Supporting Members Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Our hearts are with the many who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many thanks to everyone who has already stepped forward to provide assistance and support. 
This disaster, as with many, does not end with the passing of the main event, and we know the recovery will take some time.  The horses and horsemen affected by Harvey need and will continue to need our support and assistance. If you are still looking for a way to assist those affected by this disaster, here are a few options to consider:
  • The USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund is a potential source of support in times like these. We expect to receive requests for assistance from members, and therefore, donations are welcome to support this fund and the long-term recovery of members affected by Harvey and other catastrophic events. Click here to donate.
  • USHJA, in partnership with other equestrian organizations, is supporting an effort to collect and ship supplies to those affected by Harvey. This effort is being managed by the Association of American Equine Practitioners. Click here for more information.   
  • The USEF has also announced relief funding through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, which is supporting the Houston SPCA's rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
  • The Chronicle of the Horse recently covered the relief efforts underway in Texas.  The story includes information on resources and ways to support our fellow equestrians. Read more
USHJA will continue to seek other avenues to support affected members and will keep you informed of those sources. 
Good Luck to Riders Competing at the Zone 7 Regional Equitation Championship 
September 6-10
Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview, Lake St. Louis, Mo. 
Qualifying criteria:  The USHJA Zone 7 Equitation Championship is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member, at the time of the competition, and has placed first or second place in a USEF Hunter Seat Medal class since the last day to qualify for the Zone Championship the previous year. Once a rider has won the USHJA Zone 7 Equitation Championship, he will not be allowed to compete again and will be invited to present awards for the following year.
Last Chance to Participate in the 2017 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge!
Don't miss the chance to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse

HQC is a fun online quiz members 21 and younger can take for a chance to attend HQC Nationals and win prizes and scholarships to Lake Erie College. Participants must take the Level One and Level Two quizzes no later than September 1 to be eligible to attend HQC Nationals

Can you answer these practice questions?

1. What substance is applied to shoes in the winter to provide added traction?
a. Pam
b. Borium
c. Hoof oil
d. Furazone

2. How many beats are in a canter? 

3. True or false? Good quality hay can meet all of a horse's nutritional needs?

To find out the answers, scroll to the bottom of this eNews! Click here to register for HQC.
Congratulations USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Competitors!
Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives
Congratulations to Zone 7 riders and horse owners on participating in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship August 17-19 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. 

The following placed in the top 12 in their section at the Championship: 

Section B:

Place Horse Owner Rider
6 MTM Outbid
MTM Farm
Tracy Fenney
10 White Lightning
Helen Gilbert
Sarah Young

Congratulations also to Zone 7's Peter Pletcher, who received this year's  Rider Style Award. The award, presented by Bill Rube, went to the rider who best displayed the American style of riding in the ring and sportsmanship outside of the competition arena. The recipient will serve as a role model for preserving the integrity of the sport and maintaining a standard of excellence and tradition in his or her riding.

To view results from the Championship click here
Nominate Someone Deserving Today!
Click here to nominate someone for one of these awards! 
Upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges Are FREE!
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. Entry is FREE for Zone 7 members! Here is the list of upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges in Zone 7:

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
Congratulations USEF Pony Finals Competitors!
We had riders from across our zone compete at this year's USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Congratulations to everyone! Click here to see who was Champion or Reserve Champion or received special awards at Pony Finals. Click here for full results. Read about what happened throughout the week:
  • Day 1: Campbell and Brighton Lead in Large Regular Hunter Pony Championship presented by Triple Crown, Walker and Captain Crunch on Top in Small Green Hunter Pony Championship...Read more
  • Day 2: Childs Play Hot Topic Earns Win in the Large Regular Hunter Pony Championship; Captain Crunch Claims Small Green Hunter Pony Championship Title...Read more
  • Day 3: Ten Clear in Individual Phase I of USEF Pony Jumper National Championships...Read more
  • Day 4
    • Ashley Lamers and In A Dream Take Top Honors in Small Regular Hunter Pony Championship...Read more
    • Small Wonder Takes Large Green Hunter Pony Championship and Overall Grand Champion Green Hunter Pony Title; Butterscotch Named Overall Grand Reserve Champion Green Hunter Pony...Read more 
  • Day 5
    • Zone 10 Claims Gold in USEF Pony Jumper National Championships...Read more 
    • News Flash Named Grand Champion at 2017 USEF Hunter Pony Championship...Read more
    • Tabitha Okitsu and Spoot De La Jourlais Sweep Three Phases to Earn Individual Gold in USEF National Pony Jumper Championship...Read more
  • Day 6: Hays Claims Gold in Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Final to Complete 2017 USEF Pony Finals...Read more
Email us photos and tell us about your Pony Finals experience for a chance to be featured on our zone's Facebook page
Zone 7 Members Participate in Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship!
Peter Pletcher and Gabbana. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives

Congratulations to Zone 7 riders and horse owners on participating in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship August 15-17 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

The following were in the Championship Round: 

Place Horse Owner Rider
6 Gabbana
Blackstone Farms
Peter Pletcher 
20 Fenway
Lori Mathews
Courtney Calcagnini 
21 MTM Silver Alert
MTM Farm 
Tracy Fenney 

To view results from the Championship click here
Upcoming Clinics in Zone 7
Melanie Smith Taylor
Sept. 1-3
Texas Rose Horse Park, Tyler, Texas
This CORE Clinic will include instruction and testing in stable management and equine care, as well as mounted riding instruction. Mounted instruction will emphasize draw-based/catch riding techniques. More info.

USHJA Zone 7 Presents
Ask the Judges Dinner  with Rob Bielefeld and Cookie Beck
Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview
Sept. 8
FREE to USHJA Zone 7 members!

USHJA Zone 7 presents 
Ask the Course Designer Clinic with Patrick Rodes
Sept. 23
Katy, Texas
FREE to USHJA Zone 7 members

Presented by Texas Equine Services, Lynn Criner, DVM
Dec. 8-10
Timber Ridge Farm, Magnolia, Texas
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
Sept. 1 Deadline to nominate someone for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award and the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award Click for more info
Sept. 1-3 IEA/USHJA CORE Clinic with Melanie Smith Taylor, Tyler, Texas Click for more info
Sept. 6-10 Zone 7 Regional Equitation Championship, Lake St. Louis, Mo.  Click for more info
Sept. 8 Ask the Judges Clinic, Lake St. Louis, Missouri Click for more info
Sept. 23 Ask the Course Designer Clinic, Great Southwest Equestrian Center Click for more info
Oct. 1  Deadline to apply for the Clinic Host Grant Click to apply
Oct. 5 Deadline to nominate someone for the Vital Horse Show Staff Award Click here for the nomination form
Oct. 31 Deadline to apply for the Trainer Certification Program Grant Click to apply
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

Click here  for the Zone 7 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

HQC Answers:
1. b. Borium
2. Three
3. True

How did you do? Click here to register to take the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse!
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