February Zone 10 Update
Our show season continues with exciting opportunities for riders of all levels! Applications are open for several of USHJA’s special programs including the inaugural Platinum Jumper Championships, the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, and more. The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit is in full swing now and many of our Zone 10 riders are gaining valuable show experience in Thermal. World Cup Finals are also just around the corner, and we are looking forward to seeing who will represent USA in Gothenburg in April. Best of luck to all of our riders in the show ring!

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships
Applications are now open for the inaugural USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. The championships offer individual and team competitions for professional, junior, and amateur riders competing at the 1.40/1.45m level. In addition to the individual and team competitions, riders can qualify for the 2020 USHJA Platinum Masters Training Session with top national and international industry experts.

“The Platinum Jumper Championships are the culmination of the USHJA's Jumper footprint on our sport, and we're absolutely overjoyed to be able to start this program this year,” said Larry Langer, chair of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force.

USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Platinum Jumper Championships
National Sunshine Series II
Thermal, California
Nov. 5-10, 2019

Qualifying Period: Nov. 12, 2018-Sept. 23, 2019
Apply by: Sept. 23, 2019
Team Hunter Competition You Won't Want to Miss!
Applications are open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, which offer team and individual Hunter competition!

The Championships for Zones 9 & 10 will be November 6-10 at HITS National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, California.

The qualifying period is September 8, 2018 - September 7, 2019. Apply by September 7 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program; Petaluma session offering 3-foot all ages section
Applications are now open for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, and we will have two offerings in our Zone this year!

Los Angeles Equestrian Center will host Clinician Jim Wofford and Stable Manager Anne Thornbury June 26-30. This session only offers EAP eligible spots. Free auditing (donations accepted) is offered for the mounted sessions.

Sonoma Horse Park will host Clinician Cynthia Hawkins and Stable Manager Nanci Snyder July 17-21, and this session will also offer limited spots to riders of any age who want the EAP experience at 3-foot fence heights.
Zone 10 Spotlight: Natalie Dean
Zone 10's Natalie Dean has started the year off with a bang, earning top ribbons at HITS Coachella with her horses: Mary Poppins, Chacco’s Goldy, and Don’s Diamant.

“The first half of Thermal has been incredible,” she shared. “My horses have been jumping super. They all feel very fresh and excited to be back in the ring again. It’s nice to get more grand prix experience here since I am very new to that level.”  
Natalie (Willow Tree Farm, trainer) earned multiple ribbons at HITS Coachella Week III with her horses Chacco’s Goldy (pictured), Don’s Diamant, and Mary Poppins.
Photo by Hannah Dyson
Get on the Pathway with the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!  
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships!
The Championships will be held at National Sunshine Series II, Thermal, CA, November 5-10, 2019 !
The qualifying period is Nov. 12, 2018-Sept. 23, 2019 . Apply by Sept. 23 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Don't miss grants and scholarships deadlines
Applications are open for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gates Farm and the $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Read more.
USHJA Zone 10 will be opening more grant and scholarship opportunities soon. As they open, you can find them here.
Clinics Coming Up in Zone 10
Bernie Traurig Clinic
March 1-3

Shiloh West Equestrian Center 
Castro Valley Beach, CA

Please contact Kelly Maddox at Kellymaddox5@aol.com or (925) 575-4818 for more information. 
USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with Diane Carney
March 23-24

Washoe Valley, NV

This clinic will offer participants and auditors alike a tremendous opportunity to learn. As Clinician Diane Carney provides guidance to riders, she will also faciliate the trainer certification piece of the clinic which engages trainers and other auditors in dialogue about the mechanics of coaching. It counts for the educational requirement of the TCP program.

Contact: Lynne MacLean
Nick Karazissis Clinic
March 26-28

Portola Valley, CA

Open to riders of all levels, this clinic will include lecture, demonstration and instruction.

For more information, contact Carol Goodstein, (650) 851-1114.
Enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive and enjoy a Championship Experience Near Home!
Last year, USHJA launched a new benefit to the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program: regional championships! For Zone 10 competitors, there are two opportunities close depending on where in the Zone you're located, but you can only choose one!

The Northwest Championship is offered at Oregon High Desert Classic 2, July 24–28, 2019, in Bend, Oregon, and the Southwest Championship is offered at the International Jumping Festival, September 18–22, 2019, in San Juan Capistrano, California.

In addition to the regional championship opportunity, horses enrolled in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive can participate all year long in USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake Classes, and they can earn a spot at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, in August.

Horses must be enrolled to participate and recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA. Enrollment fee is $550 through June 1 and increases to $750 on June 2. For more information visit ushja.org/greenincentive .
Will a Zone 10 Competitor Top the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Podium Again?
Zone 10’s Toni Anderson earned the overall silver medal in 2017 before coming back and earning the overall gold medal at HQC Finals last year

Could it be you this year? Registration for the 2019 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open! The HQC is an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics. Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and younger as of Dec. 1, 2018, the quiz offers participants a chance to qualify for the in-person HQC Nationals, which offers $6,000 in grants and prizes, and is held alongside the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.

The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
“The HQC program gave me the incentive and the opportunity to learn and practice horsemanship on a whole new level,” Toni explained. “The chance to compete and collaborate with equine experts and fellow finalists has challenged me to become a better rider and horsewoman. This experience has also opened the door to other opportunities including clinics, internships, and working student positions!” - Toni Anderson, 2018 HQC Gold Medalist
Richard Spooner Leads World Cup Standings for West Coast
With all the west coast World Cup qualifiers completed and just a handful of qualifying events outside of the area left, Richard Spooner leads the standings for the North American Western Sub-League with 49 points. The “Master of Faster” has placed consistently and Eve Jobs is just one point behind with 48 points, with Nayel Nassar, Salvador Onate, and Kelli Cruciotti following close behind in third, fourth, and fifth respectively. We look forward to seeing which riders will represent the United States at the World Cup Finals (April 3-7) in Gothenburg!

For full standings, visit the FEI website.
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