Just Announced: USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program; Applications Reopen for Zone Jumper Team Championships
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.

To allow for maximum participation in the first year of this exciting opportunity, the USHJA has reopened the application period and extended the 20 point minimum requirement for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for our zone. USHJA will accept riders on until all spots are filled or 45 days prior to our zone's Championships, whichever occurs first. All riders who applied and met the criteria at the time of the original application closing deadline of May 1 will be invited to the Championships.

Note our new deadline and APPLY!! This is your chance to get identified by sport leadership! Click here to read more about the program.

Constitution Classic  
August 25-27, 2017  
Culpeper, Virginia
Application Deadline and Points Lock: July 10
Congratulations IHSA Nationals Participants!
SCAD members participate in the Parade of Teams. Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives
The College of Charleston. Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives

Congratulations to Zone 4 teams and individuals who participated in the 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Nationals May 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

The College of Charleston and Savannah College of Arts and Design participated in the Collegiate Cup competition this year, and SCAD took home top honors! 

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

Lillian Hilgers, SCAD, Champion
Emilia Vawter, College of Charleston, Reserve Champion

Individual Novice Equitation on the Flat
Caroline Biggs, Vanderbilt University, Champion

Team Intermediate Equitation on the Flat
Madison Albano, SCAD, Champion

Team Intermediate Equitation Over Fences
Madison Albano, SCAD, Champion

Team Open Equitation on the Flat
Tatum Tatreau, SCAD, Reserve Champion

Team Open Equitation Over Fences
Tatum Tatreau, SCAD, Champion

Click here for the full list of results from Nationals. 
Do You Know These Answers?

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
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,  Madison Brown and Garnet Hill Farm  won the prize pack for Zone 4 . Who will be the winner in our zone this year? Click here for more info. 
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:
Try a Handy Hunter Classic for FREE!
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classics! The Handy Hunter Classics were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. Entries are FREE! Upcoming classics:

July 18-20
Camp Fox Lea
Fox Lea Farm
Venice, Fla.
July 23-26
Plain Brown Wrapper
Fox Lea Farm
Venice, Fla.

For the full list of Handy Hunter Classics, click here.
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.
Zone 4 Members Compete at IEA Nationals!
Storybrook Jr. Cougars. Photo credit: Erin Keating/USHJA Archives
Congratulations to Zone 4 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 4 teams participated:  Big Bend,  Fortitude Farm,  Middle GA,  Pecan Lane,  Storybook Jr. Cougars and T rottin' Tigers.

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

Varsity Open Championship 
Abbey Whitmer, Tuscaloosa Equestrian Team, Champion

Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Individual Final
Katherine Robinson, Hammond School, Reserve Champion

Novice on the Flat Individual Final
Grace Skillman, Storybook Jr. Cougars, Champion

Future Novice on the Flat Individual Final
Kylie Myers, Team Smoak Meadow, Reserve Champion

Future Beginner on the Flat Individual Final
Addie Hanckel, Storybook Jr. Cougars, Champion

Future Beginner on the Flat Team Final
Addie Hanckel, Storybook Jr. Cougars, Reserve Champion

Future Intermediate on the Flat Team Final
Kylee Pitt, Trottin' Tigers, Reserve Champion
Click here to view results from IEA Nationals.
Upcoming Clinics in Zone 4
USHJA Zone 4 presents 
June 19
Georgia International Horse Park
Conyers, Ga.

George Morris Clinics
South Carolina Equine Park
Camden, S.C.
Blackjack Farms
Birmingham, Ala.

Dec. 16-18
Blackjack Farms
Birmingham, Ala.

Click here for the directory of clinics. For more information on getting a clinic listed on the directory, click here
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 11-15 EAP Regional Training Session at Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Ga. Click here for auditing info
June 15 USHJA HQC Stable Challenge begins Click for more info
June 18 Deadline to earn Certificate of Capability for FEI North American Children's Championships Click for more info
June 19 Deadline to submit Certificate of Capability and applications for FEI North American Children's Championships Click for more info
June 21-25 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter South Regional Championships, Atlanta Summer Classic, Conyers, Ga.  Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 4 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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