July Zone 10 Update
As these unprecedented times continue, we want to acknowledge and thank all of our horse show organizers, staff, and competitors for working hard to keep everyone healthy as competition resumes. Shows throughout the zone are being conducted safely and we hope to see this continue as this becomes the new normal. It was great seeing our Zone 10 members competing at the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships.  We encourage all our members to keep following all social distancing guidelines as we look after and care for one another.

For those not yet ready for in-person events, many USHJA programs have moved to virtual formats, including the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP), USEF Pony Finals clinics, and even horse shows with USHJA’s new partnership with DigitalHorseShow.com. USHJA’s Town Halls are also virtual, and the next one will be Monday, August 3 and focus specifically on USHJA’s fall championships and the USHJA Annual Meeting. Please tune in and submit feedback or questions to keep up the dialogue with USHJA as we work together to ride safely. Thank you and be well!

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn.
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
USHJA Virtual Town Hall Coming Up August 3
USHJA President Mary Babick has requested feedback from members about USHJA fall championships and USHJA Annual Meeting as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and has scheduled a Virtual Town Hall for August 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. Pacific Time). Read more.

Additional resources and information related to COVID-19:

Congratulations to our Zone 10 EAP Participants
Congratulations to the following Zone 10 members who are participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program:

  • Julia Agahee, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
  • Catalina Carlson, Danville, Calif.
  • Cleo Eyquem, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Taylor Kinsella, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Sophia Kregoski, Rescue, Calif.
  • Rachel Lancaster, Reedley, Calif.
  • Brianna Marks, Newbury Park, Calif.
  • Micah Meeks, Orinda, Calif.
  • Hanna Meyer, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
  • Julia Nickl, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
  • Claire Salter, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Molly Stewart, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Sadie Theders, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Cameron Trimino, Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • Chloe Turner, Jurupa Valley, Calif.
  • Vivienne Wood, Pasadena, Calif.

Click here to read more about EAP and how it is different this year due to COVID-19.
Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the Following Awards:
July 31 (at midnight ET) is the deadline to nominate someone for the awards listed. Other awards deadlines are coming up later this year. Click here to learn more about awards and nominate someone. Online applications are now available.
Congratulations to our Zone 10 Stable Challenge Winner
Congratulations to First Field Farm (Cerritos, Calif.) – your Zone 10 Champions of the 2020 USHJA Horsemanship Stable Challenge! The Stable Challenge, part of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC), encourages teamwork and camaraderie by engaging a trainer’s entire barn as a team of all ages. As the highest scoring barn in Zone 10, First Field Farm has won a unique trainer-inspired award package designed to benefit the entire barn.

First Field Farm’s owner, Carolyn Biava, gives credit to her riders for leading the charge.

“The one who started it was Cindy Flavin. She got excited about doing it because she wanted to encourage her 13-year-old daughter, Fiona, to get interested in horsemanship. This program really was the catalyst for that and helped make it happen,” Carolyn shared. “Cindy provided all the motivation. She sent text messages to other riders to get them to participate and then once our name was announced as leading in the zone, it provided more incentive for us to take the Level 1 and Level 2 tests.”

The Stable Challenge provided a fun activity for riders of all ages looking to increase their horsemanship knowledge.

“One of my students is a professor and her horse is laid up, so this gave her something fun to do that combined her love of horses with her love of academia,” Carolyn said. “I’m hoping next year we’ll be able to get even more people involved, and we’ve already had several riders express interest in participating in 2021. Hopefully, by then, we’ll be able to study together in a group setting, which we obviously could not do this year.”

When asked what suggestions she would give to other barns that might want to participate in the Stable Challenge, Carolyn provided practical advice: “Don’t wait until the last minute to read everything and don’t be afraid to try! The answers for all the questions are readily available and the quizzes help you learn the material. In general, we felt that it was an appropriate level of detail and an appropriate variety of topics. I would absolutely encourage other barns to do this.”

Participation from more barns means more friendly competition, which definitely encouraged the First Field Farm team to work even harder for the win.

“After we were announced as being in the lead, a short while later one of our rival barns was announced as being in the lead, so we doubled down on our efforts and really worked hard. We were so excited that we ended up in the lead at the end.”

Congratulations again to everyone at First Field Farm! And special thanks to our Stable Challenge sponsors Essex Classics, FITS, Rood & Riddle and Shapley's.

Don't forget! September 1 is the last day to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge.

