November 2020
Register for the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting, renew your membership, give us your feedback on the 2021 competition season and rule change proposals, and more in this month's eNews!
Don't Miss the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting!
Registration for the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting, held November 30 – December 11, is available now at three price points:
  • All Access registration is $98 and will give participants complete access to every virtual session and meeting offered across the 12 days. The first 150 attendees to purchase the All Access pass will receive a USHJA Connect Box with exclusive gifts and swag from USHJA, sponsors and partners!
  • Weekly registration is $53.
  • Day passes are also available for $14.

The State of the Association presentation and Evening of Equestrians Awards celebration will be free. Learn more at
Mon, Nov 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST
USHJA Annual Meeting 2020
'Tis the Season to Renew Your Memberships
The 2020 competition year is coming to close, and 2021 is just around the corner! Renew your USHJA, USEF and affiliate organization memberships before your first competition to avoid Show Pass fees and to get exclusive USHJA member-only benefits.
Know Before You Show: New Rules Effective December 1, 2020
Stay up-to-date with new rules with Know Before You Show, a simple guide of rule changes taking effect in the new competition year! Click here for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved for the 2021 competition year or view the 2021 USEF Rulebook.

  • Hunter Equipment: This rule change adds nose nets and belly bands to the list of prohibited equipment in hunter classes - HU106
  • Green Hunter Points: This rule change requires a horse compete in a Green Hunter section a minimum of three competitions during the competition year for Horse of the Year money and points won in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive to be awarded toward the Green Hunter section - GR1131
  • Young Hunter Sections: This rule change adjusts the names of the Young Hunter sections to more accurately describe the sections and adjusts the fence heights for each Young Hunter section as follows: Young Hunter 3’0” is now Young Hunter 5 and under – 2’9”, Young Hunter 3’3” is now Young Hunter 6 and under – 3’0”, and Young Hunter 3’6” is now Young Hunter 7 and under – 3’3” - HU111, GR311, and GR1131.3

Additionally, enrollment in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program is now mandatory to compete in an International Hunter Derby class.
Comment on Rule Change Proposals
You're invited to comment on Rule Change Proposals being considered this year! USHJA members may provide input on the proposals until November 30, 2020, online here. Member comments are an important part of the rule change proposal process.
We Want Your Feedback—Competing in 2021

The USHJA is conducting a short survey to gauge the level of interest of the hunter/jumper community's plans to return to competition in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the country. Your input and feedback is important to us, and we hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey.
Listen to the Latest Episode of USHJA On Course, Evolving from the Emerging Athletes Program with Jacob Pope!
Check Your Points
The 2020 competition year is almost over. Click the links below to see where you stand in the Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Awards Programs. All points corrections must be received by by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 15.
Sport History Spotlight: Calypso in Retirement 
Melanie Smith Taylor’s 1984 Olympic Team Gold mount Calypso had an impressive career and a wonderful retirement. Imported from Holland as a 5-year-old, “Lyps” spent nearly all of the rest of his life with Taylor. 
At just 6 years old, Calypso won the 1979 American Jumping Derby, an iconic U.S. event modeled on the Hickstead Derby. Melanie entered Calypso with the intention of pulling up if the course felt too much for the youngster, but “at the halfway point he was bucking, so we went on and he won!” The spirit Calypso showed that day carried Melanie through victories that included Individual Bronze at the 1980 “alternate” Olympics, the 1981 and 1982 American Gold Cup, and the 1982 American Invitational and World Cup Finals, all leading up to the 1984 Olympics. 
In 1987, Melanie retired from competition and married Lee Taylor. Calypso was sent to Rodney Jenkins for sale. Financial complications surrounding Calypso’s owners prohibited Melanie from buying him. As a wedding present, and without Melanie’s knowledge, Lee purchased Calypso and brought him home to their Tennessee farm. Melanie rode him just once, jumping a fence or two, and then watched him grow fat and happy babysitting young horses. He died at the age of 29 in 2002. 
Photos: (left) Katey Barrett, 1982 World Cup; (right) Courtesy of Melanie Smith Taylor  
Donate to the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative
The mission to raise $450,000 for the future safety of our helmets through the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative and Virginia Tech's Helmet Lab continues! Donate now, and learn more at or in the latest issue of In Stride!
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