July Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! See who is participating in EAP, find out who won the HQC Stable Challenge, nominate someone for an annual award and more.
USHJA Virtual Town Hall Coming Up August 3
USHJA President Mary Babick has requested feedback from members about USHJA fall championships and USHJA Annual Meeting as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and has scheduled a Virtual Town Hall for August 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Read more.

Additional resources and information related to COVID-19:

Congratulations to our Zone 5 EAP Participants
Congratulations to the following Zone 5 members participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program:

  • Ellary Belote, Ada, Mich.
  • Kayla Daugherty, Union, Ky.
  • Avery Ehrhardt, Villa Hills, Ky.
  • Emma Gutstein, Glencoe, Ill.
  • Grace Hildebrand, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Miriam Lawrence, Milford, Ohio
  • Camryn Mulzer, Ft Mitchell, Ky.
  • Emma Paley, Villa Hills, Ky.
  • Sofia Pigato, Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aidan Reilly-Madan, Glenview, Ill.
  • Abbie Storandt, Union, Ky.

Click here to read more about EAP and how it is different this year due to COVID-19.
Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the Following Awards:
July 31 is the deadline to nominate someone for the awards listed. Other awards deadlines are coming up later this year. Click here to learn more about awards and nominate someone. Online applications are now available.
Congratulations to our HQC Stable Challenge Winner
Congratulations to our Zone 5 Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge winner Nori Scheffel and Scheffelridge Farm!

Stable Challenge is a fun 30-day horsemanship competition where barnmates can test their knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.

Special thanks to our Stable Challenge sponsors Essex Classics, FITS, Rood & Riddle and Shapley's.

Don't forget! September 1 is the last day to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge.
USHJA Moves Pony Finals Clinics Online
The USHJA Pony Finals Clinics, which typically take place throughout the week at USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, have moved to an online format due to COVID-19. Clinics include:
  • Pony Model Video: Bill Schaub explains the Model class from start to finish in a video to be available Monday morning.
  • Sports Psychology Webinar: Join Tonya Johnson, MA for a presentation on Sports Psychology.
  • Dress to Impress Webinar: Top professional Archie Cox will explain how to impress the judges when you first walk into the ring.
  • After Show Care: Dr. Sarah Cohen, from the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee will discuss best practices for taking care of your equine partner after competing.

Good luck to our members competing in Pony Finals!
2020 Platinum Performance/USHJA Hunter Week is Coming Up

While spectators aren't allowed at the venue due to COVID-19 protocol, wall-to-wall live streaming coverage of the week-long competition will be available through Horse & Country TV on the USHJA TV channel. Coverage includes expert commentary on the final rounds, course visualization and live scoring.

As a result of the pandemic, strict protocols have been put in place by USEF as well as Kentucky Horse Shows to protect all exhibitors and staff at the event. The USEF COVID-19 resources can be found here, and the Kentucky Horse Shows protocol can be viewed here. Good luck to all our members who are competing!
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Congratulations USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award Winners
Congratulations to USHJA Zone 5 members who were awarded a USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award this year:

  • Noa Leibson - Gettysburg College
  • Savanna Rennirt - University of Louisville
  • Julia Nagle - Indiana University
  • Emily Hendrick - Southern Nazarene University
  • Alexis (Alex) Freeman - University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Sierra Grogg - Northern Illinois University
Click here to read more about IHSA in the Digital IHSA Edition of In Stride!
Mark Your Calendar
Zone 5 Horse of the Year Championship
September 9-13, 2020
Showplace Fall Classic I
Wayne, Ill.

USHJA Zone 5 Horsemanship Class
The Kentucky National
September 16-20, 2020
The Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, Ky.

*Championships are subject to change Click here for more information
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
Joe Fargis and Jane Marshall Dillon

Nominations are about to close for the Jane Marshall Dillon Award, which recognizes equestrians of all professions who have devoted their lives to teaching and mentoring riders beginning their education in the hunter/jumper discipline.

Great riders often attribute their success to their first trainers. Olympian and Show Jumping Hall of Famer Joe Fargis learned to ride and gained a lifetime foundation in horsemanship at Dillon’s Junior Equitation School in Vienna, Virginia. Riding with Mrs. Dillon included navigating the farm’s rolling hills and natural jumps, foxhunting, riding bareback, and learning all about horses and their care. Fargis and Dillon’s son Randy donated the Jane Marshall Dillon Perpetual Trophy.

Pictured: Jane Marshall Dillon’s winning student Joe Fargis
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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