January Zone 10 Update
The new show year is off and running! 2020 has gotten off to a great start with the first week of the Desert Circuit as well as the USHJA Gold Star Clinic – West at the Desert International Horse Park. As the show year begins, we invite you to visit the USHJA website and learn about USHJA’s updated and new competitive championships and incentives, special classes and sections, and educational programs. The Zone 10 eNews will be featuring these programs, including descriptions, program deadlines, and website links throughout the year so be sure to keep an eye out. 

We also want to congratulate Zone 10’s Nick Haness, who received the USEF National Equestrian of the Year Award, and Julia Stone, who received the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. Congratulations to Nick and Julia and we are looking forward to what our other talented Zone 10 members will accomplish throughout the year!

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn.
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Zone 10 Members Attend USHJA Gold Star Clinic
Congratulations to our Zone 10 members who attended the USHJA Gold Star Clinic West Coast this month in Thermal, California:

  • Emmeline Adamick, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Alyce Bittar, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Elisa Broz, Watsonville, Calif.
  • Hannah Cowdry, Camarillo, Calif.
  • Amanda Gomez, Norco, Calif.
  • Erin Nichols, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sydney Shelby, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Skyler Wireman, Bonsall, Calif.

Read more about the Gold Star Clinics. Subscribe to EQ SportsNet and watch on demand coverage of the clinics here.
Mark Your Calendar for Zone 10 Championships
Dates and locations for Zone HOTY Championships and other special classes have been announced.

  • Horse of the Year Hunter Championship, Aug. 4-9, Menlo Charity Horse Show, Atherton, Calif. 
  • Stirrup Cup Championship, Aug. 28-30, Gold Coast Labor Day, Burbank, Calif. 
  • Zone 10 Medal Challenge-South, Oct. 15-18, Gold Coast Series October Horse Show, Burbank, Calif.
  • Horse of the Year Jumper and Equitation Championship, Nov. 19-22, Autumn Jubilee, Burbank, Calif. 
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 9 & 10 at National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, Calif., November 4-8, 2020 (Qualifying Period: December 10, 2019 - September 20, 2020).
Zone 10 Photo Highlight: Elisa Broz
For Elisa, the year is off to a fantastic start with her new horse Volstrups Cody. 

“We imported Cody last September from Germany, so he is still a relatively new horse to me,” Elisa shared. “He has a really big heart and I’m very excited to show him this season.” 

Cody showed his big heart by jumping beautifully for Elisa during the USHJA Gold Star Clinic – West. The Gold Star Clinic gives riders an opportunity to learn riding and horsemanship from some of the best in the business. This year Kirsten Coe led the mounted sessions which included a flat day, gymnastics day, and Nation’s Cup competition. 

“The Gold Star Clinic was such an amazing experience. I really loved it and I recommend it to anyone,” Elisa commented. “There were so many topics that we learned about that I loved – from barn management, young horses, and of course all of the amazing training from Kirsten Coe. One of my biggest takeaways from the clinic was the importance of having a strong team because if you do, then you have a winning team.” 

Elisa hopes to take these lessons and apply them to the rest of the show year. 

“My goals this year are to move up into the 1.40s and to try and qualify for the FEI Jumping North American Youth Championship and the Platinum Jumper Championships. I also hope to do some big medals back east with my equitation horse Clooney 62.”

Pictured: Elisa (Belmont Training, trainer) and her horse Volstrups Cody in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic – West. Photo by Tori Bilas/USHJA.
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.
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.
Know Before You Show 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.
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.
Know Your Zone 10 Committee Members
  • Kathy Hobstetter, Co-Chair
  • Ned Glynn, Co-Chair
  • Denise Finch
  • Kay Altheuser
  • Michael Curtis
  • Sally Hudson
  • Melissa Kalember
  • Robert Leckie
  • Stephanie Lightner
  • Gry McFarlane
  • Kelly McKnight
  • 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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Check the Calendar for Upcoming Outreach Competitions
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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Photos by: Alden Corrigan Media, Tricia Booker, Tori Bilas, Terisé Cole, Kaitlyn Karssen, Jump Media, Rachel Sowinski, and Louise Taylor.
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