Announcements

Act Fast! USHJA HQC Stable Challenge Ends July 15!

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Act Fast! USHJA HQC Stable Challenge Ends July 15!

The USHJA invites equestrians of all ages to put their horsemanship knowledge to the ultimate test in the 2020 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge.

The 30-day online FREE quiz challenge is open to juniors and amateurs and brings barns together as teams to test their horsemanship knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.

Trainers, coaches and riding instructors must be a current USHJA member at any level above Outreach. Use code Affiliate2020 for 50% off the USHJA Associate Membership.


USHJA Teams Up with Prospeqs App to Bring Ride n’ Win Challenge to Equine Enthusiasts

The USHJA is pleased to team up with Prospeqs, a ride tracking app, to launch the USHJA Ride n’ Win Challenge, a reward system for dedicated riders looking to join the community and share their commitment to horsemanship.

Open to all equestrian enthusiasts, riders earn points for documenting and sharing their riding journey through the Prospeqs app, and the top point-earners will win prizes from USHJA sponsors including an Essex Show shirt, FITS breeches, grooming products from Straight Arrow, USHJA logo wear, a CWD halter or Parlanti paddock boots.

Click Here For More Information!


Second Round of USHJA Feed Aid Open

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the opening of the second round for applications to the USHJA Feed Aid initiative, which has provided relief to more than 170 farms and 2,168 lesson horses that would have not been able to afford feed due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for aid are open to USHJA members at the Associate level or above through July 13 and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feed vouchers will be made available to qualifying applicants as quickly as possible. USHJA will provide approved applicants up to $500 in aid, and members still in need of aid can apply more than once.

Full press release here.
Click Here to Apply!


USHJA Affiliate Championships Returning to Vegas!

USHJA Affiliates are invited to send their best 2′ and 2’6″ horse-and-rider combinations to compete in the Affiliate Championships. Affiliates establish their own criteria for selecting Championship competitors, and all current USHJA Affiliates are invited to send members. Affiliate competitors do not have to be USHJA members. Full specifications and qualifying criteria can be found here.

The Championships are subject to change or cancellation. Please check the website for the most up to date information about National Championships.

USHJA Affiliate Organization Directory


Introducing USHJA’s Official Podcast, USHJA On Course!

Hosted by two members of USHJA staff, USHJA On Course will cover aspects of the sport members have always wanted to know more about, tricks of the trade from prominent members of the community and more. Tune in each month as we chat with juniors, amateurs and professionals in the industry.

Find USHJA On Course at ushja.org/podcast or anywhere you listen to podcasts, including Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts and Spotify .


USHJA and Horse & Country TV Announce New Partnership Featuring Launch of USHJA TV

The USHJA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Horse & Country TV. With the expanded effort, Horse & Country TV has created a new branded USHJA channel environment, USHJA TV . Subscribers will be able to access USHJA TV both online and through Horse & Country TV’s proprietary apps, as well as through third-party services such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire.

In addition, to live streams and sports highlights packages, USHJA TV will feature hunter/jumper content across Horse & Country TV’s core genres of Training & Learning, Entertainment and Documentary. Major events that will be live-streamed through the service include:

  • Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
  • Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships
  • USHJA Gold Star Clinics

Watch USHJA TV Now!


Upcoming USHJA Webinar!


Did you miss the USHJA Affiliate Town Hall with Mary Babick?

Listen to the Replay Here!


Find a USHJA Outreach Competition Near You!

The USHJA Outreach Program provides members at any level of membership with an opportunity to earn national recognition in classes from walk/trot to 3’0″ hunter, jumper and equitation competition at various types of competition. The program is designed to celebrate riders as they advance through the competitive experience.

