March 2018
Your Monthly USHJA News & Updates
We hope you enjoy the new layout of your monthly USHJA News & Updates, which aims to be more mobile friendly. In this edition, you will learn about the new Aon/USHJA National Championships, important information about legislation affecting the equine industry, new discounts from USHJA Sponsors and providers, and a round up of recent sport news.
Introducing the Aon/USHJA National Championships
The Aon/USHJA National Championships make their debut in 2018 at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, Nov. 13-18, in Las Vegas, Nev. 

The Aon/USHJA National Championships will feature National Hunter Championships for Amateur Owner Hunters, Junior Hunters, Pony Hunters, Green Hunters, Adult Amateur Hunters and Children’s Hunters. They will also include the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships with eight sections of Jumper competition from 1.10m to 1.40m for Junior, Amateur and Open Jumper competitors. The Championships will feature the first of its kind USHJA Affiliates Championships at fence heights of 2’ and 2’6”, and the Championships will offer the USHJA National Equitation Championships for riders 14 and under and those 15-17. Riders will compete for national titles and have an opportunity to earn Horse of the Year points in their sections.

The Championships will take place during The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, which is held at the South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa’s unique Arena & Equestrian Center. 
American Horse Council Provides Updates and Information About ELD and CDL Regulations
According to the American Horse Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with AHC staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification, by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry.  Read the full news release here.

Additionally, today the FMCSA announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety. FMCSA is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours-of-service exemption and personal conveyance. Read the full news release here.

The AHC has also made a variety of resources available to help the equine industry navigate the introduction of the Electronic Logging Device Mandate in Dec. 2017. Access these resources here.
USHJA Certified Trainer Analytics Help You Find the Right Match
If you read the USHJA In Stride "Taking Ownership" series last year, you may remember an article that focused on the importance of choosing the right trainer. Our sport is made up of tremendous professionals, and finding the right fit for you and your goals is critical to your satisfaction in the sport.

The USHJA Certified Trainers Directory provides narrative and data-driven information about trainers who have gone through the certification process. The directory is a resource for researching trainers and allows users to search by location, trainer name or business name. Learn more about the USHJA Trainer Certification Program here.
Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Signed Into Law
From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 has been signed into law, becoming effective immediately. The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department, within 24 hours. Failure to report is subject to criminal penalties. Read more about this important legislation.
Applications Open for New USHJA Foundation J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant
The USHJA Foundation is pleased to open applications for the 2018 USHJA Foundation J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant, which provides $1,000 to one junior rider who has qualified for a select national equitation championship at a fence height of 3' or higher. Completed applications must be received by August 1, 2018.

Platinum Performance Expands Title Sponsorship to 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
Continues title sponsorship of the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce Platinum Performance® is expanding its sponsorship with the USHJA to include the title sponsorship for the 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship while continuing as the title sponsor of the 2018 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships. The Championship will now be known as the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, which will take place August 16-18, 2018 in the heart of horse country at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

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