Good Luck to Ch/AA Hunter Central and Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships Competitors
Congratulations and good luck to the Zone 7 members participating in the USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships July 9-16 and the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, July 12-16 at GO Show in Oklahoma City.
USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships 

1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Jumper
  • Sarah Boyd, Valley View, Texas
  • Rachel Maurer, San Antonio, Texas
  • Laura Rubinate, San Antonio, Texas
  • Marilee Wilson, St Paul, Texas
1.10/1.15m Children's Jumper
  • Megan Cato, Covington, La.        
  • Megan Cleland, Double Oak, Texas
  • Mackenzie Robards, Baton Rouge, La.
1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur Jumper
  • Genevieve Munson, Rogers, Ark.
  • Emily Straw, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Rachel Zent, Dallas, Texas
1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper
  • Kelsey Gore, Prairieville, La.
  • Madelyn Porter, Ladue, Mo.
  • Carolina Villanueva, Flower Mound, Texas
Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships

Adult Amateur Competitors        
  • Sarah Andrews, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • Dana Brawley, Double Oak, Texas
  • Kathy Chiaf, Edmond, Okla
  • Amy Coretz, Tulsa, Okla.
  • D. Stayton Craig, Arcadia, Okla.
  • Mallory Hensley, Yukon, Okla.
  • Sarah Kassabian, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Nancy Littlejohn, Houston, Texas
  • Kirby McCool, Houston, Texas
  • Denise Neef-Fiore, Montgomery, Texas
  • Tracey Ryan, Wildwood, Mo.
  • Laura Sicuro, Westlake, Texas
  • Stacey Thompson, Houston, Texas
Children's Competitors
  • Samantha Brown, Houston, Texas
  • Valentina Diemer, Spring, Texas
  • Olivia Hubert, Conroe, Texas
  • Caroline Kane, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Audrey Keneda, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Paige Parks, West Monroe, La.
  • Mae Pelz, Arkansas City, Kan.
  • Jaden Porter, Saint Louis, Mo.
  • Olivia Woods, San Antonio, Texas
What's Your Horsemanship IQ?

1. True or false? When putting on a blanket, one should always buckle the chest straps first.

2. How many feet are in a six-stride line?
a. 48
b. 59
c. 84
d. 95

3. A horse has __ lumbar vertebrae?

To find out the answers, scroll to the bottom of this eNews! If horsemanship knowledge is important to you, check out the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by  The Plaid Horse HQC is a fun online quiz members 21 and younger can take for a chance to attend HQC Nationals and win prizes and scholarships to Lake Erie College.  Register here

USHJA Stable Challenge Is HERE!

Right now, USHJA invites members of ALL AGES to team up and put their horsemanship knowledge to the test in the 30-day USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Stable Challenge . One winning barn in each Zone will be awarded a great prize pack!

Take the Challenge today!

1. Gather your entire barn (at least three people must participate)

2. Study the guide

4. Enter your trainer's name (trainer must be a USHJA member)

5. Repeat!

Participants under the age of 21 can give their barn an edge by earning bonus points when they take the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. The winner from each zone will receive a fantastic prize pack for their trainer/barn thanks to USHJA sponsors  Charles OwenCWDEquestrian CoachProfessional's ChoicePerfect ProductsRood and Riddle Equine HospitalShapley'sStandlee and The Plaid Horse
Congratulations to Athletes who Participated in Early Summer EAP Training Sessions!

Congratulations to Zone 7 members who participated in an early summer EAP Regional Training Session! 

Hallie Grimes, 14, of Houston, Texas, participated in the Cazenovia College session June12-16 in New York. 

Samantha Meyer , 12, of Wentzville, Mo., participated in the May 29-June 2 session at World Equestrian Center in Ohio. Meyer also was a awarded an EAP Grant thanks to the Zone 7 Committee. 

Delaney Wright, 20, of Marlow, Okla.,  participated in the session at Georgia International Horse Park June 11-15.

Stay tuned to find out who will participate in a late summer EAP session, including the June 26-30 session at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, with Kip Rosenthal and Nanci Snyder. Auditing is free at the session.

