June Zone 1 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 1 member! Stay up to date with COVID-19 news, participate in the HQC Stable Challenge, mark your calendar for upcoming webinars and more.
COVID-19 Updates and Information
Many areas in the country are beginning to slowly reopen, and horse showing is underway again in some areas. Click below for resources and information about COVID-19:

Apply for Second Round of Feed Aid by July 13
The USHJA has opened another round of Feed Aid applications to assist horses in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applications are due July 13.

Feed Aid provides aid in purchasing feed for lesson horses as short-term relief for the businesses in the hunter/jumper community who provide lessons to non-boarders and may be suffering financially due to the impact of COVID-19.

Through partnership with various national and regional feed companies, USHJA members may receive relief through discounted and fully supplemented feed purchases.
USHJA Educational Webinars Coming Up
HQC Study Hall Part II
June 30, 2 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Terri Young, chair of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) Committee, returns for another Study Hall.

Discover the Benefits of Equine Chiropractics
July 13, 7 p.m.
Discover the benefits of equine chiropractic care with USHJA sponsor Rood and Riddle.
Equitation: An Overview
July 27, 7 p.m.
Join top industry professionals Robin Rost Brown, Frank Madden, and Jim Hagman for an informative webinar about the significance of the Equitation division.

The Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge is Open!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge is open until July 15. That means it's time to gather your barnmates and put your horsemanship knowledge to the test for a chance to win great prizes!

How to participate:

  • Go to the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz page by clicking here.
  • Fill out your information and be sure to include your trainer’s name for your points to count.
  • Complete the practice quiz.
  • You’re done! Come back and take the quiz as often as you’d like to improve your score.
Special thanks to our Stable Challenge sponsors Essex Classics, FITS, Rood & Riddle and Shapley's!
Member Spotlight: Gina Villella is an Advocate for Hunter Breeding
Gina Villella of Marlboro, Connecticut, owner of Lantern Hill Farm, is passionate about her work as a breeder as well as the importance of starting her horses in Hunter Breeding classes.

“My first foal I put on the ground is 6 years old now,” Villella said. “I’ve bred a few horses, I have two mares getting bred this year, and I’ve bought several babies to show on the line as well.”

Villella works with the babies right away and starts showing them in the Hunter Breeding classes when they are young.

“It exposes them to the braider, being body clipped, getting on the trailer at a young age when they are easier to handle,” she said. “It exposes them to all the same things as a show horse but doesn’t put the mileage on their legs.”

Villella said the experience on the line has given her horses a solid foundation, which has made them rideable for anyone. She also enjoys the process of teaching them.

“You get so much more satisfaction out of teaching a baby, and you see when they get it. You see a light switch in their head like ‘I’m here to show off.’”

Villella has had horses participate in the Sallie B. Wheeler Championships. She's also active in her zone encouraging other members to participate in Hunter Breeding as well as helping create a schedule of dates for classes in the zone.

“I just love going to the horse show and seeing friends," she said. "I’m super competitive and I like to win, but I love spending time at home and training my horses and being with my horses.”

To share a story with us for possible inclusion in the news update, click here. Photo provided.
Learn More About Hoof Health
Thanks to the Horse and Rider Advocates Committee members for their work on this video. Find more educational resources, including other informational videos, on the USHJA Best Practices Page.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Shows may be starting back up at the local level in your area. Check with your local Affiliates about show schedules and what changes they may have made as a result of COVID-19.

Here are the current Affiliates in our Zone:

It's Time to Nominate Someone for USHJA Vice President or Director at Large
The member nomination period is open for USHJA Vice President and four Director at Large positions (individuals meeting the following criteria: Competition Management; Amateur competitor status; and individuals with non-equestrian business related experience).

The deadline to nominate someone is August 14. Senior Active or Senior Associate member in good standing are eligible to participate in the nomination process.
Zone 1 Educational Forums
Zone 1 Educational Forums, sponsored by New England Equitation Championships, 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.
Mark Your Calendar:
Green Hunter Incentive East Regional Championship
Saratoga Fall
September 10-13
Stillwater, NY
*Pending USEF approval

2020 Zone 1 Horse of the Year Championship
September 16-20, 2020
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, Mass.
Sport History: Fun Facts From the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Studying for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge?

Here’s a fun look at learning horse anatomy (and about your own body to be a more balanced rider) from The Horse by D. J. Kays, a 1969 college textbook for a “horse production” class on “judging, breeding, feeding, managing, and selling horses.”

Check out how horse and human bones work in movement: the hock is like a human ankle, and a horse’s knee is the counterpart of a human wrist. The tuber calcis, the short bone at the “point" of the hock, is like the human heel acting as a lever to lift the body up and forward.

Photo: Horse and human skeletons courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History in The Horse.
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.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines



USHJA Official Sponsors
USHJA Sponsors & Partners
Photos by: EQ Media, Tori Bilas, Tricia Booker, Jump Media, ESI Photography, Rachel Sowinski.
United States Hunter Jumper Association | (859) 225-6700 | ushja.org