March Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! National Championships with Zone qualifying, educational opportunities and more! Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone!  
AON/USHJA National Championships Are Set to Return
After an exceptional inaugural year, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased that the AON/USHJA National Championships are set to return to The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, November 12-17, 2019, pending approval by US Equestrian. With competition offered from 2-foot Hunters to 1.40m Jumpers, horse-and-rider combinations qualify through their Affiliate or Zones, making this unique Championship a destination for competitors nationwide.
Find Your Path: Team and Individual Jumper Competition from 1.10m to 1.45m
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships for Pros, Juniors and Amateurs
Applications are now open for the inaugural USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. The championships offer individual and team competitions for professional, junior, and amateur riders competing at the 1.40/1.45m level. In addition to the individual and team competitions, riders can qualify for the 2020 USHJA Platinum Masters Training Session with top national and international industry experts.
USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Platinum Jumper Championships
Showplace Summertime III
July 17-21, 2019
Crete, IL

Qualifying: July 23, 2018-June 2, 2019
Apply by: June 2, 2019
1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m, and 1.30/1.35m USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for Juniors and Amateurs
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships,, which offer team and individual competition for junior and amateur Jumper riders!
The Championships will be held at Showplace Summertime III, Crete, IL, July 17-21, 2019 !
The qualifying period is July 23, 2018-June 2, 2019 . Apply by June 2 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Support Your Zone by Becoming a Zone Chef d'Equipe! 
We are accepting applications for Zone chefs d'equipe for 2019 team championships. The exciting and rewarding role of chef d'equipe assists in the development of equestrian athletes through several zone team championships held throughout the competition year! Apply to be chef d'equipe for one or all the championships. Just get your application in by April 8, 2019!   
Did someone say Hunter TEAMS?
Applications are now open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak!

The Championships for Zones 5 & 6 are July 17-21 at Showplace Summertime III in Crete, Ill.

The qualifying period is May 20, 2018 - May 18, 2019. Apply by May 18 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
USHJA Gold Star Clinic - Central: Free Auditing Available!
The third and final USHJA Gold Star Clinic is being held April 16-20, 2019, at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. While clinic spots are reserved for Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders (a title earned at USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships), auditing of mounted sessions is available for FREE! Unmounted sessions are not available for auditing. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get a taste of the Gold Star experience with lead clinician Richard Spooner! Learn more
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines !
Applications are open for grants and scholarships that benefit USHJA members.
The USHJA Zone 5 Committee offers a $10,000 College Scholarship. Apply by July 1.
The USHJA Foundation Hamel Family Scholarship offers up to $25,000 in higher education scholarship funds. Apply by May 15.   
Apply today for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
Applications are now open for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund /USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, and we will have two available in our Zone this year!
University of Findlay (also host of the National Training Session) will host a Regional Training Session with Clinician Julie Winkel and Stable Manager Colleen Reed in Findlay, Ohio, June 3-7.

HITS Balmoral in Crete, Illinois, will host a session with Clinician Julie Winkel and Stable Manager Colleen Reed, July 8-12.

The University of Findlay session will include a 3-foot section that is open to ALL ages!
Zone 5 Member Highlight:
Emma Kinsel Draws Strength From Trainer Nicole Thompson
Emma Kinsel, 26, of Detroit, Michigan, started riding when she was five years old. As for many young adults, riding became a bit sporadic from ages 19 to 24 as she balanced adult life with her passion, but with the help and guidance of her long-time trainer Nicole Thompson of Fox Run Training in South Lyon, Michigan, she is making her way back to the show ring. 

If you have a story about what this sport means to you, share yours with us at
Julie Winkel Clinics Coming Up in Zone 5
Julie Winkel will have several clinics coming up in Zone 5 in the next couple of months! Find the one for you, mark your calendar and register!

Country Ridge Stables
Mundelein, IL
April 26-27

For more information and to register, contact, Laura Stern, (847) 452-1783.

Alpine Ridge Farms
Sparta, MI
May 11-12

Click here to learn more and contact Becky Bradley, 616-887-1419 to register by May 1.
Bernie Traurig Clinic Coming Up in Sugar Grove, IL!
Don't miss this exciting educational opportunity to enhance your riding. The clinic will offer four sections: 
  • Beginner/Green Horse
  • 2'6"-3'
  • 3'3"-3'6"
  • 3'6" and Higher

It is a 3-day progressive clinic format. There will be a dinner Saturday night featuring a Q&A with Bernie Traurig. Auditors are welcome to attend. Breakfast and lunch are offered each day. Maximum of 6 riders per section.

For more information, contact John Berkos, (630) 270-8832.
Sugar Grove, IL
April 5-7, 2019
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge awards over $6,000 in grants and prizes with another $16,000 in prizes available through the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge! Don't miss your chance to put your horsemanship knowledge to the test!
The HQC is an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics. Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and younger as of Dec. 1, 2018, the quiz offers participants a chance to qualify for the in-person HQC Nationals.
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
QUICK QUIZ: Try Your Horsemanship Knowledge
Select the false statement. Proper hoof conformation is:
Large and strong hoof
Wide, well-developed heels
Prominent bars
Small frog that does not touch the ground
Concave or arched sole
Walls absent of cracks and rings
Get hands-on, in-hand training for Hunter Breeding or Pony Model classes!
Do you want to compete in Hunter Breeding classes or develop new skills for the pony model? Don't miss this exciting, hands-on, in-hand Hunter Breeding Clinic with R’ Hunter Breeding Judge Oliver Brown, just a stone's throw from our zone!
Virginia Horse Center
Friday, April 26, 2019
2 p.m.
Participant: $60 per person
Auditing: $20 per person
If you have any questions, contact: Melanie Mader at   
Our Affiliates, Your Stories. We want to hear from you!
We are proud to have six Affiliate Organizations in our Zone:

If you're part of one of these Affiliates, we want to hear your story! Tell us what you love about this sport.
Heads Up: Zone Specifications Comment Period Opening April 15
We will be publish the 2020 Zone Specifications and open the member comment period on April 15 for 30 days. This is a time for all members to weigh in on how certain sections are run in our area, and the USHJA Zone Committee looks forward to receiving input from members. Members will be able to submit their comments to from April 15-May 15.
Be on the lookout for the 2020 Zone Specifications, so you can submit comments.
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