Click here for more information about the Emerging Athletes Program. 
Athletes at the Cazenovia session. Photo credit: Alina Brazzil/USHJA Archives
EAP athletes at World Equestrian Center. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives
EAP athletes in Georgia. Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives
Nominate Someone Deserving Today!
USHJA Awards Trophies. Photo credit Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives

Do you know someone who is deserving of recognition? Check out our member-nominated awards, and fill out a nomination form to recognize someone for their contributions to our sport!

Award Description Deadline
Recognizes Amateur Owners and Adult Amateurs who exhibit excellence and integrity by supporting fellow competitors and volunteering their time. July 31 
Lifetime Achievement Award Honors members whose lifelong involvement in the sport and with USHJA has benefited the industry. July 31
Jane Marshall Dillon Award Recognizes an individual who has devoted his/her life to teaching and mentoring riders beginning their education in the sport.  July 31
Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award Honors an owner who has created a legacy of giving back to the sport through continued dedication and support.  July 31
USHJA Youth Leadership Award Identifies potential future leaders in the equine industry, while recognizing youth for their achievements. Sept. 1
USEF Youth Sportsman's Award USHJA nominates one member for this award, which is presented annually to a USEF member under 18 who exemplifies sportsmanship. Sept. 1
Vital Horse Show Staff Award Recognizes two committed horse show staff members (one from each coast) who often work behind the scenes but are essential to the success of horse shows.  Oct. 5
Journey to the Championships
Caitlyn Shiels and Cassius, left, and Jenny Karazissis and Big Shot are two combinations preparing for the championships.  Photo credits: Alison Hartwell and Katie Aviv

Will Roberts, of Kingwood, Texas, is not new to the championships that happen each summer at The Kentucky Horse Park. He participated in both the 2016 International Hunter Derby Championship and the 2016 Pre-Green Incentive Championship, and he is looking forward to coming back again this year. Read more about his story here.

Are you headed to the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive or USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships? We invite all competitors to share their story with us by posting their photos and stories in social media using the hashtags #GoForGreen and #DestinationDerby, respectively, or emailing them here.
Upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges Are FREE!
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges! The Handy Hunter Challenges were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. Entry is FREE for Zone 7 members! Here is the list of upcoming Handy Hunter Challenges in Zone 7:

Oct. 5-8
Louisiana Fall Classic II
Amen Corner Farm
Folsom, La.
Oct. 10-14
American Royal
American Royal
Kansas City, Mo.
For more information about the Zone 7 Handy Hunter Challenges click here
Affiliate Spotlight: 
Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association
This month we're featuring news submitted by  Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association President Misty Morgan: 

The past few months have been busy for AHJA. In April, members were able to participate in a  two-day clinic with Joey Brumbaugh of Tulsa, Okla. Grant money from USHJA helped us to bring Joey in, and he also held an "Ask the Judge" conversation over dinner hosted by Zone 7 Committee Chair Nancy Jones. We had three "R" judges (Joey, Nancy and Misty Morgan) on hand to answer any questions. Two weeks later we had our first show of the year that included USHJA Equitation classes and new Thoroughbred Incentive Program classes. We want to thank the USHJA grant program for helping to kick off our year! 

Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association is a group of members who enjoy showing Hunter and Jumper horses, attending clinics and learning about the welfare of the horse. The association began as an English Riding Club in the 1970's. Click here for more info. 

USHJA Affiliates who wish to have news included in the USHJA Zone 7 eNews can submit information here. Please include the name of your organization.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Don't miss out on exciting upcoming USHJA programs, events and opportunities: 

Date Event Additional Information
June 21-25 Handy Hunter Challenge 
Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II
Waco, Texas
Click for more info
June 26-30 EAP Regional Training Session at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas Click for auditing info
July 9-16 USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships, GO Show, Oklahoma City, Okla.  Click for more info
July 12-16 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships, GO Show, Oklahoma City, Okla. Click for more info
July 17 Entry deadline for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm Click for more info
July 31 Deadline to nominate someone the following awards
  • Amateur Sportsmanship Award
  • Jane Marshall Dillon Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mrs. A.C. Randolph Owners Legacy Award
Click for more info

Click here  for the Zone 7 calendar of events.
Have an interesting story to share? Know a member who deserves to be recognized? Email stories  here for possible inclusion in a future Zone eNews Update!
Sponsors and Partners
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.

Official USHJA Sponsors

Additional USHJA Sponsors & Partners

HQC Answers:
1. True
2. c. 84 feet
3. Six

How did you do? Click here to register to take the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse!
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