January Zone 1 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 1 member! Save the date for Zone Championships, see who attended Gold Star Clinics, enroll your horse for USHJA programs and more. 
Zone 1 Members Participate in USHJA Gold Star Clinics
Congratulations to our Zone 1 members who participated in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic East Coast this month:

  • Faith Lee Kollien, Acton, Mass.
  • Jacqueline Van Meter, Ridgefield, Conn.

Read more about the clinics. Subscribe to EQ SportsNet and watch on demand coverage of the clinics here.
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.
It's Time to Enroll Your Green Hunter or Derby Horse
It's time to enroll for two great USHJA programs; the Green Hunter Incentive Program and the International Hunter Derby Program.

Enrollment for both programs is $350 until February 1 then the price jumps to $550.
Applications Open for USHJA Platinum and Zone Jumper Team Championships
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.

Both Zone Jumper Team Championships and Platinum Jumper Championships are part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program. 

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).
Grant and Scholarship Opportunities from USHJA Foundation
Applications are now open for the USHJA Foundation $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education and the Gochman Grant, which helps riders attend USEF Pony Finals each year.
Know Before You Show: Rules for 2020
The USHJA is helping members Know Before You Show with a simple guide of rule changes taking effect for the new competition year. Click here to read more.

Click here for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved in 2019 for the 2020 competition year.

View the entire 2020 USEF Rulebook here.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Renew Your Membership!

Don't forget to renew your Affiliate Membership! Affiliate Member Organization memberships cost $100 and are valid through November 30 of the current competition year (December 1-November 30).

Added benefits for 2020: 50 percent off USHJA Associate Memberships for your members, USHJA Affiliate Logo and Banner, return of the USHJA Affiliate Council and Regional Groups and Affiliate Year-End High Point Award!

Find an Affiliate

Check out local USHJA Affiliates near you here. Can't find your affiliate? Encourage them to join 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.
Tell Us What You Think
If you have participated in the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships in the past, or would consider participating in the future, please consider taking our short survey about the program!
Sport History: Fun Facts From the USHJA Wheeler Museum
It’s All about the Basics

The Gold Star Clinics this month focus on the foundations of hunter/jumper riding: the rider’s position, flatwork, and gymnastics to build the skills you and your horse need for riding courses.

USET Show Jumping Coach Bertalan de Némethy was a strong proponent of gymnastics, including cavalletti work, in the USET training sessions at Gladstone. USET Captain and Olympian Bill Steinkraus stresses the value of cavalletti (or simple poles on the ground) in his 1987 book Reflections on Riding and Jumping: Trotting a single rail, adding a second, then a third, then a double space to a rail (where later you can build a small fence) “enables you to practice the same move over and over until you groove it, and to work on pure technique. It also enables you to work on particular problems, and can be adapted to isolate almost any weakness.”
Caption: Bill Steinkraus practicing over a basic cavalletti grid. Photo by Alix Coleman.
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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