October 2020
Catch up on news from the latest USHJA championships, save the date for this year's virtual Annual Meeting, and more!
WCHR Finals Crown Champions at Capital Challenge
Renew your WCHR Membership!

Now is the perfect time to join or renew your WCHR membership for the 2021 competition year! Do so online before your region's first competition to ensure you don't miss out on any WCHR points earned toward WCHR National and Regional Awards.

*For 2021, the Central Mountain Region members may choose either
the Southwest or South Central Region to pair with in order to accumulate regional points. The paired region must be declared at the time of membership renewal.
Save the date! The 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting will be held virtually from November 30 – December 11 with more access for members than ever before. Extended meeting dates accommodate more educational sessions and opportunities, allowing members to get a firsthand look inside the governance of the sport. Keep an eye on ushja.org/annualmeeting for more details!
Host a Puissance Challenge this October!
Through the Foundation, USHJA is hosting a Puissance Challenge Fundraiser from October 1 - 31 to benefit the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative. A barn challenge where riders can compete from ground poles to over 4', each rider that participates will rally a sponsor to support them for a minimum donation of $25. Try to reach the USHJA’s fundraising goal of $2,000 for each participating barn, or set your own goal for your barn's total raised amount and see where your barn stands on the Puissance Challenge Leaderboard.
Sport History Spotlight: The Puissance
Did you know that “puissance” is French for “power,” and the power referred to is a horse’s ability to jump very wide and very high?  
 
The Puissance starts with a first round of four to six jumps, the last being a “brick” wall set at a 5’6” (1.70m) minimum. The wall is actually made of wood blocks, and the top blocks are rounded and covered with carpet so horses can brush over them. Jump-offs are focused on just a spread jump (usually a triple bar) and the wall, which is raised in each successive jump-off. Jump-offs are limited to a maximum of four. 
 
The Puissance was once a regular feature on the fall indoor circuit—the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International, the National, and the Royal Winter Fair—and played an important role in deciding both national and international Open Jumper championships.

Photo by Budd. In 1973, Show Jumping Hall of Famer Sympatico and Anthony D’Ambrosio set a record jumping 7’4” at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.
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