Get to Know Your New Committee Members:
We began introducing our new Zone 6 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.

Elizabeth Conyers , of Blue Grass, Iowa, is an amateur owner and rider. She's been involved in the sport since 1987 and before that she was an eventer and fox hunter. Her goal on the committee is to improve access and education locally and throughout the zone. Outside the sport she enjoys traveling. If she could have dinner with one equestrian she would choose Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum because she has been watching her ride for years and thinks she is a fabulous rider. 

Rae Doerring , of Des Moines, Iowa, is a trainer who teaches lessons to people of all ages. With her family also in the business, she's been involved in the sport all of her life. As a committee member she wants to participate in the governing process as much as possible and be active in helping to get things done. Outside the sport she enjoys watching her son play baseball and camping with her family. If she could have dinner with any equestrian she woud have dinner with Michael Matz because Jet Run was her favorite horse growing up.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Kieffer,  of Maple Grove, Minnesota, has been involved in the sport since she started riding at 11 years old. She has been showing horses for nearly 50 years, and tends to buy horses young and keep them for a long time. She has been involved in governance for many years serving on multiple boards including the Minnesota Hunter and Jumper Association and other USHJA committees. As a Zone 6 committee member she hopes to represent the zone and ensure that members are able to participate like all of the other zones in various USHJA programs. Outside of the sport she enjoys spending time swimming, sailing, canoeing and fishing at her family's lake in northern Minnesota. She would have dinner with Jane Marshall Dillon because when she was young, Dillon's book "A School for Young Riders" was her bible. 

Stay tuned for more introductions in next month's eNews. For more information about the Zone 6 Committee  click here
Tickets on Sale for FEI World Cup Finals!

Single-Session tickets for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals Omaha 2017 are now on sale! The world's best horses and riders in both jumping and dressage will go head-to-head for the coveted championship titles at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska on March 29 - April 2.
Previously, only series seats were available but effective immediately tickets may be purchased for individual sessions including Saturday's Dressage Freestyle that determines the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Omaha 2017 winner and the final round of jumping on Sunday, April 2, which will determine who will be the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Omaha 2017 winner. Read More
Apply for an EAP Regional Training Session! 
Grants Are Available!
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 Zone 6 include the May 29-June 2 session at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, featuring clinician Julie Winkel and stable manager Anne Thornbury, and the July 25-29 session at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, featuring clinician Kip Rosenthal and stable manager Nanci Snyder.

The deadline to apply for the early summer sessions, including the World Equestrian Center Location, is April 17, and the deadline for the late summer sessions, including the Colorado Horse Park location, is May 5. Check out the full list of Regional Training Sessions here

Zone 6 members are encouraged to apply in 2017, and travel grants are available to members to assist with travel costs. Apply for a travel grant by May 1.  For more information about EAP, visit

While we don't have a session in Zone 6 this year, the EAP Committee plans to rotate in a Zone 6 EAP location on a regular basis, so encourage your favorite local host to apply for 2018! 
Zones 5 & 6 Will Face Off in Illinois at Zone Jumper Team Championships!
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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 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 Central Regional Championships
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The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, for the Central Region (Zones 6 & 7) will be July 9-16 at GO Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

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.
Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges Coming Up!
Mark your calendars for the first three Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges! The Handy Hunter Challenges were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. There is no entry fee for Zone 6 members. Click here for more info.

Date Show Location  City/State
April 20-23 UEE Goodtime Days Quail Run Farm Elkhorn, Neb.
May 3-7 Mid States Spring North Iowa Event Center Mason City, Iowa
May 10-14 Maffitt Lake Spring Gathering I Maffit Lake Equestrian Center Cumming, Iowa

Stay tuned for more dates and locations for Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges!
Grant Money is Available for Members
Zone 6 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

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

Date Event Additional Information
March 15 Last day to apply to be Chef d'Equipe for USHJA Hunter and Jumper Championships Click here for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships

Click here for Zone Jumper Team 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
Click to apply
April 20-23 Handy Hunter Challenge,
UEE Goodtime Days at Quail Run Farm in Elkhorn, Neb. 
Click for more info
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
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