February Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 member! Apply for the Emerging Athletes Program, test your horsemanship knowledge, learn about grant opportunities and more.
Applications Open for Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions
Interested in participating in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program this year? It's time to apply!

The session closest to Zone 9 is:
  • July 8-12, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Burbank, Calif., led by Joe Fargis and stable manager Colleen Reed

Zone 9 offers EAP Grants to assist members in attending Regional Training Sessions. Click here to apply by April 1.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is Open
Registration to the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open!

Exciting changes being implemented for 2020:
  • Updated free online HQC study guide with new sections added covering saddle fitting, teeth and more.
  • The program will open to adult amateurs ages 21 and above later in 2020. More information to be announced.
Congratulations to Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Winners
Congratulations to our members who received 2019 Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup year-end honors!

Check 2019 Zone 9 standings to see who received awards here:

Check 2020 Zone 9 standings here:
Mark Your Calendar for Zone 9 Championships
Dates and locations for Zone HOTY Championships and other special classes have been announced.

Equitation Championship, Aug. 26-30
Northwest Spectacular, Wilsonville, Ore. 

Horse of the Year Jumper Championship, Aug. 26-30
Northwest Spectacular, Wilsonville, Ore. 

Stirrup Cup Championship, Sept. 5-6
Cascade Finals, Cle Elum, Wash.

Horse of the Year Hunter Championship, Sept. 9-13
Northwest Autumn Classic, Monroe, Wash. 
Early Application Deadline for USHJA Platinum and Zone Jumper Team Championships is April 10
Applications are open for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, open to juniors and amateurs at the 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m levels, and the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships, open to juniors, amateurs and professionals at the 1.40/1.45m level. You must apply to have your points count toward qualifying.

The Championships for USHJA Zones 9 & 10 at National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, Calif., November 4-8, 2020 (Qualifying Period: December 10, 2019 - September 20, 2020).

*Early application deadline for the $75 rate is April 10. Starting April 11 until applications close, the price increases to $150.
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
American National Riding Commission

The ANRC National Equitation Championships are coming up April 9-11 at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

The championships will now include adult amateur and ANRC alumni divisions, in addition to the traditional junior and college divisions.

Entries for the Championships are due March 1!

The Championships will be livestreamed on USEF Network
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Caprilli Revolution

American hunter/jumper equitation developed from new ideas introduced by Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli in the early 1900s. His “forward seat” changed forever ideas about the safety and comfort of the horse and rider over fences.

When foxhunters and military riders began jumping fences cross-country in the 1800s, they rode in a “chair” seat with legs pushed forward because sitting vertical in the classical (dressage) seat was tiring, and they leaned back over fences in case the horse stumbled. Horses instead were struggling to keep their own balance, let alone that of the rider. Caprill’s method of sitting forward with shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle created angles in the rider’s hips, knees, and ankles that act as springs and allow the rider’s arms to follow the motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps.

A hundred years later, Caprilli’s principles to help riders perform “with safety and dispatch” and horses to “respond to what is required of them quietly and smoothly with the minimum possible wear and tear” still hold.

Pictured above: Left: Caprilli's Forward Seat. Right: Hunting Chair Seat
Know Your Zone 9 Committee Members
  • Clare Warren, Chair
  • Max von Zimmermann, Vice Chair
  • Megan Jordan, Treasurer
  • Nicole Bourgeois
  • Kathryn Hall
  • Jessie Lang
  • Quinn Partridge
  • Martha Price
  • Gayl Russell
  • Corene Smith
  • Nora Thomas
  • Mary von Zimmermann
  • Katherine Wade-Easley
Special thanks to these members who serve our zone! For more information about the committee and contact information, click here.
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