April Zone 9 Update
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Updates and Information about COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, leaders in our sport are continuing to adjust plans and work toward solutions that will best serve horses and riders as we move forward.

Last week, USEF announced the extension of the suspension of all USEF owned and named events through May 31. As such, USHJA is continuing suspension of all USHJA programs and events through May 31.

The USHJA Board of Directors also made the decision to cancel the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships for 2020. The Board felt it was unlikely that horses would be fit and ready to compete and qualify by the time of the Championships. They will return in 2021.

Additional resources and information about COVID-19:





We Need Your Feedback
Member comments can be sent to zones@ushja.org. Read more about the member comment period.
Test Your Knowledge with the HQC Quick Quiz
True or false? A blemish is synonymous with unsoundness.
True
False
Did you know adult amateurs can participate in HQC this year? Click here to learn more.
Check Out the USHJA Best Practices Page!
The USHJA Best Practices page is a collection of educational resources, downloads and videos for members.

The Owners Awareness Checklist, to help owners become more engaged and promote horse welfare, is new to the page!

You can also find educational articles like " Tips for the New or Longtime Horse Owner," " Indicators of Horse Health," and " Employer Resources."

Have an educational topic you'd like to see? Email us your idea.
Educational videos like this one, "Longeing-Basic Technique," are also on the best practices page.
USHJA Webinar and Virtual Town Hall Coming Up May 6
Farrier Tools of the Trade Webinar
May 6, 4 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar with Travis Burns, Associate Professor of Practice and Chief of Farrier Services at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, to learn about different types of shoes and farrier tools most commonly used in shoeing horses.  Click here for more information. Click here to join.

Virtual Town Hall with USHJA President Mary Babick
May 6, 6 p.m. ET
Register to participate in a virtual town hall with USHJA President Mary Babick. Click here for more information and to register.
Application Deadline Extended for Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education
The deadline for the 2020 USHJA Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education has been extended to June 15.

The scholarship, made possible through a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation, awards up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

USHJA Affiliate Member Organization News

Dear OHJA Community,

We wanted to let you all know that the OHJA Board is thinking of you all during these trying times. COVID-19 has drastically affected all of our lives, including our horse community.

The OHJA Board is working on setting up educational Zoom meetings available to all of our membership. Please keep an eye on our social media and OHJA email’s for that information. If you have ideas for an online educational opportunity let us know at ed@oregonhunterjumper.org.

If you are an OHJA Professional and are interested in connecting on Facebook with other NW Professionals during this time, please send an email to president@oregonhunterjumper.org to be added to the group.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to this year’s horse show season, particularly in relation to our OHJA Medal Finals. Once we have a better idea on when horse show season will be able to safely resume we will make any necessary decisions and adjustments to our Medal Finals and qualification requirements.

We are all looking forward to safely attending horse shows and sunshine in our future. Please explore some of the resource links listed below.

Best Wishes & Stay Safe,
Robin Rothe
OHJA President

Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
Betty Oare and Navy Commander

Chances are you’ve heard of Betty Oare as a consistent winner in the amateur-owner Hunters for decades and the winner of awards including the 2019 USHJA Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award, the 2013 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2005 USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor.

Did you know that Oare and her famous thoroughbred partner Navy Commander, with whom she won multiple Hunter championships and induction in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, also competed in the 1965 Cleveland Grand Prix, the first of its kind in North America? Their style was as impeccable on a Jumper course as it was in the Hunter ring.

Photo: Betty Oare and Navy Commander in the Inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix 
Photo credit: Marshall Hawkins
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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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