December 2020
Happy new competition year! From an Annual Meeting recap to open competition applications, prep for the new season with this month's eNews!
2020 USHJA Annual Meeting Wraps Up
The 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by Equicore, concluded on December 11. The 12-day virtual meeting provided an expanded offering of educational sessions, updates on the current state of the Association, unveiled changes to USHJA programs and new USHJA Championship offerings in 2021, elected new members to the Board of Directors, and celebrated members for their outstanding accomplishments.
New Opportunities for the New Competition Year
The new competition year kicked off this month and with it came new USHJA programs!
USHJA Hunter Team Challenge

The new USHJA Hunter Team Challenge offers riders competing in the 2’-2’6” Children’s Pony Hunters, 2’6” Low Child/Adult Hunters and 3’ Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter divisions a unique team experience. Taking place over two days and consisting of over fences and an under saddle, Challenges will be held in three regions: East, Central and West. For more information, visit
USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal

Making its debut as the first USHJA adult equitation program, the USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal class will begin August 2, 2021, with inaugural Finals being held in 2022. Modeled after the same Medal for juniors, the Adult section is open to Adult Amateurs 18 and over who have not competed in a USEF Talent Search or jumped at 1.30m or higher in the same competition year. For more information, visit
USHJA Instructor Credential

The new USHJA Instructor Credential will offer a comprehensive program to observe, learn, practice and collaborate and test teaching techniques and methods. Candidates must first complete the online educational component, then participate in a live workshop and examination. Upon successful completion, candidates will be awarded the status of USHJA Credentialed Instructor. Learn more at
USHJA Young Jumper Championships

The USHJA Young Jumper Championships serve as the national championship for young jumpers in the U.S., offering separate Championships for 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds.
For more information and to enroll, visit
USHJA National Hunter Derby Regional Championships

Six USHJA National Hunter Derby Regional Championships will be offered in 2021: North, North Central, Northwest, South, South Central and Southwest. The Regional Championships will follow the same two-round format as the regular National Hunter Derby Class, but will be offered in three sections: Open, Amateurs and Juniors. For more information, visit
Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championships

Six Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championships will also be held in addition to the national Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship held in Kentucky. As part of a new requirement for the International Hunter Derby program in 2021, horses must be enrolled to be eligible to participate in International Hunter Derby classes, regional championships and the national championship. For more information, visit
USHJA Outreach

Changes to the USHJA Outreach Program were also made for the 2021 competition year. Changes include expanding the program to include three categories, streamlining competition host requirements and fees, expansion of Jumper sections, added point tracking for horses and trainers, and restructured awards and rewards for competitors. For more information, visit
2021 Zone Committee Member Elections Begin Soon

The USHJA Zone Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for participation on the Zone Committees. Nominations open for Zone Committee members on January 1 and close March 1. From May 15 to July 1, elections will be open and members will be able to vote for candidates.
USHJA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee Unveils Action Plan

The newly formed USHJA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee hosted a free webinar on December 4 to discuss fostering an inclusive and open culture in equestrian sport, identify opportunities for betterment, and to detail the Committee’s Action Plan.
Applications Open for USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Programs
Calling all Jumper riders! Applications are now open for the 2021 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. Save the 2021 Championships dates below!
Don't Forget to Apply for 2021 USHJA Gold Star Clinic - East
If you have received a Gold Star Declaration Form or Wild Card Application to attend a 2021 USHJA Gold Star Clinic, the East Coast Clinic application deadline is December 24, 2020 at midnight.
Listen to the Latest Episode of USHJA On Course with Anne Kursinski!
Helmet Research Fundraising Hits Milestone
Through the collaborative and generous commitments of the United States Equestrian Federation, the USHJA, the U.S. Eventing Association, and a major matching grant from Jacqueline Mars, more than $425,000 has been committed to support independent research at the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab to develop the Equestrian STAR rating project at the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab.
Nutrena Welcomed as Official Horse Feed of the USHJA
Nutrena has joined the USHJA family of official sponsors as the Official Horse Feed of the USHJA for 2021. Nutrena, a subset of Cargill Animal Nutrition, believes for animals that health and happiness go hand in hand. Both are a result of the quality of care they get from owners raising them to be their best, and much of that comes from the quality nutrition they’re being fed.
RRA Applications Are Open
Online applications for 2021 Recognized Riding Academies are open! Being recognized maintains your status on the directory, showing that you offer a safe riding program with knowledgeable instructors and prioritize horsemanship and sportsmanship. Recognized academies receive a recognition plaque and certificate to hang at your farm, and you gain access to marketing tools and networking opportunities.

Already recognized? Renew now to continue receiving the benefits of being a Recognized Riding Academy!
Renew your WCHR Membership

Join or renew your WCHR membership for the 2021 competition year before your region's first competition to ensure you don't miss out on any WCHR points earned toward WCHR National and Regional Awards.

For 2021, the Central Mountain Region members may choose either the Southwest or South Central Region to pair with in order to accumulate regional points.
Top Honors Earned in Virtual HQC Nationals and Adult HQC Nationals
Congratulations to Genevieve Munson for taking home top honors in Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals and Holly Adams for earning the win in the inaugural Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals.

2021 HQC and HQC Adults both open February 1, 2021!
Sport History Spotlight: Democrat’s Lifetime of Achievement
If horses were recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards, U.S. Army-bred Democrat would be a top contender for the honor. Democrat was a Thoroughbred foaled at Ft. Robinson, Nebraska, in 1933 and shipped as a 4-year-old to the U.S. Cavalry School at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Democrat and Col. Franklin “Fuddy” Wing were champions at the 1940 National Horse Show and selected for the 1940 Olympics (cancelled because of World World II). After the war, Wing and Democrat were Individual fourth at the 1948 London Olympics. Democrat then qualified Capt. John Russell for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, finishing with Team Bronze. Later that year, Democrat and Bill Steinkraus won all eight individual classes they entered on the 1952 fall indoor circuit, jumping 150 jumps without fault and helping the USET win the Nations Cup at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. Democrat was retired to USET President Whitney Stone’s Morven Stud and died there in 1957 at age 24. Democrat and his three riders are all Show Jumping Hall of Famers.

Photos (left-right): Democrat with Franklin “Fuddy” Wing in 1948, John Russell in 1952 and Bill Steinkraus in 1952.
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