Committee Corner
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of stress and uncertainty for our members in both Northern and Southern California facing devastating fires. In times of crisis, we truly see how strong the equestrian community is. Horse people from all disciplines across the state have come together to help with evacuations, offer temporary stabling, and take care of horses that aren't their own. We are extremely grateful for everyone who helped transport and shelter horses, who donated food, water, and supplies, and who risked their own safety to help rescue horses in need.  While most barns were spared by the fires, there are those that were not as lucky.  This is why the USHJA Foundation's Horseman's Assistance Fund was created. If you need assistance, please consider applying, or if you know someone in need, please spread the word. We are lucky to be a part of such a great community in Zone 10, and we hope everyone's barn life can return to normal soon!

Kathy Hobstetter
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Co-Chair, Zone 10 Committee

Let Your Voice be Heard by Nov. 3

Click here to view proposed rules and submit your feedback. 
Good Luck to Riders Competing at USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships!
Good luck to our Zone 10 members competing at the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships at National Sunshine Series II November 10-12 at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California! 

Zone 10 Children's
  • Kate Abajian, Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • Kaeley Aroesty, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
  • Keighley Bader, Reno, Nev.
  • Violet Barnett, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Amelie Louise Bittar, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Veronica Bustamante, Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Maud Christal, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Mackenzie Kelley, Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.
  • Trent Mcgee, Granada Hills, Calif.
  • Anna Moellenhoff, Laguna Beach, Calif.
  • Erin Nichols, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Catherine Nolan, San Diego, Calif.
  • Emma Pacyna, Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Naomi Rubin, Portola Valley, Calif.
  • Tanna Seltzer, Encinitas, Calif.
  • Daniella Sternberg, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Ryan Sullivan, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • Mackenzie Sullivan, Bonsall, Calif.
  • Carson Wayte, Clovis, Calif.
  • Phoebe White, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Claire Williamson, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Allison Yantos, San Diego, Calif.
  • Marielle Zoretic, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Zone 10 Adult Amateurs
  • Megan Bielinski, Henderson, Nev.
  • Barbara Blasko, Fallbrook, Calif.
  • Melanie Brooks, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Tara Brown-Stocks, Coto De Caza, Calif.
  • Alexis Georgeson, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Healy Henderson, Coronado, Calif.
  • Rory Ingels, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • Amanda Lamb, Newport Coast, Calif.
  • Sara Mast, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Jerra Mays, Hemet, Calif.
  • Aubrie Munson, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Monica Peck, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Kati Traunweiser, Pasadena, Calif.
Zone 10 1.20/1.25m Juniors
  • Claire Archer, Atherton, Calif.
  • Virginia Bonnie, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Katie Browne, Montecito, Calif.
  • Clea Caddell, Carmel, Calif.
  • Amelia Enzminger, Altadena, Calif.
  • Rachel Freer, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
  • Dylan Laiken, La Canada, Calif.
  • Alexa Leong, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Lexie Looker, San Dimas, Calif.
  • Kaitlyn Lovingfoss, Canyon Country, Calif.
Zone 10 1.20/1.25m Amateurs
  • Susan Azad, La Canada, Calif.
  • Lauren Craft, Fallbrook, Calif.
  • Marnye Langer, Burbank, Calif.
  • Jasmin Reed, Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Molly Volkland, Dana Point, Calif.
  • Shelly Wilson, Ventura, Calif. 
Zone 10 1.30/1.35m Juniors
  • Lauren Anderson, Calabasas, Calif.
  • Alyce Bittar, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Romina Fimbres, San Ysidro, Calif.
  • Maggie Kehring, Woodside, Calif.
  • Behrad Moussavi, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Sophia Siegel, Portola Valley, Calif.
Zone 10 1.30/1.30m Amateurs
  • Simonne Berg, Tiburon, Calif.
  • Claire Follmer, Westlake Village, Calif.
  • Karen Gamble, Atascadero, Calif.
  • Mary Looke, Houston, Calif.
  • Erin Murphy, Moorpark, Calif. 
Special thanks to Zone 10 Chef d'Equipe Sally Hudson for leading the teams!
For more information about the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, click here .
Ava Lakey Tops USHJA Zone 10 Medal Challenge North 3'0"
The USHJA Zone 10 Medal Challenge North 3'0" was held at the Let's Show Fall Festival (Oct 5-8) in Elk Grove, Calif. Ava Lakey (Denize Borges, trainer) and her Concargo topped a competitive field of 35 entries to win the championship, with Angela Pommer (Patty Ball, trainer) and Michelle Mercogliano (Patty Ball, trainer) coming in second and third, respectively. Ava also won the Junior Equitation Championship and earned the reserve championship in the Junior/AO Hunters aboard Double Blind (Denize Borges, owner). Congratulations, Ava, and we look forward to seeing other Zone 10 riders competing in the USHJA Zone 10 Medal Challenge South at Gold Coast October (Oct 20-22)!
USHJA Emerging Gold Star Clinics Set for this Winter in California and Florida
Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives
The USHJA is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the first two USHJA Gold Star Clinics for Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders and Coaches, which will be held on the East Coast with lead clinicians Richard Spooner and Anne Kursinski and on the West Coast with Richard Spooner and Rich Fellers
  • East Coast Clinic: Dec. 27-30 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. 
  • West Coast Clinic: Jan. 18-21 at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Calif. 
The clinics will offer horsemanship, stable management, mounted instruction and more from top clinicians such as such as Richard Spooner, Anne Kursinski, Rich Fellers, Diane Carney, Kirsten Coe, Tonya Johnston, DiAnn Langer, Bill Leggett, Colleen Reed, Steve Stephens, Hardin Towell and Dr. Geoff Vernon .

