May Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! This month see what events are coming up in our zone, learn about grant opportunities, check out results from IHSA and IEA Nationals and more! Don't forget to share your stories with us!
USHJA Opens 3-foot Section in Texas for Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has opened a 3-foot section for up to eight riders at the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session in Texas.

Clinician Julie Winkel and Stable Manager Nanci Snyder will lead the five-day session, which includes mounted and unmounted instruction, June 11-15 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

The 3-foot section will give riders 25 and under an opportunity to experience the benefits of the EAP program at a 3-foot fence height. 

Click here for more information.
Strive for excellence as a World Championship Hunter Rider
World Championship Hunter Rider member events are underway! The next WCHR Member Event in Zone 7 will be Sept. 5 at Texas Rose Sporthorse Cup. Click here for the full calendar.

There's still time to join and earn points toward year-end awards for Professionals, Developing Professionals, Amateur Owners, Adult Amateurs, Juniors, Children's and Pony riders. Also, if you're already a member, don't forget to make any changes to your region or category by June 1!
Click here for more information about the championships.
Congratulations to IHSA Nationals Championships riders!
Congratulations to riders and teams from our zone who competed at the IHSA National Championships May 3-6 at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg! West Texas A&M University placed 11th in the Collegiate Cup Competition!

Click here to read more about what the National Championship experience was like from Klarissa Barley, a West Texas A&M team member.

Read more about Nationals results, and check out the USHJA Facebook page to see more photos from the event. To view the complete results, click here.
Zone 7 seeks sponsors for Championship teams
The show season is beginning to heat up and the coming summer months bring exciting championship events for our junior jumper riders, including the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships. Zone 7 was one of the winningest zones from last year’s competition, where riders took home two gold medals in team competition, a bronze medal in individual competition, and several other top 10 placings individually. 

This year our riders will be heading to Old Salem August 1-5. With the challenges of travel and the heavy burden of show expenses, our zone is working to support these young equestrians and their dreams. Our riders are in need of items such as team apparel- show coat, polo shirts, hat, gloves, belt, wind breaker/jacket, and horse gear- bonnet, open front boots and saddle pads. Any sponsorships or donations of any kind are incredibly helpful as many of these young riders work very hard and every little bit makes a difference!

Contact Zone 7 Committee Member Kalea Maxwell at kaleamaxwell@gmail.com for details about sponsorship opportunities.
Try out a Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenge this year!
The Zone 7 Committee created the program to provide members with an opportunity to experience the excitement of Hunter Derbies and Hunter Classics. Try a Handy Hunter Challenge this year:

  • June 20-24, Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II, Waco, Texas
  • Sept. 27-30, Louisiana Fall Classic I, Folsom, La.
  • Oct. 9-13, American Royal, Kansas City, Mo.

Click here for the full calendar and specifications.
Zone 7 grants that help you accomplish your goals!
Apply by Oct. 1
Apply by Oct. 1
HQC Quick Quiz answer:
The answer to last month's Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Quick Quiz was " camped out ," because it is not a flaw that can be found on a horse's front legs. Sixty-eight percent of our members who answered the question got it correct!
 
Camped out is when the hind legs are set behind the plumb line that runs from the point of the buttock through the point of the hock, down the back of the cannon bone and to the back of the heel bulbs. The other choices, pigeon toed and club footed, were flaws that can be found on a horse's front legs.
 
Learn more by studying the HQC Study Guide, and when you're ready, register to participate in the 2018 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse !
Congratulations IEA Finals riders!
Congratulations to riders and teams from our zone who participated in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals April 20-22 at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, and special congratulations to Alayna Johnson of Crimson Jewel Equestrian Team, who was champion of the Future Novice Over Fences Cross Rails.

Read more about the great competition. Click here for complete results from the championships.
Interested in being a Merchandise Representative for USHJA?
We are looking for an individual to serve as a USHJA Merchandise Representative June 27-July 1 at Summer in the Rockies IV in Parker, Colorado. The representative will be compensated for his/her time.

Those interested in the opportunity can email Marla Holt for more information.
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