July Zone 4 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 4 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.

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Congratulations to our Zone 4 EAP Participants
Congratulations to the following Zone 4 members participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program this year:

  • Ella Bragg, Mt Pleasant, S.C.
  • Ella Duffy, Marietta, Ga.
  • Kyla Gardner, Ocala, Fla.
  • Erykah Glass, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Preston Healy, Trussville, Ala.
  • Vanessa Lempicky, Gallatin, Tenn.
  • Ian McFarlin, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Sarah Miller, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Kaitlyn Sheerahamed, Lake Worth, Fla.
  • Lauren Thomas, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Eadie Turner, Lake City, Fla.

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.
Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the Following Awards:
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.
Congratulations to our HQC Stable Challenge Winner
Congratulations to our Zone 4 Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge winner Amy Center and Cavallo Farms!

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!
2020 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional South Championship Finds Geitner and Clark on Top
After a delay in the 2020 competition season, the first USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship of the year wrapped up with tricolors for Daniel Geitner aboard Mr. Manhattan and Tommi Clark with Executive Privelege at the South Championships. The North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Horse Show hosted the event June 24–28, 2020 at Bruce’s Field at Aiken Horse Park in Aiken, South Carolina.
Member Spotlight: Erykah Glass
Erykah Glass, 15, of Alpharetta, Georgia, a member of the USHJA Youth Advisory Board and EAP athlete, answers questions about the sport and a recent seminar she attended as a USHJA representative.

How did you get involved in the sport?
When I was 5 or 6 my mom had a coworker that owned polo ponies and would let me do trail rides on them. I really got into the hunter/jumper sport when I met a friend at a summer camp who rode and she invited me to one of her competitions. When I got there I felt like I entered into a brand new world, and that is when I realized that I wanted to be apart of the sport. I train at Show Me Farm, but I train under Richard Coward.

What is it like to be on the youth advisory board for USHJA?
Being on the youth advisory board is amazing. We basically represent the youth of the sport. Our job is to come up with ideas on how the USHJA can reach out and engage youth more. We help market and we help with events.

Tell me about the youth forum you attended as a USHJA representative.
Since COVID struck, the AQHA Youth Excellence Seminar was virtual, before I was supposed to go to Amarillo, Texas. During the forum I attend the Young Horse Development Program, Embracing the Athlete Mindset With Dr. Ali Hartman workshop, and the American Quarter Horse Foundation Highlights: Behind the Scenes with AQHF. Overall the Young Horse Development Program had the biggest impact on me because I noticed how AQHA is based off of personal development and less competition.

What are some of the biggest challenges you think the sport faces?
It would have to be either not being called a sport or not diversifying itself more. I’ve had many people tell me “Oh all you do is sit there, the horse does all the work” or “Oh, so that’s like your hobby,” when in reality riders put in the same amount of time and energy into riding that a soccer player puts into playing soccer. On the side diversity though, riding is a very expensive sport and I believe that there are people who would like to ride but don’t have the means to afford it.

What’s your favorite thing about the sport?
My favorite thing about the sport probably has to be the horses or the jumps. Horses I’ve come to find are very much like humans, all are different in their own way but overall are beautiful animals. I’ve been to many shows and what I’ve seen people do with the jumps decoration-wise is amazing.
USHJA Moves Pony Final 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
Congratulations to the USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award Winners!
Congratulations to USHJA Zone 4 members who were awarded a USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award this year:

  • Samantha Davis - University of Memphis
  • Lana Gonzales - Georgia Southern University
  • Morgan Mulcahy - Florida Atlantic University
Click here to read more about IHSA in the Digital IHSA Edition of In Stride!
Zone 4 Championships:
* Championships are subject to change/cancellation. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

Zone 4 Stirrup Cup Championship
October 22-25, 2020
Fox Lea Farm October, Venice, Fla.

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship - NORTH
November 11-15, 2020
Atlanta Fall Classic II, Conyers, Ga.

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship - SOUTH
November 12-15, 2020
Fox Lea Farm November, Venice, Fla.

Click here to view the Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenge calendar.
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 4 Committee Members
  • Page Tredennick, Chair
  • Janet McCarroll, Vice Chair
  • Susan Ashe
  • Carrie Buxton
  • Richard Cram
  • Kim Land
  • Kat Mulkey
  • David Pellegrini
  • Wendy Peralta
  • John Rush
  • Christina Schlusemeyer
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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