May Zone 10 Update
As May comes a close, we look forward to many young riders coming home for the summer from school. Don’t forget that Zone 10 offers a multitude of exciting opportunities for young riders to gain horsemanship and team competition experience! Many high school and college students are on a school equestrian team and are just finishing their school riding season. We are proud to have the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) as USHJA Affiliates. Thank you to all of our members, partners, and affiliates who help strengthen and enrich the Zone 10 community!  

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Congratulations to members who competed at IHSA Nationals
Congratulations to our members who competed at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship May 2-5 in Syracuse, N.Y. Check out more photos on the USHJA Facebook page.

Stanford University earned third place in the Collegiate Cup! Way to go!
3-foot section open at Los Angeles Equestrian Center EAP Regional Training Session
A 3' section has been opened at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center EAP Regional Training Session featuring clinicians Jim Wofford and Anne Thornbury, which will be June 26-30. The deadline to apply is June 7!

3' sections give riders of all ages an introduction to the benefits of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/ USHJA Emerging Athletes Program at a 3' fence height. Riders participating in a 3' section have full access to all aspects of the Regional Training Session but are not eligible to qualify for the National Training Session.
Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships
This year USHJA will be taking over the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships! 

These championships started as the Hunter Breeding Championship in 2002 to increase awareness of the Hunter Breeding section and provide an arena for handlers, owners, and breeders to showcase their talented young horses. Since then, the championships have only continued to grow and USHJA is proud to take the reins from USEF and offer a diverse set of classes for horses one to four years old.

The West Coast championships will be held at the Showpark All Season Summer Tournament in Del Mar on August 28
Hoping to compete at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships?
Has your Green Hunter Incentive horse qualified for the championships in Kentucky? Be sure to compete in two USHJA GHI Stake classes before July 24 to qualify!

Click here to see what shows are offering classes in our zone!

And don't forget to enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive Program by June 1 before enrollment prices increase!
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization Spotlight

Other Affiliate Member Organizations in our zone:

Want to learn more about becoming an affiliate? Click here.
USHJA Affiliate news: LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship competition
The 2019 $5,000 LAHJA Horsemastership Scholarship competition is underway! Enter now and enhance your horsemanship knowledge with the chance to earn a scholarship opportunity for your future education. 

The competition has two levels. Less experienced competitors can choose to compete in the Level 1 section, and Level 2 competitors are eligible for the $5,000 scholarship award. The program is open to competitors 21 and under.  

Scholarship participants test their knowledge across three distinct phases. Participants must complete the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge as the Written Phase of the LAHJA Horsemastership Competition, partake in a hands-on phase, and submit a video for the riding phase.
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Members compete at IEA National Finals!
Congratulations to our members who competed at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals April 26-28 in Harrisburg, Pa.

The following members earned USHJA Individual Championship titles:
  • Presley Orzen, San Ramon, Calif., North Peak Equestrian Team, Future Intermediate on the Flat
  • Lillian Muzzy, Coto De Caza, Calif., Bridges Equestrian, Future Beginner on the Flat

Click here to read more. Visit the USHJA Facebook page to see more photos from the event!
Good luck to riders competing at Longines FEI Nations Cup Canada and FEI Jumping Junior and Children's Nations Cup
Good luck to Zone 10 riders competing at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Canada as well as Junior and Children's FEI Nations Cup competitors!

Zone 10's Eve Jobs and Richard Spooner are part of the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team. Amelie Bittar, Hannah Loly, Sophie Siegel and Maggie Kehring are part of the Junior Jumping team and Caroline Mawhinney and Sahana Ganesan are part of the Children's team. U.S. Jumping Youth Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor DiAnn Langer will lead the youth teams. Good luck! Click here to read more.
Sport History: Fun facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Before going on to national grand prix and 1984 Olympic Team Gold fame, Melanie Smith (Taylor) won 1970 Horse of the Year honors in the Amateur Owner Jumper Division with The Irishman. 

Here they are at Melanie’s hometown Germantown Horse Show clearing a jump typical of the 1960s and 1970s: A long and wide slanted panel that served as the “Joker” bonus jump in a Gambler’s Choice class.
Zone 10 Rider Photo Highlight: Abby Thurm
Abby was Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Over Fences division at IHSA Nationals this year aboard the aptly named Lucky, who is owned by Centenary University. Photo by Emilie Frede.

Abby, a junior at UCLA and Co-Captain of the UCLA Equestrian team, had a good feeling about her first IHSA Nationals right from the draw. 

“I drew a horse named Lucky. He had won the Open Fences class, so even though I didn’t see him go, I knew he was going to do what I asked and be smooth and consistent. I really put my trust in him,” Abby recounted.

Though she had a lucky draw, Abby was also well prepared to execute a fantastic round and work off. 

“I can only make it to the barn once a week because I work full time in a lab,” Abby shared. The UCLA equestrian team trains with Hansen Dam Riding School (HDRS) and the riders get to ride many different horses. “To prepare for Nationals, I hit the gym every day and watched a lot of old medal final videos. I focused on mental preparation since unfortunately I can’t be on a horse all the time.” 

Her preparation paid off and Abby was Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Over Fences division with UCLA Coach Sandrine Seifert of HDRS and teammate Christine Wastila cheering her on. Abby also won the USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award for her great attitude during the show season. 

“The sport can get harrowing sometimes and people can take their point chasing quite seriously,” Abby said. “It was nice to know that people appreciated the effort I put out to keeping competitions relaxed and fun. I want to make sure everyone feels included and that no one feels badly or left out.”

In addition to her equestrian successes, Abby has an impressive list of academic accomplishments. While working towards her Biochemistry degree, with a goal of pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, Abby has secured a UCLA Raymond & Dorothy Wilson Research Fellowship, become a UCLA Amgen Scholar, and earned a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, a Congressional award which is awarded to only 496 undergraduate students nationwide from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants. Abby plans to continue balancing school, work, and riding in her senior year and hopes to make it to Nationals again next year.
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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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