March Zone 10 Update
With the arrival of spring comes the excitement of the FEI World Cup Finals as new and veteran riders make their final preparations to represent the United States. We congratulate Richard Spooner, Eve Jobs, Nayel Nassar and Kelli Cruciotti on their top finishes in the North American West Coast League. It takes hard work, dedication and horsemanship to have consistent success at the top levels of the sport, and we hope all of our Zone 10 members are inspired by our top riders. Don’t forget to take advantage of the many programs USHJA offers to help you on your riding journey, whether you are a junior, amateur or professional rider!

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
AON/USHJA National Championships Are Set to Return to Las Vegas
After an exceptional inaugural year, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased that the AON/USHJA National Championships are set to return to The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, November 12-17, 2019, pending approval by US Equestrian. With competition offered from 2-foot Hunters to 1.40m Jumpers, horse-and-rider combinations qualify through their Affiliate or Zones, making this unique Championship a destination for competitors nationwide.
 
Zone 10 Member Highlight: Brett Bodrato
Brett Bodrato rode his own Gallopoli to great success in the Hunter ring in 2018, and he hopes to build on that this year. 

"Gallopoli is a rock star, and I’m blessed just to pilot such a wonderful horse. I’m so thankful to my trainer David Josiah for pairing us two old guys together! We work well together, and I was proud to earn High Scoring Amateur Rider in my first USHJA Hunter Derby and to qualify for the AON/USHJA National Championships in their inaugural year,” Brett shared. “I had so much fun at the AON/USHJA National Championships! They really hit it out of the park. The entire event was ‘top drawer’ and brought back memories of showing at the ‘Garden’ years ago. The rings and jumpers were dressed to the tens. Las Vegas really knows how to horse show!” 

The championships have inspired Brett to continue to seek out excellent horse shows in 2019. 

“It takes a lot of time and effort from our animals to perform as we ask of them, and they deserve beautiful rings to compete in, ribbon and trophy presentations, and applause for their accomplishments. This year I’m looking forward to competing in horse shows that put the ‘show’ back in horse showing!”  
Brett Bodrato (Morning Mist Farms, trainer) and Gallopoli qualified for the AON/USHJA National Championships in 2018 and hope to return again this year. Photo by Elizabeth Stone
Support Your Zone by Becoming a Zone Chef d'Equipe! 
We are accepting applications for Zone chefs d'equipe for 2019 team championships. The exciting and rewarding role of chef d'equipe assists in the development of equestrian athletes through several zone team championships held throughout the competition year! Apply to be chef d'equipe for one or all the championships. Just get your application in by April 8, 2019!   
Did someone say Hunter TEAMS?
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.
FEI Jumping North American Youth Championships Applications Open
The FEI Jumping North American Youth Championship (NAYC) for Children, Junior, and Young Rider categories provides an exciting opportunity for riders in these age groups to compete against their peers in individual and team competition. The championships will be held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY (July 30-Aug 4). Applications are now open! 

Zone 10 uses both standings and selection trials to field teams for NAYC.

For current standings, click through and choose Zone 10:

Zone 10 trials are also under way with the first one just wrapped up this pat weekend at HITS Thermal Desert Horse Park. Read more about the Zone 10 selection procedures.

We look forward to seeing who will represent Zone 10 this year at the championships!
For more information about the program, including application forms and selection procedures specific to Zone 10 riders, visit the US Equestrian website .
Don't miss grants and scholarships deadlines!
Applications are open for grants and scholarships that benefit USHJA members.
 
The USHJA Zone 10 Committee offers a Clinic Host Grant - Let us help you offset the cost of hosting a clinic in our area! Apply by October 1.
 
The USHJA Foundation Hamel Family Scholarship offers up to $25,000 in higher education scholarship funds. Apply by May 15.   
Clinics Coming Up in Zone 10
THIS WEEKEND: 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.

Auditing available! 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.
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge awards over $6,000 in grants and prizes with another $16,000 in prizes available through the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge ! Don't miss your chance to put your horsemanship knowledge to the test!
 
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.
 
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
QUICK QUIZ: Try Your Horsemanship Knowledge
Select the false statement. Proper hoof conformation is:
Large and strong hoof
Wide, well-developed heels
Prominent bars
Small frog that does not touch the ground
Concave or arched sole
Walls absent of cracks and rings
Beezie Madden tops AIG $1 Million Grand Prix
It was quite a duel in the desert with over 50 horse and rider combinations vying for the blue ribbon in the 2019 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, the finale to the popular HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. The competition was fierce with top riders traveling to Thermal for a chance at the significant prize money. This year, spectators were in for a treat as reigning World Cup Final champion Beezie Madden proved once again why she’s one of the best riders in the world aboard Darry Lou (Abigail Wexner, owner). With this win, Beezie has now won three HITS $1 Million Grands Prix in just 4 years, with previous wins in the 2015 Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix in New York and the 2018 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Florida. She also completed the season as the number one rider in the Longines Jumping FEI World Cup North American East Coast League and is expected to compete in the FEI World Cup Finals in April.

Beezie was one of six clear over this year’s course, designed by Bernardo Cabral. As second to go in the jump off, she laid down a blistering time that no one could beat. Last year’s winners, Nayel Nassar and his longtime partner Lordan, proved their consistency and came in second. Ali Ramsay and her Vermelien VD Hooghoeve came in third and had a fantastic circuit as well, winning the $70,000 EQ International Real Estate Grand Prix and coming second in the $70,000 Osphos Grand Prix earlier in the week.

Congratulations to all of the riders in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix!
Our Affiliates, Your Stories. We want to hear from you!
We are proud to have four Affiliate Organizations in our Zone:

If you're part of one of these Affiliates, we want to hear your story! Tell us what you love about this sport.
Heads Up: Zone Specifications Comment Period Opening April 15
We will be publish the 2020 Zone Specifications and open the member comment period on April 15 for 30 days. This is a time for all members to weigh in on how certain sections are run in our area, and the USHJA Zone Committee looks forward to receiving input from members. Members will be able to submit their comments to zones@ushja.org from April 15-May 15.
 
Be on the lookout for the 2020 Zone Specifications, so you can submit comments.
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Upcoming events and deadlines
March:
 
April:
  • April 1 - Deadline to apply for an EAP Zone Grant
  • April 8 - Chef d'Equipe applications for Jumper and Hunter team championships due
  • April 15 - Deadline to apply for an Early Summer Regional Training Session for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
  • April 15 - 2020 Zone Specifications become available for member comment
  • April 30-May 5 - NAYC Selection Trials 3 at Del Mar National Horse Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA
 
May:

June
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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