Committee Corner
While we celebrate fantastic competition and great riders at the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, it's important we remember to look to the future of our sport as well. So far this year, we have heard a lot of proactive discussion about how to continue evolving the sport we love so much. We remind all of our Zone 10 members to get involved! Whether it's volunteering your time on a committee, attending a town hall, voting for or nominating someone you think can make a positive difference in the sport, or talking to zone committee members like us, you can make your voice heard and help shape the future of show jumping, hunters, and equitation.
Kathy Hobstetter
Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Vice Chair, Zone 10 Committee

Grant Money Available to Members
USHJA Zone 10 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in the Emerging Athletes Program or Trainer Certification Program 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: 
Zone 10 Riders Headed to FEI World Cup Finals

Congratulations to our Zone 10 riders headed to the FEI World Cup Finals (March 29-April 2) in Omaha, Nebraska!  Jamie Barge, Karl Cook, Audrey Coulter, Jenni Martin-McAllister   and Nayel Nassar are all slated to compete.

Karl placed second in the overall rankings and takes his third trip to the FEI World Cup Finals, this year with Tembla (Signe Ostby, owner).  

Jenni and LEGIS Touch the Sun (, owner) earned the blue ribbon in the $132,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Calgary last October and have consistently placed well throughout the season. Jenni previously competed in the World Cup Finals in 2014. 

Jamie makes her World Cup Finals debut after she and Luebbo (Kylie Co., owner) steadily rode to top placings in competitive classes at the Longines LA Masters, HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, and Las Vegas National. 

California native, Audrey Coulter, qualified through the East Coast League after competing all over the world in Spain, Canada, and France, as well as in Florida, Kentucky, and California. Audrey returns to the World Cup Finals after her debut last year, hoping to earn a top placing with Alex (Copernicus Stables, LLC., owner).

Though Nayel Nassar (EGY) rides all over the country, his current home base is in San Diego, Calif. After a phenomenal season with his longtime mount Lordan, Nayel finished at the top of the rankings for the FEI North American West Coast League. This will be his and Lordan's third trip to the World Cup Finals, having previously competed in 2013 and 2014.
Learn from Joe Fargis and Geoff Teall to at EAP Regional Training Sessions in Zone 10
Two Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions are coming to Zone 10!

The July 12-16 session will be at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California, featuring clinician Joe Fargis and stable manager Anne Thornbury, and the July 19-23 session will be at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, California, with clinician Geoff Teall and stable manager Nanci Snyder! To participate in these sessions 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
Mandy Porter Tops AIG $1 Million Grand Prix
It was quite a duel in the desert with over 50 horse and rider combinations vying for the blue ribbon in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, the finale to the popular HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. 

Though the height was lowered to 1.50m this year, the competition was just as fierce with top riders traveling to Thermal, CA for a chance at the significant prize money. 

This year, it was Zone 10 rider Mandy Porter (USA) who came out on top with Milano (Abigail Weese, owner). The pair had already shown they were in top form at HITS Coachella, winning the $36,500 Desert Classic, the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, and the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix.  Their success continued when they went clear in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, joining just five other riders in the jump off. The course, set by Alan Wade, stymied many riders with its technicality, with rails dropping often at the final combination. 

Mandy and Milano went double clear and held onto the top spot. Tamie Phillips (CAN) and Cian O'Connor (IRE) also went double clear but just a little slower, earning second and third, respectively. Zone 10's Eric Navet took fifth place on Catypso (owned by Signe Ostby), a mateur rider and Zone 10 Young Rider alumna Uma O'Neill (Ray Texel, trainer) had a clear first round aboard her Clockwise of Greenhill Z and joined the other professional riders in the jump off, earning sixth place overall. Zone 10's Katie Harris earned seventh place aboard her Lafino 4 and Peter Petschenig was eighth aboard his Saint Quentin. Mandy also earned ninth place aboard Coral Reef Follow Me II (owned by Coral Reef Ranch).
Congratulations to Mandy and Milano, and we hope to see more of them as they continue to represent Zone 10 at local and international competitions!
Hunter Riders: Don't Miss This Team Championship Experience!
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 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 rider's Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $100 paid by the rider's USHJA Zone.  Visit  for more information.
Zones 9 & 10 Will Face Off in California at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships
Photo credit: McCool Photography
The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Zone Jumper Championships will be November 10-12 at National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, California.

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 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 10 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
Jessica Allan
San Jose, Calif.
Joan Brennan
Moss Beach, Calif.
Brittany Massey
Fair Oaks, Calif.
Amanda Fox
Las Vegas, Nev.
Jaimi Martin
Vallejo, Calif.
Applications for Several Programs Due in May
Did one of the programs above pique your interest?

Don't forget to get your applications in time! Several programs have set their application deadlines in May which is coming right up. Applications must be received by that date in order for points to count. Programs include:
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.
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 10
April 14-16
Pair of Aces Stables
Reno, Nevada 
Riding fee: $675, Auditing fee: $30/day

Click here for the USHJA Directory of Clinics. For information about getting a clinic listed on the directory, click here
Sport News

Upcoming Events
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 14-16 Greg Best Clinic, Pair of Aces Stables, Reno, Nev.  Click for more info
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 Deadline 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 10 sessions
Click here to apply
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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