Riders in our zone will have the opportunity to earn individual medals and Gold Star titles and invitations to the clinics at the USHJA Zones 9 &10 Jumper Team Championships in November.

In addition to Gold Star Jumper Riders, any member who competed in the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, the FEI Children's Rider Nations Cup™ at Langley, or the Children's section of the FEI North American Children, Junior, and Young Rider Championships for Jumping may  apply for a wildcard spot  to attend one of these clinics! 

Read more about the clinics, and stay tuned for dates and locations for the 2018 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!
Congratulations to Our HQC Nationals Participants!
Zone 10 will be well-represented at Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horsewhich will be held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) National Training Session (Nov 9-12) in Ohio. Congratulations to the following members who will be attending: : 
  • Toni Anderson, 16, Alameda, Calif.
  • Lily Andersson, 14, Topanga , Calif.
  • Cordelia Jane Edwards, 15, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
  • Michael Morris, 16, Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Kaitlyn Tunick, 14, Santa Clarita, Calif.
The HQC encourages education and recognizes young equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge. Participants take two levels of online horsemanship quizzes and the 24 finalists that are selected to go to HQC Nationals represent the highest scoring participants in each zone, followed by the highest nationally ranked finalists.
HQC Nationals includes multiple days and phases of competition that puts the top-scoring HQC participants to the test. There will be a written exam, horsemanship/identification exam, and a final practicum. 

The winner of HQC Nationals will be the individual with the highest cumulative score over the three phases, and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Lake Erie College, $2,000 training and education grant provided by the  USHJA Foundation, a  Charles Owen helmet and a gold medal. Additionally, the winning individual will be awarded special learning opportunity at Spy Coast Farm, a leading American sport horse breeding and training operation in Lexington, Kentucky.  Best of luck to our Zone 10 participants!
Click here to read all about who else was selected for Nationals! For more information about Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, click here
EAP Program Age Limit Increased to 25 for 2018
Regional Training Sessions Locations Set
Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
The USHJA is pleased to raise the maximum age of athletes eligible for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program from 21 to 25 years old in 2018! 

Riders 25 and under who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to apply to participate in a Regional Training Sessions next year. 

Ten locations have been set to host Regional Training Sessions including Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., and Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev. Click here for the full list and more information.

Stay tuned for a list of dates and clinicians. Applications for the program will open early next year!  And don't forget to check out the  USHJA Directory of Clinics  if you're looking for other educational opportunities open to all ages!
Zone 10 Junior Riders Excel at Capital Challenge
Congratulations to Zone 10 junior riders  Stella Wasserman  (Archie Cox and Carli Postel, trainers) and  Augusta Iwasaki (Makoto Farms, trainer) on their multiple hunter championships at the Capital Challenge Horse Show (Sept 29-Oct 9) in Maryland!  After winning the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Pony Challenge last year, Stella took on the WCHR 3'3" Junior Hunter Challenge this year with Boss (Laura Wasserman, owner). It was only their third show together, but the pair made it look easy and brought home the WCHR 3'3" Junior Hunter National title. The pair were also champions in the 3'3" Junior Hunter, Section B, and Boss also earned the Grand and High Performance Conformation Hunter championships with professional John French in the irons.
Augusta has been unstoppable this season, and her hot streak continued at Capital Challenge. Last year, Augusta was reserve champion in the WCHR 3'6" Junior Hunter Challenge; this year, she came back to win it all aboard Small Affair (Lyn Pedersen, owner). The pair posted an impressive score of 90.33 to earn the blue ribbon. In addition, the pair also won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and Augusta won the Best Junior Hunter Rider award!
Congratulations to both of these young riders on their remarkable accomplishments!
Have You Renewed Your Membership?
The 2018 competition year is right around the corner and USHJA membership applications are open! 

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 member benefits 
Read more about the changes here. To view information about benefits, click here

Renewing is quick and easy: 
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! 
Help Us Shape New Horsemanship Clinics
The USHJA is exploring the development of unmounted, educational clinics that focus on horsemanship for members and non-members around the country.

To help us in the development of such clinics, we are asking for your input into the types of topics that should be covered, the best areas of the country in which to host, times of year that are most convenient for members and other aspects.  

Take a short survey to help us understand what would be most important to you as we develop unmounted, educational horsemanship clinics. Thank you for your time!
2018 Zone 10 Specifications are Available
Take a minute to review the 2018 Zone 10 Specifications! Zone specifications can change from year to year and are unique to each zone, so be sure you are up to date on the most recent specifications for our zone. 
Zone 10 Standings
Click the graphics below to see where you stand in year-end Zone 10 Horse of the Year and Zone 10 Stirrup Cup awards programs.  If you have any points corrections, they must be received by  by 11:59 p.m. EST December 15.

To view national USEF Horse of the Year standings, click here
Last Chance to Apply for a TCP Grant
Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
Oct. 31 Deadline to apply for the Trainer Certification Program Grant Click for more info 
Nov. 1-5 Zone 10 HOTY and Age Group Equitation Championship South, Thermal, Calif.  Click for more info
Nov. 3 Deadline to comment on proposed rule changes Click for more info
Nov. 9-12 EAP National Training Session, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships, Thermal, Calif.  Click for more info
Nov. 10-12 Bernie Traurig Clinic, Rollings Hills, Calif. Click for more info
Nov. 18-19 Julie Winkel Clinic, Del Mar, Calif. Click for more info
Nov. 21 Zone 10 Volker Schmidt Course Designing Clinic, Burbank, Calif. Click for more info
Nov. 30-Dec. 3 Geoff Teall Clinic, Sacramento, Calif. Click for more info
Dec. 10-14 USHJA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 10 calendar of events.
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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