Pictured: First Field Farm riders Cindy Flavin, her daughter Fiona, Peggy Kline, and Sherri Harbison helped lead the barn to victory in the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge.
Learn More About Your Zone 10 Committee Members
Ellen Gates – Head Trainer at Cold Spring Farm and USEF “R” Hunter and Equitation and Hutner Breeding Judge.

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

A: I currently run a training business and also judge both rated and unrated shows, so I’m interested in being a part of the decision making for rules for our zone – in particular, addressing the special needs for Zone 10.

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

A: I would like to see programs that coordinate the north and south regions being equally addressed. I also want to make sure there are ample educational programs to address training and barn management for our area.

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

A: Identifying and creating educational opportunities for our zone.

Ellen Gates is pictured at right, beside Zone 10 Co-Chair Kathy Hobstetter.
USEF Junior Hunter National Championships and USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - West
Junior hunter riders headed to Sonoma Horse Park on July 17-19 to compete in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships and the USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic (formerly known as the Hunterdon Cup), presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College. The USEF Junior Hunter Championship tests riders in three phases – Under Saddle, Classic Round, and Handy Hunter Round – focusing on the traditional hunter ride. Meanwhile the USHJA Gladstone Cup combines the precision of equitation with the handiness of hunters. The competition consists of a Classic Hunter Round, a Handy Hunter Round, and a Final Round, in which the top four riders switch horses and jump a shortened course. This year only, all active USHJA junior members were eligible to participate in the USHJA Gladstone Cup.

Congratulations to Payton Potter (Leslie Steele, trainer) and Khaled (Infinity Equestrian, LLC, owner) for their win in the USHJA Gladstone Cup! Payton came from behind and overcame an eight-point deficit to take home the championship with her consistency and a smoothly executed final round on Stella Wasserman’s mount Cohiba VDL (Ashland Farms, owner). Sophia Sanders (Patty Ball, trainer) earned the reserve championship with her Cipriani, just three points behind Payton. Stella (Caitlin Steimle and Olivia Brown, trainers) came in third and Taylor Griffiths-Madden (Elvenstar Farm, trainer) and Caracas 89 (Elvenstar Farm, owner) coming in fourth. Read more.

The USEF Junior Hunter National Championship gave Junior Hunter riders and their horses a chance to shine in the ring against high caliber competition. There were many pairs that proved themselves as champions. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Grand Champion – 3’6” Division
Cameron West and KT Lansini (Sheree Holliday, owner)

Reserve Champion – 3’6” Division
Avery Glynn and Fleur de Lis (Miranda Jones, owner)

Grand Champion – 3’3” Division
Emily Steckler and her Wonderland

Reserve Champion – 3’3” Division
Hallie Williams and her Bees Knees

Small Junior Hunter, 17 & Under – 3’6” Division
Alexandria Baker and her Colour Diamond

Large Junior Hunter, 15 & Under – 3’6” Division
Avery Glynn and Fleur de Lis (Miranda Jones, owner)

Large Junior Hunter, 16-17 – 3’6” Division
Cameron West and KT Lansini (Sheree Holliday, owner)

Small Junior Hunter, 17 & Under – 3’3” Division
Charley Stowell and her Journey

Large Junior Hunter, 15 & Under – 3’3” Division
Noah Nelson and his Holy Smokes

Large Junior Hunter, 16-17 – 3’3” Division
Emily Steckler and her Wonderland

For more information about the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – West, including prize list, schedule, and full results, visit the USEF website.
USHJA Moves Pony Finals Clinics Online
The USHJA Pony Finals Clinics, which typically take place throughout the week at USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, have moved to an online format due to COVID-19. Clinics include:
  • Pony Model Video: Bill Schaub explains the Model class from start to finish in a video to be available Monday morning.
  • Sports Psychology Webinar: Join Tonya Johnson, MA for a presentation on Sports Psychology.
  • Dress to Impress Webinar: Top professional Archie Cox will explain how to impress the judges when you first walk into the ring.
  • After Show Care: Dr. Sarah Cohen, from the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee will discuss best practices for taking care of your equine partner after competing.

Good luck to our members competing in Pony Finals!
2020 Platinum Performance/USHJA Hunter Week is Coming Up

While spectators aren't allowed at the venue due to COVID-19 protocol, wall-to-wall live streaming coverage of the week-long competition will be available through Horse & Country TV on the USHJA TV channel. Coverage includes expert commentary on the final rounds, course visualization and live scoring.

