November Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 member! Read about EAP and HQC Nationals, catch up on what happened at the AON/USHJA National Championships, check your points and more!
Congratulations to members who competed in the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships and Platinum Jumper Championships
Congratulations to our Zone 9 members who participated in the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships and Platinum Jumper Championships Nov. 6-10 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California! Special congratulations to our medalists:
Individual Medalists

  • 1.10m Adult Amateur Jumper Individual Gold: Leah Lively
  • 1.30m Junior Jumper Individual Gold: Rachel Long
  • 1.30m Amateur Jumper Individual Gold: Courtney Youell

Click here to read more about the ZJTC individual competition.

Click here to read more about the Platinum Jumper Championships individual competition.

Special thanks to all the chefs d’equipe for leading teams at the Championships: Lindsay Archer, Matt Archer, Sloan Elmassian, Mike Endicott, Ned Glynn, Dale Harvey, Evarado Hegewisch, Meredith Herman, Kathy Hobstetter, Megan Jordan, Vinton Karrasch, Elizabeth Kilham, Debbi Long, Steve McAllister, Gry McFarlane, Philippa Melski, Ali Nilforushan, Will Simpson, Simone Starnes, Beka Swan, Soehnke Theyman, Ray Texel and Christina Trstensky.
Team medalists

  • 1.10m Children's Silver: Zoey Buchanan, Riley Heath and Reagan Tomb
  • 1.10m Adult Amateur Bronze: Leah Lively, Hannah Morris, and Caroline Strek
  • 1.20m Amateur Silver: Mary Masterson, Gwen McCaw, Lisa Pleasance, and Selah Shepherd
  • 1.30m Junior Silver: Rachel Long and Cameron Brown
  • 1.30m Amateur Silver: Lauren Myers
  • 1.30m Amateur Bronze: Katie Sputh, Alexa Webber, and Courtney Youell
  • 1.40m Platinum Jumper Bronze: Shelly Fellers

Click here to read more about the ZJTC team competition. Click here to read more about the Platinum Jumper Championships team competition.
Zone 9 Members Bring Home Gold at Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak
Congratulations to our Zone 9 members who competed in the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, November 9-10 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California! Special congratulations to the following members who earned medals at the Championships:

Team competition
Adult Amateur
  • Gold: Briteney Mercer, Amy Bean, Tressa Blankenship, and Hilary Zak
  • Silver: Jennifer Boyce, Nancy Butano, Adrienne Buttelmann and Allison Talbot

  • Gold Medalists: Karsen Kadien, Isabella Mullan, Emma Robbins, and Regan Szambelan
  • Bronze: Cassie Griffin and Zoe Macbeth were part of the bronze medal team

Read more about the team competition.

Individual competition
  • Adult Amateur Individual Medalists: Adrienne Berg earned gold and Tressa Blankenship earned silver
  • Children's Individual Medalists: Helena Clements earned silver

Read more about the individual competition.
Special thanks to Wendy Krohn and Rebecca Bruce for leading the teams as chefs d'equipe.
AON/USHJA National Championships Results
Congratulations to our members who competed in the AON/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI3*-W, November 11-17, in Las Vegas.

Check out all of the coverage from the event:
Mark your calendar! The National Championships are set to return November 16-22, 2020! Stay tuned for more information.
Congratulations to our Members Who Participated in HQC Nationals
Congratulations to Zone 9's Madeleine Nielsen and Grace Salmon, who participated in the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals November 8-10 at The University of Findlay! Click here to read more.
USHJA Gold Star Clinics Announced
USHJA is excited to announce the dates, locations, and clinicians for the 2020 Gold Star Clinics.

The West Coast clinic will be held January 15-19, 2020 at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California, and led by Kirsten Coe. The East Coast clinic, led by Todd Minikus, is scheduled for January 22-26, 2020 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both clinics will feature Colleen Reed as the stable manager clinician.  Learn more.
USHJA Annual Meeting is Coming Up
The USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by  World Equestrian Center, is next month in Denver, Colorado.  Click here to learn more. 

