October Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! Review and comment on Rule Change Proposals, catch up on the latest results, mark your calendar for the USHJA Annual Meeting and more!
Let your voice be heard! Comment on Proposed Rule Changes
Let your voice be heard by reviewing and submitting your comments on USEF Rule Change Proposals. To review and comment on proposed rule changes click here and be sure to log in to your member account. The deadline to submit comments is November 5.
The AON/USHJA National Championships are coming up
The inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships are coming up next month at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, November 13-18.

The Championships offer Hunter, Jumper and Age Group Equitation divisions with $96,000 in prize money for the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships, and each Hunter section section offers $4,000 in prize money. The Championships also feature Affiliate Championships at fence heights of 2' and 2'6", which have received a wonderful response from Affiliate Organizations.

Good luck to our members who are competing in the National Championships!
Good luck to our HQC Nationals participants!
Congratulations and good luck to our members headed to HQC Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horse, November 9-11 at The University of Findlay:

  • Kylie Cohen, West Bloomfield, Mich. 
  • Kristen Forti, St. Joe, Ind. 
  • Angelina Franzese, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
  • Liliana Franzese, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
  • Rebecca Hopkins, Northville, Mich. 
  • Ruthie Ruhl, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.

HQC Nationals is a multi-phase event that puts the top scoring participants, who advanced through HQC Levels One and Two, to the ultimate test. Participants will take a written exam, a horsemastership/identification exam, and a final practicum to demonstrate their mastery of practical horsemanship knowledge.

Click here for more information about HQC!
Congratulations to our WCHR members!
Congratulations to our World Championship Hunter Rider members who competed at Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 28-October 7. And congratulations to members who earned year-end Champion titles!
National Champions:
  • Junior 3’6” Champion: Emma Kurtz, of Hudson, Ohio

Regional Champions:
  • Midwest Region Handy: Emma Wujek, Gosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 
  • Midwest Region Junior 3’6”: Emma Wujek, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
  •  Midwest Region Junior 3’3”: Henry Healy, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Midwest Region Children’s: Claire Healy, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Join us at the USHJA Annual Meeting Dec. 9-13
The USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center, is coming up December 9-13 in Tampa, Florida!

Registration is open! Don't miss the opportunity to be engaged in the sport, hear from association leaders and other presenters, get to know other members and much more. Zone day will be Sunday, December 9, with Zone 5 meeting at 3:10 p.m.

Click here for more information. Click here to register. Sponsorships are available. Contact Jill Insko for more information.
Zone 5 horses earn championship titles at USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships at World Equestrian Center
Congratulations to our members who competed at the inaugural USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, September 30. Special congratulations to the following horses owned by members in our zone who earned champion titles:

$3,500 Farnley Farm/Marsh Run USHJA Young Hunter Pony 4 & 5 Year Old 2' Championship
  • Crown Ridge Footloose, owned by Vanessa Mazzoli, Rockford, Mich., bred by Downland Whimsical/Morton's Fairy Tales 'n Poems, ridden by Vanessa Mazzoli

$3,500 USHJA Young Hunter Pony 4 & 5 Year Old 2'3" Championship
  • Partly Cloudy, owned by Vanessa Mazzoli, Rockford, Mich., bred by Rollingwoods Rasin Ruckus, ridden by Vanessa Mazzoli

$3,500 USHJA Young Hunter Pony 6 & 7 Year Old 2' Championship
  • So Charming, owned by Jessica Zandri, Rockford, Ill., Brookside Zig Zag/ Champlain Dreamaker, ridden by Devin Vega  
Jessica Stone earns USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals -East win
Jessica Stone of West Bloomfield, Michigan, topped 121 entries over three phases of competition to win the second annual USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals - East on September 29 at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Coming into Saturday, Stone sat in third on a score of 216.80 from the flat and gymnastics phases, while Breanna Bunevacz of Calabasas, California, held the lead with a score of 220.12. However, Stone soon shot to the top of the leaderboard after earning a score of 89 from judges Mark Jungherr and Sissy Wickes. That score, multiplied by a coefficient of two and combined with her score from Friday, gave Stone a 394.80 total that would prove to be untouchable by the final two riders to return. 
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