November Zone 4 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 4 member! Read about EAP and HQC Nationals, catch up on what happened at the AON/USHJA National Championships, check your points and more.
AON/USHJA National Championships Results
Congratulations to our members who competed in the AON/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI3*-W, November 11-17, in Las Vegas.

Check out all of the coverage from the event:
Mark your calendar! The National Championships are set to return November 16-22, 2020! Stay tuned for more information. Check out the USHJA Facebook page for more photos and videos from the championships.
Congratulations to Members Who Participated in EAP and HQC Nationals
Congratulations to our members Celia Cram, Claire Huskey and Madeline Vorhies, who participated in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session at The University of Findlay in Ohio!

Vorhies was part of the silver medal nations cup team. Cram was part of the bronze medal team and Huskey was part of the fourth place team. Read more about the National Training Session.

Ian McFarlin and Ariana Schneider participated in Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals. Schneider earned fourth place in the written exam. Read more about Nationals.
USHJA Annual Meeting is Coming Up
The USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center, is next month in Denver, Colorado. Click here to learn more. 

If you aren't able to attend, you will still be able to tune in live to the SafeSport presentation on Wednesday, December 11. Information regarding the live stream will be available closer to the event at

If you have questions about SafeSport for presenter Michael Henry, you can email them to
USHJA Announces Gold Star Clinics
USHJA is excited to announce the dates, locations, and clinicians for the 2020 Gold Star Clinics.

The West Coast clinic will be held January 15-19, 2020 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California, and led by Kirsten Coe. The East Coast clinic, led by Todd Minikus, is scheduled for January 22-26, 2020 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both clinics will feature Colleen Reed as the stable manager clinician.  Learn more.
See Where You Stand: HOTY and Stirrup Cup Points
As the competition year comes to a close, make sure to check your points to see where you stand for year-end awards!

Standings are displayed for all divisions for the current competition year and they are updated frequently. 

Please direct any questions or inquiries to USEF, attention Sport Data Department at All points corrections must be received by by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16.
The Zone 4 Member Clinic with Paddy Downing-Nyegard is Coming Up!
The USHJA Zone 4 Member Clinic with Paddy Downing-Nyegard will be December 7 at Motlow Creek Equestrian Center in South Carolina! Click the flier for more info.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
National Collegiate Equestrian Association

Former University of Georgia equestrian standout Emma Mandarino was the first-ever Top 30 finalist from the sport of equestrian for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She, along with the Georgia coaching staff and administration, attended the annual banquet for the honorees in Indianapolis on Oct. 20. 

Mandarino was one of ten finalists from Division I, the only finalist from the Southeastern Conference, and the first nominee in the Top 30 to be from the sport of equestrian. Read more. See her letter.
American National Riding Commission

ANRC Presents the DVD Series:The American System of Forward Riding: Life Lessons Learned with Horses by R. Scot Evans and Shelby French 

This DVD series is intended to guide riders through the American System of Forward Riding and give them a visual image of the performance they are working to achieve. Riders may use the series as a guide for “home schooling”. Teachers may utilize the system as an instructional framework for teaching, and using portions of the DVD series as instructional demonstrations to compliment their lessons. The workbooks in PDF format accompany the DVD Series Volumes one and two. Visit the ANRC Website Learning Center to watch the DVD Series. 
Zone 4 Championships Results
Congratulations to members who competed in Zone 4 Championships

Zone 4 Stirrup Cup Championship October 24-27 at Fox Lea Farm October in Venice, Fla.

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship - NORTH
and Handy Hunter Challenge Championship
November 13-17
Conyers, Ga.

Zone 4 Horse of the Year Championship - SOUTH
and Handy Hunter Challenge Championship
November 14-17
Venice, Fla.
2020 Zone Specifications
Take a Member Survey
The USHJA is currently conducting a survey to gauge member awareness of safety measures required of competition managers. Please consider taking a moment to respond to this survey.
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
The Military Roots of American Equitation

Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli pioneered the “forward riding system” of sitting lighter and more forward, using shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle, and going with the forward motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps with a following release.

Show Jumping Hall of Famer US Army Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, a graduate of West Point, attended at the Italian and French cavalry schools in the 1920s, bringing the forward riding system back to the US Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas. He won Individual Silver in Jumping and Team Gold in Eventing at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

Chamberlin rewrote the army’s horsemanship manual and created a show team to compete internationally and on the American fall horse show circuit in Washington, New York, and Toronto. His Riding and Schooling Horses (1934) and Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks (1937) became the foundation for the American style of today’s hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines.

PC: Harry D. Chamberlin, Plate LV from Riding and Schooling Horses
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