February Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 member! Educational opportunities abound as the show season gets underway. Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone!  
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships 
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.
“The Platinum Jumper Championships are the culmination of the USHJA's Jumper footprint on our sport, and we're absolutely overjoyed to be able to start this program this year,” said Larry Langer, chair of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force.

USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Platinum Jumper Championships
National Sunshine Series II
Thermal, California
Nov. 5-10, 2019
Qualifying Period: Nov. 12, 2018-Sept. 23, 2019
Apply by: Sept. 23, 2019
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
Registration for the 2019 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open! 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, which offers $6,000 in grants and prizes, and is held alongside the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
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!
Team Hunter Competition You Won't Want to Miss!
Applications are now open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak!

The Championships for Zones 9 & 10 will be November 6-10 at HITS National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, California.

The qualifying period is September 8, 2018 - September 7, 2019. Click below to apply by September 7 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
Get on the Pathway at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships!  
Applications are now open for the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships!
The Championships will be held at National Sunshine Series II, Thermal, CA, November 5-10, 2019 !
The qualifying period is Nov. 12, 2018-Sept. 23, 2019 . Click below to apply by Sept. 23 to have your points count toward qualifying this year!
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 Northwest Championship is offered at Oregon High Desert Classic 2, July 24–28, 2019, in Bend, Oregon.

In addition to the regional championship opportunity, horses enrolled in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive can participate all year long in USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake Classes, and they can earn a spot at the Platinum Performance /USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, in August.
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 .
2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
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 this year several sessions offer 3-foot sections open to ALL AGES!
We also offer a grant to help participants in the program. Please consider this if you're interested, as we know travel is involved for anyone in our Zone. Our Zone 9 EAP Grant is due April 1!
Zone 9 Pros Featured in New Educational Longeing Video
In this month's email for all USHJA members, our own Shelley and Jeff Campf were featured in an educational video that you should be sure to check out.

Created by the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee, this video provides guidance on leg protection and equipment for longeing.
We encourage you to share this video, available in both English and Spanish , with employees, barn mates and friends. 
For more educational content including articles and videos, visit ushja.org/bestpractices
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines!
Applications are open for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gates Farm and the $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Read more.
USHJA Zone 9 will be opening more grant and scholarship opportunities soon. As they open, you can find them here   
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Are you passionate about our zone and love social media? Tell us about a typical day in your life for a chance to be featured on our social media. 
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