November 2018
Your Monthly USHJA News & Updates
The end of the 2018 competition year is almost here! Are you prepared for 2019? Get important reminders for the new competition year and recap on the biggest educational events and year-end competitions, including the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships in this month's USHJA News & Updates!
AON/USHJA National Championships Make a Successful Debut
Hunter, Jumper and Equitation riders earned National Championship Titles across six days of competition, with nearly every USHJA Zone represented, at the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships, Nov. 13-18, at The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to great competition, members also participated in free educational seminars, including the opportunity to learn from the 2018 WEG Team USA physiotherapist, hear a judge's perspective, chat with the horse show veterinarian and learn more about farrier work with the horse show farrier.

Exhibitors also enjoyed the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas and the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, which also housed the South Point Equestrian Complex, barns, movie theater, restaurants and two bowling alleys.
Champions Crowned in Biggest Educational Competitions of the Year
Cathleen Driscoll Named 2018 Emerging Athletes Program Champion
For 25 year-old Cathleen Driscoll, the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program almost seemed out of reach. But the self-taught rider from Elk Mills, Maryland, was up for the challenge and let her riding and horsemanship skills speak for themselves as she rode to the top of a group of 24 talented young equestrians to win the 2018  Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund /USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, hosted by The University of Findlay, Nov. 8-11, in Findlay, Ohio, Read More
Toni Anderson Returns to Win HQC Nationals
After a weekend full of intense testing and educational seminars, Toni Anderson rose to the top of 24 finalists to win the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by  The Plaid Horse , and hosted by the  University of Findlay , Nov. 9-11, in Findlay, Ohio.

"After last year when I got second, I knew what I needed to do, and I went home and studied really hard, and I came here feeling really prepared and I guess it paid off!" said Anderson. Read More
Final Hunter & Jumper Team Championships of 2018 Wrap Up in California
Teamwork Makes Dreams Work at USHJA Zones 9&10 Ch/AA Hunter Championships

The sunny Southern California desert welcomed Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter riders to the main hunter arena of the AON HITS Desert Horse Park for the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by   SmartPak, where 21 riders competed over two days to earn team and individual medal titles . Read More
Zones 9&10 Riders Earn Coveted Medals and Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider Titles at Zone Jumper Team Championships

The final USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships of the year concluded with the last USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider titles and invitations to USHJA Gold Star Clinics awarded to Individual medalists of the USHJA Zones 9 and 10 Jumper Team Championships. Read More
Effective Dec. 1, 2018: Microchipping Required for Competition
Beginning in competition year 2019 (December 1, 2018), ALL horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA-sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed will be required to be microchipped to compete.

To learn more about microchipping and the requirement for the 2019 competition year, click here.
Sport History Spotlight: The Birth of the Nations Cup
Pictured: Joe Fargis riding Bonte II in his 1971 USET debut year, where he rode to a Nations Cup win at Aachen.
Did You Know? Nations Cup classes grew out of international military competitions. The first Nations Cup competition was held in 1909 at London’s International Horse Show at Olympia. Civilians started participating on Nations Cup teams in 1948. Teams of three or four (only the best three scores count) compete in two rounds over the same course.

This year’s Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session clinician Joe Fargis won Team Olympic Gold (1984) and Silver (1988) and competed for the US on more than 30 Nations Cup teams at some of the world's most important shows, including Aachen (where he rode on the winning team three times), Spruce Meadows, Rome, the National at Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania National, and Washington International. The USHJA EAP and Zone Jumper Team Championships give riders at many levels a chance to experience team competitions.
First Year of Regional Championships in USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program Wrap Up in Texas
At the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, in Katy, Texas, Jumpers usually dominate the schedule in the coliseum. However, during Southbound Show Management's Harvest Show, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, Hunters were the featured event in the large indoor arena. Amidst the beautifully decorated ring, Peter Pletcher and Didi Mackenzie rose respectively to the top of the 3'/3'3" and 3'6/3'9" USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Central Championships on November 1. Read More
Join Us in Tampa!
Join us for five days of educational lectures, committee meetings, networking and an evening of recognition during the Evening of Equestrians Awards Gala at the 2018 USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center!

For meeting information including discounted airfare, online registration and the meeting schedule, visit We hope to see you in Tampa, Florida, Dec. 9-13!
Emerging Jumper Rider Program Expands to 1.40/1.45m Level
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has expanded the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program to offer two new facets—a 1.40/1.45m Platinum Show Jumping Championship with team and individual competition, as well as a USHJA Show Jumping Rider Ranking List that recognizes top Jumper riders competing at the 1.35-1.45m level.

In the past, riders at the 1.40-1.45m level have had numerous classes from which to choose, but they never had something specifically designed to advance them to the next level. Beginning in 2019, the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider program will offer both recognition and an opportunity to showcase a rider's skills at this level.
Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!
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