March Zone 7 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 7 member! National Championships with Zone qualifying, educational opportunities and more! Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone! 
AON/USHJA National Championships Are Set to Return
After an exceptional inaugural year, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased that the AON/USHJA National Championships are set to return to The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, November 12-17, 2019, pending approval by US Equestrian. With competition offered from 2-foot Hunters to 1.40m Jumpers, horse-and-rider combinations qualify through their Affiliate or Zones, making this unique Championship a destination for competitors nationwide.
 
USHJA Foundation Assistance in Wake of Flooding
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the historic flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin . Please know that any members who need assistance in the recovery process, can apply for aid through the USHJA Foundation Horseman’s Assistance Fund. Visit https://www.ushja.org/foundation/how-we-help/horsemans-assistance-fund for more information and to begin the application process. Those interested in supporting this fund, which is available to all members in the event of an emergency, may donate here (select Horseman’s Assistance Fund to designate funds for emergency assistance): https://www.ushja.org/foundation/donate
Find Your Path: Team and Individual Jumper Competition from 1.10m to 1.45m
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships for Pros, Amateurs and Juniors
Applications are now open for the inaugural USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships. The championships offer individual and team competitions for professional, junior, and amateur riders competing at the 1.40/1.45m level. In addition to the individual and team competitions, riders can qualify for the 2020 USHJA Platinum Masters Training Session with top national and international industry experts.
 
USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Platinum Jumper Championships
Hipico Sante Fe
July 24 - 28, 2019
Santa Fe, NM
 
Qualifying: July 2, 2018-June 10, 2019
Apply by: June 10, 2019
1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m, and 1.30/1.35m USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for Juniors and Amateurs
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 . Apply by June 10 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
 
Did someone say Hunter TEAMS?
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. Apply by July 5 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!

Apply today for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
Applications are now open for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund /USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, and we will have one available in our Zone again this year!
 
Great Southwest Equestrian Center will host a session with Clinician Cynthia Hankins and Stable Manager Nanci Snyder in Katy, Texas, June 10-14.

This session will include a 3-foot section that is open to ALL AGES!! This is the perfect way to get the EAP experience at the 3-foot fence height.

 
Support Your Zone by Becoming a Zone Chef d'Equipe! 
We are accepting applications for Zone chefs d'equipe for 2019 team championships. The exciting and rewarding role of chef d'equipe assists in the development of equestrian athletes through several zone team championships held throughout the competition year! Apply to be chef d'equipe for one or all the championships. Just get your application in by April 8, 2019!   
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines !
Applications are open for grants and scholarships that benefit USHJA members.
 
The USHJA Zone 7 Commitee offers a Clinic Host Grant to offset the cost of hosting a clinic.  Apply by October 1
 
The USHJA Foundation Hamel Family Scholarship offers up to $25,000 in higher education scholarship funds. Apply by May 15.   
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge awards over $6,000 in grants and prizes with another $16,000 in prizes available through the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge! Don't miss your chance to put your horsemanship knowledge to the test!
 
The HQC is an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics. Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and younger as of Dec. 1, 2018, the quiz offers participants a chance to qualify for the in-person HQC Nationals.
 
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
QUICK QUIZ: Try Your Horsemanship Knowledge
Select the false statement. Proper hoof conformation is:
Large and strong hoof
Wide, well-developed heels
Prominent bars
Small frog that does not touch the ground
Concave or arched sole
Walls absent of cracks and rings
Enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive and enjoy a Championship Experience Near Home!
Last year, USHJA launched a new benefit to the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program: regional championships! While you may choose any one, there is one in our Zone again this year! 
 
The Central Championship will take place at Harvest in Katy, Texas, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2019.
 
Horses must be enrolled to participate and recorded with the USEF and registered with the USHJA. Enrollment fee is $550 through June 1 and increases to $750 on June 2.
For more information visit ushja.org/greenincentive.
USHJA Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges Coming Up!
The USHJA Zone 7 Hunter Committee has created this program to provide Handy Hunter Challenges, which test skills riders and their horses might use during an enjoyable day of foxhunting combining the elements of flat and over-fences classes. 

The first Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenge of the Year will be at the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II in Waco, Texas, June 12-16! Save the date, and we hope to see you there! Check out the full calendar here.
Bernie Traurig Clinic Comes to Louisiana
The Louisiana Equine Council will host a clinic with Bernie Traurig at Farr Park Equestrian Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 15-16.

Don't miss this exciting clinic!

For more information, contact Contact Info: Louisiana Equine Council, (337) 258-7040.
Our Affiliate, Your Stories. We want to hear from you!
We are proud to have four Affiliate Organizations in our Zone:

If you're part of one of these Affiliates, we want to hear your story! Tell us what you love about this sport.
Heads Up: Zone Specifications Comment Period Opening April 15
We will be publish the 2020 Zone Specifications and open the member comment period on April 15 for 30 days. This is a time for all members to weigh in on how certain sections are run in our area, and the USHJA Zone Committee looks forward to receiving input from members. Members will be able to submit their comments to zones@ushja.org from April 15-May 15.
 
Be on the lookout for the 2020 Zone Specifications, so you can submit comments.
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