Get to Know Your Committee Members:
Over the next few months we'll be introducing our new Zone 8 Committee Members! They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know them, and stay tuned for more introductions!
Tracye Ferguson, Chair
Tracye, of Golden, Colorado, has been involved in the sport since she was a young girl. She owns and trains at Meridian Riding Club and is also an "R" judge in hunter and equitation. As a committee member, she wants to work toward and see the zone grow. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading and is crazy about cooking. If she could have dinner with one equestrian, she would choose Gordon Wright to hear his insights on the sport today. Ironically, Tracye is allergic to horses.
Laurie Grayson, Vice Chair
Laurie, of Boulder, Colorado, has been in the industry about 50 years and is an "R" hunter, jumper and equitation judge, steward, trainer, rider and coach. She serves on the board of several affiliate organizations, and owns Just A Little Farm. Outside of the sport, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, snowmobiling, scuba diving, traveling and hanging out by the camp fire. As a committee member she wants to focus on horse welfare and hopes to continue educating members about the opportunities the sport has to offer and encourage them to also focus on horse management skills.  

Betsy Checchia, Member
Betsy, of Tucson, Arizona, has been riding for nearly 60 years. She is the president of the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association. Since she retired from being an Army officer in 2009, she has been showing regularly in the amateur owner hunter and modified amateur jumper divisions.  As a committee member, she wants to be a voice for riders who don't have the money to attend many of the rated shows. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, bird watching, baseball and reading. If she could have dinner with one equestrian, she would choose Piero D'Inzeo. 

Stay tuned for more committee member introductions next month! For more information about your Zone 8 Committee click here
Congratulations Year-End Award Winners!
Congratulations to Zone 8 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! 
2017 Zone HOTY and Stirrup Cup 
Championships Announced
Dates and locations for 2017 HOTY and Stirrup Cup championships have been announced

Date Championship Location
Oct. 6-8 Stirrup Cup Championship NMHJA Fall Festival, Albuquerque, N.M. 
Nov. 15-19 Horse of the Year Hunter and Jumper Championship Arizona Season Finale 

For more information about Zone 8 Championships, click here.
Grant Money Will be Available for Members!
Grants  - Word on Folder Register of Card Index. Selective Focus. Catalog Concept.

Zone 8 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 Clinic
February 4-5
Presented by Arizona Hunter Jumper and HITS 
Pima County Fairgrounds
Tucson, Arizona
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
Congratulations Zone 8 HOTY Championship Competitors!
Congratulations to riders who participated in the Zone 8 HOTY Championship November 16-20 at   Arizona Season Finale in  Scottsdale, Arizona. Click here for results.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
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
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 to open soon.

Click for more about Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships

Click for more about Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter West 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