March Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 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 Stirrup Cup Dates and Locations Have Been Announced
Dates and locations for the Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Championships have been announced.

To view qualifying criteria and more information about these championships, click here.
Zone Team Championship Opportunities for You
Interested in leading teams as a Chef d'Equipe for one of these championships? Apply by March 30.
Apply for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Today!
The deadlines to apply for a Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session are coming up!

Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., will host a session June 27-July 1 featuring clinicians Kip Rosenthal and Anne Thornbury, and The Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo., will host a session July 31-Aug. 4 featuring clinicians Julie Winkel and Nanci Snyder.

The application deadline for these sessions are April 16 and May 14, respectively. Click here to view all of the sessions. Zone 9 is also offering funding to help members attend an EAP Regional Training Session; apply for the grant by May 1.
USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship Happening in Zone 9!
The opportunity to participate in one of the Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championships is coming up July 25-29 at Oregon High Desert Classic 2 in Bend, Oregon!

Each regional championship is two rounds and the combined total score for both rounds will determine the winner! Don't forget horses must be enrolled in the program to participate! Read more about these new championships here.
Congratulations to 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 9 award recipients:

Zone 9 Horse Money Won
1st place: Paris, Teton Farms LLC
2nd place (tie): Paint The Town, Copper Lane Farm
2rd place (tie): Higgins, Anna Kotler

Zone 9 Rider Money Won
1st place: Kyra Russell
2nd place (tie): Anna Kotler
2rd place (tie): Madeline Luddy

For more information about the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, click here.
Good Luck to Riders Competing at IEA Nationals
Congratulations and good luck to our Zone 9 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!
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.
Do You Know Someone Getting Started in the Sport
Zone 9 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 9 Update or on our Zone 9 Facebook Page. Please include your name and hometown and a photo.
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