Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new USHJA Zone 9 Committee Members in January. They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know some of them:

Megan Jordan, Treasurer
Megan, of Oregon City, Oregon, has been involved in the sport her entire life with parents who were grand prix riders and sport horse breeders. Growing up she rode hunters and jumpers but also rode in breed specific competitions for Paints, Arabians and Quarter Horses. She started her training program, Venture Farm, in 1999 where she brings along horses and riders of every level. As a committee member she would like to see the horse show community grow in Oregon and Washington. When she's not riding and training she enjoys traveling with her family and supporting her two young boys who are also competitive athletes. If she could have dinner with any equestrian she would choose Jimmy Williams because he is such a masterful horseman.

Gayl Russell, Member
Gayl, of Wise River, Montana, is an adult amateur competitor who primarily rides jumpers. She raises and trains her own horses to show over fences as well as in speed classes including barrel racing, pole bending and stakes races. Growing up her father was a range rider and took care of cattle on pasture in the mountains. She learned a lot from riding at camps on the mountain and was even a farrier. She also serves as a board member of Montana Hunter Jumper Association. As a committee member, she hopes to help bridge the gap between the grassroots associations and their competitors and bigger, rated shows. Outside the sport she enjoys scuba diving, downhill skiing and riding her Harley Davidson. If she could have dinner with any equestrian she would easily pick Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum because she admires her riding ability and horsemanship.

Corene Smith, Member
Corene, of Woodinville, Washington, is a trainer and partner at Archway Equestrian LLC. She has been riding since she was 7 years old and has been a professional for 19 years. She currently competes on the hunter/jumper circuit. In addition to the zone committee, she is also a member of the WCHR Task Force. As a Zone 9 Committee Member, she wants to be available to zone members who have questions and encourage others to be involved and help the area grow and evolve. Outside the sport, Corene spends her time with her husband and three children. If she could have dinner with any equestrian she would choose Beezie Madden or McLain Ward. 

For more information about your Zone 9 Committee,  click here

Grant Money Will be Available for Members!
Zone 9 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program or Trainer Certification Program. 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: 
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!
Photo credit: McCool Photography
The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team 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 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
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
Photo credit: Tricia Booker
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.
Check Out EAP Regional Training Sessions! Travel Grants are Available!
Applications are now open for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions.

Check out the full list of Regional Training Sessions and deadlines here

Zone 9 members are encouraged to apply in 2017, and travel grants will be available to members to assist with travel costs.  For more information about EAP, visit

While we don't have a session in Zone 9 this year, the EAP Committee plans to rotate in a Zone 9 EAP location on a regular basis, so encourage your favorite local host to apply for 2018! 
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 9
May 19-21
Potcreek Meadow Farm, Redmond, Washington
Watch talented riders receive instruction over 3', 3'6", and 4' courses set on the grass grand prix field with open water, ditches, and elevated bank. 
Includes daily round table discussions with the former coach of the US Team.

Click here for the USHJA Directory of Clinics. For information about how to get a clinic listed, 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.
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 Deadline to apply for EAP Travel Grant Click here to apply
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click here to apply
We Want to Hear from You!
The Zone 9 newsletter provides us a great opportunity to hear from our members! If you have a success story, photos or other accomplishments you'd like to share, please send them here for possible inclusion in Zone 9 eNews or on the Zone 9 Facebook page
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