May Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! Stay up to date with COVID-19 news, learn about the USHJA Feed Aid initiative, participate in virtual clinics and educational webinars.
Updates and Information about COVID-19
Leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions to best serve horses and riders as we move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following links provide the most up-to-date information:

Competition managers: If your contracted USHJA event is being canceled, please send an email to
USHJA Feed Aid Designed to Help Horses in Need
The USHJA has launched a new initiative, USHJA Feed Aid, to provide aid in purchasing feed for lesson horses as short-term relief for the businesses in the hunter/jumper community who provide lessons to non-boarders and may be suffering financially due to the impact of COVID-19.

Through partnership with various national and regional feed companies, USHJA members may receive relief through discounted and fully supplemented feed purchases.

To receive aid, members must apply by June 1. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Feed vouchers will be made available to qualifying applicants as quickly as possible.
USHJA Educational Webinars are Coming Up
Hunter Breeding 101
June 1, 7 p.m.
Curious about participating in a Hunter Breeding or Model class? Join 'R' Hunter Breeding judge Oliver Brown as he introduces the basics of Hunter Breeding in this how-to tutorial.

Hunter Breeding 102
June 15, 7 p.m.
Oliver Brown returns to give even more in-depth instruction on topics such as perparing your Hunter Breeding horse or pony, conformation, training tips for challenging horses, and tips for showing your horse or pony at its best.
Equine Business Basics
June 22, 7 p.m.
Holly Frenzel, CPA reviews basic business practices for equine professionals; from creating an LLC to good bookkeeping practices, come build or refresh your equine business skills.

HQC Study Hall Part II
June 30, 2 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Terri Young, chair of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) Committee, returns for another Study Hall.

Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or False? A well balanced horse can be divided into three equal sections.
Scroll to the bottom of the news update for the HQC Quick Quiz answer.
USHJA Launches Virtual Clinics
USHJA is offering virtual riding clinics for members and non-members as a way to continue their riding education and horsemanship, while safely practicing social distancing.

Hunter, Jumper and Equitation clinics will offer members an opportunity to receive at-home exercises and feedback from industry experts. Complimentary auditing is also available.

The Hunter Virtual Clinic is underway with clinician Chris Wynne.

Jumper Virtual Clinic
June 8-9 and 15-16
Clinician: Jeff Cook
Video Submission Deadline: June 2

Equitation Virtual Clinic to be announced.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Shows may be starting back up at the local level in your area. Check with your local affiliates about show schedules and what changes they may have made as a result of COVID-19.

Here are the current Affiliates in our Zone:

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Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
Did you know that a “liverpool” got its name from the water jump in the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England?

The hunter/jumper sport has many traditions that originated in older horse sports like racing and foxhunting.

For many years at horse shows, the terms “liverpool” and “water jump” referred to any obstacle with water. Over time, “water jump” came to mean the roughly 14-foot “open” water with a low hedge or box at the front. A liverpool refers today to a shallow water tray placed in front, under, or behind a vertical, or in the middle of an oxer.

Photo: John Beer, The Grand National, the Water Jump, 1906
Take a Survey about Injuries in Equestrian Sports
A team from the University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is
conducting a study of injury rates at equestrian competitions with the goal of improving safety practices titled, “Injuries Sustained During Equestrian Hunter and Jumper Competitions.”

This survey study is supported by the USHJA Safety Ad Hoc and is specifically aimed at reviewing falls during competition across all levels and classes of competition.
Zone 5 Committee Members
  • Pat Boyle, Chair
  • George Thornbury, Vice Chair
  • Sara Ballinger
  • Otis Brown
  • Joleen Dewitt
  • Lisa Goldman-Smolen
  • Myron Leff
  • Heather Pinnick
  • Patricia Rogers
  • Ryan Sassmannshausen
  • Elaine Schott
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here .
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