June Zone 10 Update
We are so proud of our Zone 10 riders who recently competed in the U.S. Children and Junior Nations Cup at the Langley Odlum Brown BC Open in Canada. Congratulations to both teams, under Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer on earning a gold medal! The Children’s team won gold on eight faults and included Zone 10 riders Dylan Laiken, Parker Cliff, and Alexa Leong, along with Zone 2 rider Emma Callanan. The Junior team won gold on 4 faults and included Zone 10 riders Alyce Bittar and Hayden Zadel, along with riders Coco Fath (Zone 1) and Mattie Hatcher (Zone 7). Many of these riders have taken advantage of the variety of horsemanship programs that USHJA offers and their hard work and dedication has paid off. We are committed to continuing to help prepare and support these young riders in our zone as they work to progress up the Jumper Athlete Pathway.

Kathy Hobstetter and Ned Glynn
Co-Chairs of the Zone 10 Committee
HQC Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, is open!
It's time for the 2018 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse! Here's how to test your horsemanship knowledge with this fun team competition:

  1. Get friends together at your barn (adults can participate too!)
  2. Take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz before July 15
  3. Earn bonus points (if you're under 21 years old) by registering for the official Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and competing the Level One quiz and if your score is high enough the Level Two quiz
  4. Wait to see if your trainer's team got the highest score! One team in each zone will receive a prize package!
USEF Junior Hunter National Championship - West
The USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – West is coming up July 23-24! The show will be held at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar, California. The championship showcases the best junior hunters in the nation and provides riders with opportunities to meet and spend time with fellow competitors. Once again this year, the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic – West, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, will be held on July 23 in conjunction with the championship. 

The Hunterdon Cup is a three round class that combines the precision of equitation and the handiness of hunters over a 3’6” course. The Hunterdon Cup is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member, at the time of the competition, and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic during the qualifying year. Entries for the Hunterdon Cup close July 13.
Visit the USEF website for Standings and Qualified Lists for the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship:

For more information about the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – West, including prize list, schedule, and entry blank,  click here.

For more information about the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic, click here.
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USHJA Board election nominations are open until August 15
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to open nominations for six Board of Directors positions—Secretary, Treasurer and four at-large directors. USHJA Senior Active and Associate members may nominate candidates for these open positions through their USHJA member account until August 15.
Members are allowed to nominate a single individual for multiple positions, and they may nominate themselves for any available position.
View comprehensive information about the 2018 election here.
USEF Pony Finals is coming up! Here's what you need to know:
The USEF Pony Finals, presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, are right around the corner! Ponies and pony riders from hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines will gather at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from August 7-12

Be sure to visit ponyfinals.org, which has all the information you need for the finals. There you will find standings and qualifying lists for all championships, the prize list, additional information for qualified ponies and riders, as well as hotel and grant information.  

This year, USHJA will be offering a wider variety of educational clinics for both competitors and the general public. As in prior years, USHJA will offer model, judge's perspective and sports psychology clinics to participants in the USEF Pony Finals. New this year, four additional educational sessions will cover proper equine nutrition, common equine parasites and how to treat them, conformation, and equine vital signs. For more information about the educational clinics, including the full schedule, click here.

It should be another fantastic year at Pony Finals and we hope to see you there!
Here’s a reminder of all deadlines related to the Pony Finals:

June 20: All standings for USEF Pony Jumper National Championship will be complete
June 21: All standings corrections for USEF Pony Jumper National Championship must be submitted by noon EST
July 1: Close of the qualification period for the Green Pony Hunter USEF Championship, Regular Pony Hunter USEF Championship, and Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals.
July 17: Deadline to submit profile for Pony Finals Yearbook
August 3: Deadline for nominations for the Buttons N Bows Sportsmanship Award
A sensational finish in the $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular
On a gorgeous Southern California morning, the $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular showcased 34 fabulous Hunters. With varied heights of 3'6", 3'9" and 4'0", horse and rider pairs showed at a height comparable to the division in which they typically compete. 

This year's spectacular was one for the books, with a number of breathtaking rides from Juniors, Amateurs and Professionals alike; and two horses finishing with a final score of 170.875. The first panel of judges broke the tie and since they had scored the second round for Jamie Taylor and Bravado, LLC's L'Con Reyes higher than that of Karli Postel and Grace Russo's Banksy, Taylor took the top call, and Postel finished second. With a score of 170.5, only .3 off the leading scores, Amateur rider Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont rounded out the the top three riding her mount Spotlight.  

Zone 10 Member Photo Highlight: Lauren Craft
Last year, Lauren Craft (Rob Gage, trainer at home, and Michelle Parker and Mary Beth Molt, trainers at shows) applied for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and competed alongside fellow Zone 10 amateur rider Marnye Langer and junior riders Lexie Looker and Katie Brown. The team earned a bronze medal for their efforts, and Lauren received an invitation to the inaugural USHJA Gold Star Clinic – West. 

“Both the Jumper Team Championships and the Gold Star Clinic were such great experiences,” Lauren recounted. “I loved every minute of both!”

Because Lauren keeps her horses at home and manages their training, with some additional coaching from trainers at home and at shows, the lessons and techniques she learned at the clinic have been particularly valuable. 

“I learned so much at the clinic – things I use every day,” Lauren shared. “The clinicians and sessions were all incredibly informative.”

Lauren encourages amateur riders to apply for the Jumper Team Championships and experience it for themselves. 

“I want all amateurs to know they can participate! It’s really an amazing experience and you will learn so much,” Lauren commented. “I think it’s great that the USHJA Emerging Jumper Task Force made the decision to include all amateurs, regardless of age. I was thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Click here to apply to have your points count toward the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships.
Lauren Craft competes with Solfege de Grandy at Showpark (top), putting into practice what she learned at the USHJA Gold Star Clinic-West (bottom). Photos: Captured Moment Photography and Kristin Rover/USHJA.
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