April Zone 6 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 6 member! Comment on 2020 Zone Specifications, see what team opportunities are coming up this year and more.
From your Zone 6 Committee Chair Mark Aplin:
Cooking for a cause (aka Chef d’Equipe)

Now read on a bit even if you’re an amateur or a junior rider, we need some help from you on this too. 
Chefing is not nearly as intimidating or time consuming as one thinks it may be. In Zone 6, Patrice Urban is the coordinator for all the programs that require a Chef d'Equipe and handles all of the paperwork and responsibility leading up to the championships. The responsibilities of the Chef at that championship include encouraging team spirit, helping guide the participants to events and through the schedule at the championships, selecting order of go, communications, etc., etc.
So you may ask why am I writing about this. We have traditionally had a problem when it comes to championships. We’ve had great chefs with great results, but it’s been a bit tough getting someone lined up, flirting with far to late in selecting that person. 

Here is what we on the Zone committee would love to have happen. If trainers know they have a student that is trying to get qualified for one of these championships, or if you do qualify and decide you are going, please tell us. Even if you don’t really want to be a Chef we would love the opportunity to talk you into it.

Riders, don’t assume your trainer has told us. Please encourage them to apply because there are benefits for you. There are a couple benefits for you in volunteering or being forced into it (you won’t be forced). First, your name will be publicized as Chef. Secondly, Chefs are allocated funds for reimbursement to help cover their costs to attend the Championships. So, if you're planning to attend this could cover the cost of your trainer attending if they are a Chef.

Here are a list of events that we could use Chefs for:
-Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships
-Zones 5 & 6 Platinum Jumper Championships
-Zones 5 & 6 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships
-FEI Jumping North American Youth Championships
-USEF Pony Jumper Championships
-Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper National Championships

Happy Showing,

Mark Aplin
USHJA Zone 6 Committee Chair
Let your voice be heard! Comment on 2020 Zone Specifications
Last chance to apply for an EAP Regional Training Session
Applications are still open for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program late summer sessions!
Congratulations Emily Clemens!
Zone 6's Emily Clemens of Minnetrista, Minnesota, attended the USHJA Gold Star Clinic Central April 16-20 at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Read more.

Want a chance to participate in a Gold Star Clinic next year? Learn more here, and be sure to apply to participate in the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships!
Your team needs you! Competitive team opportunities in 2019
July 17-21
Showplace Summertime III
Crete, Ill.
*Qualifying ends and applications close May 18
July 17-21
Showplace Summertime III
Crete, Ill.
*Qualifying ends and applications close June 2
July 17-21
Showplace Summertime III
Crete, Ill.
*Qualifying ends and applications close June 2
July 30-Aug. 4
Old Salem Farm
North Salem, N.Y.
*Qualifying ends June 2, Applications due June 11
Aug. 5-11
USEF Pony Finals
Lexington, Ky.
*Qualifying ends and applications close June 1
October 10-12
Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Harrisburg, Pa.
*Qualifying ends Aug. 31, certificates of capability 
due Sept. 9
Good luck to members competing at IEA and IHSA Nationals
Congratulations and good luck to our members competing at IEA and IHSA Nationals coming up! 

Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals will be April 26-28 at PA State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Catch the action on USEF Network

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships will be May 2-5 at New York State Fairground Expo Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Click here for more info.
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, June 12-16, 2019!

Check out the class specifications for more information.
Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges coming up
The USHJA Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges test skills riders and their horses might use during an enjoyable day of foxhunting combining the elements of flat and over-fences classes. There are several challenges coming up next month:

  • May 8-12, Maffitt Lake Sprimg Gathering I
  • May 16-19, MHJA Horse Show
  • May 29-June 2, Springtime Sunshine at Quail Run
Congratulations to our Zone 6 Horse of the Year Champions
Special thanks to The Chronicle of the Horse for sharing their coverage of 2018 Zone HOTY winners. For more information about the Zone HOTY Awards program and to view standings, click here.
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
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!

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.

The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
QUICK QUIZ: Try your horsemanship knowledge, scroll to the bottom of eNews for the answer
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Sport History: Fun facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program follows a tradition of successfully mentoring young riders under the guidance of legendary riders.

In 1984, a USET developing riders training session taught by Italian Olympian Piero d’Inzeo (center) featured future national and international grand prix stars (from left) Debbi Connor, Anne Kursinski, Leslie Burr Howard, Norman Dello Joio, Joan Scharffenberger, Eric Hasbrouck, Melanie Smith Taylor, Jeffery Welles, Katherine Burdsall, Hugh Mutch, and Louis Jacobs. These training sessions were held a few times a year, with riders chosen from regional selection trials overseen by USET coach Bertalan de Némethy.
Photo credit: USET
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