Committee Corner
It's hard to believe medal final season is already upon us! After all of their hard work, riders are proving they can handle the pressure and rise up to the challenge in competition. Speaking of rising to the challenge, we must congratulate Jenny Karazissis and Augusta Iwasaki on their huge wins in the hunter ring at HITS Saugerties! Jenny won the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern Hunter Prix Finals and Augusta won the $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. You can read more about their wins in this newsletter. Good luck to all of our competitors as we enter the busy fall show season!

Kathy Hobstetter
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee

Congratulations to Zone 10 Members Selected for the EAP National Training Session!

Pictured from top left to right are Nicole Beales, Kit Cunningham, Cecily Hayes, Cece Manze, Sydney Shelby and Sydnie Young. Photo credits: Alden Corrigan Media, Kim Miller for EQ Sol/USHJA Archives and Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives

Congratulations to Zone 10 members who were selected to attend the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session this year at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College in Ohio! The session will be November 9-12, and athletes will learn from clinicians Peter Wylde and Anne Thornbury. 
Click here to read more about who was selected to participate this year. 

National Training Session Riders: 
  • Nicole Beales, 15, Okland, Calif.
  • Kit Cunningham, 17, Thermal, Calif.
  • Cecily Hayes, 16, Brentwood, Calif.
  • Cece Manze, 19, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
  • Sydney Shelby, 14, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Sydnie Young, 14, Loomis, Calif.
National Training Session Alternate Rider
  • Grace Towle, 18, Mill Valley, Calif.
National Training Session Alternate Stable Manager
  • Taylor Wohler, 16, Folsom, Calif.

Pictured are Grace Towle, left, and Taylor Wohler. Photo credit: Alden Corrigan Media
Zone 10 Championships and Medal Challenges Coming Up

Zone 10 Medal Challenge North 
Oct. 5-8 
Elk Grove, Calif

Zone 10 Medal Challenge South
Oct. 19-22
Burbank, Calif. 

Zone 10 HOTY and Age Group Equitation Championship South
Nov. 1-5
Thermal, Claif. 
Payton Potter Victorious in Inaugural USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals-West
Payton Potter and Pacord. Photo credit: McCool Photography
Congratulations to our Payton Potter, 14, of Modesto, California, who took home top honors at the inaugural USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals-West at the International Jumping Festival (Sept 20-24). 

Breanna Bunevacz, 13, of Valencia, California was second place, and Juliette Joseph, 14, of Del Mar, California, came in third.  Click here to read more. 

This special medal class provides Junior riders with the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a jumper style course. The Jumping Seat Medal Finals were similar to the Talent Search Finals and gave Junior riders the chance to experience that style of competition at a lower height.
The International Jumping Festival also hosted the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, which is a hallmark competition for young riders with the Finals testing all aspects of their riding ability over flat, gymnastics, and jumping phases. 
In addition, riders had the opportunity to compete in the USEF Zones 8, 9, and 10 Adult Equitation Regional Finals and the USHJA Zones 8, 9, and 10 Hunter Seat Medal Regional Finals. Check out next month's newsletter for more coverage of these fantastic classes!
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.
USHJA Annual Meeting is Around the Corner
The USHJA Annual Meeting is coming up quickly! This year's event will be December 10-14 in San Antonio, Texas. This is a great opportunity for Zone 10 members to hear about upcoming rule changes, voice your thoughts to your committee members, and participate in shaping the future of our sport. Additionally, you will get to know USHJA members from all over the country through fun social events, including special awards presentations, dinners and mixers.
For more information, including hotel and transportation options, click here   For questions or concerns, please contact Jill Insko at or (859) 225-6716. We hope to see you there!
Good Luck to Our Prix des States Team Members!
Congratulations and good luck to the members representing Zone 10 at the 2017 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) October 12-14 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!

   Hayden Zadel, 16, of Monte Sereno, Calif., riding Triskel de Kerliven
Hannah Loly, 14, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., riding Ayma de la Demi Lune
Natalie Dean, 17, of Palo Alto, Calif., riding Mary Poppins
Liz Hutchinson, Chef d'Equipe

For more information about the event, click here. For live stream information, Click here
Do You Know Someone 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.
Zone 10 Riders Make an Impact at HITS Saugerties
Congratulations to Zone 10 riders Jenny Karazissis and Augusta Iwasaki who made headlines at HITS Saugerties! Jenny and Undeniable (Hope Town Farms, owner) had a flawless final round in the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern Hunter Prix Finals, earning the highest individual score of the evening, a 92, and taking home the blue ribbon and the lion's share of the substantial prize money. The week was a memorable one for Jenny as she and Big Shot (Dulcie Lou Morris, owner) won the Stal Hendrix Green Hunter Futurity earlier in the week.
Thirteen-year-old Augusta proved she could handle the pressure in the hunter ring, competing in the prestigious $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix for the first time. She and Small Adventure (Iwasaki & Reilley, owner) impressed the judges and extended their lead by a wide margin in the third and final rounds.  Augusta was thrilled to come home with the win.
Zone 10 Standings
Click the graphics below to see where you stand in year-end Zone 10 Horse of the Year and Zone 10 Stirrup Cup awards programs.

To view national USEF Horse of the Year standings, click here
Zone 10 Rider Photo Highlight
Dylan Laiken (Georges Bittar, trainer) and her Callao. Photo by Anwar Esquivel

Thirteen-year-old Dylan Laiken has had a tremendous season, earning gold medals in both the team and individual competitions of the inaugural Children's division at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships.  She and Callao were the only pair to have zero faults throughout the entire competition.  

"It felt amazing to bring home the gold medals.  It's still hard to believe it really happened. I couldn't ask for a better horse for this competition. Callao is wonderful," Dylan shared. "I tried not to overthink it and just focused on riding. My trainer told me to 'Go in and dance,' and that's what we tried to do!"  

Dylan has continued to impress, participating in the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) Regional Session and winning the $15,000 Seahorse Open Jumper Classic at the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show (Sept 8-10). 

"Next season, I'm looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Juniors and also jumping in some grands prix."
Upcoming Events
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 for the application
Oct. 5-8 Zone 10 Medal Challenge North, Elk Grove, Calif.  Click for more info
Oct. 12-14 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States), Harrisburg, Pa.  Click for more info
Oct. 19-22  Zone 10 Medal Challenge South, Burbank, Calif.  Click for more info
Oct. 31 Deadline to apply for the Trainer Certification Program Grant Click for more info 
Nov. 1-5 Zone 10 HOTY and Age Group Equitation Championship South, Thermal, Calif.  Click for more info
Nov. 9-12 EAP National Training Session, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships, Thermal, Calif.  Click for more info
Nov. 18-19 Julie Winkel Clinic, Del Mar, Calif. Click for more info
Nov. 21 Zone 10 Volker Schmidt Course Designing Clinic, Burbank, Calif. Click for more info
Nov. 30-Dec. 3 Geoff Teall Clinic, Sacramento, Calif. Click for more info
Dec. 10-14 USHJA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 10 calendar of events.
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

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