September 2020
In this month's eNews, find what remaining championships and events are still on-schedule and other recent USHJA news.
Mary Babick Elected for Second Term as USHJA President
The USHJA Board of Directors elected Mary Babick to serve a second term as president of the organization, during the Board of Directors meeting, held virtually on Monday, September 14. 
“I am honored to be elected president for a second term,” said Babick. “My focus will be to continue to build community, transparency and strength for our sport by working with a wonderful group of volunteers and staff.”

Grab a Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship Title
Partridge Pilots Wonderland to Win 2020 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Northwest Championship

The USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Northwest Championship saw Quinn Partridge pilot Emily Steckler's Wonderland to the top spot at the Northwest Spectacular in Wilsonville, Oregon, on August 27. Corene Smith and Copacabana, owned by Hannah Scheuer, claimed the reserve champion title, and Heather Macdonald led Stephanie James' Cascade to third. Read more!
Crowning Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Champions
Congratulations to 2020 Sallie B. Wheeler/US Equestrian/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships - East champions! Best Young Horse went to Caberneigh (Cabardino N x Special Consideration), handed by Emily Anne Belin-McDonnell, owned by Kelsey Calabro and bred by Linda Mancini. Cabalero (Cabalito x Allegria), handled by Charlie Brown and owned and bred by Elizabeth Capor, earned Reserve Best Young Horse and High Point Three-Year-Old.
Overall Best Young Horse will be crowned following the West iteration, now on September 18 in San Juan Capistrano, California!
WCHR Finals Move to World Equestrian Center
Don't Miss These Remaining USHJA Medal Finals!

For 2020 only, the 130 highest pointed riders on the East Coast and 100 highest pointed riders on the West Coast will be accepted to compete.

Blenheim International Jumping Festival
San Juan Capistrano, California
September 16-20

Capital Challenge Equitation Show
Wilmington, Ohio
September 25-27

For 2020 only, open to all Juniors who have not competed in a National Equitation Final with fences at 3’6”.

New England Equitation Championships
Fieldstone Show Park
Halifax, Massachusetts
Saturday, September 19
Entries are still open! Check out the prize list here.

USHJA Welcomes NTRA Equine Member Benefits as Supporting Sponsor
The USHJA is pleased to welcome the NTRA Equine Member Benefits as its newest Supporting Sponsor.

Through this partnership, USHJA Recognized Riding Academies are being given the chance to win a John Deere X330 Lawn Tractor with 42-inch Deck. RRAs that are currently recognized by the USHJA from December 1, 2019 through September 1, 2020 can be nominated by students writing to USHJA, showing how their RRA promotes horsemanship, sportsmanship, and is preparing them to be a well-rounded equestrian. Nomination essays must be in 500 words or less and submitted by October 5, 2020. Nominations will be reviewed and the winner selected by the USHJA RRA Committee. Click here to nominate.

The fourth episode of USHJA On Course featuring Ellie Ferrigno is live now! Find USHJA On Course at or anywhere you listen to podcasts, including Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyAnchorBreakerPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Overcast.
Support the Helmet Safety Research Campaign
Equestrian sports are the greatest contributor of sports related traumatic brain injuries. Join the USHJA in donating to the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative, part of Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s research to improve helmets used by the equestrian community. The USHJA has pledged $100,000 toward the funding goal of $450,000, but we need your involvement too!
Sport History Spotlight: Top Hats and Bowlers
Today’s state-of-the-art research on riding helmets follows in a tradition of foxhunting formal riding attire designed with safety in mind.  

The tall silk hat seen in vintage foxhunting prints and hunter class photos, as ornamental as we think of it today, was meant to protect the head. The expectation was that the stiff “stovepipe” would ward off a direct blow from a tree branch and crush on impact in case of a fall, giving some cushion to the rider. The bowler, or “derby,” was meant as a further safety improvement: it was lined with cork to give more cushion.  
Masters of Foxhounds and Hunt Staff members, who were working the hounds and the first riders to encounter rough terrain and wooded areas, were initially the only riders to wear a hunt cap. Early velvet-covered shellac, plastic, or metal hunt caps with no chinstraps evolved through the decades to the helmets worn today in the hunt field and the show ring. 

Photos by Budd: (L) 1951 Hunter Appointments Class, (R) 1948 Qualified Hunter Class
Fall Back into Horsemanship Book Sale on USHJA Trainer Certification Program Manuals
$15 each or buy 5 or more for $10 each, shipping included!
Tune in to This Month's Free Webinars
H&C's Ultimate Derby Championship Event
Watch and Vote on September 19 at 5 p.m. ET
Watch Horse & Country’s Ultimate Derby Championship, Saturday, September 19 at 5 p.m. ET. Join us in reviewing the top Handy rounds from the last five years of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships!

We’ve put the results in your hands to crown the Ultimate Derby Champion, make sure to download the Black Horse One Spectator Judging App and award a Base Score and Handy Score for each combination. The champion will be determined by combing fans’ scores with the official competition scores, so make sure to download the app, ready to watch and vote!
Read the Latest Issue of In Stride
This month's issue of your favorite member benefit, In Stride, is packed with articles including:
  • life lessons from COVID-19
  • a look at the contenders for the delayed Olympic Games
  • tips and tools to make the most of your time in the show ring
In Case You Missed It: Recent USHJA News
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