July Zone 10 Update
Competition is heating up across Zone 10! Congratulations to all our members who competed in the Adequan/USEF Junior Hunter National Championship West Coast. We would also like to congratulate Madison Nadolenco on winning the USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - West presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College.

Best of luck to the riders heading to represent Zone 10 at the 2021 FEI North American Youth Championships at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (Aug. 10-15, 2021) in Traverse City, Mich. We look forward to cheering you on.

The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) Regional Training Sessions are underway! Northern California riders participated in a session with Jeff Cook at Sonoma Valley Stables (July 14-18) and Southern California riders are gearing up for a session with Joe Fargis at LA Equestrian Center (Aug. 4-8). 

Remember that registration is open for the 2021 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and USHJA Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. It’s time to put your horsemanship knowledge to the test and encourage your entire barn to jump in on the fun and learning!
We are looking forward to the USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National (Nov. 15-21) at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center. Did you know that the USHJA Affiliate Championships have expanded offerings for Juniors and Amateurs in 2' and 2'6" Hunters and Equitation and Jumpers from .70m to .90m? 

We are so proud of all the USHJA Affiliate Organizations within our zone. Throughout the year we will be highlighting each of them and this month we are featuring the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA). 

See you in the show ring! 

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Congratulations to our HQC Stable Challenge Winner!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge wrapped up July 15.

To participate, at least three junior and/or amateur students per trainer had to take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz between June 15 and July 15.. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer were averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer per zone is the winner.

Congratulations to Zone 10's winner Julie Conner-Daniels and Eclipse Farm!

The highest scoring trainer in each USHJA zone wins a unique trainer-inspired award package designed to benefit the entire barn, which includes a gift card from Nutrena, a Shapley's gift set, a one-year USHJA membership, a free 2022 Recognized Riding Academy membership and additional awards from USHJA sponsors. The highest scoring trainer overall will also receive an Essex Classics shirt.
Madison Nadolenco Tops USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - West, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College
The 2021 USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - West, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, held at the Sonoma Horse Park on Thursday, July 22, saw Madison Nadolenco top the class. Bella Primavera and Zoe Brown rounded out the top three, taking second and third.

1. Madison Nadolenco - Couer de Lion - 84 - 88 - 87.5 - 259.5
2. Bella Primavera - Carrico Sun - 87 - 84 - 87 - 258
3. Kate Hagerty - Solitude - 84.75 - 85 - 85 - 254.75
4. Zoe Brown - The Original - 84.5 - 86 - 82 - 252.5
5. Gabrielle Sokolow - Just Cavalli - 89 - 79.50 - 168.5
6. Sophie Bluhm - Munich - 82.5 - 83.5 - 166
7. Alexandra Lipacis - Cimmich X - 81 - 84 - 165
8. Avery Glynn - Carambo Z - 88.5 - 75 - 163.5=
9. Katie Jorczak - G-Star - 79.5 - 83 - 162.5
10. Aedan Mooney - Anthem - 83 - 79 - 162

Photo: Alden Corrigan Media
USHJA Recognized Riding Academy Spotlight: Hansen Dam Riding School
We heard from Gioia Lamendola with Hansen Dam Riding School, a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy in Sunland, California.

Tell us about your program and who you serve.
Hansen Dam Riding School offers its students a safe and fun riding program consisting of five Levels of Horsemanship. Riders will progress through the level based on their personal goals, how often they ride, and a desire to advance. HDRS recognizes riders for their progression and rewards their achievements, through our five levels, with Riding and Horsemanship badges.

What made you want to become a Recognized Riding Academy?
We love all that USHJA has to offer and are dedicated to teaching passionate equestrians of all ages and levels.

Tell us about your star lesson horse and why he/she is the best lesson horse around.
We have 15 Lesson horses at HDRS. They are all so special in their own way. Bradley is one of our favorites. He is a 7 year old TB gelding who teaches walk-trot and also our most advanced lessons. He has been with HDRS since he came off the track at four years old. He has a puppy dog personality and we love spoiling him!

Photo provided by Lamendola.
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Don't Miss the Excitement at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Hunter Week!

Catch all the action on USHJA TV, part of the Horse & Country Network, and stay tuned for results and coverage. 
Save the Date!
The Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships - West Coast, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare will be September 22, 2021 at the International Jumping Festival - Blenheim at Rancho Mission Viejo Horse Park in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Learn more.
2021 USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Championships and Other Special Classes are Underway

The following championships and other special classes are set for Zone 10:

  • Horse of the Year Jumper and Equitation Championship North, Oct. 20-24, Murieta Autumn Classic I, Rancho Murieta, Calif.
  • Horse of the Year Championship South, Nov. 10-14, Camelot Autumn Classic, Burbank, Calif.
Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships Returning in November
The Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships are set to return to Las Vegas November 15-21. Learn more about the event and qualifying here.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
American National Riding Commission

Save the date for the ANRC National Equitation Championships April 14-16 at Centenary University in New Jersey.

Get to Know Your Zone 10 Affiliates
Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association

Founded in 1946, the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA) aims to promote and develop the quality of horse shows on the West Coast.

New for this year, the PCHA has expanded its Child/Adult Jumper Championships, to include both Low Child/Adult riders at 1.0m and Junior/Amateur riders at 1.20m. West Palms is sponsoring the $55,000 of prize money up for grabs at Riders Cup (Oct. 21-24, 2021) at Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC).  

“It’s something new, different, and really great,” said Archie Cox, PCHA President. “I am very excited that West Palms is hosting the PCHA Jumper Championships. We are getting a lot of interest and I have no doubt that West Palms Events will do a first-class job with it.”

PCHA is also recognizing the $10,000 PCHA Child/Adult Hunter Championships at LA National (Oct. 13-17) at LAEC. “The Child/Adult Hunter Championships are a great opportunity for hunter riders, and we are looking forward to excellent competition,” commented Mike Edrick, PCHA Co-Vice-President.
PCHA offers six medal classes with finals throughout California. “We are bringing our PCHA Horsemanship Finals to the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show (Sept. 10-12),” Archie said. “Our Jr/Am 2’9’’ Horsemanship Final North will be at Let’s Show Halloween (Oct. 27-31) and the PCHA Jr/Am 2’9’’ Horsemanship Final South will be at the National Sunshine Series I (Nov. 3-7). The Foxfield Medal Final will take place at the Blenheim Fall Tournament (Sept. 15-19) and the Onondarka Medal Final will be at LA National (Oct. 13-17) at LAEC.”

In addition to medal finals, PCHA also offers a variety of special awards. “We host an annual awards banquet and it’s always a great event,” Mike noted. “Riders work so hard through the whole year to accumulate year-end points. We award riders with beautiful bronze trophies and ribbons, and we also give out some special awards. For instance, we have the Rachel Joseph Memorial Perpetual Trophy, which is an award given to an outstanding and hardworking parent.”

PCHA is proud to be a USHJA Affiliate Organization. “I think all that USHJA offers is great for our members,” Mike added. “Being part of USHJA helps our members to be informed and educated. We are passionate about growing the base of the sport and glad to be affiliated with USHJA.”
To learn more about the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association, click here to visit their website. 
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  • 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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