Exclusive Opportunity for Zone 6 Members at World Cup Finals:

The Omaha Equestrian Foundation has arranged for an educational forum for Zone 6 members during World Cup Finals to give them the chance to hear from some of the professionals who will be attending the final. The forum will include an open Q&A session. 

The forum is open to Zone 6 members who have a ticket to any event at the finalsTo participate, members  must RSVP  to Kristen Buell at  kbuell@burlingtoncapital.com.

Sunday, April 2, at  10:30 a.m.

Rider:  Kent Farrington
Course Designer:  Alan Wade
FEI Representative:  John Madden
Moderator:  Melanie Smith Taylor

More panelists may be added 

The classroom at the far end of the Educational Exposition at CenturyLink Center

Grant Money is Available for Members
Zone 6 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

Click to apply
Deadline: July 1

The  USHJA Foundation also offers national grant and scholarship opportunities to USHJA members, including: 
Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges Are FREE!
Mark your calendars for the first three Zone 6 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 6 members!  Click here for more info.

Date Show Location  City/State
April 20-23 UEE Goodtime Days Quail Run Horse Centre Elkhorn, Neb.
May 3-7 Mid States Spring North Iowa Event Center Mason City, Iowa
May 10-14 Maffitt Lake Spring Gathering I Maffit Lake Equestrian Center Cumming, Iowa

Click here for the full list of Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges!
Hunter Riders:
Don't Miss the 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 www.ushja.org/chaahunter 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  www.ushja.org/chaahunter  for more information.
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
Spotlight: USHJA Certified Trainers

Congratulations to these trainers from Zone 6 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 www.ushja.org/tcp. For the complete list of Certified Trainers, click here

Trainer Contact Info
Jaime Benner
Idylwood Equestrian Center
Stillwater, Minn.
Professional Experience: 11 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
(612) 385-9131
Jennifer Collman
Idylwood Equestrian Center
Stillwater, Minn. 
Professional Experience: 13 years
Specialties: Hunter, Equitation, Ponies, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
(715) 864-1536
Jill Weink
Freedom Farm
Mukwonago, Wisc.
Professional Experience: 16 years
Specialties: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Young Horse, Foundation Lessons
(262) 470-8146
Children's, Adult, Junior and Amateur Jumper Riders: These Championships are for You!
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The USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships will be  August 11-13 at Showplace End of Summer in Crete, Illinois.  

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 www.ushja.org/zonejumper
Apply for an EAP Regional Training Session! 
Grants Are Available!
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Applications are now open for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions.
Check out the full list of Regional Training Sessions and the deadlines to apply here

Zone 6 members are encouraged to apply in 2017, and travel grants are available to members to assist with travel costs. Apply for a travel grant by May 1. 

While we don't have a session in Zone 6 this year, the EAP Committee plans to rotate in a Zone 6 EAP location on a regular basis, so encourage your favorite local host to apply for 2018! 
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 Horse Centre 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 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click to apply

The Zone 6 calendar of events can be found here.
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
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F: 859.258.9033