February Zone 5 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 5 member! Educational opportunities abound as the show season gets underway. Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone!
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships; Apply by June 2
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.
 
“The Platinum Jumper Championships are the culmination of the USHJA's Jumper footprint on our sport, and we're absolutely overjoyed to be able to start this program this year,” said Larry Langer, chair of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force.
 
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
Zone 5's Jordan Allen Puts on a Spectacular Performance
In one of the country's most prestigious Hunter classes, the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, junior Jordan Allen, 17, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, earned third place riding Kind of Blue for owner Float On Equestrian, LLC.

Allen was third behind winner Tori Colvin riding Private Practice and the second-placed team of Amanda Steege and Lafitte De Muze.

The three judging panels of Chris Wynne and John French, Jim Clapperton with Shane George, and Rachel Kennedy alongside Rick Fancher, awarded Allen and the 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding average scores of 89.41 in the first round and 88.16 in the second round for a 177.57 total and a highlight moment of Allen's junior career.

"It's beyond exciting," said Allen, a working student for Ken and Emily Smith's Ashland Farms who will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall. "It's my last [junior] year and everything is sort of shaping out. I'm so lucky to have incredible horses to show, Kind of Blue especially. I've been showing him for about two months now. I know him like the back of my hand. This is by far one of the greatest accomplishments. I'm so excited.

"I don't own any horses. Each week [Ken and Emily] have horses for me to show," continued Allen. "I'm beyond grateful for everything they've done for me. As well, with Brady Mitchell who has helped me with Kind of Blue, Adam Graham, Alvin Menendez, and Dana Schwarz who's the owner, a huge thanks to her. I just feel so grateful to be a working student. I enjoy spending time with the horses so much, not even in the saddle, but watching a horse, learning what they need, the preparation; I love it."

Allen also received the inaugural WCHR Kiara Barnett Memorial Style Award, donated by Meralex Farms.

Apply for team Hunter championships by May 18!
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!
 
Get on the Pathway at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!  
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships!
 
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!
 
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, Friday is for private and semi-private lessons. 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
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines !
Applications are open for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gates Farm and the $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Read more.
USHJA Zone 5 will be opening more grant and scholarship opportunities soon. As they open, you can find them here   
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!
 
Julie Winkel Clinic Coming Up in Mundelein, IL
Country Rising Stables will host a clinic with Julie Winkel April 26-27 in Mundelein, Illinois.

If you're interested in participating, contact, Laura Stern, (847) 452-1783.
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
Registration for the 2019 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open! 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, which offers $6,000 in grants and prizes, and is held alongside the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.
 
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
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!
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