February Zone 6 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 6 member! Educational opportunities abound as the show season gets underway. Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone!
From your Zone 6 Committee Chair Mark Aplin:
In the last Zone 6 News & Updates, I asked for some topics that people would like discussed here. Thank you to everyone who responded. In all of the responses I received, one topic was brought up by everyone that I will discuss here. A couple more specific questions were raised, and I will save those for a later month or respond directly to emails. The question generally asked was: what does the zone committee do?

The simplest way to address this is to start with what the USHJA bylaws say about this subject.

Article 1104 outlines the Zone Committee Responsibilities. It states that “the duties of Zone representatives shall include the following:
a. Providing a forum to discuss and create nationwide Hunter and Jumper programs that tie the individual Zone programs together.
b. Exchanging ideas across Zones, communicating with other Zones, and interfacing on a national level with other Hunter/Jumper constituents.
c. Communicating with the Zone’s Hunter and Jumper constituency.
d. Providing Zone input for the Zone Championships and Finals.
e. Recommending, creating, and coordinating education opportunities and programs taking place in each Zone.
f. Raising funds for Hunter and Jumper Programs.
g. Providing input and feedback regarding the various USHJA Hunter and Jumper awards programs."

So there it is! Okay… this needs a bit of an explanation about what it is that committee does and does not do. Also, what the committee can and cannot do.

We, your committee members, are asked to make recommendations on rules, championships, programs, budgets etc. The key word here is “recommendations.” The zone committee’s recommendations move through the Working Groups and the USHJA Board of Directors and/or USEF Board of Directors for approval (depending upon the approval process).

Often, and especially when it involves zone specific events, the Working Groups and Board go along with the Zone recommendations, but it isn’t always the case. Each group plays an important role in ensuring that the concept serves members, fits in the budget and aligns with the organization’s mission.

This is an important part of the committee’s work. Lately, the committee has been trying to find Zone 6 specific events that focus on education, and we’re thinking both inside and outside the box. As these events come to fruition, we will work hard to promote them, but it’s a bit early to throw them out here.

There are many things your Zone 6 Committee members don’t have a say in, and beyond the standard rule change participation process that all members have, we don’t have many rule change proposals that we review or comment on collectively. We can help you get to the right person to get an answer on questions you may have related to rule changes.

If you have something that you’d like the committee to discuss, please talk to a committee member you know or feel comfortable approaching. Some of these people may be new to The Zone 6 Committee, so give them some time.

Please, keep sending topics or questions my way. I could type forever on these subjects, and my hope is that this has helped explain a bit about what your Zone 6 Committee does. Scroll on to read important updates about opportunities in and around our zone!

Mark Aplin
USHJA Zone 6 Committee Chair
Zone 6 Zandra Powers Horsemanship Class: Save the Date
Don't miss the Zone 6 Zandra Powers Horsemanship Class this year at Mid States Encore!

Check out the class specifications for more information.
Apply for team Hunter championships by May 18!
Applications are now open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak!

The Championships for Zones 5 & 6 will be July 17-21 at Showplace Summertime III in Crete, Ill.

The qualifying period is May 20, 2018 - May 18, 2019. Apply by May 18 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Get on the Pathway at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!   
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships!
The Championships will be held at Showplace Summertime III, Crete, IL, July 17-21, 2019 !
The qualifying period is July 23, 2018-June 2, 2019 . Apply by June 2 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines !
Applications are open for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gates Farm and the $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Read more.
USHJA Zone 6 will be opening more grant and scholarship opportunities soon. As they open, you can find them here   
Mark Your Calendar: Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges
The USHJA Zone 6 Hunter Committee has created this program to provide Handy Hunter Challenges, which test skills riders and their horses might use during an enjoyable day of foxhunting combining the elements of flat and over-fences classes. Click here for more info.
Apply today for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
Applications are now open for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund /USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, and we will have one available near our Zone this year!
HITS Balmoral in Crete, Illinois, will host a session with Clinician Julie Winkel and Stable Manager Colleen Reed, July 8-12.

Be sure to check the full list of locations, as some are offering 3-foot sections that are open to ALL ages!
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
Registration for the 2019 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open! The HQC is an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics. Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and younger as of Dec. 1, 2018, the quiz offers participants a chance to qualify for the in-person HQC Nationals, which offers $6,000 in grants and prizes, and is held alongside the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge awards over $6,000 in grants and prizes with another $16,000 in prizes available through the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge! Don't miss your chance to put your horsemanship knowledge to the test!
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships; Apply by June 2
Applications are now open for the inaugural USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. The championships offer individual and team competitions for professional, junior, and amateur riders competing at the 1.40/1.45m level. In addition to the individual and team competitions, riders can qualify for the 2020 USHJA Platinum Masters Training Session with top national and international industry experts.
“The Platinum Jumper Championships are the culmination of the USHJA's Jumper footprint on our sport, and we're absolutely overjoyed to be able to start this program this year,” said Larry Langer, chair of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force.
USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Platinum Jumper Championships
Showplace Summertime III
July 17-21, 2019
Crete, IL

Qualifying: July 23, 2018-June 2, 2019
Apply by: June 2, 2019
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