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Thank you for being a USHJA Zone 4 member! This month: Comment on rule change proposals, read about exciting EAP news, see who will be attending HQC Nationals and more. Scroll down to read more, and don't forget to share your experiences with us!

Let Your Voice be Heard by Nov. 3

Click here to view proposed rules and submit your feedback. 
Congratulations Ariana Schneider!
Congratulations to  Ariana Schneider, 11, of Clarksville, Tennessee, who will be representing our zone  at Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horse, November 10-12 at the George M Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio

Click here to read all about who else was selected for Nationals! For more information about Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, click here
Last Chance to Apply for a TCP Grant
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 Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga., and Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. 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!
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! 
Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classic and Championships Coming Up!
The Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classic Championships are coming up in November! And there is also an opportunity to participate in a Handy Hunter Classic. Check out the schedule of events: 

Date Horse Show Location
Nov. 2-5 Atlanta in the Fall Fairburn, Ga. 

Nov. 15-19 Atlanta Fall Classic II Conyers, Ga. 
Nov. 16-19 Fox Lea Nov. National Venice, Fla. 

For more information about Handy Hunter Classics or to see results from earlier this year, click here.
USHJA Emerging Gold Star Clinics Set for This Winter in California and Florida

Emerging Jumper Riders were recognized after the USHJA Zones 3 & 4 Jumper Team Championships. 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 .

The riders received their Gold Star titles and invitations for earning individual medals at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships this year. 

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!
Zone 4 Championships Coming Up!
Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championships are coming up next month! Don't miss the opportunity to participate in these events:

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship-North
Nov. 15-19
Conyers, Ga. 

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship-South
Nov. 16-19
Venice, Fla. 

Qualifying Criteria:  HOTY Championship classes are open to all competitors who meet the minimum eligibility requirements outlined here.
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 4 Specifications Available
Take a minute to review the 2018 Zone 4 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 4 Standings
Click the graphics below to see where you stand in year-end Zone 4 Horse of the Year and Zone 4 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
Upcoming Clinics in Zone 4
Nov. 18-19
Wrenwood Farms
Naples, Fla.

Dec. 9-10
T. Ed. Garrison Arena, Clemson University
Pendleton, South Carolina

Dec. 16-18
Blackjack Farms
Birmingham, Ala.

Click here for the directory of clinics. For more information on getting a clinic listed on the directory, click here
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
Oct. 31 Deadline to apply for Trainer Certification Program Grant Click to apply
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, presented by The Plaid Horse, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 15-19 Zone 4 HOTY North, Atlanta Fall Classic II, Conyers, Ga. Click for more info
Nov. 16-19 Zone 4 HOTY South, Fox Lea Farm November, Venice, Fla. Click for more info
Nov. 18-19 George Morris Clinic, Wrenwood Farms, Naples, Fla.  Click for more info
Dec. 9-10 Jack Towell Clinic, Pendleton, S.C. Click for more info
Dec. 10-14 USHJA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas Click for more info
Dec. 16-18 Frank Madden Clinic, Birmingham, Ala.  Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 4 calendar of events.
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

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