Get to Know Your Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 5 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 next month.

Heather Pinnick
Heather, of Hamilton, Ohio, is the director of riding and head coach for Miami University Equestrian. She's been involved in the sport since she was a child. As a committee member she wants to help increase affiliate awareness in the zone and increase participation in the zone. Her other hobbies include spending time with her children and gardening. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose Bert de Nemethy. 

Elaine Schott
Elaine, of Versailles, Kentucky, has been involved with horses for 40 years. Transitioning from eventing to hunters and jumpers, she is now a USHJA Certified Trainer and owns River Mountain Farm. She also has experience in the Thoroughbred sales industry. She has been involved with several committees including the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Committee and was former president of the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association. Her other hobbies include photography and watching her son play polo. 

George "Skip" Thornbury
Skip, of Goshen, Ohio, has been involved with the sport for 35 years. He is a professional, judge and serves on several committees including serving on the board of directors for both USHJA and USEF. As a zone committee member, he would like to work toward making Zone 5 be the best that it can be. 

Stay tuned for more committee member introductions in next month's eNews. For more information about the Zone 5 Committee, click here
Julie Winkel & Anne Thornbury to Lead EAP Regional Training Session in Zone 5!
An Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session is coming to Zone 5! 

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

The May 29-June 2 session will be at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, and will feature clinician Julie Winkel and stable manager Anne Thornbury. To participate in this clinic or any of the early summer training sessions apply by April 17. To participate in a late summer training session apply by May 5.

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

For more information about EAP, visit
Congratulations to Debbie Bass and Maypine Farm
2016 WCHR Hunter of the Year Truman, owned by Debbie Bass and Maypine Farm. Photo credit: The Book LLC
When Zone 5's Debbie Bass purchased Truman (Arpeggio----- Roxana), a bay Westphalian gelding, he wasn't the horse she was looking to buy, but she recognized his talent immediately. 

"I'm just so incredibly lucky to be associated with him," said Bass. "I was looking for an experienced derby horse, and then I got the call [about him]... I'm so fortunate."

On February 18, the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program recognized his tremendous achievements and talent with the title of 2016 WCHR Hunter of the Year, the recipient of the Peter Wetherill Cup, during the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Read more.
Zones 5 & 6 Will Face Off in Illinois at the Zone Jumper Team Championships
Photo credit: Marketing4Equestrians
The USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships will be  August 11-13 at Showplace End of Summer in Crete, Illinois.

If you're competing in 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 Championship 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
Congratulations to Lynn Jayne
Steve Rector, Caroline Weeden, Bill Rube and Jennifer Burger present Lynn Jayne, joined by her daughter Natalie Jayne, with the 2016 USHJA Foundation Meritorious Medal of Service. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Congratulations to Zone 5's Lynn Jayne, of Elgin, Illinois, on receiving the 2017 USHJA Foundation Meritorious Medal of Service. 

The award was presented to Jayne during WCHR Week to honor her  significant contributions to the Foundation and the hunter/jumper community. Jayne, the first USHJA Foundation president, brought the Foundation from a fledgling idea to the exceptional organization it is today. From 2007-16, Jayne worked tirelessly leading the effort to grow the capacity and impact of the organization. She continues to serve the organization's mission as a Board member.
Apply for the Children's and Adult Amateur 
Hunter North Regional Championships
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The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the North Region (Zones 1, 2 & 5) will be  August 9-13 at Showplace End of Summer in Crete, Illinois, at the new Balmoral Park! 

Last year, this set of Championships introduced Hunter riders to a new, exciting kind of team championship. Rider applications for the championships are now open.  To attend these Championships: 
  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. 

Visit for more information.
Grant Money Available for Members
Zone 5 has  grant money available for members who are interested in participating in various USHJA Programs this year. Click the links below to apply for these grants!

Click to apply
Deadline: May 1

Click to apply
Deadline: Oct. 31

Click to apply
Deadline: July 1
Upcoming Clinic in Zone 5
May 7-9 
Buena Vista Farm
Zion, Illinois 

Click here to view the USHJA Directory of Clinics
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 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships

Click here for Zone Jumper Championships
April 1 Last day to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals Click for more info
April 17 Deadline to apply for early summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
*This includes Zone 5 session
Click to apply
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. 
Click for more info
May 1 Last day to apply for: 
  • Zone Jumper Team
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships

Click to apply for Zone Jumper Team Championships

Click to apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Deadline to apply for EAP Travel Grant Apply here
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click to apply
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
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
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Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033