March Zone 10 Update
To our Zone 10 members: The past few weeks have been a difficult time for us all as the world works to limit the spread of COVID-19. Both the USHJA and USEF have suspended competition until May 3 in an effort to safeguard the health and well-being of our members. With the cancellation of several horse shows, the Zone 10 Selection Trials for the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships have been affected. The Zone 10 Committee is working closely with US Equestrian officials to determine the best course of action for qualifying for the trials, and we will keep you posted. We are in uncharted territory, but it’s in the most trying times that we’ve seen the equestrian community come together to support each other and lift each other up. Please continue to be kind to each other as we take the necessary precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn.
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Important Information about COVID-19 and our Sport
In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has suspended all USHJA competitions and events until May 3, 2020. This action is in alignment with US Equestrian.

Competitions that choose to run during this time period may not include the USHJA name with any class or property, and will do so without USHJA recognition. Competitors attending those events will not be able to accumulate or earn points, scores, money won, qualifications or rankings during this period for USEF or USHJA awards programs, Championships and events. Similarly, USHJA Outreach classes are suspended. 

Deadline to Apply for EAP Regional Training Session Extended to April 22
The deadline to apply to participate in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program has been extended to April 22!

The session in Zone 10 is:
  • July 8-12, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Burbank, Calif., led by Joe Fargis and stable manager Colleen Reed

Zone 10 also provides EAP Grants to assist with attending a Regional Training Session. Apply by April 22.
Zone 10 Selection Trials Affected by COVID-19
The Zone 10 Selection Trials for the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships have been affected by COVID-19 as horse shows have been canceled.

Zone 10 Committee Members are working closely with US Equestrian officials to determine the best course of action for qualifying for the trials.

Please stay tuned for updates, and visit the Zone 10 webpage and the Zone 10 Facebook page for news.
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Nominations Opening Soon for USHJA President, Vice President and Four Directors at Large
USHJA invites members to nominate individuals for the office of President beginning April 16. The USHJA Board of Directors will conduct the presidential election at the scheduled board meeting on September 14, 2020. Nominations will also open later this year for the National Vice President and four Director-At-Large positions. Read more

All USHJA Senior Active or Senior Associate members in good standing are invited to participate in the nomination process. Upcoming dates to remember: 

  • April 16: Membership nomination period open for President 
  • May 1: Membership nominations close for President; nominees for President receive questionnaire that must be submitted to USHJA Executive Director by May 15
  • May 15: Nomination period opens for National Vice Presidential/Director At-Large Election
  • May 15: Presidential nominee questionnaires due to USHJA Executive Director; interview process begins following review of questionnaires

Click here for the complete timeline. 
Zone 10 Member Highlight: Parris Cozart Collins
For Parris Collins (Devon Gibson, trainer), riding has always been in her blood. 

“I’ve been riding since I was probably three or four. My mother had a little backyard operation so I was drawn to it,” Parris recounted. “My mom tells this story about how I followed her to the barn one day and said ‘I want to ride.’ She was busy doing barn chores, so she said no, and apparently I held my breath until I turned blue. After that, she relented and started teaching me to ride one of the ponies.” Parris was hooked from then on. “I did take a break from riding when I had my two kids, but I still would always find ways to ride here and there. I couldn’t stay away from it and I never really completely stopped riding.”

Today, Parris gets to ride her horse, Uno Mas, on a regular basis. She and Uno have been together for about three years since she found him while browsing for horses on the Internet. 

“When I got him, he was completely green. He had no power steering and I could barely get him to canter twice around the ring,” Parris remembered with a laugh. “He has come such a long way and is a really good A/O horse now. I can put my daughter on him for leadline, compete with him in the derbies, and ride him on the trail. He absolutely loves trail rides and he’s the only horse I know who will actually stop and turn around when he realizes we are heading back to the barn! He’s quite the character.”

Despite being a character outside of the ring, Uno is all business once he enters the hunter ring. The pair had a fantastic show season in 2019, earning a red ribbon at the prestigious Devon Horse Show, winning the championship in the USHJA HOTY Amateur Owner Hunter, 36 and Over section, and competing in their first International Derby in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. 

“I was really proud of him at Devon because he hadn’t even been doing 3’6” for a whole year and he marched around like ‘I’ve got this.’ He went around like an old pro at Devon and at Upperville. Though why I chose Upperville to be my first derby ever, I still don’t know! Obviously I wasn’t thinking straight; thankfully, Uno really handled it well,” Parris shared. “But I think the accomplishment I’m most proud of was being ranked first in Zone 10 and top ten in the nation last year. I have to balance taking care of my family with horse showing, so I only average about one show a month. I am very fortunate to have Uno – he is such a good horse and so much fun to own.” 

Pictured: Parris Collins and her horse Uno Mas compete in the 2019 AON/USHJA National Championships. Parris shared: "I love this photo because it shows the groom, Goalie, who is my right hand man! He always has a smile to share and is the best. This candid moment also catches me waving to my girlfriends, my mom, and husband who all came to watch and support me."
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USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Medal Finals 2020 Dates and Locations:

September 4-6 @ Portuguese Bend
  • 12 Points to Qualify
  • PCHA Horsemanship Finals 14 & Under
  • PCHA Horsemanship Finals 18-34
  • PCHA Horsemanship Finals 35 & Over

PCHA JR/AM Horsemanship 2’9” Medal Finals will have a Northern and Southern Final for 2020 & 2021
  • 3 Points to Qualify
  • Northern: October 21-25 Let’s Show Halloween
  • Southern: October 27- November 1 National Sunshine Series I

September 9-13 Blenheim Fall Tournament
  • 10 Points to Qualify
  • Foxfield

October 7-11 Del Mar International Welcome Week
  • 12 Points to Qualify
  • Onondarka

For more information please see the horse shows prize list. Dates are subject to change. For medal specs please see the PCHA Rule Book. Rule XII-Medal & Special Classes Pages 61-72
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Show Jumping’s Minimum Weight Rule

Before 1996, international jumpers were required to carry 165 pounds, so many riders needed to use lead weight pads under the saddle, as are still used in racing. Some lighter women who needed to add a lot of lead had to get creative: Michele (McEvoy) Grubb had special attachments filled with buckshot made for Sundancer’s breastplate in addition to having weight pads under her saddle and on the girth. With all that extra equipment, they won the American Invitational twice and international classes at the National Horse Show and all over Europe in the early 1970s. 

Show Jumping Hall of Famers Mary Chapot had a girth sewn with pockets for the lead to distribute the weight, and Kathy Kusner rode in a saddle with mercury inserts—which worked well until one of the inserts broke open!

Photo credit: Bob Foster
Pictured above: Left: Caprilli's Forward Seat. Right: Hunting Chair Seat
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.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines


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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