Committee Corner
It pains us to have to write yet another Committee Corner about wildfires in California - this time, the Southern California equestrian community has been hit particularly hard. We're sure everyone has seen the devastating photos and videos from affected areas. Many of our members have lost their barns, their tack, their homes, and more.  Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by these fires. 

In the wake of tragedy however, just like with the previous fires in Northern California, we have seen the equestrian community come together on a massive scale. Donations have poured in from all corners of the equestrian world and the generosity has been truly heartwarming. Thank you to the many, many people who have donated money, time, trailers, supplies, tack, and more to our affected members throughout this ordeal, and to the barns who housed evacuated horses in their time of need. Special thank you to the many feed and tack stores who stepped up to provide free shavings and food for evacuated horses and who have helped coordinate donation efforts and distributions. Especially during the holiday season, it means so much.
If you haven't had a chance to help yet, please consider making a donation today.  Visit the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Equine Disaster Relief Page for a list of vetted donation sites and funds. There are so many people, organizations, and companies doing great work and collecting donations, more than we can list here, so keep an eye out for upcoming fundraisers and donation drives. If you need assistance, please consider applying to the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund as well. Though it has been a tough few weeks, with the spirit of giving lifting our community up, we hope everyone can enjoy a happy holiday season!

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

Zone 10 Members Represented at Annual Meeting
Members come together to share ideas, celebrate the sport
USHJA President Mary Babick talks with members on Zone and Affiliate Day. Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives
Thank you to all of our members who attended the USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center (Dec 10-14) in San Antonio, Texas.  It was a great opportunity for Zone 10 members to hear about upcoming rule changes, voice their thoughts to their committee members, and participate in shaping the future of the sport.

Nearly 300 members from across the country worked together brainstorming new ideas, discussing programs, hearing guest speakers, asking questions and raising concerns all with a common goal of improving the sport. Click here to read about rule change proposals discussed. 
Zone 10 Members Receive USHJA Annual Awards
Congratulations to Zone 10's Avery Lambert and Nancee Tepley!  Avery, at just 12 years old, earned the USHJA Youth Leadership Award for her dedication to academics, horsemanship, and community involvement. She currently serves as an ambassador for The Paisley Pony Magazine and competes in the large and medium-rated pony hunters. Nancee earned the West Coast Vital Horse Show Staff Award for her great work in the Blenheim show office, where she is the "go to" person for any question.
Avery and Nancee, along with the other recipients of the USHJA Annual Awards, were recognized and celebrated at the Evening of Equestrians Award Dinner during the USHJA Annual Meeting.  

Click here to read about the award recipients, click here to read about the Evening of Equestrians Award presentation. For more information about USHJA Awards, click here

Avery Lambert receives the USHJA Youth Leadership Award. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives 
Stephanie Wheeler accepts the Vital Horse Show Staff Award for Nancee Tepley. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Zone 10 Members Attending USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session
Congratulations to Zone 10's Alyce Bittar, Natalie Dean, Cecily Hayes and Hannah Loly, who are participating in the 12th annul USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Jan. 5-7 in Wellington, Florida. Taylor Wohler is also attending the session as an assistant stable manager. 

Participants in the session earned invitations from their performances in USEF marker competitions, through the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session or by being selected from a competitive pool of wild card applicants. Read more about the 2018 session.
Have You Renewed Your Membership?
The 2018 competition year is underway. Have you renewed your membership?

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 
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!
USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships Coming in 2018
Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives

In 2018, young hunter ponies will have the opportunity to compete in a brand new championship. 

Specifically designed for hunter ponies 7 years old and under, the USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships aims to create opportunities to showcase talented young hunter pony prospects.  They will be held at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, on September 30, 2018. 

For more information,  click here.
What You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate and CDL Requirements from AHC
Are you wondering how the Electronic Logging Device Mandate will affect you, or if you need a Commercial Drivers License to transport horses? The American Horse Council has put together brochures to help explain these two issues. Click here for more information. 
Sport News

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.

To view national USEF Horse of the Year standings, click here

Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
Early Jan. Applications available for 2018 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education AND Gochman Family Grant for the USEF Pony Finals
Click for more info
Jan. 15 USHJA Trainer Certification Program application due for review in February 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
Charles Owen
Rood and Riddle

Additional USHJA Sponsors & Partners

United States Hunter Jumper Association 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033