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Know Before You Show: New Rules for a New Competition YearKBFYS
Do you know the important rule changes that will be effective Dec. 1, 2017, for the 2018 competition year and affect Hunter/Jumper competition? Please take the time to review these important updates that were developed with horse and rider well-being and safety, fairness of play, and enhancing the competitive experience in mind. Click here for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved in early 2017 and will take effect for the 2018 competition year. View the entire 2018 USEF Rulebook here.

Phase I of Microchipping Rule Takes Effect 
Dec. 1, 2017 
Phase I: Beginning Dec. 1, 2017, horses competing in classes that require a USHJA Horse Registration will be required to be microchipped to receive points. 

Phase II: For the following competition year (2019), all horses that are competing in classes which require USHJA registration must be microchipped or will be ineligible to compete in Federation licensed competitions. 

Confused about Age Verification?
For the 2018 competition year, horses competing in Young Hunter classes and Jumper classes restricted by the age of the horse must have their age verified by USEF prior to competing at a USEF licensed competition. 

Don't know which format of verification your horse is eligible for? 

Join Us for the USHJA Annual Meeting!AM
Join us December 10-14 for this year's USHJA Annual Meeting!  This year's meeting will feature great keynote speakers, educational sessions, and the opportunity for you to connect with your peers and meet with Association leadership on the topics most important to you. Also, don't miss out on all of the fun and celebration at THE awards banquet of the year! 

The USHJA hotel room block closes on Nov. 13, so reserve your room soon to ensure the discounted room rate. Save on registration with the Early Bird Registration rate which closes Nov. 15
Horse Health and Wellness Series: Maintaining Horse Health During the Winter Show SeasonHRA
Photo credit: Alden Corrigan
USHJA's bimonthly series on horse health and wellness is based on guidance and input from the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee. This series aims to provide members with information they can use, along with the regular guidance of a veterinarian, to help keep their equine partners happy and healthy throughout the year.  

As the 2017 show season winds down, we begin to make plans for 2018. Some riders will stay close to home and show locally while others may venture south for the winter to compete in warmer climates. However you choose to spend your winter, it is important to plan ahead to ensure safe travels and successful showing for both you and your equine companions.

Twenty-Four Equestrians Earn Spots at USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge NationalsHQC
Each year hundreds of young equestrians vie for a spot at the United States Hunter Jumper Association Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by  The Plaid Horse . This year a record 400 members participated in the program, and 24 of the top scoring participants were awarded a spot at this year's Nationals, Nov. 10-12, at Lake Erie College.

USHJA Emerging Athlete Program Age Limit Increases to 25 Years Old in 2018EAP
Regional Training Session Locations Set

Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
In response to member requests, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to raise the maximum age of athletes eligible for the  USHJA Emerging Athletes Program  from 21 to 25 years old. Riders, ages 25 and under, who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to apply in early 2018 to participate in one of 10 Regional Training Sessions that will be held at locations across the country.

The dates and clinicians for the following 10 locations are being finalized and will be announced when available:
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Last Chance to Check Your Points!Points
The deadline to submit point corrections for USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Standings is December 15! 

Have corrections? Email corrections@usef.org by 11:59 p.m. EST December 15. 
Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! Have You Renewed Your Membership?Membership
It's that time of year! The 2018 competition year is fast approaching and it's time to renew your USHJA, USEF and affiliate memberships! 

Exciting changes this year include: 
  • Memberships running for an entire year, regardless of when members renew
  • An opportunity to sign up for auto-renewal so members don't have to worry about remembering to renew each year
  • New exclusive USHJA member benefits including discounts on airfare, rental cars and hotels

Thank you to our Life and Three-Year members as well as those who have already renewed for 2018; we look forward to serving you again and encourage you to check out the great new benefits
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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F: 859.258.9033