zones 6 & 7) will be July 12-16 at GO Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

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.
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
Click to apply
April 20-23 Handy Hunter Challenge,
UEE Goodtime Days at Quail Run Farm in Elkhorn, Neb. 
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 4-7 Handy Hunter Challenge, Louisiana Spring Classic, Folsom, La.  Click for more info
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
*This includes the Zone 7 session
Click 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 
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Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033