If you aren't able to attend, you will still be able to tune in live to the SafeSport presentation on Wednesday, December 11. Information regarding the live stream will be available closer to the event at

If you have questions about SafeSport for presenter Michael Henry, you can email them to
USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News
Montana Hunter Jumper Association

Montana Hunter Jumper Association would like to Congratulate Lola McCurdy for qualifying and attending AON/USHJA National Championships in Las Vegas!

On November 2, we held our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Polson, Montana. Four open Board positions were voted on and filled, along with a Junior Board Member position. Awards were given out after a beef brisket bar-b-que.

MHJA has not held a Benefit Show since 2016, but we are hoping to offer one this summer. In addition, Shows and Clinics were added to our calendar for 2020. Outreach classes are being offered, for the second year, at the Big Sky Classic Horse Shows. The venues are top notch and have had a number of entries from Idaho and Wyoming. They hold a three show circuit, including Circuit Awards for many of the divisions.

Rebecca Farm, in Kalispell, is planning to hold three shows this year. This is world class location (home to one of the largest Eventing Competitions held in the US) that draws competition from many areas, including Canada. We would love to see out-of-state and new competitors!

Kootenia Creek Equestrian Center, located in Stevensville, Montana, is well known and popular with riders looking for quality Clinics. Sally Collins is scheduled for two, 3 day Clinics.
Tentative Clinic and Show Dates for 2020 are: 

Rebecca Farm
  • May 23-24
  • June 20-21
  • Sept. 12-13 (mini-event to be included)

Big Sky Classic
  • April 25-26
  • July 11-12
  • Oct. 10-11

Kootenia Creek Equestrian Center/Sally Collins Clinic
  • May 15-17
  • June 12-14
National Collegiate Equestrian Association

Former University of Georgia equestrian standout Emma Mandarino was the first-ever Top 30 finalist from the sport of equestrian for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She, along with the Georgia coaching staff and administration, attended the annual banquet for the honorees in Indianapolis on Oct. 20. 

Mandarino was one of ten finalists from Division I, the only finalist from the Southeastern Conference, and the first nominee in the Top 30 to be from the sport of equestrian. Read more. See her letter.
American National Riding Commission

ANRC Presents the DVD Series:The American System of Forward Riding: Life Lessons Learned with Horses by R. Scot Evans and Shelby French 

This DVD series is intended to guide riders through the American System of Forward Riding and give them a visual image of the performance they are working to achieve. Riders may use the series as a guide for “home schooling”. Teachers may utilize the system as an instructional framework for teaching, and using portions of the DVD series as instructional demonstrations to compliment their lessons. The workbooks in PDF format accompany the DVD Series Volumes one and two. Visit the ANRC Website Learning Center to watch the DVD Series. 
2020 Zone Specifications are Available
See Where You Stand: Zone HOTY and Stirrup Cup Points
As the competition year comes to a close, make sure to check your points to see where you stand for year-end awards!

Standings are displayed for all divisions for the current competition year and they are updated frequently. 

Please direct any questions or inquiries to USEF, attention Sport Data Department at All points corrections must be received by by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16.
Let Us Know: Take a Member Survey
The USHJA is currently conducting a survey to gauge member awareness of safety measures required of competition managers. Please consider taking a moment to respond to this survey.
Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Military Roots of American Equitation

Italian Cavalry officer Federico Caprilli pioneered the “forward riding system” of sitting lighter and more forward, using shorter stirrups to rise out of saddle, and going with the forward motion of a horse’s head and neck over jumps with a following release.

Show Jumping Hall of Famer US Army Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, a graduate of West Point, attended at the Italian and French cavalry schools in the 1920s, bringing the forward riding system back to the US Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas. He won Individual Silver in Jumping and Team Gold in Eventing at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

Chamberlin rewrote the army’s horsemanship manual and created a show team to compete internationally and on the American fall horse show circuit in Washington, New York, and Toronto. His Riding and Schooling Horses (1934) and Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks (1937) became the foundation for the American style of today’s hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines.

PC: Harry D. Chamberlin, Plate LV from Riding and Schooling Horses
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