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Thank you for being a USHJA Zone 7 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 to Our Gold Medal 
Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships Team!
Congratulations to the Zone 7 team that earned gold in the team championship at the 2017 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships (Prix des States) October 12-14 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania !

Anna Beth Athey, 16, of Enid, Okla., riding Cantero da Lagoa;  Carson Grisham, 14, of Southlake, Texas, riding Zeros;  Briley Koerner, 16, of The Woodlands, Texas, riding For Jef VD Wezelse; and  Brian Moggre , 15, of Flower Mound, Texas, riding Condero 3,  were members of the team, with  Carolina Villanueva , 15, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Zabel D, as alternate. Special thanks to  Martien Van der Hoeven , who lead the team as chef d'equipe. Read more here.

Click here for team results. Click here for individual results.
Zone 7 Horse of the Year North and South Championships Coming Up!
Don't miss the Zone 7 Horse of the Year championships coming up in November!

Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship-North
November 8-12
Lake St. Louis, Mo. 

Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship-South
November 8-12
Katy, Texas
Congratulations to Celeste Fazioli
Congratulations to  Celeste Fazioli, 15, of Seabrook, Texas,  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
USHJA Annual Meeting Coming Up in December
Mark your calendars!  The 2017 USHJA Annual Meeting is coming up December 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas! The hotel block is available on the website, and USHJA has secured discount airfare and rental car opportunities in conjunction with this year's event. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Click here for more information. Click here for the schedule of events! Register here.
Congratulations Zone 7 Regional Equitation Championship Competitors!
Congratulations to members who participated in the Zone 7 Regional Equitation Championship at Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview! 
Click here for results!
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 Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, and Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. 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!
Member Milestones: Miguel Wilson
Miguel Wilson. Photo credit: Shawn McMillen/USHJA Archives
When he is not riding, 18-year-old Miguel Wilson from New Caney, Texas, can be found studying. He is currently a freshman at American University studying business administration and has struck a balance between competing and learning. Miguel's father, also named Miguel, grew up riding and passed the talent down to his son, who has financed his riding career by finding jobs as a working student. We recently caught up with Miguel and learned more about him with five questions!
Do you remember your first time on a horse? 
My first time on a horse was when I was six and I was riding a pony bareback. I remember I slid right off, and for some reason wanted to do it again.
What is the best and worst thing that has happened to you in the show ring this year?
The best thing that has happened to me in the show ring this year is hard to pinpoint. Every time I get to go in the ring is a good moment for me. The worst moment is definitely when I was jogging a horse at a show in Lexington, Va., and it took off bucking. 
What is your biggest riding goal right now?
My biggest goal is to continue to enjoy it because I think after working for so long I never appreciated what I had and the fact that I just really love horses.
You recently competed at the WIHS Regional Horse Show. What was that experience like?
I was coming straight from school to show in the MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Final riding a horse named Amazing F. My 20-minute drive turned into two hours because of road blocks and I got to the show with two minutes to walk, but the show was so accommodating and made us as riders feel so special. It's one of my favorite classes because it runs at night and feels really prestigious.
If in ten years you could be doing anything, what would it be?
I hope that I am having fun and doing what I love, whatever that may be. 
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!
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! 
USHJA Emerging Gold Star Clinics Set for This Winter in California and Florida

Emerging Jumper Riders were recognized after the USHJA Zones 7 & 8 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!
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 7 Specifications Available
Take a minute to review the 2018 Zone 7 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 7 Standings
Click the graphics below to see where you stand in year-end Zone 7 Horse of the Year and Zone 7 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 7
November 10
National Equestrian Center
Clinic is free!

Presented by Texas Equine Services, Lynn Criner, DVM
Dec. 8-10
Timber Ridge Farm, Magnolia, Texas

Jan. 12-14
Valhalla Equestrian,  Aubrey, Texas
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 the Trainer Certification Program Grant Click to apply
Nov. 3 Deadline to provide comments about proposed rule changes Click for more info
Nov. 10 Judges Q&A Dinner, National Equestrian Center Click for more info
Nov. 8-12 Zone 7 HOTY North, Lake St. Louis, Mo. 
Zone 7 HOTY South, GSWEC Autumn Classic
Click for more info
Nov. 9-13 EAP National Training Session, Painesville, Ohio Click for more info
Nov. 10-13 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horse Click for more info
Dec. 8-10 Bernie Traurig Clinic, Magnolia, Texas Click for more info
Dec. 10-14 USHJA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas Click for more info
Jan. 12-14 Texas Hunter Jumper Horseman's Forum with Bernie Traurig and Julie Winkel, Aubrey, Texas Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 7 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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Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033