November Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 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 coverage from the Championships.
Zone 5 Honors Horseman of the Year Award Recipients
The Zone 5 Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Zone 5 Horseman of the Year Awards.

Established in 2014, the annual Zone 5 Horseman of the Year Awards are presented to individuals who through their dedication and contribution of time, knowledge, financial and other assistance have added to the betterment of the sport. Those eligible to receive the honor include individuals, groups of horsemen, riders, owners, and breeders who are long-time residents of Zone 5. 

The 2019 Contemporary Horseman of the Year Award was presented to Patrick Boyle during the AON/USHJA National Championships. Boyle has been a show manager for the past 25 years, a Zone 5 Chairman for the past 10 years assisting with EAP, Zone Championships, clinics, and even managing the National Championships. He is an advocate for competitive as well as educational opportunities for riders of all ages. We thank him for his contributions to the sport.

The 2019 Posthumous Horseman of the Year Award honored Pamela Graham, a well-respected horsewoman and trainer, who passed away in 2014. Graham competed and trained students through through many levels of the sport and is remembered by her students as a reason for their enjoyment and success with horses. We are thankful for her contributions to the sport.
Congratulations to our Members Who Participated in EAP and HQC Nationals!
Congratulations to our Zone 5 members Elle Brady, Rebecca Morris and Chiara Perni, who attended the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session at The University of Findlay!

Morris was part of the gold medal nations cup team, Perni was part of the silver medal team and Brady was part of the fourth place team. Read more about the National Training Session.

Congratulations to our members Kylie Cohen, Kayla Daugherty, Liliana Franzese, Angelina Franzese, Rebecca Hopkins, Ellison Neumann, Lauren Obermeyer and Anna Spitzer, who attended Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals!

Hopkins placed second in the written exam and fourth in the Horsemanship/Identification exam. Obermeyer placed third in the Horsemanship/Identification exam and fourth in the Practicum. Read more.
USHJA Gold Star Clinics Announced
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.
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 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. 
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See Where You Stand: Zone 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.
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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