Get to Know Your Committee Members:
Over the next few months we'll be introducing our new Zone 7 Committee Members! They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know them, and stay tuned for more introductions!

Nancy Jones, Chair
Nancy, of Little Rock, Arkansas, has been involved in the sport for around 40 years as an owner who actively shows hunters and an "R" judge for hunters, hunter equitation, jumpers and hunter breeding. She wants to improve communication between members in the zone and the committee and also increase awareness about programs USHJA offers as a committee member. She also enjoys reading, traveling, needlepoint and shopping. If she could have dinner with any equestrian, she would choose Murray Kessler.  

Joey Brumbaugh, Treasurer
Joey, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a trainer and "R" licensed judge for hunters, equitation and jumpers and also serves on the USHJA Officials Committee. As a committee member he wants to help with continuing growth and education in the zone. He enjoys running and real estate. If he could dine with any equestrian, he would choose Victor Hugo-Vidal because he knows it would be educational. 

Matt Cyphert, Member
Matt, of Northlake, Texas, is a professional rider and trainer who has been in business from more than 20 years. As a committee member he hopes to make Zone 7 one of the strongest zones by being an active committee member and working hard outside of committee meetings to get things accomplished. In his spare time he enjoys golf. If he could have dinner with any equestrian, he would pick Michael Matz, his boyhood hero. 

Stay tuned for more committee member introductions in next month's eNews. Click here for more information about the Zone 7 Committee. 
Congratulations Year-End Award Winners!
Congratulations to Zone 7 members who received year-end honors for 2016! Click below to view final standings for National Horse of the Year, Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup. 

*Be sure to select 2016

Good luck to members participating in these programs in 2017! 
Register for the 2017 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
How does your horsemanship knowledge measure up? Find out by participating in the 2017 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge,  presented by The Plaid Horse

Registration opens February 1! Register and take the online quizzes for a chance to compete at the HQC Nationals and win great prizes!   

Click here for more information. Register here
Zone 7 HOTY and Equitation Championships Announced
The Zone 7 HOTY and Equitation Championships have been announced

Show Date
Equitation Championship
Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview
Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Sept. 6-10
HOTY North Championship
Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show
Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 8-12
HOTY South Championship
Great Southwest Autumn Classic
Katy, Texas

Nov. 8-12

For more information about these championships, click here.
Congratulations Brian Moggre!
Congratulations to Zone 7's Brian Moggre, who participated in the 2017 USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session January 5-7 at The Stadium at Equestrian Village in Wellington, Fla.

The session featured mounted clinicians Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut and Lauren Hough, and unmounted clinicians Colleen Reed, Janus Marquis, Andy Thomas, Tonya Johnson, MA, Dr. Tim Ober, DVM, and Conrad Homfeld. 

For more information about this year's training session, click here.
2017 Handy Hunter Challenges Announced!
As the new competition year begins, mark your calendars for the upcoming Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges! The Handy Hunter Challenges were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. Here is the list of upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges in Zone 7:

Jan. 25-29
Winter Warm Up
Heart O'Texas/Extraco Coliseum
Waco, Texas
May 4-7
Louisiana Spring Classic II
Amen Corner Farm
Folsom, La.
June 21-25
Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II
Heart O'Texas/Extraco Coliseum
Waco, Texas
Oct. 5-8
Louisiana Fall Classic II
Amen Corner Farm
Folsom, La.
Oct. 10-14
American Royal
American Royal
Kansas City, Mo.
For more information about the Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges click here
Grant Money Will be Available for Members!
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Zone 7 will have grants available this year for members who are interested in participating in various USHJA Programs this year. Stay tuned for more information and how to apply for these grants in next month's eNews update! 

Upcoming Clinics in Zone 7

USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic
Bernie Traurig
Valhalla Stables
Aubrey, Texas

Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
January 25-29 Handy Hunter Challenge, Louisiana Spring Classic, Folsom, La.  Click for more info
Feb. 1 Last day to enroll for $350 in the:
  • International Hunter Derby Program
  • Green Hunter Incentive Program for horses competing at 3'0" or 3'3"

Click to enroll in the International Hunter Derby

Click to enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive Program for horses competing at 3'0" or 3'3"
Feb. 1 Registration opens for Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Click for more info
Feb. 26-27 TCP Clinic with Bernie Traurig, Aubrey, Texas
Click for more info
April 1.  Deadline to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals Click for more info
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. 
Click for more info
May 1 Deadline to apply for: 
  • Zone Jumper Team Championships 
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
Applications will open soon.

Click for more about Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships

Click for more about Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships
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
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033