April 2019
Scroll down to see all USHJA deadlines by month, learn about rules effective April 1, test your horsemanship IQ, and learn how USHJA can help you achieve your educational and competition goals!
Know Before You Show: Rules Effective April 1
In January, US Equestrian passed several key rule changes that affect Hunter/Jumper competitors effective April 1, 2019.

New Rule for Jumpers: JP 135.1
To promote safety in the jumper ring, this rule effective April 1, 2019, will prevent jumper exhibitors from competing if a horse or rider falls in the ring. In the event of a fall of a Horse and/or Rider at any time from the moment the Horse/Rider combination enters the Competition ring, whether or not the signal to start has been given, the combination will not be permitted to start in the round or Class in question. Click here to read the full approved JP 135.1 Tracking #172-18 rule change.

New Rule Regarding Motorized Devices: GR1301.7
To ensure safety of individuals and horses alike on competition grounds, this new rule effective April 1, 2019, prohibits the unsafe use of motorized devices as determined by competition officials and management. This includes devices that fall outside of the category of a motorized vehicle such as segways, hoverboards, and motorized scooters. Click here to read the full approved GR1301.7 Tracking # 213-18 rule change.
April 15: Deadline to Apply for Early Summer EAP Regional Training Sessions
The deadline to apply to participate in the 2019 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program is fast approaching! Ten Regional Training Sessions are offered to riders ages 25 and under who are proficient at 1.10-1.35m jumper courses. Select sessions will offer a 3-foot section to introduce riders of all ages to the program. April 15 is the deadline to apply for Early Summer sessions and May 13 is the deadline to apply for Late Summer sessions.
Apply by April 15:
  • Findlay, Ohio*
  • Katy, Texas*
  • Venice, Fla.*
  • Lexington, Va.*
  • Long Valley, N.J.
Apply by May 13:
  • Burbank, Calif.
  • Crete, Ill.
  • Petaluma, Calif.*
  • South Hadley, Mass.*
  • Mill Spring, N.C.*
*Session offers a 3-foot section open to members of all ages. The 3-foot section in Lexington, Va., and Petaluma, Calif., is closed.
What Could $25,000 Do To Help You Achieve Your Academic Goals?
May 15 is the deadline to apply for the $25,000 USHJA Foundation Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. The USHJA Foundation will award up to $25,000 to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school to one USHJA member each year.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Acceptance to or registered at a college, university, graduate school, or trade school for Fall 2019
  • US Citizen or Legal Resident
  • Minimum of 3 consecutive years of USHJA membership, including this year
  • Meet at least one of the following academic or employment requirements:
  • Class Rank in Top 20% 
  • 3.5 GPA (or higher) on a 4.0 scale
  • Equivalent employment history (if recent school transcript is not available)
  • Demonstrate financial need
The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019.
Sport History Spotlight: Looking Back to the American Invitational, the “Super Bowl” of Show Jumping
For more than 40 years at the end of the Florida winter circuit, show jumpers looked forward to being invited to the American Invitational, held first in Tampa Stadium, then moving to follow the Tampa NFL team to newer venues. The brainchild of Show Jumping Hall of Famer Gene Mische, the Invitational offered riders big prize money, no entry fees, and world-class courses by Show Jumping Hall of Famers Pamela Carruthers, Bertalan de Nemethy, and Steve Stephens. Spectators had the chance to see the stars of show jumping, as well as big bands and a parade of breeds, and to walk the impressive course. Mische’s “Send-a-Child” program invited area boys’ and girls’ clubs free of charge thanks to donations from owners, riders, and trainers. The inaugural 1973 Invitational was won by Show Jumping Hall of Famers Rodney Jenkins and Idle Dice; the last Invitational held in a football stadium, in Miami in 2014, was won by Olympians Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Vola. In between, the roster of winners is a who’s who of show jumping history, including three-time winner McLain Ward, who said that for riders, “This is a class we have always coveted.”

Photo: Steve Stephens jumping the American Invitational jump as founder Gene Mische confers with his team. Credit: Morrissey Management Group
Win Tickets to See Ariana Grande!
Bidding is now open!

The USHJA Foundation is auctioning off four tickets to the Apollo Jets Suite to see Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 15, 2019!

Bidding is open through April 30, 2019, and all proceeds go to the USHJA Foundation which supports USHJA programs, grants and scholarships.
Test Your Horsemanship IQ!
If you like testing your horsemanship knowledge, check out the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge! Open to USHJA members USEF age 21 and younger, the HQC is a fun, online quiz that puts your horsemanship knowledge to the ultimate test for a chance to participate at the 2019 HQC Nationals and win $6,000 in grants and prizes!

