December 2018
Your Monthly USHJA News & Updates
While only days remain in 2018, the 2019 competition year has already begun! Read on to find out what rules are now in effect for the new competition year, get a recap from the USHJA Annual Meeting, and get a look at what's ahead for the new year in this month's News & Updates!
Sport Growth & Recognition: 2018 USHJA Annual Meeting Recap
The 2018 USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center, brought lots of discussion, celebration, education, networking and fun to Tampa, Florida, Dec. 9-13. Thanks to all of those who joined us! If you weren't able to make it to Tampa, get a quick recap on actions taken by the USHJA Board of Directors and read more about the members recognized during the Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner.

Complete meeting coverage will be featured in a special digital January issue of In Stride!
Know Before You Show: New Rules Effective Dec. 1, 2018
Do you know what rules are now in effect for the 2019 competition year? Check out this handy guide to help you Know Before You Show that covers important Hunter/Jumper rules now in effect including:

Safe Sport Training Requirement for Adults with USEF Active Competing Memberships
Don’t forget! If you’re an adult (18+) with a US Equestrian Competing Membership you must complete the USEF Safe Sport Training to compete in 2019.

For frequently asked questions about SafeSport Training, click here.

Microchipping Requirement
All horses competing in classes that require a USHJA Horse Registration are now required to be microchipped to compete. Click here to see frequently asked questions about the microchipping requirement. 
Save the Date! WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular
The $100,000 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular and Gala return to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Feb. 16 during WEF Week 6.

Watch top hunters compete under the lights of the International Ring for $100,000 in prize money and enjoy the best ringside views and a spectacular dinner at a table in the VIP area.

Table sales for the gala will open in early January, so stay tuned!

Learn more about the World Championship Hunter Rider Program at And don't forget to join or renew your WCHR membership before your first member event in your region!
Jumper Riders: More Opportunities to Get on the Pathway!
Have you thought about participating in the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships? Don't miss the opportunity to get the team experience and get on the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway.

New for 2019 is the addition of the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships (1.40-1.45m), which are open to Professionals, Juniors or Amateurs, and the USHJA Show Jumping Rider Ranking List, which provides top Emerging Jumper Riders competing at the 1.35-1.45m level with recognition for their achievements.

The USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program uses these championships to identify jumper athletes who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport and help them advance to the highest levels on the USHJA-US Equestrian Show Jumping Athlete Pathway. Watch the video to learn more!
Good Luck to USHJA Gold Star Clinic-East Coast Athletes!
Congratulations and good luck to the 21 athletes who will participate in the annual USHJA Gold Star Clinic-East Coast, featuring lead clinician Richard Spooner, Dec. 26-30, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida!

Riders qualified to participate by earning an individual medal at a 2018 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championship or by being accepted as a wildcard applicant.
Enhancements to USHJA Outreach
Enhancements have been made to the USHJA Outreach Program for the 2019 competition year, including free membership and the addition of equitation sections.

While anyone may compete in Outreach competitions, individuals who join USHJA as free Outreach Members will be eligible for recognition and awards. 

USHJA Recognized Riding Academy
Sport History Spotlight: Looking Back to a Lifetime of Achievement
Pictured: Lt. Col. John Russell and Democrat, 1952 Olympics Credit: Foto Tiedemann
On Dec. 11, Ralph Caristo and Michael Page were awarded USHJA Lifetime Achievement honors at the 2018 USHJA Annual Meeting. This month's sport history spotlight lo oks back on another Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Lt. Col. John Russell, who received the award in 2010.

Lt. Col. John Russell has a unique story. He is the only rider to compete in the Olympics on an official US Army team (London 1948) and a “civilian” United States Equestrian Team (Helsinki 1952). Russell and Democrat, an Army horse, along with Arthur McCashin (Miss Budweiser) and Bill Steinkraus (Hollandia) won Olympic Team Bronze in Helsinki. Learn more about Lt. Col. John Russell
New USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal to Debut in 2019
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has created the  USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal class and finals   to serve as a stepping stone for riders advancing in the Hunter Seat Equitation arena.

With qualifying set to begin August 2, 2019, the inaugural finals will be held in 2020, and host applications for that event will open later this year.

Click here for more information about the USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal.
Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!
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