September Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! See who is attending the virtual HQC Nationals, learn about Annual Meeting changes, see upcoming events and more.
2020 USHJA Annual Meeting to be Held Virtually
The USHJA Board of Directors voted to move the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting to a virtual format.

Meeting dates have been extended to accommodate more educational sessions and opportunities, and to avoid overlapping meetings. The virtual Annual Meeting will now be held November 30-December 11.

Click here to learn more about Annual Meeting. More details will be announced soon.
More USHJA Educational Webinars Coming Up
The USHJA continues to plan educational webinars for members! Mark your calendar:
  • Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., The Professional Marketing Workshop 
  • Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., Fall Back into Horsemanship HQC Nationals Study Hall
  • Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., Jumper Judge's Perspective 
Mark Your Calendar for Championships in Zone 7:
Green Hunter Incentive Central Championship
Oct. 28–Nov. 1
Katy, Texas

Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship - North
Nov. 4-8
Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show
Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship - South
Nov. 4-8
GSWEC Autumn Classic
Katy, Texas

Click here for the most up-to-date information.

Click here for the schedule of Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges

*Championships are subject to change.
Congratulations to Members Selected for Virtual HQC Nationals!
Congratulations to our members competing in the virtual Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals this year!

HQC Participants
  • Avery Hicks, Bullard, Texas
  • Genevieve Munson, Rogers, Ark. 
  • Sarah Owen, Bentonville, Ark.

Adult HQC Participants
  • Stephanie Grissom, Wharton, Texas

HQC Nationals will be online October 26-November 7.
USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser Begins October 1
The USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser is a friendly barn challenge that puts jumping skills to the test while raising money for the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative!

From October 1-31, host your own puissance challenge, where riders of all levels can compete in divisions from ground poles to over 4'.
Fall Back into Horsemanship Book Sale on USHJA Trainer Certification Program Manuals

$15 each or buy 5 or more for $10 each, shipping included!
COVID-19 Resources and Updates
The show season continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While showing has resumed in many areas, horse shows also continue to be canceled or relocated.

Find the most up-to-date information relate to COVID-19:

USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
The American National Riding Commission has several virtual competitions and educational opportunities for members happening now and coming up!
  • ANRC Virtual College Team Equitation Tournament: a virtual team competition open to any college or university that offers a 4-year or 2-year degree program.
  • ANRC Take it Forward Freestyle Challenge: anyone at any skill level can participate in this virtual clinic and horse show series.
  • Virtual College Recruitment Fair: to connect college and high school students, the fair is slated for October 26-30.
Amateurs: We Want Your Feedback
We want your feedback about changing or keeping the current age splits in the Hunters and/or implementing age splits in the Jumpers. A survey has been created so you can provide your feedback!
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Hunter Appointments 

The shadbellies and scarlet coats seen in Derby classes these days carry on traditions from foxhunting.

Horse show hunter classes have their origins in events for recognized hunt members to compete for “best suitable to hunt” awards over outside courses that simulated the hunt field. These classes were mostly in the Working Hunter division and required riders and horses to wear “appointments,” tack and attire required by foxhunting for safety. Over time, amateur, junior, and even pony hunter divisions featured appointments, or “formal attire,” classes.

Stock ties, plain bridles, and string gloves under the saddle flap in case of rain are just a few of the field hunt details that were judged in appointments classes.

Curious about some other traditions that come from the hunt field? Check out the Looking Back article in the latest issue of In Stride.

Photo: Sindy Paul and Squeaky in a Small Pony Hunter Appointments class in the 1960s. Courtesy of Sindy Paul from the “Ponies Through the Decades” exhibit.
Know Your Zone 7 Committee Members
  • Nancy Jones, Chair
  • Carl Hansen, Vice Chair
  • Joey Brumbaugh, Treasurer
  • Janis Collette
  • Laura Connaway
  • Matt Cyphert
  • Valerie Garza
  • Genie Harper
  • Fred Kahn
  • Kalea Maxwell
  • Kelly McCabe-Cyphert
  • John McQueen
  • Sandra Tabio
  • Bill Whisenant
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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Upcoming Events and Deadlines
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 4: WCHR Finals, World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, Ohio


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