Committee Corner
What an exciting few weeks it's been for U.S. show jumping!  Congratulations to McLain Ward on his truly impressive win in the Longines FEI World Cup Finals and his rise to the top of the Longines World Rankings. 

As we celebrate these recent successes, we also wish a happy retirement to two horses who made quite a name for themselves, their riders, and U.S. show jumping, in international competition. The iconic, crowd favorite Flexible, former World Cup Final champion with Rich Fellers, will be formally retired at the $100,000 Del Mar National Horse Show on May 6. Cortes 'C (Abigail Wexner, owner), Beezie Madden's famed mount who earned the "Best Horse of the Games" title at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, has retired after helping the U.S. win a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

Thank you to these amazing horses and riders for representing the U.S. at the highest levels of show jumping! We hope our younger riders are inspired by these great horses and riders and take advantage of programs like the Emerging Athletes Program, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal, USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, and the FEI North American Child, Junior, and Young Rider Championships to help prepare them for professional and international competition.

Kathy Hobstetter
Chair, Zone 10 Committee
Ned Glynn
Vice Chair, Zone 10 Committee

McLain Ward and HH Azur Win FEI World Cup Finals

McLain Ward and HH Azur competing in the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Finals.  Photo credit: iJump Sports - Dirk Gallian
The 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Finals (March 29-April 2) in Omaha, Nebraska was one for the history books. In front of a cheering home crowd, McLain Ward finally clinched the World Cup Championship at his 17th World Cup Final competition. 

McLain is the first American rider to win a World Cup Final on U.S. soil since 1980. After coming close several times in the past, McLain accomplished the feat in impressive fashion, going clear and winning every single round with HH Azur (Double H Farm & Francois Mathy, owners). 

Course designer Alan Wade set very technical courses which the pair worked hard to conquer, staying cool and collected the entire competition. The pressure, already sky high, rocketed as they continued to go clear over four rounds of jumping. The final course was anything but an easy ride - in order to win, he had to go clear. Four faults would have forced a jump off with Romain Duguet (SUI), who ended up second, and eight faults would have lost him the title. McLain credited his incredible mare, affectionately known as Annie around the barn, and his longtime team of staff and supporters as the inspiration for his final clear round that earned him the title. Congratulations McLain!

Also, congratulations to the Zone 10 riders who participated in World Cup Finals:  Jamie Barge, Karl Cook, Audrey Coulter, Jenni Martin-McAllister   and Nayel Nassar 
EAP: Fantastic Opportunity for Young Riders
The final deadline to apply for EAP is May 5!  With two EAP Regional Training Sessions in Zone 10, Zone 10 young riders should be sure to take advantage of the opportunity.  

The July 12-16 session will be at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California, featuring clinician Joe Fargis and stable manager Anne Thornbury, and the July 19-23 session will be at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, California, with clinician Geoff Teall and stable manager Nanci Snyder.
Watch this video to hear why you should apply from Zone 10 Rider and EAP Champion Gracie Marlowe_
Watch this video to hear why you should apply from Zone 10 Rider and EAP Champion Gracie Marlowe!

USHJA Zone 10 offers grants to help applicants participate in the program.

Reigning EAP National Champion, Zone 10 rider Gracie Marlowe, applied to the program for the first time last year. 

"I read up on the amazing opportunities the program offered, particularly the horsemanship skills I could learn, and decided to apply," Gracie said. "I think it's amazing that this program is designed to find hard working riders who truly want to succeed in our sport, no matter what their financial background is. I was thrilled just to get in!"  

Gracie and her sister, Emma, participated in the EAP Regional Training Session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center last year. Gracie was then chosen to attend the EAP National Training Session in Ohio.  To read more about Gracie's journey to EAP Nationals and her thoughts on the program, click here to read her feature piece from last December's Zone 10 E-news.

Click here  to view the full list of training sessions.  For more information about EAP, visit
Can You Answer These Questions?

1. About how many gallons of water does a healthy horse drink each day?

2. Which of the following is NOT a type of martingale?
a. Bib
b. Irish
c. Spanish
d. Running

3. True or false? Tetanus is a disease that affects the nervous system.

To find out the answers, scroll to the bottom of eNews! And find out how your horsemanship knowledge measures up by registering to take 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.  Register here
Is Your Name on the Qualifying List?
Last Chance to Apply!
Is your name on one of these qualifying lists? 

If so, CLICK HERE to apply by May 1 to have your points count toward qualifying for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak

The championships for the West Region will be July 18-23 at Oregon High Desert Classic I in Bend, Oregon !  Visit  for more information.
May 1 Deadline to Apply for 
Zone Jumper Team Championships

The USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships will be November 10-12 at National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, California.

Check to see if you're on the qualifying list:

Mark your calendars, review the specifications, and make sure to get your rider applications in by  May 1! Earn a minimum of 20 points ($20 money-won) by June 1 to be eligible to qualify for the championships, and continue earning points toward qualifying until September 11. 

