March Zone 1 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 1 member! Save the date for the USHJA National Championships, attend USHJA Virtual Town Halls, apply for grants and more.
Last Chance to Apply for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
Applications for the 2021 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program close April 1! Click here to view the complete list of sessions.

Sessions in or near Zone 1 include:
  • June 7-11 at Centenary University in Long Valley, N.J., led by Candice King and stable manager Nanci Snyder
  • July 19-23 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley Mass., led by Cynthia Hankins and stable manager Tracy Forman

You can also apply for an Emerging Athletes Program Grant by April 1 to assist with the costs of attending a session.
Dates Announced for Zone 1 HOTY Championship
You won't want to miss the 2021 USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Championships, which provide members with an opportunity to earn championship points toward year-end USHJA Zone HOTY awards.

Zone 1 Horse of the Year Championship
September 15-19
Eastern States Expo (Big E)
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Save the Date for the 2021 USHJA National Championships!
The USHJA National Championships are set to return to The Las Vegas National on November 15-21, 2021*! Information regarding qualifying for this year's championships will be released in the coming months.

*Pending USEF approval
Mark Your Calendar for USHJA Virtual Town Halls
There are several USHJA Town Halls with USHJA President Mary Knowlton, formerly Babick, coming up that you can participate in!

  • April 19, 7 p.m. ET, for Zones 1-5
  • May 24, 7 p.m. ET, all members
  • July 19, 7 p.m. ET, all members
HQC Quick Quiz
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Team Championships to Aim for in 2021
July 28-August 1
HITS-on-the-Hudson V
Saugerties, N.Y.
Application deadline and qualifying ends: June 13, 2021
Early applications due: April 10
July 28-August 1
HITS-on-the-Hudson V
Saugerties, N.Y.
Application deadline and qualifying ends: June 13, 2021
Early applications due: April 10
August 4-8, 2021
New York Horse & Pony
Saugerties, N.Y.
No qualifying, but riders must meet eligibility requirements.
August 10-15, 2021
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Traverse City, Mich.
Application deadline and qualifying ends: June 21
August 10-15, 2021
US Pony Finals presented by Honor Hill Farms
Lexington, Ky.
Application deadline: July 5
(Prix des States)
October 14-16
Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, Pa.
Application deadline and qualifying ends: August 31
Have You Enrolled Your Young Jumper?
Debuting in 2021, the USHJA Young Jumper Championships will serve as the national championship for young Jumpers in the United States, allowing talented prospects to be showcased by owners, breeders and riders and shown at the national level.

2021 USHJA Young Jumper Championships
Traverse City Fall Horse Show
September 8-12, 2021
Traverse City, Michigan
Upcoming USHJA Webinars
Mark your calendars for these upcoming USHJA Webinars:

Equine Business Basics
April 26, 7 p.m. ET
Returning speaker Holly Frenzel, from the Equine Business Basic webinar, comes back to explain how to make QuickBooks work for your equine business.

Stand Out: Bridle Fit and Attire
May 25, 7 p.m. ET
Stand out in the Hunter Breeding ring, Equitation ring and everywhere in between with bridle fit tips from Hunter/Equitation Judge and Hunter Breeding Official Sue Lightner.
Webinars are also available on demand here.
Check Out the USHJA Show Jumping Rider Ranking List
The USHJA Show Jumping Rider Ranking List is a master ranking list organized nationally as well as regionally, where Jumper riders earn points by earning money in specific Grand Prix or special classes at competitions.

Classes are organized into two levels, Level 1 and Level 2, based on fence height, prize money and other specifications.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News

Just Launched! ANRC Forward Riding Proficiency Program

ANRC has just launched this exciting new educational program and grant opportunity for aspiring equestrians. Riders, middle school age through adult, that ride at the novice, intermediate, or advanced levels are eligible to enroll in the Forward Riding Proficiency Certificate program. Having an ANRC Forward Riding Proficiency Certificate is a validation of your dedication as a rider and your degree of equestrian proficiency. Learn more.

Riders who earn an ANRC Forward Riding Proficiency Certificate are eligible to apply for a Captain Vladimir S. Littauer Continuing Education Grant. A grant recipient may apply these funds to educational equestrian activities or riding program expenses.

Exciting news for the National PHA Medal Finals. The PHA is pleased to announce that this year’s finals class will be held at Monmouth at the Team horse show at Centenary University on August 18th as the final class of the equitation day. Running at 3’3” and 3’6” in the newly reconstructed outdoor ring on state of the art GGT footing, the class will be judged by Scott Fitton as one class at the two heights. Outstanding awards will be presented to the top 10 riders. The PHA is excited to be working with show owners Michael Dowling and Tucker Ericson and look forward to a memorable experience.

New this year – the PHA will be making a donation in the winning rider’s name to Ron and Danny’s Rescue. As the PHA is a benevolent organization of volunteer horsemen helping horsemen we are thrilled to support Ron and Danny in their efforts. Each time a rider participates in a PHA medal class throughout the year a portion of their entry will be going to support Ron and Danny’s Rescue.

Prize list will be available the end of May. Show schedule can be found here.
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.
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