Get to Know Your New Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 1 Committee Members in January. These members are already hard at work in our zone! Take a minute to get to know them:

Melinda Hinsdale, Member
Melinda "Mindy," of Williston, Vermont, owned Steeple Ridge Farm and was a trainer and horse show manager for 35 years. She continues to stay active in the sport on various committees, consulting, clinics and managing shows. She also serves on several committees and is co-author of the New England Equitation Championships Horsemanship Test. As a committee member she is focused on education and wants to help horsemen and women achieve their goals by helping to further their education with grants and scholarships. If Mindy could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose USHJA President Mary Babick to talk about ways to increase membership and participation at local level shows and how to best serve as a committee member. 

Cynsie Broda, Non-Voting Adviser
Cynsie, of South Londonberry, Vermont, is an amateur rider and an "R" judge. She has been involved in the sport for more than 35 years and is passionate about the future of the sport. As a non-voting adviser on the board, she wants to help make the sport the best it can be. She enjoys skiing, gardening and cooking in her spare time. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose the late Joey Darby because he was always a great dinner companion, funny, kind and a huge advocate for the horse.

For more information about your Zone 1 Committee, click here

Grant Money Available for Members
Zone 1 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: 
Good Luck to Charlie Jacobs at World Cup!
Good luck to Zone 1 Committee Member  Charlie Jacobs , of Boston, Massachusetts, who will be participating in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, riding CMJ Sporthorse LLC's Cassinja S or Calanta!

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.
Get Instruction from Winkel and Reed at the 
EAP Regional Training Session 
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
The July 5-9 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session will be at Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts , and will feature clinician Julie Winkel and stable manager Colleen Reed! 

To participate in this clinic or any of the late summer training sessions, apply by May 5 . The deadline for early summer training sessions is April 17 .

Click here to view the full list of training sessions. Applications are now open !  For more information about EAP, visit
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.
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
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 the Championships this year: 
  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 qualified rider's Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $100 paid by the rider's USHJA Zone.  Visit  for more information.
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers
Congratulations to these trainers from Zone 1 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

Deep River, Conn.
Professional Experience: 17 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons

VanderZicht Stables
North Uxbridge, Mass.
Professional Experience: 8 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
Contact: (203) 506-0162, 
Photo provided by Lauren VanderZicht
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Team 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 qualified 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 Clinic in Zone 1
June 16-18
Ridgewood Stables
Dover, New Hampshire
2'6", 3', 3'6" and 3'6"+ Sections
$650 including lunch and one auditor
Auditors $25 per day/$60 for the weekend

Click here to view other upcoming clinics in the USHJA Directory of Clinics. Do you have an upcoming clinic you'd like to have listed in the directory? 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: 
  • Zone Jumper 
    Team Championships 
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
Apply for Zone Jumper Team Championships

Apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Last day to apply for EAP Travel Grant Click here to apply
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
*Includes the Zone 1 session
Click here to apply

Click here  for the Zone 1 calendar of events.
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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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Lexington, KY 40511
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