As a result of the pandemic, strict protocols have been put in place by USEF as well as Kentucky Horse Shows to protect all exhibitors and staff at the event. The USEF COVID-19 resources can be found here, and the Kentucky Horse Shows protocol can be viewed here. Good luck to all our members who are competing!
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award Winner
Congratulations to the USHJA Zone 10 USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award winner Naomi Watson - Santa Clara University!

"Having come from a background of rehabilitating rescues and wild horses, the equitation ring was new to her, but she took it in stride. Regardless of whether or not leadership was able to put her in the ring, she was both physically and mentally at every show. She was one of the first members to offer to take notes on the warm-ups or shine boots. Her dedication has been invaluable and inspiring for those around her. "
Click here to read more about IHSA in the Digital IHSA Edition of USHJA In Stride.
LAHJA July Update
The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association (LAHJA) is excited to announce its Medal Finals Extravaganza at the Verdugo Hills Fall Festival (Oct. 1-4, 2020) at Hansen Dam Horse Park. LEG Shows & Events and West Palms Event Management are teaming up to create a horse show extravaganza for LAHJA members. The show will host all seven of the LAHJA medal finals as well as the popular LAHJA Treasure Trunk Fundraiser, which goes toward supporting our educational programs including the $5,000 LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship. The Hands-On Phase of the LAHJA Horsemastership will also be conducted during the Verdugo Hills Fall Festival.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LAHJA Board has decided to focus this year on its educational programs and medal finals while putting year-end awards on hiatus for 2020.

 “We understand that the LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship Program and medal finals are essential to our members, so we are focusing on these programs,” said LAHJA President Kay Altheuser. “In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we believe that getting the industry safely back to horse shows is the most important priority right now.”

There are two ways riders can qualify for the various LAHJA medal finals:

1. Riders who qualified for a 2019 final will be automatically qualified for the same 2020 final providing that rider is still eligible (age, fence height restrictions). The exception is that junior riders who became amateurs in 2020, will be qualified for the LAHJA Senior Medal Final as opposed to the LAHJA Junior Medal Final.

2. In 2020, riders qualify for any final for which they are eligible by entering and competing in any corresponding qualifying class.

For all medal finals, riders must meet eligibility requirements listed here on the LAHJA website.

  • LAHJA Stirrup Cup Medal 
  • LAHJA Mary Jane Watson Horsemanship Medal 
  • LAHJA Pony Medal Presented by Elvenstar 
  • LAHJA Betsy Wood Horsemanship Medal Presented by SmartPak 
  • LAHJA Rosewood Medal Presented by SmartPak 
  • LAHJA Junior Medal sponsored by LEGISequine.com - Any 2019 qualified junior who has aged out as of the 2020 season will be qualified for the LAHJA Senior medal final.  
  • LAHJA Senior Medal Presented by Hansen Dam Horse Park 

Click here to view a list of riders qualified for medal finals.
NorCal Hunter Jumper Association
“We are thrilled that horse shows have resumed in Northern California. With two NorCal approved shows already wrapped up and more on the way, we know our members are excited to return to the competition they missed during the past three months. Next up for our members will be shows in August at Paso Robles Horse Park and Woodside Horse Park, as well as Brookside Show Park.

The NorCal Hunter Jumper Association has responded to COVID in many ways, one being the board unanimously agreed to modify the procedure for qualifying for NorCal Medal Finals. Riders will need to complete the course in a qualifying class to qualify for the 2020 NorCal Medal Finals taking place on September 23-27th at Murieta Equestrian Center.
Good luck, have fun, and be safe!”
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Joe Fargis and Jane Marshall Dillon

Nominations are about to close for the Jane Marshall Dillon Award, which recognizes equestrians of all professions who have devoted their lives to teaching and mentoring riders beginning their education in the hunter/jumper discipline.

Great riders often attribute their success to their first trainers. Olympian and Show Jumping Hall of Famer Joe Fargis learned to ride and gained a lifetime foundation in horsemanship at Dillon’s Junior Equitation School in Vienna, Virginia. Riding with Mrs. Dillon included navigating the farm’s rolling hills and natural jumps, foxhunting, riding bareback, and learning all about horses and their care. Fargis and Dillon’s son Randy donated the Jane Marshall Dillon Perpetual Trophy.

Pictured: Jane Marshall Dillon’s winning student Joe Fargis
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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