For more information or to apply visit
FEI North American Championships for Child, Junior and Young Riders
The Zone 10 Junior Team took home the silver medal last year. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives
The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, fondly known as NAJYRC, is a renowned program that provides young riders the opportunity to compete in a Nation's Cup style team competition.

This year, the championships have added an exciting new division: the North American Children's Championship. This will provide an opportunity for riders from ages 12-21 to compete in this great event. All championships will feature an individual competition as well as the team competition, with teams filed by Zone.  The 2017 FEI North America Championships will be held in Saugerties, New York, July 19 - 23
The categories are:
  • Child Rider Championship (NAChC): athletes FEI ages 12 - 14, fences up to 1.25m
  • Junior Rider Championship (NAJC): athletes FEI ages, 14 - 18, fences up to 1.40m
  • Young Rider Championship (NAYRC): athletes FEI ages 16 - 21, fences up to 1.50m
Zone 10 Junior and Young riders still have plenty of opportunities to earn points and qualify! The final deadline to submit online applications and certificates of capability is June 9. The remaining Zone 10 Selection Trials:
  • Del Mar National, May 2-7
  • HMI Equestrian Challenge, May 17-21
  • Blenheim June Classic I, June 7-11 (Final Trial Week with Three Trial Classes)
For Zone 10 Child riders, they must complete an online application by  June 19. Each horse/athlete combination must earn a Certificate of Capability by completing a course set at 1.20m or higher with a score of 4 faults or less between January 1, 2017 and June 18, 2017. The final deadline to submit online applications and certificates of capability is June 19. Additionally Child riders may still participate in the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships as 1.20/1.25 Junior Jumpers.

Click here for more info or contact Jennifer Haydon, USEF Director, Jumping National Programs, at with any questions.
Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and USHJA Jumping Seat Medal
The USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final, West, and the USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Final, West, will both be held during the International Jumping Festival (Sep 20-24). Don't miss your chance to be a part of these two fantastic programs! 
The USEF Show Jumping Talent Search is a hallmark competition for young riders with the Finals testing all aspects of their riding ability over flat, gymnastics, and jumping phases. To qualify for the Final, riders must earn 30 points and a ribbon placing in a 2* or 3* Talent Search class. Qualifications close August 31, 2017.  For more information, click here .
The USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal is an exciting competition that provides Junior riders with the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a jumper-style course. This year marks the first ever USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals, with one final being held on either coast. Riders qualify for the final once they have accumulated 10 points during the qualifying period (December 1, 2016, to July 23, 2017) and can choose either the West or the East Final. The inaugural 3'3"Jumping Seat Medal Finals will be similar to the Talent Search Finals and will give Junior riders the chance to practice this style of competition at a lower fence height. For more information, click here.
Jumper Team and Jumping Seat Equitation Championships At a Glance
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Are you working your way up in the Jumpers/Jumping Seat Equitation or looking for a new goal in the Jumper arena? 

We've created a quick cheat sheet for Jumper riders to help you find the Team and Jumping Seat Equitation Championships that will help you get there! From the USHJA to USEF and FEI programs, Jumper riders have some great Championships available!
Congratulations 2016 Zone HOTY Champions!
Click below to view The Chronicle of the Horse's special Zone Champions issue:

Thank you to The Chronicle of the Horse for providing us with this version to share with our members! 
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Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
April 24 Member Comment Period Open for Specifications  Click for more info
April 30 Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education 
Click here to apply
May 1 Deadline to apply for: 
  • Zone Jumper 
    Team Championships 
  • Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
Apply for Zone Jumper Team Championships

Apply for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
May 1 Last day to apply for EAP Grant Click here to apply
May 5 Deadline to apply for late summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
Click here to apply
May 15 Application deadline for the Trainer Certification Program for review in June  Click for more info
May 19 Qualifying Period ends for USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter West Regional Championships Click for more info
May 24  Member Comment Period Closes for Specifications  Click for more info
June 1 Deadline to earn 20 points or $20 money won for USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships Click for more info
June 1 Final deadline to earn Certificates of Capability for FEI North American Children's/Junior/ Young Rider Championships Click for more info
June 2 Enrollment fee increases to $750 for:
  • Green Hunter Incentive Program 
  • International Hunter Derby Program
Click here for Green Hunter Incentive Program

Click here for International Hunter Derby Program
June 9 Final deadline to submit Junior and Young Rider Certificates of Capability for FEI North American Children's/Junior/ Young Rider Championships to USEF Click for more info
June 11 $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular & Gala
Blenheim June Classic I
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Click to reserve your table or seats beginning May 1
June 19 Final deadline to submit Child Rider online applications and Certificates of Capability for NACJYRC to USEF 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.

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HQC Answers:
1. Twelve gallons
2. Spanish
3. True

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