February Zone 12 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 12 member! This month make sure you know about rule changes that went into effect April 1. Review and comment on 2019 Zone Specifications, and see what important events and deadlines are coming up. Don't forget to share your photos and stories with us!
Do you know what rules went into effect April 1?
In January, US Equestrian passed several rule changes that affect Hunter/Jumper competitors that went into effect on April 1. Make sure you Know Before You Show:

We need your input! Zone 12 Specifications are available for member comment until May 16
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce that the Member Comment Period for 2019 USHJA Zone Specifications is now open.

"Since each zone has their own specifications, it is important that they are a good fit for the individual zone. Each committee reviews the specifications with an eye to the needs of the zone," said USHJA President Mary Babick. "Once that process is complete, the members get a chance to voice their opinion. I hope you will take the time to submit your feedback."

Each year, the USHJA Zone Committees closely review the specifications for their zone to make any adjustments to better serve the needs of the zone, and then the USHJA makes these adjusted specifications available for member comment. The member comment period for zone specifications will be open until May 16, and members simply email comments or suggestions to zones@ushja.org.

Congratulations to 2017 Zone 12 Horse of the Year Champions!
Special thanks to The Chronicle of the Horse for sharing their coverage of 2017 Zone HOTY winners. For more information about Zone HOTY and year-end awards, click here.
What's your horsemanship IQ?
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, is open now until Sept. 1.

Competitors 21 years old and younger can participate in this online test for a chance to earn a spot at Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, an in-person horsemanship competition that offers $4,000 in educational grants.
USHJA President Mary Babick to hold clinics and town hall
Judging Clinic with Mary Babick, USHJA President
Friday, June 29
William C. Chamberlin Equestrian Center, Anchorage, AK
Free to USHJA Members, discount for 4-H and Pony Club members

Riding Clinic 
Clinician: Mary Babick
June 30-July 1 
Discount for USHJA members, 4-H and Pony Club

Town Hall with Mary Babick
During the WCCE Center Show (June 29-July 1)
Watch next month's Zone 12 Update for full details!
USHJA Zone 12 HOTY and Stirrup Cup Championships and Horsemanship Equitation Championship
USHJA Zone 12 HOTY and Stirrup Cup Championships and Horsemanship Equitation Championship
Sunday, August 5
William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center  
Anchorage, AK
$500 Jumper Classics
$500 Hunter Classics

Contact Dana Eaton for more information at eatonequest@gmail.com.
Are you or is someone you know looking for a trainer?
There are four USHJA Certified Trainers in Zone 12! Jill Cornforth of Fairbanks, Dana Eaton of Anchorage, Jenny Rousey of Palmer and Beth Theisen of Palmer.

USHJA Certified Trainers maintain a certification, are tested on a broad spectrum of professional information, including training techniques, safety of horse and rider, horsemanship skills and more.

For more information about the Trainer Certification Program, click here.
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.
Have a story to share?
Share stories about your successes and adventures in the sport with us for possible inclusion in the Zone 12 Update or on our Zone 12 Facebook Page. Please include your name and hometown and a photo.
Important dates and deadlines

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