May Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! Stay up to date with COVID-19 news, learn about the USHJA Feed Aid initiative, participate in virtual clinics and educational webinars.
Updates and Information about COVID-19
Leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions to best serve horses and riders as we move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following links provide the most up-to-date information:

Competition managers: If your contracted USHJA event is being canceled, please send an email to
USHJA Feed Aid Designed to Help Horses in Need
The USHJA has launched a new initiative, USHJA Feed Aid, to provide aid in purchasing feed for lesson horses as short-term relief for the businesses in the hunter/jumper community who provide lessons to non-boarders and may be suffering financially due to the impact of COVID-19.

Through partnership with various national and regional feed companies, USHJA members may receive relief through discounted and fully supplemented feed purchases. Already, more than $18,500 has been raised as part of this initiative.

To receive aid, members must apply by June 1. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Feed vouchers will be made available to qualifying applicants as quickly as possible.
USHJA Educational Webinars Coming Up
Hunter Breeding 101
June 1, 7 p.m.
Curious about participating in a Hunter Breeding or Model class? Join 'R' Hunter Breeding judge Oliver Brown as he introduces the basics of Hunter Breeding in this how-to tutorial.

Hunter Breeding 102
June 15, 7 p.m.
Oliver Brown returns to give even more in-depth instruction on topics such as perparing your Hunter Breeding horse or pony, conformation, training tips for challenging horses, and tips for showing your horse or pony at its best.
Equine Business Basics
June 22, 7 p.m.
Holly Frenzel, CPA reviews basic business practices for equine professionals; from creating an LLC to good bookkeeping practices, come build or refresh your equine business skills.

HQC Study Hall Part II
June 30, 2 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Terri Young, chair of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) Committee, returns for another Study Hall.

Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or false? A balanced horse can be divided into three equal sections.
Scroll to the bottom of the news update for the HQC Quick Quiz answer.
USHJA Launches Virtual Clinics
USHJA is offering virtual riding clinics for members and non-members as a way to continue their riding education and horsemanship, while safely practicing social distancing.

Hunter, Jumper and Equitation clinics will offer members an opportunity to receive at-home exercises and feedback from industry experts. Complimentary auditing is also available.

The Hunter Virtual Clinic featuring clinician Chris Wynne is underway.

Jumper Virtual Clinic
June 8-9 and 15-16
Clinician: Jeff Cook
Video Submission Deadline: June 2

Equitation Virtual Clinic to be announced.
Member Spotlight: Mindy Coretz
Learn more about Zone 7's Mindy Coretz, owner and trainer at Eighteen Acres Farm in Bixby, Oklahoma:

What fuels your passion for the sport?
My passion for the sport is fueled by my love for the horses. I am absolutely horse crazy.

You’ve competed in a variety of USHJA championships from green hunters to jumpers, how do you incorporate those into your goals for the year?
USHJA championships are something that we always incorporate into our plans for the year. We have never had more fun or seen bigger smiles than the first year of the children’s/adult hunter championships. I remember inklings of jealousy watching our clients compete, as I’d never yet had the opportunity to compete in a team format event. I thought it was so special that USHJA had found a way to create a sense of both camaraderie and competition within that group of competitors.
My first USHJA championship was Derby Finals, which is a class that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Outside of riding, do you have any other hobbies?
I enjoy reading and hiking.

What advice do you have to other young professionals or those who aspire to be?
I would say to be sure you’re in it for more than the thrill of success in competition. There are so many hard days and so many bad days, and I can’t imagine trying to do it if the only sense of joy and accomplishment came from tangible show ring results.

Read more about Mindy Coretz in the next edition of USHJA In Stride Magazine, written by Terisé Cole.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Shows may be starting back up at the local level in your area. Check with your local affiliates about show schedules and what changes they may have made as a result of COVID-19.

Current affiliates in Zone 7:

Learn more about affiliates here.
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Did you know that a “liverpool” got its name from the water jump in the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England?

The hunter/jumper sport has many traditions that originated in older horse sports like racing and foxhunting.

For many years at horse shows, the terms “liverpool” and “water jump” referred to any obstacle with water. Over time, “water jump” came to mean the roughly 14-foot “open” water with a low hedge or box at the front. A liverpool refers today to a shallow water tray placed in front, under, or behind a vertical, or in the middle of an oxer.

Photo: John Beer, The Grand National, the Water Jump, 1906
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Take a Survey about Injuries in Equestrian Sports
A team from the University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is
conducting a study of injury rates at equestrian competitions with the goal of improving safety practices titled, “Injuries Sustained During Equestrian Hunter and Jumper Competitions.”

This survey study is supported by the USHJA Safety Ad Hoc and is specifically aimed at reviewing falls during competition across all levels and classes of competition.
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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Photos by: EQ Media, Tori Bilas, Terisé Cole, Tricia Booker, Jump Media, Rachel Sowinski
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