Outreach Competition Calendar

USHJA Feed Aid is Now Live

Giving Back to Our Community in Need

The USHJA Feed Aid initiative aims to provide aid in purchasing feed for lesson horses as short-term relief for the businesses in our hunter/jumper community who provide lessons to non-boarders and may be suffering financially due to the impact of COVID-19.
Through the first round of Feed Aid, the initiative provided relief to more than 170 farms and 2,168 lesson horses that would have not been able to afford feed due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through partnership with various national and regional feed companies, USHJA members and may receive relief through discounted and fully supplemented feed purchases.
To receive aid, members at the associate level or above must apply by July 13. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Feed vouchers will be made available to qualifying applicants as quickly as possible.

 

Apply for Aid

Support Equestrians in Need

The USHJA is also asking for members’ support in helping fellow equestrians in need and will match up to $300,000 in donations received to the USHJA Feed Aid initiative. The USHJA is committed to our community. We are all in this together.

Each and every one of us can help. Donations to this fundraiser are tax-deductible.

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge

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The USHJA Stable Challenge is Officially Open!
The community-driven horsemanship competition closes July 15.

Zone 8’s Kristin Jacob used the Stable Challenge to create an educational horsemanship summer camp, leading her students to a victory for Zone 8.

From June 15 through July 15, test your horsemanship knowledge to win great prizes!
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge is a 30-day online quiz challenge open to juniors and amateurs and brings barns together as teams to test their horsemanship knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.

The Stable Challenge requires at least three students (adults included!) per trainer to complete the online USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz.

Participants do not need to be USHJA members to take the HQC Practice Quiz and can take the quiz as many times as they like during the 30-day window to improve their Stable Challenge scores.

At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score with the highest scoring trainer in each USHJA zone earning the coveted USHJA prize package designed to benefit the entire barn. Trainers must be USHJA members and declared professional with US Equestrian for their students’ scores to count.

The Stable Challenge is a fun and exciting way to engage a trainer’s entire barn as a team and encourage horsemanship for riders of all ages!

Take the Challenge!


Test Your Knowledge!

Below are several questions from Level One of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. The HQC Study Guide includes everything you would need to know to answer more questions like these. If you enjoy testing your knowledge, you should register for the Stable Challenge! Answers are at the bottom of this email.

Bandages promote healing in the early stages by all of the following EXCEPT:
a. Formation of thick scabs
b. Retention of a moist environment
c. Retention of body heat at the wound site
d. Protection from contamination

How should a saddle be set down when there is no available saddle rack?
a. Set it down on its side
b. Set it down as if it is on the horse’s back
c. Pommel down against the wall with the seat facing the wall
d. Pommel down against the wall with the seat facing away from the wall

The Olympics initially included equestrian demonstrations until the first competition was held in which year?
a. 1904
b. 1907
c. 1912
d. 1924

The highest scoring trainer per USHJA zone wins a unique trainer-inspired award package designed to benefit the entire barn, which includes a show shirt from Essex Classics, grooming supplies from Shapley’s, a $100 FITS Breeches gift certificate and a USHJA Swag Bag.

BONUS: USHJA members of all ages can now earn bonus points for their team when they take the official Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. The Challenge is now open to adults, who will compete in a separate age group of members 21 and older.

Access the Study Guide

Below are the current leaders of each zone after one week of Stable Challenge competition. If you don’t see your zone listed, that means no full team has entered, so your farm could easily snag that number one spot!

Go to ushja.org/stablechallenge to learn more and to educate your barn mates on how the challenge works, then direct everyone here to register and take the practice quiz! It’s free and open to all ages.


Stable Challenge 2020 Leaderboards

  • Zone 2: Jolene Hasseler and Sweet Release Equestrian Center
  • Zone 3: Kasey Evans and Bridlewood Farm
  • Zone 4: Amy Center and Cavallo Farms
  • Zone 7: Julie Gass and JMG Stables
  • Zone 8: Kristin Jacob and Blue Star Farms
  • Zone 10: Carolyn Biava and First Field Farm

Saddle Seat/Western Seat/ Hunt Seat Pleasure Medal Finals

Due to the amount of pleasure shows that have been cancelled and the number of entries we get in these medals there will be no qualifying necessary for the 2020 NEHC Medal Finals in these divisions. We have exhibitors from other states as far as PA involved in these medals and we do not feel there will be enough shows to get these exhibitors qualified. For these finals being a member of NEHC is the requirement to compete at the finals.

