Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 9 Committee Members last month and continue this month! They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know them, and stay tuned for more introductions!

Clare Warren, Chair
Clare, of Woodinville, Washington, has been involved in the industry for more than 50 years. She operates Archway Equestrian, a hunter jumper facility, with her partners. As a committee member, she wants to represent the Northwest and help protect the specific needs of the area. Outside the sport she enjoys visiting National Parks. If she could pick one equestrian to have dinner with she would choose Beezie Madden to hear about how she continues to have success at the top of the sport and remain so humble. 

Max von Zimmermann, Vice Chair
Max, of Selah, Washington, is a USEF "R" jumper judge and an announcer at many shows in the United States and in Canada. He has been an official for 15 years and been in the industry for more than 25 years. As a committee member he wants to make sure help members be informed about USHJA programs, answer questions and help represent members in the zone. He said his hobbies are golf, fishing, hiking, dogs and his wife, but not necessarily in that order. 

Martha Price, Member
Martha, of Dubois, Wyoming, began riding when she was in kindergarten. Lessons turned into owning her first pony, and she's owned horses ever since. She is now an adult amateur hunter rider and has been involved in the sport for about 35 years. She wants to be a voice for amateurs in the zone as a committee member. Outside of horses she enjoys skiing and ice hockey. She works as a Civil Engineer, owns two Holsteiner hunters and has three dogs. 

Nora Thomas, Member
Nora, of Bellevue, Washington, has been riding since she was 7 years old and is involved in the sport as a professional trainer, rider as well as owner. She and her husband, Morgan, work together selling horses through their company Norgan and also manage and train at Parkside Stables. Her goal as a committee member is to be a voice for members who ride competitively and train. She has two children Harry, 9, and Lil, 5. If she could have dinner with any equestrian she would choose Rodney Jenkins because he was her idol when she went to WEF the first year as a teen.  

Stay tuned for more introductions in next month's eNews. For more information about your Zone 9 Committee,  click here
Zones 9 & 10 Will Face Off in California at Zone Jumper Team Championships!
Photo credit: McCool Photography
The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships will be November 10-12 at National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, California.

If you're competing at the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper (1.10/1.15m), 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur Jumper, or 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper sections, you won't want to miss this exciting team Championships held in a Nations Cup-style format for all three fence heights for the first time this year. 

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
What's Your Horsemanship IQ?

Take the 2017 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge,  presented by The Plaid Horse. 

Find out how your horsemanship knowledge measures up! Register and take the online quizzes for a chance to compete at the HQC Nationals and win great prizes.   

Click here for more information. Register here
Apply for the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter West Regional Championships
Photo credit: Tricia Booker
The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the West Region (Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12) will be July 18-23 at Oregon High Desert Classic I in Bend, Oregon.

Last year, this set of Championships introduced Hunter riders to a new, exciting kind of team championship.  To attend the Championships this year: 
  1. Apply online at 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. 

In 2018, these championships will be moving toward a zone-based structure similar to that of the Zone Jumper Team Championships. Stay tuned for more information about those changes for 2018.

Visit for more information.
EAP Regional Training Session Dates and Locations Announced
Applications are now open for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions.

Are you proficient at 1.10m jumper-style courses? Are you under 21? This could be the opportunity you've been looking for.
Sessions closest to 9 include the July 19-23 session at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, California, featuring clinician Geoff Teall and stable manager Nanci Snyder, and the July 25-29 session at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, with clinician Kip Rosenthal and stable manager Nanci Snyder.

The deadline to apply for the late summer sessions, including the sessions at Sonoma and Colorado horse parks, is May 5, and the deadline for the early summer sessions is April 17. Check out the full list of Regional Training Sessions here

Zone 9 members are encouraged to apply in 2017, and travel grants will be available to members to assist with travel costs.  For more information about EAP, visit

While we don't have a session in Zone 9 this year, the EAP Committee plans to rotate in a Zone 9 EAP location on a regular basis, so encourage your favorite local host to apply for 2018! 
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 9
May 19-21
Potcreek Meadow Farm, Redmond, Washington
Watch talented riders receive instruction over 3', 3'6", and 4' courses set on the grass grand prix field with open water, ditches, and elevated bank. 
Includes daily round table discussions with the former coach of the US Team.

Click here for the USHJA Directory of Clinics
Grant Money Will be Available for Members!
Zone 9 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program or Trainer Certification Program. Click the links below to apply for these grants!

Click to apply
Deadline: May 1

Click to apply
Deadline: Oct. 31

Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
March 15 Last day for professionals to apply to be a Chef d'Equipe for USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships and Zone Jumper Team Championships Click here for Ch/AA Hunter Championships Chef Apps

Click here for Ch/AA Zone Jumper Team Championships Chef Apps
April 1 Deadline to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals Click here to apply
April 17 Deadline to apply for early summer EAP Regional Training Sessions Click here to apply
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. 
Click here to apply
May 1 Deadline to apply for: 
  • Zone Jumper 
    Team Championships 
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
Apply for Zone Jumper Team Championships

Apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Deadline to apply for EAP Travel Grant Click here to apply
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click here to apply
We Want to Hear from You!
The Zone 9 newsletter provides us a great opportunity to hear from our members! If you have a success story, photos or other accomplishments you'd like to share, please send them here for possible inclusion in Zone 9 eNews or on the Zone 9 Facebook page
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 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033