February Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! Apply for the Emerging Athletes Program, test your horsemanship knowledge, learn about grants and scholarships 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 5 are:
  • July 6-10, Ledges Sporting Horses and Show Grounds, Roscoe, Ill., led by Cynthia Hankins and stable manager Julia Hogan
  • July 27-31, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, led by Jim Wofford and stable manager Anne Thornbury

Scroll down to learn about the EAP Grant that can help pay for attending a Regional Training Session.
Let Us Help You Accomplish Your Goals
Zone 5 offers EAP Grants, which help members attend an EAP Regional Training Session, and the $10,000 Zone 5 College Scholarship in Honor of Mindy Darst to assist with members academic goals.
Save the Date for Zone 5 Championships
Dates and locations for Zone HOTY Championships and other special classes have been announced.

Horse of the Year Hunter and Jumper Championship
Sept. 9-13
Showplace Fall Classic I, Crete, Ill. 

Zone 5 Horsemanship Class
Sept. 18
Kentucky National Horse Show, Lexington, Ky. 
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 5 standings to see who received awards here:

Check 2020 Zone 5 standings here:
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.
Early Application Deadline for 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 5 & 6 will be at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival V in Williamsburg, Mich., July 29 - August 2, 2020 (Qualifying Period: August 20, 2019 - June 14, 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 5 Committee Members
  • Pat Boyle, Chair
  • Sara Ballinger
  • Otis Brown
  • Joleen Dewitt
  • Lisa Goldman-Smolen
  • Myron Leff
  • Heather Pinnick
  • Patricia Rogers
  • Ryan Sassmannshausen
  • Elaine Schott
  • George Thornbury
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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