February Zone 4 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 4 member! Apply for the Emerging Athletes Program, test your horsemanship knowledge, learn about grant opportunities and more.
Applications Open for Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions
Interested in participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program this year? It's time to apply!

Sessions in Zone 4 are:
  • June 1-5, Ned. R. McWherter Agricultural Pavilion on The University of Tennessee at Martin's Campus, Martin, Tenn., led by Candice King and stable manager Nanci Snyder
  • June 13-17, Fox Lea Farm, Venice, Fla., led by Candice King and stable manager Anne Thornbury

Zone 4 offers EAP Grants to assist members in attending a Regional Training Session. Click here to apply by April 1.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is Open!
Registration to the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open!

Exciting changes being implemented for 2020:

  • Updated free online HQC study guide with new sections added covering saddle fitting, teeth and more.
  • The program will open to adult amateurs ages 21 and above later in 2020. More information to be announced.
Private Practice and Victoria Colvin win $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherhill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular 
Victoria Colvin secured her sixth $100,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular victory, and her second consecutive win in the class aboard Private Practice, on Saturday, February 15, at the Winter Equestrian Festival. 

Second place with a two-round total of 178.82 went to California’s Katie Taylor and Kindred, owned by Gabrielle Sokolow. Scott Stewart, who rode Betsee Parker’s Private Life took third. 
Save the Date for Zone 4 Championships
Dates and locations for Zone HOTY Championships and other special classes have been announced.

Stirrup Cup Championship, Oct. 22-25
Fox Lea Farm October, Venice, Fla. 

Horse of the Year Championship North, Nov. 12-15
Atlanta Fall Classic II, Conyers, Ga. 

Horse of the Year Championship South, Nov. 12-15
Fox Lea Farm November, Venice, Fla. 
Congratulations to Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Year-End Award Winners
Congratulations to our members who received 2019 Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup year-end honors!

Check 2019 Zone 4 standings to see who received awards here:

Check 2020 Zone 4 standings here:
Mark Your Calendar for the Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships
Mark your calendar for the 2020 Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare, which will be held August 22 at Virginia Young Horse Festival for the East Coast, and August 26 at Showpark All Season Summer Tournament for the West Coast! 

Special congratulations to these Sallie B Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championship participants on their HOTY Awards: 
  • Hunter Breeding Yearling Champion Marvelous ESH, owned and bred by Jennifer Dachton, handled by Robert Croteau.  
  • Yearling Reserve Champion Estrella, owned and bred by Casey Papp, handled by Susan Weigand 
  • 3 Year Old Hunter Breeding Champion Raposa, owned by Rhett DeStefano, handled by Oliver Brown, and bred by High Point Hanoverians
  • Year Old Reserve Champion Beguiled owned by Harriet Schiele, handled by Laura Rohlfing, and bred by Detlef Hoppe.  

Click here to view the graduates page.
Early Application Deadline for 2020 USHJA Platinum and Zone Jumper Team Championships is April 10
Applications are open for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, open to juniors and amateurs at the 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m levels, and the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships, open to juniors, amateurs and professionals at the 1.40/1.45m level. You must apply to have your points count toward qualifying!

The Championships for USHJA Zones 3 & 4 will be at Tryon Summer 6, Mill Spring, NC, July 15-19, 2020 (Qualifying Period: August 13, 2019 - May 31, 2020).

*Early application deadline for the $75 rate is April 10. Starting April 11 until applications close, the price increases to $150.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
American National Riding Commission

The ANRC National Equitation Championships are coming up April 9-11 at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

The championships will now include adult amateur and ANRC alumni divisions, in addition to the traditional junior and college divisions.

Entries for the Championships are due March 1!

The Championships will be livestreamed on USEF Network. 
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
The Caprilli Revolution

American hunter/jumper equitation developed from new ideas introduced by Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli in the early 1900s. His “forward seat” changed forever ideas about the safety and comfort of the horse and rider over fences.

When foxhunters and military riders began jumping fences cross-country in the 1800s, they rode in a “chair” seat with legs pushed forward because sitting vertical in the classical (dressage) seat was tiring, and they leaned back over fences in case the horse stumbled. Horses instead were struggling to keep their own balance, let alone that of the rider. Caprill’s method of sitting forward with shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle created angles in the rider’s hips, knees, and ankles that act as springs and allow the rider’s arms to follow the motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps.

A hundred years later, Caprilli’s principles to help riders perform “with safety and dispatch” and horses to “respond to what is required of them quietly and smoothly with the minimum possible wear and tear” still hold.

Pictured above: Left: Caprilli's Forward Seat. Right: Hunting Chair Seat
Know Your Zone 4 Committee Members
  • Page Tredennick, Chair
  • Janet McCarroll, Vice Chair
  • Carolyne Tanner, Tresurer
  • Susan Ashe
  • Carrie Buxton
  • Richard Cram
  • Jack Flowers
  • Kim Land
  • Kat Mulkey
  • David Pellegrini
  • Wendy Peralta
  • John Rush
  • Christina Schlusemeyer
  • Allison Sweetnam
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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