July Zone 1 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 1 member! Enter the USHJA Hunter Team Challenge, see who won the HQC Stable Challenge and catch up on news and results!
Congratulations to our HQC Stable Challenge Winner!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge wrapped up July 15.

To participate, at least three junior and/or amateur students per trainer had to take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz between June 15 and July 15. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer were averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer per zone is the winner.

Congratulations to Zone 1's winner is Emer Coyne and Avon Valley Show Stables!

The highest scoring trainer in each USHJA zone wins a unique trainer-inspired award package designed to benefit the entire barn, which includes a gift card from Nutrena, a Shapley's gift set, a one-year USHJA membership, a free 2022 Recognized Riding Academy membership and additional awards from USHJA sponsors. The highest scoring trainer overall will also receive an Essex Classics shirt.
Don't Miss Out on a Fun Team Hunter Competition!
Entries are open for the USHJA Hunter Team Challenge East. Don't miss the chance to participate in this fun team competition!

Hunter Team Challenge - East
Aug. 4-8
New York Horse & Pony
Saugerties, N.Y.
USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - East, Presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College Results
The 2021 USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - East, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, was held at the Devon Horse Show Grounds on Monday, July 12. Here are the results:

  1. Alexander Alston - Campreoll - 92 - 92 - 93 - 277
  2. Skylar Wireman - Il Mio - 83.5 - 90 - 94 - 267.5
  3. Dominic Gibbs - Cent 15 - 95 - 88 - 84 - 267
  4. Natalie Jayne - Charisma - 90 - 95 - 80 - 265
  5. Kyla Sullivan - Kenan - 84.5 - 86 - 87 - 257.5
  6. Riley Hogan - Jones - 85 - 88 - 82 - 255
  7. Kat Fuqua - Itteville - 82.5 - 87 - 169.25
  8. Caroline Signorino - Vidocq De La By - 83 - 85.5 - 168.5
  9. Aundrea Hillyard - Cervino - 84.25 - 84 - 168.25
  10. Stella Wasserman - Attendu De Lannois Z - 87 - 81 - 168
Zone 1 Educational Forums are Underway!
The Zone 1 Educational Forums are returning this year! Don't miss the opportunity to expand your knowledge during these free, Zone 1 events.

  • Aug. 26: Fieldstone Show Park, Halifax, Mass.
  • Sept. 30: Weekend of Champions, Northampton, Mass.
  • Oct. 22: New England Equitation Championships, West Springfield, Mass.

Stay tuned for any updates to these events.
Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby North Championships Results
Congratulations to Amanda Steege (Ocala, Fla.) and LaFitte De Muze, who topped the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby North Regional Championship at Lake Placid Horse Shows on Sunday! Jean Sheptoff (Littleton, Mass.) and Camillo VDL took reserve!
HQC Quick Quiz
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Scroll down to the bottom of eNews for the answer. Register to participate in HQC here.
USHJA Recognized Riding Academy Spotlight: Well-A-Way Riding
We heard from Michele Goodrich with Well-A-Way Riding, a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Tell us a little about your program and who you serve.
Each lesson begins with a priority in safety on and off the horse. Using our 444 method (four aides, four angles, four corners) riders learn etiquette and a physical understanding for horses, ring and position from the start. We offer ground school and a mentor/mentoree program. Instructors are in professional development classes each week and are all safe sport certified.

What made you want to become a Recognized Riding Academy?
It aligns with my core belief in providing an immersive environment for learning horsemanship skills and proper riding along with a strong focus on safety of horse and rider. It provides a solid education base for riders to show care and empathy for horses while receiving consistent training in an encouraging and positive environment.

Tell us about your star lesson horse and why he/she is the best lesson horse around!
Rufus is the epitome of my program. He is safe, smart and a true teacher. Our riders learn to sit correctly-he's well balanced-and he's our go to for the first canter. He is gentle, sweet and very careful. He provides the right level of patience and partnership for riders to build confidence and continue to grow. Many of our riders have continued their love for riding because of Rufus.

Photo credit: Erin McNamara
2021 USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Championships and Other Special Classes are Underway
The 2021 USHJA Zone Horse of the Year and Equitation Championships are underway.

The following championships and other special classes are set for Zone 1:

  • Horse of the Year Championship, Sept. 15-19, Eastern States Expo (Big E), West Springfield, Mass. 
The Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships are set to return to Las Vegas November 15-21. Learn more about the event and qualifying here.
Upcoming USHJA Webinars
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Championships
The Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships will return to the Virginia Young Horse Festival at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, on August 29.

The Championships offer a variety of sections for ponies. New in 2021, an Adults on Ponies class open to Professional or Amateur riders has been added. Learn more.

The Virginia Young Horse Festival will also feature the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding Championships, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare – East Coast. Learn more.
Don't Miss the Excitement of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Hunter Week!

Catch all the action on USHJA TV, part of the Horse & Country Network, and stay tuned for results and coverage.
USHJA Affiliate Organization News
American National Riding Commission

Save the date for the ANRC National Equitation Championships April 14-16 at Centenary University in New Jersey.

More Recent News
Zone 1 Committee Members
  • Fran Dotoli, Chair
  • Jay Mullen, Vice Chair
  • John Bahret, Tresurer
  • Meg Black
  • Cynsie Broda
  • Amy Eidson
  • Lisa Foster
  • Sally Hinkle Russell
  • Felicia Knowles
  • Carol Law
  • Frederick Schauder
  • Carla Sharp
  • Kristi Smith
  • David Wilbur
  • Ann Dotoli (non-voting adviser)
  • Monica Hunt (non-voting adviser)
  • Sheila Murphy (non-voting adviser)
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines


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