October Zone 10 Update
As another great show year draws to a close, we are remarkably proud of all our Zone 10 members have accomplished. Riders at all levels have been excelling at competitions across the country and we couldn’t be prouder. We hope you will join us at the USHJA Annual Meeting to engage in positive discussion about current and future programs, championships, rule changes, and more. Your input and feedback is greatly appreciated so we can continue innovating and making improvements. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this show season such a successful one and we hope to see you at the USHJA Annual Meeting!  

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn.
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Zone 10 Members Shine at USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships and Platinum Jumper Championships
Congratulations to our Zone 10 members who participated in the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships Nov. 6-10 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California!
Special congratulations to our gold medalists:
Individual Gold Medalists

  • 1.10m Children’s Jumper: Emmeline Adamick
  • 1.20m Junior Jumper: Elisa Broz
  • 1.20m Amateur Jumper: Marnye Langer
  • 1.40m Plantinum Jumper: Amelie Louise Bittar

Special thanks to all the Chefs d’Equipe for leading teams at the Championships: Lindsay Archer, Matt Archer, Sloan Elmassian, Mike Endicott, Ned Glynn, Dale Harvey, Evarado Hegewisch, Meredith Herman, Kathy Hobstetter, Megan Jordan, Vinton Karrasch, Elizabeth Kilham, Debbi Long, Steve McAllister, Gry McFarlane, Philippa Melski, Ali Nilforushan, Will Simpson, Simone Starnes, Beka Swan, Soehnke Theyman, Ray Texel and Christina Trstensky.

Click here to read more about the ZJTC individual competition. Click here to read more about the ZJTC team competition.

Click here to read more about the Platinum Jumper Championships individual competition. Click here to read more about the Platinum Jumper Championships team competition.
Team Gold Medalists

  • 1.10m Children’s Jumpers: Hannah Cowdrey, Tyler Hardin, and Mia Park 
  • 1.10m Adult Jumpers: Kathleen Butler, Tess Kersey, Anneke Power, and Riley Thomas
  • 1.20m Junior Jumpers: Aya Clear, Sahana Ganesan, and Katie Kehring
  • 1.20m Amateur Jumpers: Stacey Bacheller, Troy Christiansen, Cathy A Nicastro, and Alison Locke
  • 1.30m Junior Jumpers: Amelie Louise Bittar, Breanna Bunevacz, Trent McGee, and Ava Spinale
  • 1.30m Amateur Jumpers: Alyce Bittar, Megan Kerpsack, and Lauren Whitlock 
  • 1.40m Platinum Jumpers: Simonne Berg, Amelie Louise Bittar, and Sloan Elmassian 

Visit the USHJA Facebook page for more photos and coverage from the championships.
Skylar Wireman Is Reserve Champion at 2019 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session
Congratulations to our Zone 10 riders who participated in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session (Nov 7-10)! 

Skylar Wireman was reserve champion, coming in second to Julianna Empie, an especially impressive accomplishment as she was the youngest rider at the session. Lead Clinician Peter Wylde described Skylar as “the whole package of what we love for the Emerging Athletes Program” and “a young, great horsewoman with a bright future.” She also was part of the gold medal team that won the Nation’s Cup competition. 

In the Nation’s Cup competition, fellow Zone 10 riders Rose Kauffman-Skloff and Joelle Hylton were on the silver and bronze medal winning teams, respectively. For placing second, Skylar will receive an invitation to the 2020 USHJA Gold Star Clinic in the 1.10/1.15m section and a certificate for a Charles Owen helmet.

We look forward to seeing what these amazing Zone 10 riders have in store for next year! For the full recap of EAP Nationals, click here.
Congratulations to Members Who Competed in the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, Presented by SmartPak
Congratulations to our Zone 10 members who competed in the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, November 9-10 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California! Special congratulations to Zone 10 medalists:
Adult Amateur Team Medalists:
  • Katie Cook, Jolene Swann, and Carrie Kehring earned bronze

Children's Team Medalists:
  • Camille Cheng, Caroline Gabus and Harliana Otto earned silver
  • Peyten Seltzer was part of the combined bronze medal team

Special thanks to Wendy Krohn and Rebecca Bruce for leading teams as chefs d'equipe at the Championships. Read more about the team competition.
Adult Amateur Individual Medalist:
  • Katie Cook earned bronze

Children’s Individual Medalists:
  • Peyten Seltzer earned gold
  • Caroline Gabus earned bronze

Read more about the individual competition.
AON/USHJA National Championships Results
Congratulations to our members who competed in the AON/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI3*-W, November 11-17, in Las Vegas.

Check out all of the coverage from the event:
Mark your calendar! The National Championships are set to return November 16-22, 2020! Stay tuned for more information. Visit the USHJA Facebook page or Zone 10 Facebook page to see more photos and videos from the National Championships!
USHJA Annual Meeting Reminder
The USHJA Annual Meeting is coming up. This year's event will be December 8-12 in Denver, Colo. This is a great opportunity for Zone 10 members to hear about upcoming rule changes, voice your thoughts to your committee members, and participate in shaping the future of our sport. Additionally, you will get to know USHJA members from all over the country through fun social events, including special awards presentations, dinners and mixers.
For more information, including hotel and transportation options, click here. If you aren't able to attend, you will still be able to tune in live to the SafeSport presentation on Wednesday, December 11. Information regarding the live stream will be available closer to the event at ushja.org/annualmeeting.

