April Zone 7 Update
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Updates and Information about COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions that will best serve horses and riders as we move forward.

Last week, USEF announced the extension of the suspension of all USEF owned and named events through May 31. As such, USHJA is continuing suspension of all USHJA programs and events through May 31.

The USHJA Board of Directors also made the difficult decision to cancel the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships for 2020. The Board felt it was unlikely that horses would be fit and ready to compete and qualify by the time of the Championships. They will return in 2021.

Additional resources and information about COVID-19:

We Need Your Feedback
Member comments can be sent to zones@ushja.org. Read more about the member comment period.
Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or false? A blemish is synonymous with unsoundness.
Did you know adult amateurs can participate in HQC this year? Click here to learn more.
Check Out the USHJA Best Practices Page
The USHJA Best Practices page is a collection of educational resources, downloads and videos for members.

The Owners Awareness Checklist, to help owners become more engaged and promote horse welfare, is new to the page!

You can also find educational articles like " Tips for the New or Longtime Horse Owner," " Indicators of Horse Health," and " Employer Resources."

Have an educational topic you'd like to see? Email us your idea.
Educational videos like this one, "Longeing-Basic Technique," are also on the best practices page.
Zone 7 Professionals Share Their Thoughts on COVID-19
Zone 7 competition managers and committee members Joey Brumbaugh ( Free Flight Farm) and John McQueen ( Queenie Productions), share their thoughts on COVID-19 and how it has impacted them and their businesses:
What have been the biggest challenges you all are facing during this time? 
JB: Thus far the most obvious challenge on everyone’s mind is the current loss of income. However, being in an unknown state of hiatus is my greater concern.
JM: Not working. My business and all the people I employee are shut down.

How do you think this will impact the industry this year and in the future?
JB: Regarding the recovery to the impact of our industry, I believe it will take our organizations time to come up with ideas to correct our current course. I would not be surprised if it went into 2021 for a sense of normality to return.
JM: I think it will have a huge impact. Our people, the crew, in-gates, announcers, secretaries will eventually have to look for other employment. When they move on I don’t know how many of them will come back when showing resumes.

Is there anything positive that has come out of this for you/your company? 
JB: The mandatory time off for the horses from showing has been a bit of a small blessing. It has not only improved some of their attitudes but has given those that have been teetering with soundness issues a good rest.
JM: Fundraisers like the Quarantine Classic that is being promoted by the CHJA and Kris Nixon! Everyone is having fun and they are raising money for the people in our industry that need it the most.
Pictured: Brumbaugh, top, and McQueen have both been involved in the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships.
USHJA Webinar and Virtual Town Hall Coming Up May 6
Farrier Tools of the Trade Webinar
May 6, 4 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar with Travis Burns, Associate Professor of Practice and Chief of Farrier Services at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, to learn about different types of shoes and farrier tools most commonly used in shoeing horses.  Click here for more information. Click here to join.

Virtual Town Hall with USHJA President Mary Babick
May 6, 6 p.m. ET
Register to participate in a virtual town hall with USHJA President Mary Babick. Click here for more information and to register.
Application Deadline Extended for Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education
The deadline for the 2020 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education has been extended to June 15.

The scholarship, made possible through a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation, awards up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Betty Oare and Navy Commander

Chances are you’ve heard of Betty Oare as a consistent winner in the amateur-owner Hunters for decades and the winner of awards including the 2019 USHJA Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award, the 2013 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2005 USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor.

Did you know that Oare and her famous thoroughbred partner Navy Commander, with whom she won multiple Hunter championships and induction in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, also competed in the 1965 Cleveland Grand Prix, the first of its kind in North America? Their style was as impeccable on a Jumper course as it was in the Hunter ring.

Photo: Betty Oare and Navy Commander in the Inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix 
Photo credit: Marshall Hawkins
More Recent News
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
  • Frank Owens
  • 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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