Just Announced: 
USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program
Today, USHJA announced a new program to identify the next generation of international Show Jumping talent in the United States. The USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program will allow the United States to identify and provide education and guidance to riders competing at the 1.10m-1.35m levels, as well as to their trainers and parents.
The Emerging Jumper Rider Program uses the new USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, which are offered at 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m, to identify Jumper riders who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating these riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their path to excellence.

Invitations to the USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships (July 9-12 at GO Show in Oklahoma City) have been sent. We wish all the competitors in the Championships the best of luck and congratulations to those who go and will be named USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders as part of this new program!  Click here to read more about the program.
3-Foot Section Open to Adults and Juniors at EAP Session in Texas
Photo credit: Paula Moorhead
The United States Hunter Jumper Association has  opened 3-foot sections at the Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions in Texas and Massachusetts. Additionally based on member feedback, the newly added 3-foot sections will be open to riders of ALL AGES

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

Interested riders must be current USHJA members in good standing and must complete and return the  application, $50 application fee and $550 program fee to USHJA. Space is limited and riders who submit the application and associated fees will be admitted to the sessions on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Riders participating in a 3-foot section will have full access to all of the educational sessions during the regional training session but are not eligible for the National Training Session. Click here for more information.
Congratulations IHSA Nationals Participants!
Kansas State University at IHSA Nationals. Photo credit: L. Taylor
Congratulations to Zone 7 teams and individuals who participated in the 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Nationals May 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Kansas State University participated in the Collegiate Cup competition this year! 

Click to view
The following riders received Champion or Reserve Champion honors in their classes:

Team Walk Trot Equitation
Martin Quaney, Kansas State University, Reserve Champion

Individual Open Equitation on the Flat
Hayley Banister, Kansas State University, Reserve Champion

Click here for the full list of results from Nationals. 
Upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges Are FREE!
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:

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
Can You Answers These Questions?

1. True or false? The average horse takes about 50 breaths per minute.

2. Sweating and laying down at unusual times and disinterest in eating are all symptoms of which equine-related illness?
a. Colic
b. Founder
c. Laminitis
d. Equine Protozoal Myelitis 

3. Who was the youngest member of the United States 2012 Olympic Show Jumping Team?

To find out the answers, scroll to the bottom of eNews! And find out how your horsemanship knowledge measures up by registering to take the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by  The Plaid Horse !

HQC is a fun online quiz members 21 and younger can take for a chance to attend HQC Nationals and win prizes and scholarships to Lake Erie College.  Register here
Zone 7 Members Compete at IEA Nationals
IEA Nationals. Photo credit: Erin Keating/USHJA Archives
Congratulations to Zone 7 members who participated in the 2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat National Finals April 21-23 at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. 

The following Zone 7 teams participated:  Riding With Faith, Silent Knight and Takeoff Farm

These members were Champion or Reserve Champion in their Individual or Team Finals: 

Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Individual Final
Mackenzie Njoo, Takeoff Farm, Champion

Novice on the Flat Individual Final
Daisy Kallenberg, North Louisiana Equestrian, Reserve Champion

Future Novice on the Flat Team Final
Meredith Muirhead, Riding with Faith Equestrian, Reserve Champion
Click here to view results from IEA Nationals.
Equicore Offers Special Discount for Members
Equicore Online , the world's first platform dedicated to making horse identification simple, is now available!  USHJA members are eligible for 3 months FREE when you sign up by June 22! That's a 25% discount exclusive to USHJA members .
Benefits of Equicore Online include:
  • Search horses internationally by microchip number for immediate identification
  • Combined national and international results across countries and disciplines in one record per horse
  • Ability to search by keyword across competition results
  • Over 1.6 Million horses with more on the way
Follow Equicore Online on social media to stay up to date on new features, including exclusive features for USHJA member:
Get Ready! HQC Stable Challenge Begins June 15
Last year's prize package included a slew of great products! USHJA Archives
Mark your calendar and start studying, because the HQC Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, begins June 15!

During the 30-day challenge teams of at least three people (of any age) from a barn can take the HQC Practice Quiz and have a chance to win fantastic prize packs for their trainer/barn thanks to USHJA sponsors  Charles Owen, CWD, Equestrian Coach, Professional's Choice, Perfect Products, Rood and Riddle Equine HospitalShapley'sStandlee and The Plaid Horse. Participants who also take the Level One and Level Two HQC quizzes prior to July 15 can earn their team bonus points. Trainers must be a USHJA member to win!

Last year, Julie Gass and Cadence Equestrian Center received the prize pack for Zone 7. Who will be the winner in our zone this year? Click here for more info. 
Have You Heard about the 
USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals
Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives.
Riders who earn more than 10 points in a Jumping Seat Medal are eligible for the 
USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals . Finals will be hosted on either coast, and qualified riders may choose either location. 

The 2017 Finals are a test to determine members' interest in a 3'3" equitation final that aims to help riders gain experience in a three-phase format (gymnastics, flat, jumping) similar to that of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program. Specifications can be found here

Jumping Seat Medal Finals EAST
September 29-30
Prince George Equestrian Center
Upper Marlboro, Md. 
Jumping Seat Medal Finals WEST
International Jumping Festival-Belnheim
September 22-23
Blenheim Equisports
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 

The USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal provides Junior exhibitors with the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a Jumper-style course. Year-end awards will be awarded to the top 12 riders in both the newly formed Eastern and Western Leagues.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
June 1 Final deadline to earn Certificates of Capability for FEI North American Junior / Young Rider Championships Click for more info
June 2 Enrollment fee increases to $750 for:
  • Green Hunter Incentive Program 
  • International Hunter Derby Program
Click here for Green Hunter Incentive Program

Click here for International Hunter Derby Program
June 9 Final deadline to submit Junior and Young Rider Certificates of Capability for FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships to USEF Click for more info
June 15 USHJA HQC Stable Challenge begins Click for more info
June 18 Deadline to earn Certificates of Capability for FEI North American Children's Championships Click for more info
June 19 Deadline to submit Certificates of Capability and applications for FEI North American Children's Championships Click for more info
June 21-25 Handy Hunter Challenge 
Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II
Waco, Texas
Click for more info
June 26-30 EAP Regional Training Session at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas Click for more info
July 9-16 USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships, GO Show, Oklahoma City, Okla.  Click for more info
July 12-16 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships, GO Show, Oklahoma City, Okla. Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 7 calendar of events.
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

HQC Answers:
1. False
2. a. Colic
3. Reed Kessler

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