If you have questions about SafeSport for presenter Michael Henry, you can email them to AMSafeSportQA@ushja.org.
USHJA Announces Gold Star Clinics
USHJA is excited to announce the dates, locations, and clinicians for the 2020 Gold Star Clinics.

The West Coast clinic will be held January 15-19, 2020 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California, and led by Kirsten Coe. The East Coast clinic, led by Todd Minikus, is scheduled for January 22-26, 2020 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both clinics will feature Colleen Reed as the stable manager clinician.  Learn more.
2020 Zone Specifications are Available
Zone 10 Championship Information and Results
Congratulations and good luck to members who participated in the Zone 10 HOTY Jumper and Equitation Championships at the Camelot Autumn Jubilee (Nov 21-24) at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Click here for results.
See Where You Stand: HOTY and Stirrup Cup Points
As the competition year comes to a close, make sure to check your points to see where you stand for year-end awards!

Standings are displayed for all divisions for the current competition year and they are updated frequently. 

Please direct any questions or inquiries to USEF, attention Sport Data Department at  customercare@usef.org. All points corrections must be received by  customercare@usef.org by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association

LAHJA would like to congratulate the following 2019 LAHJA Medal Final Champions:
Kyra Palmer and her Burberry trained by Elvenstar won the 2019 LAHJA Pony Medal Final.
Brooke Mostman trained by Stephanie Haney topped the LAHJA Junior Medal Final aboard her Anakin.
Abby Steller and her Cantuccini trained by Elvenstar claimed a stellar win in the LAHJA Senior Medal Final.
Good luck to our $5,000 LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship competitors. The winners will be announced at the year-end banquet on Dec. 15. LAHJA is proud to have awarded $53,000 in scholarships to date! 

Visit lahja.org to sign-up for the banquet and to check your year-end points. Contact Charlotte at info@lahja.org with any questions. 

Congratulations to all who competed in the 2019 LEGIS League Finals at the Verdugo Hills Fall Festival (Oct. 3-6). Here are a few of our champions!

Join online and start earning points today toward qualifying for the 2020 LEGIS League Finals. 
Anne Sherwood (Far West Farms, trainer) and her Cassito
Champion, LEGIS League Children's/Amateur Medal Final
Photo Credit: Kristin Lee Photography
Megan Cameron (Shauna Pennell, trainer) and her Conriko
Champion, LEGIS League 1.05m Low Child/Adult Jumper Final
Photo Credit: Kristin Lee Photography
Linda Bloomenthal (Far West Farms, trainer) and her Bailando
Champion, LEGIS League Mini Medal Final
Photo Credit: Kristin Lee Photography
National Collegiate Equestrian Association

Former University of Georgia equestrian standout Emma Mandarino was the first-ever Top 30 finalist from the sport of equestrian for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She, along with the Georgia coaching staff and administration, attended the annual banquet for the honorees in Indianapolis on Oct. 20. 

Mandarino was one of ten finalists from Division I, the only finalist from the Southeastern Conference, and the first nominee in the Top 30 to be from the sport of equestrian. Read more. See her letter.
American National Riding Commission

ANRC Presents the DVD Series:The American System of Forward Riding: Life Lessons Learned with Horses by R. Scot Evans and Shelby French 

This DVD series is intended to guide riders through the American System of Forward Riding and give them a visual image of the performance they are working to achieve. Riders may use the series as a guide for “home schooling”. Teachers may utilize the system as an instructional framework for teaching, and using portions of the DVD series as instructional demonstrations to compliment their lessons. The workbooks in PDF format accompany the DVD Series Volumes one and two. Visit the ANRC Website Learning Center to watch the DVD Series. 
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Zone 10 Photo Highlight: Mila Slutzky
Mila was thrilled to compete in the Affiliate Championships during the AON/USHJA National Championships. 

“This show is so different from any other show, but it’s fun to try new experiences,” Mila said. “This is my first time in Vegas and I’ve had a blast.” Mila competed with her horse Love and Honor, who she has been showing for about two years. “He is 18; he teaches me a lot and is such a good horse!” 

The Affiliate Championships were a fantastic opportunity for many riders who wouldn’t have ordinarily qualified for the championships. Each USHJA Affiliate Member Organization recommended three horse and rider combinations per section and in Mila’s case, she was nominated by affiliate LEGIS League. 

“This has been a great learning experience,” Mila shared. “I think what I’ll take away is to always try your hardest.” 

Though this show year is over, Mila is looking forward to earning more experience in the hunter ring and competing in larger hunter derbies next year. 

Mila Slutzky (Kendra and Devon Bridges, trainers) and her Love and Honor compete in the USHJA Affiliate Hunter 2’ Championship at the AON/USHJA National Championships (Nov 11-17). Photo by Louise Taylor of USHJA.
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Military Roots of American Equitation

Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli pioneered the “forward riding system” of sitting lighter and more forward, using shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle, and going with the forward motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps with a following release.

Show Jumping Hall of Famer US Army Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, a graduate of West Point, attended at the Italian and French cavalry schools in the 1920s, bringing the forward riding system back to the US Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas. He won Individual Silver in Jumping and Team Gold in Eventing at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

Chamberlin rewrote the army’s horsemanship manual and created a show team to compete internationally and on the American fall horse show circuit in Washington, New York, and Toronto. His Riding and Schooling Horses (1934) and Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks (1937) became the foundation for the American style of today’s hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines.

PC: Harry D. Chamberlin, Plate LV from Riding and Schooling Horses
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Numerous USHJA Outreach Competitions are coming up in Zone 10! Be sure to see what's coming up by clicking the calendar below!
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