April Zone 1 Update
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COVID-19 Updates and Information
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions that will best serve horses and riders as we move forward.

Last week, USEF announced the extension of the suspension of all USEF owned and named events through May 31. As such, USHJA is continuing suspension of all USHJA programs and events through May 31.

The USHJA Board of Directors also made the difficult decision to cancel the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships for 2020. The Board felt it was unlikely that horses would be fit and ready to compete and qualify by the time of the Championships. They will return in 2021.

Additional resources and information about COVID-19:





We Need Your Feedback
Member comments can be sent to zones@ushja.org. Read more about the member comment period.
USHJA Webinar and Virtual Town Hall Coming Up May 6
Farrier Tools of the Trade Webinar
May 6, 4 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar with Travis Burns, Associate Professor of Practice and Chief of Farrier Services at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, to learn about different types of shoes and farrier tools most commonly used in shoeing horses.  Click here for more information. Click here to join.

Virtual Town Hall with USHJA President Mary Babick
May 6, 6 p.m. ET
Register to participate in a virtual town hall with USHJA President Mary Babick. Click here for more information and to register.
Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or false? A blemish is synonymous with unsoundness.
True
False
Did you know adult amateurs can participate in HQC this year? Click here to learn more.
Check Out the USHJA Best Practices Page!
The USHJA Best Practices page is a collection of educational resources, downloads and videos for members.

The Owners Awareness Checklist, to help owners become more engaged and promote horse welfare, is new to the page!

You can also find educational articles like " Tips for the New or Longtime Horse Owner," " Indicators of Horse Health," and " Employer Resources."

Have an educational topic you'd like to see? Email us your idea.
Educational videos like this one, "Longeing-Basic Techniques," are also on the best practices page.
Zone 1 Educational Forums Returning This Year
Zone 1 Educational Forums, sponsored by New England Equitation Championships, are returning this year. Forums are slated for the following horse shows/events, these dates are subject to cancellation and/or changes:

  • July, Vermont Summer Festival, Manchester, Vt.
  • July, Grazing Field Farm, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
  • August, Fieldstone Summer Showcase 2, Halifax, Mass.
  • September 24, Massachusetts Horseman’s Council, Days of Champions, Northampton, Mass.
  • October 17, New England Equitation Championships Finals, West Springfield, Mass.

Stay tuned! More details about the forums, including dates and presenters, will be available soon.
Application Deadline Extended for Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education
The deadline for the 2020 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education has been extended to June 15.

The scholarship, made possible through a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation, awards up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

Sport History: Fun Facts From the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Betty Oare and Navy Commander

Chances are you’ve heard of Betty Oare as a consistent winner in the amateur-owner Hunters for decades and the winner of awards including the 2019 USHJA Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award, the 2013 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2005 USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor.

Did you know that Oare and her famous thoroughbred partner Navy Commander, with whom she won multiple Hunter championships and induction in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, also competed in the 1965 Cleveland Grand Prix, the first of its kind in North America? Their style was as impeccable on a Jumper course as it was in the Hunter ring.

Photo: Betty Oare and Navy Commander in the Inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix
Photo credit: Marshall Hawkins
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
  • Charles Jacobs
  • 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.
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