Committee Corner
The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit is in full swing, bringing top riders to Thermal, California. Many of our Zone 10 riders, juniors, amateurs, and professionals, have been enjoying the opening weeks of the circuit. In March, we look forward to the exciting conclusion which will feature a $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix. Good luck to all our competitors!
Kathy Hobstetter
Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Vice Chair, Zone 10 Committee

Meet Your New Zone 10 Committee Members
This month, we finish meeting the last of our Zone 10 Committee members, who represent a wide variety of experience across all disciplines.  
New  Zone 10 
Committee Members

Chair Kathy Hobstetter
Vice Chair Ned Glynn
Treasurer Denise Finch
Kay Altheuser
Vanessa Bartsch
Michael Curtis
Katie Gardner
Kelly Maddox
Jenni McAllister
Kelly McKnight
Hunter Messineo
Lynn Mullins
James Waldman
Stephanie Wheeler

Kathy Hobstetter has spent many years giving back to the sport as a longtime member and previous Chair of the Zone 10 Hunter Committee, earning a USHJA President's Distinguished Service Award for her efforts. In addition, Kathy is also an active writer, anchoring's California coverage and running iJump Sports.
Ned Glynn is also a longtime member and previous Co-Chair of the Zone 10 Jumper Committee. He and his wife, Hope, head up Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma and Ned brings his many years of riding and training experience to the committee.
Denise Finch is the head trainer and owner of Hunter's Edge in Las Vegas. She is a USHJA Certified Trainer and is constantly furthering her education by attending and hosting clinics with top professionals as well as working closely with mentors Mark Bone and Buck Brannaman.
Kay Altheuser is a key part of the management at Elvenstar Show Stables, serving as a trainer and manager for the past 17 years. She is also a USEF 'R' licensed hunter/equitation judge and the Vice President of the LAHJA Board of Directors.
Joe Fargis and Geoff Teall to Lead EAP Regional Training Sessions in Zone 10
Two Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions are coming to Zone 10!

Are you proficient at 1.10m jumper-style courses? Are you under 21? This could be the opportunity you've been looking for.

The July 12-16 session will be at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California, featuring clinician Joe Fargis and stable manager Anne Thornbury, and the July 19-23 session will be at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, California, with clinician Geoff Teall and stable manager Nanci Snyder! To participate in these sessions or any of the late summer training sessions, apply by May 5. The deadline for early summer training sessions is April 17.

Click here to view the full list of training sessions. Applications are now open ! 

For more information about EAP, visit
Congratulations 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Larry Langer
Photo courtesy of Marnye Langer
When you review the list of Larry Langer's accomplishments in the equestrian industry, it is not difficult to see why he was chosen to receive the 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Highlights of his career include managing the 1992 World Cup Jumping Finals in Del Mar, Calif., serving as the show jumping competition manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and producing the first multi-ring hunter/jumper shows in California.  He has served on countless committees and bo
ards, earning the 2008 California Professional Horsemen's Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association President's Award, the USHJA Distinguished Service Award five times, and now the 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award.
"It was truly a very special honor. Obviously, it's not an award that is given out frivolously," Larry commented. "With a membership of 80,000 members, the USEF certainly could have picked a lot of people other than me! But I am truly, truly honored the selection committee chose me for the award this year." 

Zones 9 & 10 Will Face Off in California at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships
Photo credit: McCool Photography
The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Zone Jumper 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 1Earn 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
Grant Money Available to Members
Zone 10 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in the Emerging Athletes Program or Trainer Certification Program this year. Click the links below to apply for these grants!

Click to apply
Deadline: May 1

Click to apply
Deadline: Oct. 31

Apply for 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.
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 10
April 14-16
Pair of Aces Stables
Reno, Nevada 
Riding fee: $675, Auditing fee: $30/day

Click here for the USHJA Directory of Clinics
What's Your Horsemanship IQ?

Registration for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by  The Plaid Horseis officially open!

HQC is an online competition that encourages education and recognizes young equestrians who have exceptional equine knowledge. It's a wonderful opportunity for young riders to get involved and learn more about horsemanship. 

The top 24 qualified participants will have the opportunity to attend HQC Nationals in the fall where they could win educational grants up to $2,000, scholarships from Lake Erie College up to $3,000, and a Charles Owen Helmet. Learn more about nationals here

"HQC Nationals was as much a learning experience as a competition," Toni Anderson, a Zone 10 member who attended HQC Nationals, shared, "And it was wonderful to make friends with so many other young motivated equestrians and spend time with talented instructors who want to teach and share their knowledge with you."

The program is free and runs until September 1. Participants must be USHJA members and under 21 years of age. Click here for more information. Register here
Zone 10 Rider Photo Highlight
Sophia Mossman and her Carré compete in the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40M Grand Prix at the Blenheim June Classic. Photo credit: Haley Green
Sophia Mossman (Cam and Becky Smith, trainers) and her Carré were a force to be reckoned with last year, placing in the top ten of several grands prix and earning the USHJA Zone 10 Horse of the Year Reserve Championship in the 1.40M/1.45M Junior Jumper section.

"Carré has been absolutely phenomenal," Sophia shared. "I rode him the Markel Insurance Grand Prix Finals and at the Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Riders Finals in Las Vegas. I'm now balancing riding competitively and being a student at USC, so I hope we can continue our success this year!"
Upcoming Events
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 14-16 Greg Best Clinic, Pair of Aces Stables, Reno, Nev.  Click for more info
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
*Includes the Zone 10 sessions
Click here to apply
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 
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Lexington, KY 40511
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