January 2019
New year, new opportunities! Read all about educational and competitive opportunities available to USHJA members for 2019 in this month's USHJA News & Updates.
Show Jumping Athletes Shine at USHJA Gold Star Clinics
Pathway Excellence Achieved in USHJA Gold Star Clinic - East
From December 27-30, 2018, a group of 2018 USHJA Zone Team Championships Individual Medalists and select wild card recipients expanded their equestrian horizons in a unique educational opportunity by participating in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic-East Coast at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center with lead clinician Richard Spooner. Read More
Participants of USHJA Gold Star Clinic-West Learn from Experts in the Sport
The USHJA Gold Star Clinic - West wrapped up an educational week with presentations by experts in the sport of Show Jumping, combined with riding sessions taught by distinguished Olympian Katie Prudent. Riders qualified for the Gold Star Clinic-West through the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program and the Zone Jumper Team Championships. AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, hosted the event, January 17-20, 2019. Read More
Reserve Your Table for the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Spectacular Hunt Gala!
Join us at The Spectacular Hunt Gala for the best seats in the house to watch the top hunters compete in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular on February 16, 2019, during Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Table sales for the special evening in the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center International Club are now on sale. Seats are limited, so act quickly to reserve your spot! Table sales support the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program. Visit www.ushja.org/wchrspectacular to purchase a table today. Read More
Know Before You Show: Rules Now in Effect for 2019 Competition Year
Do you know what new 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 more information about Safe Sport, visit usef.org/safesport.

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. 
Check out this handy guide of important Hunter/Jumper rules now in effect to help you Know Before You Show :
Enroll Your Green Hunter or Derby Horse by Feb. 1 and Save!
More Green for Green Hunters: More than $2.6 million paid out!
Three ways to earn great prize money for your 3', 3'3", 3'6" or 3'9" Green Hunter:

  1. Enter a USHJA Green Incentive Stake class at a competition near you
  2. Participate in one of five Regional Championships:
  3. Participate in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship

Horses must be enrolled to participate and recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA. Enrollment fee is $350 through Feb. 1 and increases to $550 on Feb. 2. For more information visit ushja.org/greenincentive.

Green Incentive Regional Championships:
  • East Championship, Brandywine Valley Summer Series II, July 3–7, 2019, Devon, Pennsylvania
  • South Championship, NCHJA Annual Horse Show, June 26–30, 2019, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Central Championship, Harvest, Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2019, Katy, Texas
  • Southwest Championship, International Jumping Festival, September 18–22, 2019, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Northwest Championship, Oregon High Desert Classic 2, July 24–28, 2019, Bend, Oregon
2019 Derby Goals: More than $12.7 million paid out!
If you have the Championships on your list of goals for this competition year, enroll today and save! Enroll in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program to be eligible for inclusion on regional and national money won tracking lists and to participate in the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

Enrollment fee is $350 through Feb. 1, and increases to $550 on Feb. 2. Horses must be recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA to participate. For information, visit ushja.org/IHD.

Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships
August 13-15, 2019
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, KY

Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
August 15-17, 2019
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, KY
Sport History Spotlight: Getting to Know Hall of Famer & USHJA Gold Star Clinic-West Clinician Katie Monahan Prudent
Lead clinician for this month’s USHJA Gold Star Clinic-West is National Show Hunter and Show Jumping Hall of Famer Katie Monahan Prudent. Katie qualified for the AHSA Medal finals at age 9, winning the ASPCA Maclay finals in 1969 at age 15 and the Medal finals in 1972. She achieved national and international success on legendary jumpers including The Jones Boy, Special Envoy, and Noren, as well as champion hunters Whadyasay, Tindle, and Old Dominion. She was named to the 1980 Olympic team, competing in the Rotterdam Alternate Olympics when the US boycotted the Olympics in Moscow. In 1986, Katie and Amadia were part of the first US team to win a World Show Jumping Championship Gold Medal. Katie has helped develop a number of riders to international acclaim, including Beezie Madden, Alison Firestone, and Reed Kessler.

Pictured: Katie Monahan Prudent and Miltown winning the AHSA Medal Finals in 1972. Photo credit: Budd
Helping Members Grow In and Out of the Ring
As the new year kicks off, so do the opportunities available to USHJA members. The USHJA Foundation is pleased to open applications for the following:

$25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education
Designed to encourage further education among equestrians, this scholarship will award up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

Gochman Family Grant for USEF Pony Finals
Each year, up to three individuals who exemplify sportsmanship, tenacity and horsemanship are selected to receive the Gochman Grant, which provides the opportunity to compete at USEF Pony Finals, presented by Collecting Gaits Farm.
Video of the Month: Longeing With a Purpose
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 appropriate longeing techniques.

We encourage you to share this video, now available in both English and Spanish, with employees, barn mates and friends. 

For more educational content including articles and videos, visit ushja.org/bestpractices.
Team Championship Experience for Hunter Riders
Applications are now open for the 2019 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak.

The Championships, organized by zone, provide exciting team and individual competition for Children and Adult Amateur Hunter riders.

Interested riders may apply at ushja.org/chaahunter to have their points count toward qualifying. Qualifying periods and application deadlines vary by zone.
Educational Opportunities for All Ages & Levels
Happenings from the US Equestrian Annual Meeting
Get the full recap from the US Equestrian Annual Meeting! The meeting, held Jan. 9-12 in West Palm Beach, Fla., covered a variety of educational and sport-specific meetings, including a strategic plan update from President Murray Kesser, a panel discussion on SafeSport, a review of major rule changes, an affiliates roundtable discussion, and the Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards dinners.
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