January Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! Mark your calendar for 2019 championships, catch up on the latest sport news and see what is coming up in our zone!
Dates and locations announced for 2019 Zone HOTY and Eq Championships
Dates and locations have been announced for the 2019 Zone HOTY and Equitation championships. Mark your calendar for championships in Zone 7:

Zone 7 Equitation Championship
September 4-8
Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview,
Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship North
November 6-10
Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show
Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Zone 7 Horse of the Year Championship South
November 6-10
Great Southwest Autumn Classic
Katy, Texas
Applications open for USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships! 
Applications are now open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak!

The championships for Zone 7 will be September 4-8 at Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview in Lake St. Louis, Mo.

The qualifying period is April 29, 2018-July 5, 2019. Click below to apply by July 5 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!

USHJA Gold Star Clinic - East recap!
From December 27-30, 2018, a group of 2018 USHJA Zone Team Championships Individual Medalists and select wild card recipients expanded their equestrian horizons in a unique educational opportunity by participating in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic-East Coast at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. 

After three days of mounted and unmounted instruction from top clinicians covering a variety topics including stable management, horse health, breeding, press relations, flatwork, gymnastics, the clinic culminated on day four with seven teams competing in a Nations Cup format. Read more!
The following Zone 7 members participated:
  • Heidi Crappell, Youngsville La.
  • Caitlyn Epperson, Houston, Texas
  • Mackenzie Robards, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Sydney Stephenson, Youngsville La.
  • Madeleine Wilson, Austin, Texas
Applications open for USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!  
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships!
The Championships will be held at Hipico Sante Fe, Santa Fe, NM, July 24-28, 2019 !
The qualifying period is July 2, 2018-June 10, 2019 . Click below to apply by June 10 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Don't miss these great opportunities!
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.
Sport History: Fun facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum!
Do you know why an “oxer” is called an “oxer”? 

The name came from the practice of putting parallel rails on either side of a hedge to keep oxen from damaging natural hedges.

In the early day of foxhunting, riders jumped these hedges and rails as they followed the hounds, and those obstacles became known as oxers.

An authentic example of an oxer is still seen at Hickstead in England. Modern-day oxers can be any kind of jump with parallel rails, but the back element can only have one rail.
A “true” oxer at Hickstead.
Photo credit: Rex Coleman
Enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive and International Hunter Derby Programs before the price goes up!
More Green for Green Hunters: More than $2.6 million paid out!
Three ways to earn great prize money for your 3', 3'3", 3'6" or 3'9" Green Hunter:
  1. Enter a USHJA Green Incentive Stake class at a competition near you
  2. Participate in one of five Regional Championships (NOTE: Central Championship, Harvest, Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2019, Katy, Texas)
  3. Participate in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship
Horses must be enrolled to participate and recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA. Enrollment fee is $350 through Feb. 1 and increases to $550 on Feb. 2. For more information visit ushja.org/greenincentive .
2019 Derby Goals: More than $12.7 million paid out!
If you have the Championships on your list of goals for this competition year, enroll today and save! Enroll in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program to be eligible for inclusion on regional and national money won tracking lists and to participate in the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
Enrollment fee is $350 through Feb. 1, and increases to $550 on Feb. 2. Horses must be recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA to participate. For information, visit ushja.org/IHD .  
Mark your calendar for Clinics!
Melanie Smith Taylor Unmounted Clinic for ALL AGES! 
Hill Country Academy 
New Braunfels, TX
February 10, 2019

USHJA Certified Trainer/Clinician, Olympic Gold medal and Triple Crown of Showjumping winner Melanie Smith Taylor will be conducting an intensive 4-hour clinic about horsemanship, relationships and communication between rider and horse. She will also address common rider problems (equitation) and suggest ways to identify and correct them. This is an UNMOUNTED clinic and is suitable for riders of all ages. TRAINERS are encouraged to attend and submit topics of interest beforehand that Melanie could address.  

Reserve your space by contacting Stephanie Cook at (210) 781-1812 or admin@hillcountryridingacademy.com.

Bernie Traurig Clinic
Southern Hill Riding Academy
Okemah, OK
February 16-17, 2019

Reserve your spot by contacting Kim Dryer at (908) 810-9567 or okhorse94@gmail.com.

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Photos: Rachel Sowinski, Kaitlyn Karssen Photography, Captured Moment Photography, Rex Coleman, Shawn McMillen Photography, Tricia Booker, Jump Media and Louise Taylor for USHJA.
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