April Zone 5 Update
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Updates and Information about COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions that will best serve horses and riders as we move forward.

Last week, USEF announced the extension of the suspension of all USEF owned and named events through May 31. As such, USHJA is continuing suspension of all USHJA programs and events through May 31.

The USHJA Board of Directors also made the decision to cancel the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships for 2020. The Board felt it was unlikely that horses would be fit and ready to compete and qualify by the time of the Championships. They will return in 2021.

Additional resources and information about COVID-19:

We Need Your Feedback
Member comments can be sent to zones@ushja.org. Read more about the member comment period.
Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or False? A blemish is synonymous with unsoundness.
Did you know HQC is available for adult amateurs? Click here to learn more.
Member Spotlight: Hannah Waroway focusing on the positives during COVID-19
When Hanna Waroway first heard the news that the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Finals were going to be canceled due to COVID-19, she watched one of her biggest goals of the year slip away, and the disappointment set in. But after sitting with her feelings for a couple of days, Waroway found a way to turn her disappointment around.

“I took those days and tried to figure out how IHSA has shaped me as a person. I came to the realization that it was never about going to nationals," she said. "It was about discovering who I am, finding who I am, and my coaches have been amazing and shaped me into a better rider.”

Waroway decided to put her thoughts on paper, and wrote a letter to IHSA to highlight her feelings in hopes that other riders might sympathize. Read the letter here.

And while she won’t be riding into the National Finals arena this year, she is grateful for what IHSA and the sport have given her, and she’s looking forward to the future.

“I would still like to make it to Nationals, that is something that will never be off my bucket list. Also for me, IHSA has really helped my confidence, I really want to be an advocate for riders who struggle with self-doubt. If I can use my personal stories and experience, and as a senior, be there for people and help them grow.”

We love sharing member stories! Have a story to share? Email it here.
Check Out the USHJA Best Practices Page!
The USHJA Best Practices page is a collection of educational resources, downloads and videos for members.

The Owners Awareness Checklist, to help owners become more engaged and promote horse welfare, is new to the page!

You can also find educational articles like " Tips for the New or Longtime Horse Owner," " Indicators of Horse Health," and " Employer Resources."

Have an educational topic you'd like to see? Email us your idea.
Educational videos like this one, "Longeing-Basic Techniques," are also on the best practices page.
USHJA Sponsor Rood & Riddle Producing Hand Sanitizer
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the FDA is allowing temporary compounding of alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers. By utilizing the World Health Organization and FDA’s guidelines, Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy has created a liquid spray hand sanitizer formulation we are proud to offer for sale. No prescription necessary!

  • 5oz: $7
  • 8oz: $10
  • 16oz: $15
  • 1L: $25
  • Gallon: $85 (only available for pickup in Lexington, Ky.)

To order these and all of your Pharmacy needs, call Customer Service Representatives at 859-246-0112 or visit the website.
USHJA Webinar and Virtual Town Hall Coming Up
Farrier Tools of the Trade Webinar
May 6, 4 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar with Travis Burns, Associate Professor of Practice and Chief of Farrier Services at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, to learn about different types of shoes and farrier tools most commonly used in shoeing horses.  Click here for more information. Click here to join.

Virtual Town Hall with USHJA President Mary Babick
May 6, 6 p.m. ET
Register to participate in a virtual town hall with USHJA President Mary Babick. Click here for more information and to register.
Application Deadline Extended for Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education
The deadline for the 2020 USHJA Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education has been extended to June 15.

The scholarship, made possible through a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation, awards up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
Betty Oare and Navy Commander

Chances are you’ve heard of Betty Oare as a consistent winner in the amateur-owner Hunters for decades and the winner of awards including the 2019 USHJA Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award, the 2013 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2005 USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor.

Did you know that Oare and her famous thoroughbred partner Navy Commander, with whom she won multiple Hunter championships and induction in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, also competed in the 1965 Cleveland Grand Prix, the first of its kind in North America? Their style was as impeccable on a Jumper course as it was in the Hunter ring.

Photo: Betty Oare and Navy Commander in the Inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix 
Photo credit: Marshall Hawkins
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Know Your 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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