March Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! This month learn about exciting Championships opportunities, including the new Aon/USHJA National Championships coming later this year! Mark your calendar for upcoming events and deadlines. Don't forget to share your photos and stories with us!
USHJA Announces National Championships Coming This Year
Do you want to represent our zone at the first ever Aon/USHJA National Championships Nov. 13-18 at The Las Vegas National?

The Championships will feature National Hunter Championships for:

  • Amateur Owner Hunters
  • Junior Hunters
  • Pony Hunters
  • Green Hunters
  • Adult Amateur Hunters
  • Children's Hunters

They will include the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships with eight sections of competition and the first USHJA Affiliate Championships!

Members interested in qualifying must submit entries for the Championships by Sept. 14. Entries will open when the horse show prize list is released.
The Championships will be held during The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa's Arena and Equestrian Center.
Zone HOTY and Equitation Championship Dates and Locations Announced
Dates and locations for the Zone HOTY and Equitation Championships have been announced!

The Zone 7 Equitation Championship will be Sept. 5-9 at Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview.

The Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship North will be Nov. 7-11 at Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show, and the Zone 7 Horse of the Year Hunter Championship South will be Nov. 7-11 at Great Southwest Equestrian Center Autumn Classic.
Zone Team Championship Opportunities for You
Interested in leading teams as a Chef d'Equipe at one of these championships? Apply by March 30.
Apply for Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Today!
Deadlines to apply for a Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session are coming up! In Zone 7, Great Southwest Equestrian Center will host a session June 11-15 featuring clinicians Julie Winkel and Nanci Snyder. The application deadline for this session is April 16. Click here to view all of the sessions.

Funding is available through Zone 7 to help riders attend a Regional Training Session, so be sure to scroll down and check out the grant application.
Congratulations USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Award Recipients
The USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, presented by Markel, celebrates a successful inaugural year by awarding year-end national and zone awards throughout the country and reaching the $100,000 prize money pay-out mark! Congratulations to the following Zone 7 award recipients:

Zone 7 Horse Money Won
  • 1st place: Divide's Freedom Spirit, Reagan Golsby
  • 2nd place: Madagascar, Jennifer Wheeler-Winborne
  • 3rd place: Paris, Lola Head
  • 4th place: Cool Spell, Jennifer Wheeler-Winborne
  • 5th place: Midnight Shimmer, Ashley Schneider
  • 6th place: A Kodak Moment WH, Grace Bernard

Zone 7 Rider Money Won
  • 1st place (tie): Reagan Golsby
  • 1st place (tie): Megan Winborne
  • 3rd place: Lola Head
  • 4th place: Ashley Schneider
  • 5th place: Katherine Addington
  • 6th place: Grace Bernard
Click here for more information about the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, presented by Markel.
Mark Your Calendar for the Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic
Mark your calendar for the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry, a three-round class that combines the precision of equitation and the handiness of hunters.

The East Coast Classic will be July 30 in Saugerties, N.Y. The West Coast Classic will be July 23 in Del Mar, Calif. Riders can choose their preferred location. Qualifying ends May 31. Click here for more information.
Good Luck Riders Competing at IEA Nationals!
Congratulations and good luck to our Zone 7 teams and riders who will be participating in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals April 20-22 at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse! Click here for more information, and stay tuned for coverage from the finals!
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5 Questions with USHJA Gold Star Trainer Gianna Aycock
We caught up with Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas, who currently trains USHJA Gold Star Riders Carolina Villanueva Suarez and Megan Cleland.

How was the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships experience? 
I think the Championships are a great opportunity for riders and trainers. As a trainer it’s exciting because you have the opportunity to help your students and parents see the value in moving up in the jumpers and being able to have something to look forward to. 

What does a typical day look like for you as a trainer?
When we’re home, first thing in the morning until about 1 p.m., we ride everything from Grand Prix horses to our young horses, we have 3-year-olds and up. Between shows we really try to do some work with our young horses. Then we have after school lessons. During horse shows, it’s the horse show craziness. 

What do you think about the Emerging Jumper Rider Program?
When I heard about it, I was extremely excited because it gives me an avenue to really work my program toward, a very clear goal for my students and their parents. It kind of gives them a mini-Olympic goal, which is really fun.

What was it like for Carolina to participate in the Ocala Junior and Children’s Team Competition?
Doing the team competition in Ocala was definitely a crowning moment between the Championships, Prix des States and the (Gold Star) Clinic. It was a really fun week to see where all your preparation comes together.

Do you have any advice for young Show Jumping athletes?
Work hard, really keep your eyes open and learn from everyone and never give up. It can be a soul crushing sport and some days you have to be your own cheerleader, or call your mom, because she’ll always be your cheerleader.
Do You Know Someone Getting Started in the Sport?
Zone 7 has several USHJA Recognized Riding Academies, which are educational programs that emphasize horsemanship and sportsmanship, promote safety and offer introductory Hunter/Jumper lessons!


For more information about the Recognized Riding Academy Program, click here.
Have a Story to Share?
Share stories about your successes and adventures in the sport with us for possible inclusion in the Zone 7 Update or on our Zone 7 Facebook Page. Please include your name and hometown and a photo.
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