Want to get the whole barn involved? Check out the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge, which runs June 15-July 15 and is open to members of all ages!
Which of the following body parts is NOT found on the front leg of a horse?
a) Knee
b) Stifle
c) Elbow
d) Forearm
Learn more and register to take the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge at ushja.org/HQC!

To find out the answer, scroll to the bottom!
Achieve Your Equitation Goals in 2019
Hunterdon Cup Qualifying Ends May 31!
The USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, is a three-round classic that combines the precision of equitation and handiness of hunters over a course set at 3'6". It is open to any Junior who has won either a USEF Hunter Seat Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic at a competition between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.

Held alongside the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships, Hunterdon Cup-East will be July 8 at Brandywine Horse Shows in Devon, Pa., and Hunterdon Cup-West will be July 22 at the Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, Calif.
USHJA Welcomes EMO Insurance as New Title Sponsor of the USHJA 3'3 Jumping Seat Medal
The EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Series and Finals provides Junior competitors with a competitive Jumping Seat equitation opportunity at the 3’3” fence height, culminating with East and West coast finals. The class consists of two phases: an over fences and a flat phase for three to 12 riders.

Riders who earn 10 or more points in any EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumping Seat Medal classes between August 2, 2018, and August 1, 2019, are eligible to compete in the Finals.
NEW in 2019: USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal
Created to serve as a stepping stone for riders advancing in the Hunter Seat Equitation arena, the new USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal class will debut in August of 2019, with the inaugural finals to be held in 2020. Want to see one at a competition near you, so you can compete and begin to qualify for next year's Finals? Ask your favorite competition manager to host a USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal class!
Now Open: Applications for the USHJA Foundation JT Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant
Is your goal to qualify for a national equitation championship in 2019? The USHJA Foundation is now accepting applications for the JT Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant which awards $1,000 to one junior rider who has qualified for a select national equitation championship at a fence height of 3' or higher. Learn more and apply at ushja.org/foundation/tallon.
Video of the Month: Longeing with a Rider
Longeing can be a wonderful training tool for rider and horse if used in an appropriate manner with correct equipment and in a safe and secure location. It is also important for trainers to teach and enforce proper longeing techniques employed by their staff, both at home and at competitions. 

Check out this short educational video, created by the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee, which provides guidance on longeing with a rider.

We encourage you to share this video and our other educational longeing videos, some available in both English and Spanish, with employees, barn mates and friends. 

For more educational content including articles and videos, visit ushja.org/bestpractices.
Young Hunter Ponies Headed to Virginia with New Title Sponsor
Following a successful debut in 2018, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce Kym K. Smith as the title sponsor for the 2019 Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships, which will take place on August 25, 2019, alongside the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding Championships – East Coast at the Virginia Young Horse Festival at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.
"I believe these Championships not only give breeders, handlers and owners an opportunity to showcase their young ponies before they do the green division, but to also see what it is like to bring a young one along, the patience it takes and mostly the bond you create." -Kym K. Smith
USHJA Seeks Manager of Jumper Programs
The Manager of Jumper Programs is a member of the Sports Department responsible for the development and implementation of USHJA jumper programs, and supports the on-going growth of the Jumper Pathway. This position is responsible for the administration and maintenance of various committees, and the development and growth of Jumper Competition Programs and Services within the Association. The Manager will work closely with management and staff across the Association. In addition, this position will work with representatives from the United States Equestrian Federation in connection with Jumper Pathway, and USEF championship events such as North American Young Riders Championships and Pony Jumpers.

Click here to view the complete job description for the USHJA Manager of Jumper Programs.

Please submit cover letter and resume for the Manager of Jumper Programs position to employment@ushja.org
Don't Miss Another Deadline!
The 2019 competition year is underway, and there are a variety of competitive and educational opportunities available for you and your clients. Check out important upcoming dates by month for USHJA programs through September. Don't miss this chance for you or your clients to participate today.
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Photo credits: Kaitlyn Karssen, Kristin Rover, Tricia Booker, Rachel Sowinski, Jump Media, Megan Lacy, Shawn McMillen Photography, Captured Moment Photography, Morrissey Management Group
Which body part is not found on the horse's front leg? Answer: b) Stifle
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