July Zone 2 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 2 member! See who is participating in EAP, find out who won the HQC Stable Challenge, nominate someone for an annual award and more.
USHJA Virtual Town Hall Coming Up August 3
USHJA President Mary Babick has requested feedback from members about USHJA fall championships and USHJA Annual Meeting as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and has scheduled a Virtual Town Hall for August 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Read more.

Additional resources and information related to COVID-19:

Congratulations to our HQC Stable Challenge Winner
Congratulations to our Zone 2 Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge winner, Jolene Hasseler and Sweet Release Equestrian Center!

Stable Challenge is a fun 30-day horsemanship competition where barnmates can test their knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.

Special thanks to our Stable Challenge sponsors Essex Classics, FITS, Rood & Riddle and Shapley's.

September 1 is the last day to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge.
Zone 2 Committee Exploring Options for the Horse of the Year Championship
The Zone 2 Committee is exploring all options for the Zone 2 HOTY Championship, which was scheduled to take place October 18 at PA State Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania National Horse Show announced that it will move venues for this year due to COVID-19.

Click here for the calendar and most up-to-date information about Zone 2 Championships.
Congratulations to Zone 2 Members Participating in EAP
Congratulations to the following Zone 2 members participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program this year:

  • Delaney Barrigar, Jordan, N.Y.
  • Sarah Converse, Cambridge Springs, Pa.
  • Emmie Esplin, Diana, N.Y.
  • Payton Fortin, Lisbon, N.Y.
  • Katie Kalfayan, Morganville, N.J.
  • Olivia Roellke, Salt Point, N.Y.
  • Evelyn Smith, Morristown, N.J.
  • Matt Tracy, Pennington, N.J.
  • Caitlin Vella, Hightstown, N.J.

This year's virtual program is currently underway! Click here to read more about EAP and how it is different this year due to COVID-19.
Nomination Deadline for Several Annual Awards is July 31
July 31 is the deadline to nominate someone for the awards listed. Other awards deadlines are coming up later this year. Click here to learn more about awards and nominate someone. Online applications are now available.
USHJA Moves Pony Finals Clinics Online
The USHJA Pony Finals Clinics, which typically take place throughout the week at USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, have moved to an online format due to COVID-19. Clinics include:
  • Pony Model Video: Bill Schaub explains the Model class from start to finish in a video to be available Monday morning.
  • Sports Psychology Webinar: Join Tonya Johnson, MA for a presentation on Sports Psychology.
  • Dress to Impress Webinar: Top professional Archie Cox will explain how to impress the judges when you first walk into the ring.
  • After Show Care: Dr. Sarah Cohen, from the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee will discuss best practices for taking care of your equine partner after competing.

Good luck to our members competing in Pony Finals!
2020 Platinum Performance/USHJA Hunter Week is Coming Up

While spectators aren't allowed at the venue due to COVID-19 protocol, wall-to-wall live streaming coverage of the week-long competition will be available through Horse & Country TV on the USHJA TV channel. Coverage includes expert commentary on the final rounds, course visualization and live scoring.

As a result of the pandemic, strict protocols have been put in place by USEF as well as Kentucky Horse Shows to protect all exhibitors and staff at the event. The USEF COVID-19 resources can be found here, and the Kentucky Horse Shows protocol can be viewed here. Good luck to all our members who are competing!
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
New Jersey Professional Horsemen's Association

We are happy to report that the NJPHA pulled off a successful show in July. This was due in no small way to Claudine Liberatore, our Vice-Chair. Claudine has developed a Covid system of running her CJL,Inc. horse shows. She employed her system on July 3rd at Duncraven Stables in Titusville, NJ. This is impressive because July 3rd was early in the NJ return to play.

Social media played a big role in keeping people up to date on the rules of conduct. Horseshowing.com took care of entries in advance and payments were made in advance. There was no contact or lines at the secretary’s stand and back numbers were picked up by individuals for their groups. Trainers were texted a time schedule and orders of go two days before the show. The day of competition, people were met at the driveway to sign waivers and do temperature checks. They also received mini hand sanitizers and masks as parting gifts. People wore their masks with a little reminding from the announcer. The outhouse had sanitation devices available and people knew there would be no food services. Moral of the story: people were respectful of social distancing and each other. All 156 horses got through the gate by 6:30 p.m. and we got to do what we love. Thanks to all.
Congratulations to USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award Winners
Congratulations to Zone 2 members who were awarded a USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award this year:

  • Lia Magnani - Binghamton University
  • Amy Condoluci - Keuka College
  • Catherine Delany - West Chester University
  • Mia Fellin - Marist College
  • Jacey Lengyel - Suffolk County Community College

Click here to read more about IHSA in the 2020 Digital IHSA Edition of In Stride.
Mark Your Calendar:
Green Hunter Incentive East Regional Championship
Saratoga Fall
September 10-13
Stillwater, NY
*Championships are subject to change
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Joe Fargis and Jane Marshall Dillon

Nominations are about to close for the Jane Marshall Dillon Award, which recognizes equestrians of all professions who have devoted their lives to teaching and mentoring riders beginning their education in the hunter/jumper discipline.

Great riders often attribute their success to their first trainers. Olympian and Show Jumping Hall of Famer Joe Fargis learned to ride and gained a lifetime foundation in horsemanship at Dillon’s Junior Equitation School in Vienna, Virginia. Riding with Mrs. Dillon included navigating the farm’s rolling hills and natural jumps, foxhunting, riding bareback, and learning all about horses and their care. Fargis and Dillon’s son Randy donated the Jane Marshall Dillon Perpetual Trophy.

Pictured: Jane Marshall Dillon’s winning student Joe Fargis
Know Your Zone 2 Committee Members
  • Mark Leone, Chair
  • Troy Hendricks, Vice Chair
  • Wendy Chapot Nunn, Tresurer
  • James Benedetto
  • Katie Benson
  • Naomi Blumenthal
  • Michael Dowling
  • Mary Drueding
  • Karin Immerman
  • Kerry Kocher
  • Claudine Liberatore
  • Linda Mancini
  • Tobey McWilliams
  • Andrew Philbrick
  • Cynthia Williams
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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