October Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 member! Register for the 2020 USHJA Virtual Annual Meeting, see competition results, mark your calendar for upcoming events and more.
Registration is Open for 2020 USHJA Virtual Annual Meeting
Are you ready to ELEVATE your learning, be INSPIRED by fellow equestrians and CONNECT with others across the country?

Registration is now open for the 2020 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually November 30-December 11. Open to all equine enthusiasts, the 12-day virtual meeting will give participants front-row access to exciting educational offerings, sport governance, an update on the state of the association from USHJA President Mary Babick, and the prestigious Evening of Equestrians Awards celebration.

Click here to learn more. If you have questions about the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting, please contact Steve Rosenberg at (859) 225-6721.
Jumper Judge's Perspective Webinar is Coming Up
The USHJA continues to plan educational webinars for members! Mark your calendar:
  • Jumper Judge's Perspective: It’s not just a matter of counting rails and faults; learn all about the job and responsibilities of a jumper judge from 2020 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inductee and USHJA National Vice President David Distler. Tune in November 9 at 7 p.m. ET.
Congratulations to Zone 9 Championships Participants
Zone 9 Equitation Championship
Zone 9 Horse of the Year Championship-JUMPER
Aug. 26-30
Northwest Spectacular
Wilsonville, Ore.

Zone 9 Horse of the Year Championship-HUNTER
Sept. 9-13
Northwest Autumn Classic
Monroe, Wash.
Congratulations to Members Who Competed at WCHR Finals
Congratulations to our members who competed in the World Championship Hunter Rider Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show held this year at World Equestrian Center in Ohio.

Check out coverage from the finals:

To view the Daily Updates with additional coverage and results from the show, click here.

To renew your WCHR membership, click here.
There's Still Time to Participate in the USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser
The USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser is a friendly barn challenge that puts jumping skills to the test while raising money for the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative!

Host your own puissance challenge, where riders of all levels can compete in divisions from ground poles to over 4'. The deadline to participate is November 30.
Congratulations to West Coast Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Champions
Yearling Colt/Gelding – Cazador WH (Cabalito x N Athletica), a 2019 Oldenburg gelding bred by Anne Hedge, owned by Cyndi Fletcher, and handled by Paige Perla

Yearling Filly – Lucente (Shine x Clara K), a 2019 Oldenburg filly bred by Vicki Hunton/Olde Oaks Farm, owned by Kristina Novak, and handled by Kira Plymire

Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding – Teleme (Toronto x Coast to Coast), a 2018 Westfalen stallion bred by Genevieve Ghilotte, owned by Kirsten Strain, and handled by Donelle Laughlin

Two-Year-Old Filly – Phoenix (Parcival x Bellisima), a 2018 KWPN filly bred by Robbi Scott, owned by Carol Schwanz, and handled by Valerie Williams

Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding – FIF Bondalu (Bliss MF x Footloose), a 2017 Oldenburg stallion bred, owned, and handled by Rachel Benson

Three-Year-Old Filly – Cambria (Riverman x Capella), a 2017 Holsteiner filly bred and owned by Amy Chondra and handled by Carleton Brooks

Three-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle – Luminous (Shine x Clara K), a 2017 Oldenburg filly bred by Vicki Hunton/Olde Oaks Farm, owned by Kristina Novak, and handled by Kira Plymire

Three-Year-Old Hunter Hack – Coraberry (Cunningham x Paulie), a 2017 Holsteiner filly bred and owned by Breanna Lombardo-Jacklin and ridden by Kathy Spano

Four-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle – Viatorius (Vitalis x Stutbuch 1 Paula), a 2016 Oldenburg gelding bred by Wilhelm Meiners, owned by Nancy Mynott, and ridden by Lara Ware Reed

Four-Year-Old Conformation Over Fences – High Society (Coronet D'Honneur x Airway FMB), a 2016 Deutches Sportpferd mare bred by Melanie Boucher, owned by Rachel Hohmeyer, and ridden by Robert Leckie

Amateur/Junior Handler – Cyndi Fletcher handling Cazador WH (Cabalito x N Athletica), a 2019 Oldenburg gelding bred by Anne Hedge and owned by Cyndi Fletcher

Check Your Points
The 2020 competition year is coming to a close. Click the links below to see where you stand in the Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Awards Programs. Reminder: All points corrections must be received by customercare@usef.org by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 15.
COVID-19 Resources and Updates
The show season continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While showing has resumed in many areas, horse shows also continue to be canceled or relocated.

Find the most up-to-date information relate to COVID-19:

Sport History: Fun Facts from the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Puissance Has Always Been a Challenge

The Puissance was once a highly competitive class at every show on the fall indoor circuit—the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International, the National, and the Royal Winter Fair. It was featured along with a Speed class, the Grand Prix, and various classes such as Gambler’s Choice and Fault-and-Out in determining both national and international Open Jumper championships.
In 1967 at the National Horse Show, Dear Brutus with Show Jumping Hall of Famer J. Russell Stewart (left) set a record of 7’3” in the national Puissance class and then the very next night Hall of Famers Bold Minstrel and Bill Steinkraus (right) tied that record in the international class.

You and your barn can ramp up your competitive spirit all through November in the USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser for the Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative and earn a spot on the Puissance Challenge Leaderboard. Learn more at ushja.org/foundation/puissance-challenge! Photo: Gloria Axt 
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.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
USHJA Official Sponsors
USHJA Sponsors & Partners
Photos: Tricia Booker, Shawn McMillen Photography, McCool Photography, Rachel Sowinski and Louise Taylor
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