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Get the Full Recap from the 2017 USHJA Annual Meeting!InStride

Get the full recap from the 2017 USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center and held in San Antonio, Texas, in the digital-only special issue of USHJA In Stride. 

Read how USHJA leadership and members worked to build and strengthen our sport through collaboration and education and how members were recognized and celebrated for their achievements during the annual Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner.

USHJA extends a special thank you to all of the Annual Meeting sponsors for their support of this event. 
USHJA Gold Star Clinics DebutGoldStar
USHJA Gold Star Clinic-East Participants. Photo: Jump Media LLC/USHJA
The inaugural United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic - East hosted a Nations Cup competition on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

The team competition was the culmination of the clinic's three preceding days of intensive training and instruction from numerous top clinicians and presenters, including lead clinician Richard Spooner. Complete video coverage of the Gold Star Clinic-East can be viewed on demand at EQSports.net

Richard Spooner will lead the Gold Star Clinic-West along with USEF High Performance Athletes and industry professionals. Photo: Jump Media LLC/USHJA 
The  United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce  the athletes who will participate in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic - West, featuring lead clinician Richard Spooner, who will be supported by multiple high performance athletes and top industry professionals. The four-day intensive mounted and unmounted clinic will take place Jan. 18-21 at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

The Gold Star Clinic - West Coast will be live streamed at  EQSports.netbeginning Jan. 18, and both the East and West coast clinics will be available on demand at EQSports.net. USHJA members are eligible for a 50 percent discount on their subscription when they subscribe
You're Invited! WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular & GalaPBS
You're invited! Table sales are now open for the 2018 $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala on Saturday, February 17. Watch top hunters compete for the title of Champion under the lights of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, during Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival. 

Named to honor the great Peter Wetherill, whose love for the Hunters and belief that they deserved special recognition, this class truly embodies the history and tradition of our sport. As we mark the 22nd year of the Spectacular, this year's theme "A Toast to Excellence" will celebrate the history of the WCHR Program and the horses, riders and owners who have shaped and defined the Hunter discipline. Join us in celebrating that history by purchasing a table at the accompanying gala and enjoy the best seats in the house for this spectacular event.

Seating is done on a first come, first served basis and a limited number of tables for eight are available, so purchase yours today at www.ushja.org/WCHRSpectacular!
USHJA Welcomes Parlanti as the Official Riding BootParlanti
The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to welcome Parlanti as the Official Riding Boot of the USHJA for 2018. 

Parlanti has produced equestrian boots, footwear and leather goods in Tivoli, Italy, for more than 30 years. Today, the brand outfits some of the top Hunter/Jumper athletes in the world, including Kent Farrington, Jessica Springsteen and Lucy Davis.   
Longeing with Purpose: In SpanishLongeingSpanish
Longeing can be a wonderful training tool for rider and horse if used in an appropriate manner with correct equipment and in a safe and secure location. It is also important for trainers to teach and enforce proper longeing techniques employed by their staff, both at home and at competitions.  This short educational video, created by the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee, and now available in English and Spanish, provides guidance on appropriate longeing techniques. 

We encourage you to share this video with Spanish speaking staff, employees, barn mates and friends. 

Longeing With Purpose: Spanish Version
Longeing With Purpose: Spanish Version

Click here to share the Spanish version.

Click here to share the English version. 
Turn the Dream of Pony Finals into RealityGochGrant
Olivia deStanley was all smiles during her Pony Finals experience in 2017. Rachel Sowinski/USHJA
The USHJA Foundation has opened applications to the 2018 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm to interested USHJA members. Completed applications are due to the USHJA Foundation April 6, 2018.

Each year, the Foundation awards this grant to provide riders who exemplify the qualities that are most important in our sport --- sportsmanship, tenacity, and horsemanship --- the opportunity to go to Pony Finals. 

Riders may apply online, using the applications materials available at www.ushjafoundation.org/gochmangrant.
Do You Own a Green Hunter or Derby Horse? Enroll Today and Save!Enroll
Photo: Tricia Booker/USHJA
USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program

Enroll your 3'0", 3'3", 3'6" or 3'9" Green Hunter to participate in USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake Classes and to be eligible for the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. Enrollment is just $350 through Feb. 1. Enrollment will increase to $550 on Feb. 2. 

USHJA International Hunter Derby Program
Do you have a competitive Derby mount? Enroll today and save! Enrollment is just $350 through Feb. 1, and will increase to $550 on Feb. 2. Horses must be enrolled in the program to be eligible for inclusion on the regional and national money won tracking lists, and to participate in the International Hunter Derby Championship. 
New Year, New OpportunitiesCalofEvent
Resolve to try something new in 2018! Did you know that USHJA has a wide variety of competitive opportunities for members at all levels? Check them out below!
To see all competitive and educational opportunities available to USHJA members, visit ushja.org/programs
Watch On Demand! 2018 USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session GHM
Did you miss the 2018 USEFGeorge H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, presented by USHJA? Watch it all on demand on USEF Network!

Twelve up-and-coming athletes and three stable managers were selected to participate in the Jan. 5-7 clinic, held at the The Global Dressage Venue in Wellington, Fla. On demand video of all mounted instruction, led by Olympians Kent Farrington, Anne Kursinski and McLain Ward, is now available on USEF Network. 
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
Charles Owen
Rood and Riddle
Additional USHJA Sponsors & Partners

United States Hunter Jumper Association
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