August Zone 10 Update
It’s been wonderful to see our members competing again in the show ring, and we are proud of all of the horse show organizers, staff, and competitors for working diligently to ensure everyone’s safety. As we’ve seen, the situation continues to be very fluid and we thank our staff and members for following social distancing and face mask guidelines, as well as horse show safety policies and procedures that allow us to continue competing. A reminder that many USHJA programs have also gone virtual, so please take advantage of those if you are not yet ready or cannot attend in-person events. We will keep you updated in this newsletter, and you can also find the most updated information on the USHJA website. Thank you, and as always, please feel free to reach out to continue the dialogue with USHJA so we can make sure we can all ride together safely.

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn.
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Isabella Holway Tops Inaugural 2020 USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal Final - West at Blenheim Summer Classic
The USHJA 3'3" Hunter Seat Medal Final - West saw 45 horse-and-rider combinations contest the inaugural event on Sunday, August 16, but only one left the ring at the Blenheim Summer Classic with the tricolor. Isabella Holway, of Cardiff, California, and HD Washington were the top pair to claim the Final after three rounds of competition, while Vivienne Wood, of Pasadena, California, rode Way Out West to second and Julia Nickl, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, finished in third with Zurich.
Last Chance to Participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
September 1 is the deadline to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge!

Participants take two levels of online horsemanship quizzes to be eligible for selection to the HQC Nationals. Click here to register and participate before the deadline.

HQC Nationals will be virtual this year. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to learn more about HQC.
Mark Your Calendar
Green Hunter Incentive Southwest Championship
International Jumping Festival
Sept. 16-20
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championship-West
Sept. 18
International Jumping Festival, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Zone 10 Medal Challenge-NORTH
Brookside Fall Finale
Oct. 7-11
Elk Grove, Calif.
Zone 10 Medal Challenge-SOUTH
Gold Coast Series October Horse Show
Oct. 15-18
Burbank, Calif.

Zone 10 Mini Medal Challenge-NORTH
The Let's Show Halloween Championship
Oct. 21-25
Rancho Murieta, Calif.

Zone 10 Horse of the Year Championship
Nov. 19-22
Autumn Jubilee
Burbank, Calif.

*Championships are subject to change.
More USHJA Educational Webinars Coming Up
The USHJA continues to plan educational webinars for members! Mark your calendar:

  • Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., Discover the Benefits of Equine Chiropractics 
  • Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., Fall Equine Vaccines 
  • Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., The Professional Marketing Workshop 
  • Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., Fall Back into Horsemanship HQC Nationals Study Hall
  • Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., Jumper Judge's Perspective 
Do You Know a Member Who Deserves to be Recognized?
The deadline to nominate a member for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award, the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award and the Vital Horse Show Staff Award is September 1!

If you know someone who is dedicated to the sport, is a positive role model for their peers and exhibits positive sportsmanship, nominate them for a youth award today!

If you know someone who works behind the scenes and whose role is essential for the success of horse shows nominate them for the Vital Horse Show Staff Award.
Learn More About Your Zone 10 Committee Members
Michael Roy Curtis – Course Designer and Show Manager

Q: What is your main area of interest/job in the sport?

A: I am an R licensed Hunter and Jumper course designer. Course design as well as show management are my two main jobs/interests in our sport.

Q: What do you see as one or two key issues for our industry, especially in Zone 10?

A: The safe way to hold horse shows in this time of COVID-19 is by far our most pressing issue in Zone 10 as well as every other zone.

Q: If you could accomplish one thing as a Zone 10 Committee Member, what would it be?

A: If we could have all of our equestrian centers open and safely running shows in this unprecedented time.
COVID-19 Resources and Updates
The show season continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While showing has resumed in many ares, horse shows also continue to be canceled or relocated.

Find the most up-to-date information relate to COVID-19:

Tell Us About What You Have Achieved This Year
This year has been far from typical when it comes to horse showing and accomplishing goals, but we know our members have still celebrated milestones and earned achievements outside of the competition ring.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association
Did you know that you can use your knowledge about horses and horsemanship to earn a college scholarship? The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association (LAHJA) encourages members up to age 21 to participate in its $5,000 LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship Competition. Every year, LAHJA awards $5,000 to the top three overall winners in the LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship. The deadline to register and complete the written portion is August 31, 2020. Read more.
LEGIS League
The LEGIS League is moving its finals to an all-new location! Mark your calendars for the Coachella Valley Classic (Feb. 18-21, 2021) at the Desert International Horse Park. LEGIS League offers opportunities for riders of many levels from beginners through 3’6’’ hunters and 1.10m jumpers. We have worked with the Desert Horse Park to create an affordable option for riders planning to compete at the LEGIS League Finals. It will be a fantastic experience at a beautiful location. Don't miss out on the fun!

For our Colorado riders, we will be hosting regional medal finals at Autumn in the Rockies II (Sept. 10-13, 2020) at the Colorado Horse Park. We are looking forward to seeing you in the Rockies!

Not a member yet? There's still time to join. Click here to check your membership status. Visit or contact to learn more about the program.
2020 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent – West
The 2020 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West (Sept 18-20) are right around the corner. Don’t forget the qualifying period ends August 31 and entries close September 7.

The qualifying requirements for the finals have been amended due to COVID-19 and any rider who has completed a Talent Search class within the qualifying period is eligible for the Finals – West. It’s a great opportunity to compete in one of the most prestigious and challenging competitions for young riders. Previous winners include renowned riders such as Richard Spooner, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, and Joie Gatlin.

You can find the full list of modified qualifications here and download the entry form here. For up to date information about the Talent Search Finals, visit the USEF website.
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Did you know that Green Hunter classes, like many traditions in the hunter division, were originally related to foxhunting experience?

The 1941 rule book of the American Horse Shows Association (now US Equestrian) stated Green Hunter classes were “open to horses which have not been hunted with a recognized pack of hounds for more than one season, and which have not won a first ribbon at a recognized show in the Hunter Division prior to January 1st of the current year, except in classes requiring either no jumping or performance over jumps not to exceed three feet six inches” or in classes for “teams, pairs, local, junior, breeding or three-year-olds.”

Green Hunter Championships at this time were also super competitive, so quite an honor to win: They were awarded on the basis of ribbons won in “Maiden, Novice, Limit, Suitable, Green, classes for four-years-olds and under, Breeding classes for young horses and Handicap classes in which a horse jumps three feet six inches.”

Photo: “Jumping over an outside course in a green hunter class,” from Vladimir S. Littauer, Schooling Your Horse, 1951.
Know Your Zone 10 Committee Members
  • Kathy Hobstetter, Co-Chair
  • Ned Glynn, Co-Chair
  • Denise Finch
  • Kay Altheuser
  • Michael Curtis
  • Ellen Gates 
  • Sally Hudson
  • Melissa Kalember
  • Robert Leckie
  • Stephanie Lightner
  • Gry McFarlane
  • Lynn Mullins
  • James Waldman
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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