February Zone 1 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 1 member! Apply for the Emerging Athletes Program, test your horsemanship knowledge, learn about grants and scholarships and more.
Applications Open for 2020 EAP Regional Training Sessions
Interested in participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program this year? It's time to apply!

Sessions near Zone 1 include:
  • June 15-19, Centenary University, Long Valley, N.J., led by Cynthia Hankins and stable manager Colleen Reed
  • July 22-26, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y., led by Jim Wofford and stable manager Nanci Snyder

Scroll down to learn about the EAP Grant that can help toward the cost of attending a Regional Training Session.
Let Us Help You Achieve Your Goals!
Zone 1 has grants available for members! The EAP Grant assists members with attending an EAP Regional Training Session, and the Zone 1 Academic Grant can be used toward college or trade school.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is Open!
Registration to the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open!

Exciting changes being implemented for 2020:

  • Updated free online HQC study guide with new sections added covering saddle fitting, teeth and more
  • The program will open to adult amateurs ages 21 and above later in 2020. More information to be announced.
Congratulations to our Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Year-End Award Winners
Congratulations to our members who received 2019 Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup year-end honors!

Check 2019 Zone 1 standings to see who received awards here:

Check 2020 Zone 1 standings here:
Zone 1 Educational Forums Returning This Year
Mark your calendar! The Zone 1 Educational Forums, sponsored by New England Equitation Championships, are returning this year. Forums are slated for the following horse shows/events:

  • May 9, Fieldstone Spring Festival, Halifax, Mass.
  • 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 in the coming months.
Save the Date for the Zone 1 HOTY Championship
Dates and locations for Zone HOTY Championships and other special classes have been announced.

The Zone 1 Horse of the Year Championship will be September 16-20 at Eastern States Expo (Big E), in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Mark Your Calendar for Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships
Mark your calendar for the 2020 Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare, which will be held August 22 at Virginia Young Horse Festival for the East Coast, and August 26 at Showpark All Season Summer Tournament for the West Coast!

Special congratulations to Zone 1 HOTY Hunter Breeding Yearling Champion Nidavellir, bred, handled, and owned by Gina Filewicz. This talented KWPN filly is a 2019 Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championship graduate! Check out the graduates page here.
Early Application for USHJA Platinum and Zone Jumper Team Championships Ends April 10
Applications are open for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, open to juniors and amateurs at the 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m levels, and the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships, open to juniors, amateurs and professionals at the 1.40/1.45m level. You must apply to have your points count toward qualifying!

The Championships for USHJA Zones 1 & 2 will be at HITS-on-the-Hudson V in Saugerties, NY, July 22-26, 2020 (Qualifying Period: September 24, 2019 - June 7, 2020).

*Early application deadline for the $75 rate is April 10. Starting April 11 until applications close, the price increases to $150.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
American National Riding Commission

The ANRC National Equitation Championships are coming up April 9-11 at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

The championships will now include adult amateur and ANRC alumni divisions, in addition to the traditional junior and college divisions.

Entries for the Championships are due March 1!

The Championships will be livestreamed on USEF Network
Sport History: Fun Facts From the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Caprilli Revolution

American hunter/jumper equitation developed from new ideas introduced by Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli in the early 1900s. His “forward seat” changed forever ideas about the safety and comfort of the horse and rider over fences.

When foxhunters and military riders began jumping fences cross-country in the 1800s, they rode in a “chair” seat with legs pushed forward because sitting vertical in the classical (dressage) seat was tiring, and they leaned back over fences in case the horse stumbled. Horses instead were struggling to keep their own balance, let alone that of the rider. Caprill’s method of sitting forward with shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle created angles in the rider’s hips, knees, and ankles that act as springs and allow the rider’s arms to follow the motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps.

A hundred years later, Caprilli’s principles to help riders perform “with safety and dispatch” and horses to “respond to what is required of them quietly and smoothly with the minimum possible wear and tear” still hold.

Pictured above: Left: Caprilli's Forward Seat. Right: Hunting Chair Seat
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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