Emma Kurtz Wins Zone 5 Horsemanship Class and Sportsmanship Award in Memory of Patricia Haines
Zone 5 Horsemanship Class overall award winners. Photo credit: Megan Lacy/USHJA Archives
Out of a field of 40 competitors, Emma Kurtz, 16, of Hudson, Ohio, prevailed in the 2017 USHJA Zone 5 Horsemanship Class, held Sept. 21-22 during the Kentucky National Horse Show in Lexington. The prestigious class, open only to Zone 5 junior riders, required riders to excel across three phases of competition: a written horsemanship test, over fences phase and flat phase.
"It's awesome," Kurtz said about winning the class. "It's really nice, because it's a combination of a bunch of things that all have to come together."
It certainly did all come together for Kurtz and Betsee Parker's Carl, an 11-year-old bay warmblood gelding Kurtz began riding this winter. Kurtz was consistent through all three phases, taking fifth in the written test, first in the over fences and third in the flat phase. 

"He's the sweetest," she said of Carl. "He's one of my favorites. He tries so hard; he's more of a perfectionist than I am, which is hard to do! 

Emma Kurtz recieves the Zone 5 Sportsmanship Award in memory of Patricia Haines and presented by Haines' family. Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Photography
"I just want to thank his owner, she's been so kind to give me horses to ride, and she's really gotten me to a place like this today, and also my trainers are amazing."

Kurtz trains with Amanda Lyerly and Mike Rheinheimer of Madison Hills Farm, based out of Gates Mills, Ohio, and Wellington, Florida. She also rides with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley on occasion.
"She works hard and she's very, very humble," Lyerly said about Kurtz. "For as much as she wins you'd never know."
Kurtz also won the Zone 5 Sportsmanship Award in memory of Patricia Haines. The Zone 5 Committee created the award this year to honor Haines, who was an incredible horse woman and dedicated to Zone 5. She served on the Zone 5 Committee for eight years and was an integral part of supporting the Zone 5 Horsemanship Class. Click here to read more about the 2017 Zone 5 Horsemanship Class. 
Zone 5 Members Selected for the EAP National Training Session!
Congratulations to Zone 5 athletes selected for the EAP National Training Session! 

Bella Canzano,  20, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and Kelby Kane,  16, of Lexington, Ky., were selected as riders for the session. 

Natalie Radosevich, 20, of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Quinn Reed, 17, of Batavia, Ohio, were selected as stable managers, and Drew Arnold, 17, Carmel, Ind., was selected as an alternate stable manager. 

Click here to read more about who was selected to participate this year. 

The EAP National Training Session will be November 9-12 at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Athletes will learn from clinicians Peter Wylde and Anne Thornbury at the session. Auditing is free!
Bella Canzano. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives
Kelby Kane. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives

Click here  for more information about the EAP National Training Session.  Click here  for more information about the Emerging Athletes Program. 
Good Luck to WCHR Members at Capital Challenge
Congratulations to the World Championship Hunter Rider members who pre-qualified for WCHR Challenge classes at the 2017 Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which runs through October 8!  Good luck to all the riders!

Click here to view the list of pre-qualified WCHR members. Watch the live stream of Capital Challenge here.
Congratulations Zone 5 HOTY Championship Participants!
Congratulations to Zone 5 members who participated in the Zone 5 Horse of the Year Championship September 13-17 at Showplace Fall Classic I in Crete, Illinois!

Click here to view results.
Do You Know a Horse Show Staff Member Who Deserves to be Recognized?
Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives
Do you know a horse show staff member who deserves to be recognized for his/her dedication and hard work? 

Nominate them for the Vital Horse Show Staff Award by  Oct. 5 !

The award recognizes two committed horse show staff members (one from each coast) who often work behind the scenes but are essential to the success of horse shows.
Good Luck to Our Prix des States Team!
Congratulations and good luck to the team representing Zone 5 at the 2017 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) October 12-14 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania !
Giavanna Rinaldi, 17, of St. Charles, Ill., riding Always Me
Alexandra Pielet, 15, of Highland Park, Ill., riding Helene VE
Annabella Sanchez, 15, of Glencoe, Ill., riding Cassano Z
Dana Wille, 17, of Dexter, Mich., riding Mach 5
Daisy Farish, 16, of Versailles, Ky., riding Great White, Alternate
Abby Blankenship, Chef d'Equipe 

For more information about the event, click here. For live stream information, Click here
Save the Date for USHJA Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars!  The 2017 USHJA Annual Meeting is coming up December 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas! The hotel block is available on the website, and USHJA has secured discount airfare and rental car opportunities in conjunction with this year's event. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Click here for more information. Click here for the schedule of events! Registration will open soon.
Zone 5 Standings
Click the graphics below to see where you stand in year-end Zone 5 Horse of the Year and Zone 5 Stirrup Cup awards programs.

To view national USEF Horse of the Year standings, click here
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
Oct. 5 Deadline to nominate someone for the Vital Horse Show Staff Award Click here for the nomination form
Oct. 31 Deadline to apply for the Trainer Certification Program Grant Click to apply
Nov. 9-12 EAP National Training Session, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horse, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Dec. 10-14 USHJA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 5 calendar of events.
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