September Zone 10 Update
Huge congratulations to the U.S. Show Jumping Team on their thrilling gold medal win in the World Equestrian Games! The team, comprised of Devin Ryan, Adrienne Sternlicht, Laura Kraut, and McLain Ward, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, are now also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We hope our own zone riders are inspired by their example as they compete towards their goals this fall, which is jam packed with exciting year-end finals. Our zone is offering a ton of great opportunities, so be sure and take advantage of them! From the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships to the Zone 10 HOTY Jumper and Equitation Championships to the Zone 10 Regional Medal Finals, there is truly something for everyone. We encourage everyone to learn more about these championships and other opportunities in this month’s Zone 10 Update.

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
Zone 10 Year-End Championships are underway
Zone 10 Year End Championships have begun and will continue throughout the end of summer and into the fall.

Congratulations to members who participated in the following championships:

  • Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Championship at Gold Coast Labor Day, Aug 31-Sept 2. Click here for results.
  • Zone 10 HOTY Hunter Championship at Menlo Charity Horse Show, Aug. 7-12. Click here for results.
  • Zone 10 HOTY Jumper and Equitation Championships – North at the Sonoma Horse Park Season Finale, Sept 19-23. Click here for results.
  • The Zone 8, 9 and 10 Regional Medal Finals at the International Jumping Festival from September 19-23. Click here for results.

Don't miss these exciting events coming up:

  • The Zone 10 HOTY Jumper and Equitation Championships – South will be held at the National Sunshine Series I Oct 31-Nov 4Click here for qualifying criteria and specifications.

For equitation riders, the Zone 10 Regional Finals – Hunter Seat Medal & Adult Equitation will be held across three horse shows in October. 

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Qualified Lists available for AON/USHJA National Championships, late entries currently being accepted
USHJA has accepted more than 370 entries for the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, which will take place November 13-18, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Championships offer Hunter, Jumper and Age Group Equitation divisions with $96,000 in prize money for the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships, and each Hunter section section offers $4,000 in prize money. The Championships also feature Affiliate Championships at fence heights of 2' and 2'6", which have received a wonderful response from Affiliate Organizations.

If you missed the entry deadline, we are now accepting late entries that meet the minimum qualifications for a section as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis after on-time entries. Entries close for the competition on October 15, and late entries for the AON/USHJA National Championships do not incur late fees.
Karazissis and Postel earn top calls in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Southwest Championship
On an ideal Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2018, in San Juan Capistrano, Blenheim EquiSports hosted the inaugural $10,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Southwest Championships during the International Jumping Festival. Two groups competed in the championships, one at 3'/3'3" and the other raised to 3'6"/3'9", with each allotted $5,000 in prize money. Both finishing up the two-round format with final scores of 169, Jenny Karazissis and Alison Baileys' Bellamy earned the top call in the 3'/3'3" Championship; and young professional Karli Postel aboard Grace Russo's Banksy won the 3'6"/3'9" Championship.  
Zone 10 Spotlight: Devon Equestrian Academy, Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge Winner 
Riders from Devon Equestrian Academy, located in Covina, California, worked hard this summer to compete in the Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse. 

The Stable Challenge, part of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program (HQC), encourages teamwork and barn camaraderie by engaging a trainer’s entire barn as a team. Their hard work in the Stable Challenge earned their trainer, Vanessa Voight, the highest score in Zone 10.  

“I downloaded the HQC and posted it at the barn,” Vanessa recounted. “I encouraged as many of my riders to participate as possible, and they were very excited to try.”
Good luck to our WCHR Finals riders!
Good luck to our Zone 10 members competing in the World Championship Hunter Rider Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 28-October 7.

WCHR Members qualify for National and Regional Awards by earning points at Member Events held across the country throughout the qualifying year. Points from a rider's top four WCHR Member Events will be used to determine the National and Regional standings. Each year the top ten nationally ranked riders and top six regionally ranked riders in each category, come together to compete in the WCHR Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show

USEF Network will provide live stream coverage at Capital Challenge. Click here to catch all the action. 
Zone 10 members headed to the EAP National Training Session!
Congratulations to Zone 10 riders Kit Cunningham and Kiersti Wylie who were selected for the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/ USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session! Also, congratulations to Devina Stone, who was selected as a Stable Manager, and Emily Williams and Rose Kauffman-Skloff, who were selected as alternate riders. 

The EAP National Training Session will take place at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, November 8-11. 
USHJA Annual Meeting coming up in December!
The USHJA Annual Meeting is coming up! This year's event will be December 9-13 in Tampa, Florida. This is a great opportunity for Zone 10 members to hear about upcoming rule changes, voice your thoughts to your committee members, and participate in shaping the future of our sport. Additionally, you will get to know USHJA members from all over the country through fun social events, including special awards presentations, dinners and mixers.
For more information, including hotel and transportation options, click here. Sponsorships are available. For questions about the meeting and sponsorships, please contact Jill Insko. For questions about registration, please contact Steve Rosenberg. We hope to see you there!
Julia Stone rides away with the win in the 2018 USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals - West
With nearly double the number of entries from last year, the second year of the USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals - West brought top-notch competition again to the grass of the Pacific Field and the Oaks International Grand Prix Field during Blenheim EquiSports ' International Jumping Festival.

Out of 29 starters, Julia Stone, of Santa Barbara, California, rode away with the win aboard Elvenstar Farm's Let's Go, finishing 14 points ahead of second-placed rider Lindsey Klein.
Member participate in Sallie B. Wheeler /USEF Hunter Breeding National Championship
Congratulations to our members who participated in the 2018 Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF Hunter Breeding National Championship, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare at The Virginia Young Horse Festival in Lexington, Virginia. Lori Johnston's Qismet, bred by Signature Sport Horses, LLC, and handled by Emily Anne Belin was the Two Year Old Filly Champion! Read more.
Zone 10 Member Highlight: Sloan Elmassian in Belgium
Zone 10 rider Sloan Elmassian, of La Canada, California, recently returned from Knokke, Belgium where she competed in the Summer Circuit of Knokke Hippique with trainer Nayel Nassar. 

Currently a sophomore at the University of San Diego, Sloan took the summer trip to gain international riding experience. Sloan also learned valuable horsemanship skills by riding two young mares in CSI 3* classes. Out of 150 riders, she was one of 50 riders to qualify for the 3* Grand Prix. 

Sloan is looking forward to returning to Belgium next summer to compete again in several European shows. 
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