March Zone 9 Update
Thank you for being a Zone 9 member! National Championships with Zone qualifying, educational opportunities and more! Catch up on the latest sport news, and see what is coming up in our zone!  
AON/USHJA National Championships Are Set to Return
After an exceptional inaugural year, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased that the AON/USHJA National Championships are set to return to The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, November 12-17, 2019, pending approval by US Equestrian. With competition offered from 2-foot Hunters to 1.40m Jumpers, horse-and-rider combinations qualify through their Affiliate or Zones, making this unique Championship a destination for competitors nationwide.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Green Hunter Incentive Northwest Championships in Oregon
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.
 
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.
Support Your Zone by Becoming a Zone Chef d'Equipe! 
We are accepting applications for Zone chefs d'equipe for 2019 team championships. The exciting and rewarding role of chef d'equipe assists in the development of equestrian athletes through several zone team championships held throughout the competition year! Apply to be chef d'equipe for one or all the championships. Just get your application in by April 8, 2019!   
Find Your Path: Team and Individual Jumper Competition from 1.10m to 1.45m
NEW 1.40/1.45m Platinum Jumper Championships for Pros, Amateurs and Juniors
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.
 
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
1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m, and 1.30/1.35m USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for Juniors and Amateurs
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!
 
Are you up for the challenge? Over $22,000 in grants and prizes!
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!
 
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.
 
The program is free and runs from February 1 to September 1. 
QUICK QUIZ: Try Your Horsemanship Knowledge
Select the false statement. Proper hoof conformation is:
Large and strong hoof
Wide, well-developed heels
Prominent bars
Small frog that does not touch the ground
Concave or arched sole
Walls absent of cracks and rings
Did someone say Hunter TEAMS?
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!
Melanie Smith Taylor Clinic Is Coming Up!
A Melanie Smith Taylor Clinic is coming up April 5-7 at the Brawley Family Farms Inc in Jefferson, Oregon. For more information about this exciting opportunity, check out this form ( https://bit.ly/2EX1OEq ) or contact Deborah Brawley, (503) 932-9283.
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!
 
Don't miss grant and scholarship deadlines!
Applications are open for grants and scholarships that benefit USHJA members.
  
The USHJA Foundation Hamel Family Scholarship offers up to $25,000 in higher education scholarship funds. Apply by May 15.   
 
The USHJA Zone 9 Committee offers a Clinic Host Grant to offset the cost of hosting a clinic in our area. Apply by October 1.
Our Affiliates, Your Stories. We want to hear from you!
We are proud to have three Affiliate Organizations in our Zone:

If you're part of one of these Affiliates, we want to hear your story! Tell us what you love about this sport.
Heads Up: Zone Specifications Comment Period Opening April 15
We will be publish the 2020 Zone Specifications and open the member comment period on April 15 for 30 days. This is a time for all members to weigh in on how certain sections are run in our area, and the USHJA Zone Committee looks forward to receiving input from members. Members will be able to submit their comments to zones@ushja.org from April 15-May 15.
 
Be on the lookout for the 2020 Zone Specifications, so you can submit comments.
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Important dates and deadlines
March:
 
April:
  • April 1 - Deadline to apply for an EAP Zone Grant
  • April 6-7 - Melanie Smith Taylor Clinic
  • April 8 - Chef d'Equipe applications for Jumper and Hunter team championships due
  • April 15 - Deadline to apply for an Early Summer Regional Training Session for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
  • April 15 - 2020 Zone Specifications become available for member comment
 
May:

June:
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