If you plan to participate at the final you will need to contact By October 12, 2020

Saddle Seat
Sherri Lampropoulos      sheri2517@hotmail.com

Western Seat and Hunt Seat Pleasure Medals
Camille Pepin     judgecam2@aol.com

NEHC Covid-19 Guidelines

The New England Horsemen’s Council has come up with the recommended steps competitions could take as our industry and sport emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Below are suggested Best Practices organizers can consider as they plan for events and take steps to help competitors and staff stay as safe as possible. We are fully aware that types of shows, location and types of facilities and other regional differences will influence both the practicality and necessity of implementing these Best Practices. Organizers are strongly encouraged to abide by guidelines provided by local governing entities in implementing chosen Best Practices. We encourage organizers to use this list as a guide, and determine additional Best Practices specific to their circumstances.

In order to commence our show season, it is recommended that competition organizers reach out as soon as possible to the individual facility owners to assure them that the following guidelines are in place to provide a safe environment for owners, exhibitors and professionals. Additionally, show organizers are encouraged to reach out to their respective insurance providers with any questions regarding levels of coverage as a result of COVID-19.

 

  • Monitor CDC, federal, state and local guidelines regarding safe practices as well as USEF recommendations.
  • Close event to the general public and spectators
  • Institute a safe environment for office staff
    • Accept online or electronic entries only
    • Establish appointment times for check in and check out
    • +Changes (scratches/adds) to be completed electronically
    • Class number sheets, scratches and daily schedules to be emailed or texted
    • Set up office to provide proper social distancing guidelines
      If this method is not possible we suggest that the office only allow one stable at a time to check-in or out with two people maximum from the same farm. Face masks must be worn at all times.
  • Social distancing throughout show grounds
    • All participants and staff on the grounds will wear mask/face coverings at all times except when mounting/dismounting horses.
    • Limit to two people per horse in warm-up arena
    • Additional two-minute gate holds between classes so people can move in and out of warm-up ring with no congestion
    • At facilities where there is “moat-like rail” limit the number of people on the rail to trainers and instructors only and require those in this area to wear gloves
    • Request seating areas at barns to be limited as to limit congregating + Eliminate exhibitor parties and hospitality areas (coffee etc)
    • Ensure vendors are spaced out accordingly and are set up to abide by social distancing recommendations
  • Sanitizing stations throughout show grounds and in center ring
    • Provide hand sanitizer to all officials, ring crew, office staff and maintenance staff
    • Provide gloves and masks to barn staff and other official personnel
  • Create a method to present ribbons and trophies that has less hand to hand contact
    (Consider an alternate area where ribbons can be picked up as to reduce contact in the ring )
  • Require food service to institute methods to deliver their food abiding by social distancing guidelines
    • For one day shows we are waiving the need for a food service, but show will be required to supply bottled water
  • Managers should have a staff meeting prior to the show to discuss issues, protocol and procedures that will be in place during the event
  • Configure box seating to allow for social distancing * Arena should be closed at an allotted time between sessions to properly sanitize and/or clean show arena
  • For shows holding Jumping Classes. Schooling jumps will be routinely disinfected by staff throughout the day, and spray bottles with sanitizer should be available at the jumps for participants to use as well. * If space allows separate stabling areas and configure stabling for social distancing
  • Restrooms should be routinely sanitized by horse show staff throughout the day by show staff/facilities staff. Hand sanitizer, soap and cleaning supplies should be readily available in the restrooms if anyone wants to sanitize before personal use.
  • Consider offering live feed (if possible) to give families and fans at home the ability to stay in touch. (This also may be a way to generate corporate sponsorship knowing that the feed is being seen by a larger audience) * The horse show officials are responsible to make sure all exhibitors, trainers, grooms and family members sign a NEHC Waiver.
  • The horse show must have a person at the entrance gate of the horse show grounds to check in exhibitors, trainers, grooms and guest of exhibitors. The horse show secretary should supply this person with a list of exhibitors and trainers to work off of.

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The gradual opening phases of our states are about to begin

To our members, exhibitors, and show managers,

As June 1st approaches, the gradual opening phases of our states are about to begin. The goal is to get back to some kind of normal without jeopardizing the health of our families, friends, and communities.

Please be aware that our states will open in phases and different timelines. We all are looking forward to having a safe and healthy return to the show ring.

To ensure this happens, the NEHC Covid Committee has put together a protocol for our NEHC (non-USEF) competitions. It is composed of the NEHC Covid guidelines, a Competition Licensing Agreement, and a Waiver to be signed by all individuals attending the event. All these forms may be accessed on our website.

It is extremely important that all show organizers adhere to their own state’s regulations and guidelines.

We are asking the individual state horseman’s associations to help us monitor when each state will allow competitions to start, as the dates and phases seem to change day-to-day. In fairness to those following their government’s rules, all shows running before an opening date will only be NEHC affiliated if they receive a written letter of approval from that state’s governing agency.

I want to thank the NEHC Covid Committee for their time and effort in putting together this protocol. It has been a major disruption to our sport and we are all anxious to resume somewhat normal activities.

As the year progresses, these protocols may change as we learn more about handling this virus.

As always, stay safe and healthy, and continue to act responsibly for yourself and your loved ones.

Diane Monks McDonald
NEHC President

Rhode Island – no shows until the End of June – With Phase 3 – Unless special permission is granted from State of RI

I will list other states once I have information.

Getting back to “some kind of normal”

To Our Members, Exhibitors, and Show Managers,
The suspension of horse shows affiliated by NEHC is due to expire on May 31st. NEHC is advising all show organizers to still follow their state and local requirements for mass gatherings, sports, and out of state travel.

The goal is to get back to “some kind of normal” without jeopardizing the health of our families, friends, and communities. Please be aware that our states will open in phases and different timelines. As they open, a second outbreak is always possible if people are reckless by not adhering to their local regulations and restrictions. As non-essential businesses open, stables may start to begin their lesson programs in a responsible way. Starting the economy slowly seems to be the advice being given.

NEHC Covid 19 committee is working on a protocol for all affiliated (non USEF) shows. How points and qualifications are handled at this time is still under review. We are trying to make it cost-effective for our shows which chose to run.

This is not a time for “the almighty blue ribbon”. Our sport is for the love of our equine partners and an opportunity to socialize with our friends. A slow start (begin lessons, inhouse fun shows, and then affiliated shows) is still a start of the economy.

As always, stay safe and healthy, and continue to act responsibly for yourself and your loved ones.

Diane Monks McDonald
NEHC President

NEHC becomes USHJA affiliate

As an affiliate of USHJA, our members can read their newsletters.

Affiliate News Content For April USHJA Zone eNews!

Hello,

I am excited to reach out to you about a benefit that I hope you will take advantage of as a USHJA Affiliate Organization. Every month we send out an email newsletter to each of our zones, and we have added an affiliate news section in these monthly newsletters. The newsletters are sent to thousands of our USHJA members in the zones and have above average open rates and click rates.

This news section would be included in the USHJA zone that your affiliate is in and the section would highlight pertinent information from affiliates including educational opportunities such as clinics or other events; scholarship or grant applications; special affiliate events; stories about member accomplishments; and more.

Online Advertising Available

New for 2020 Limited Space Available!

NEHC is proud to announce that we will be accepting advertisements on our website beginning in May 2020.   We have been asked continually from members, Judges, Stewards, Blacksmiths, Tack Shops, etc.  if advertising would be allowed and our Delegates have agreed.

If you are a current member of NEHC and would like to advertise your business or expertise we encourage your participation.  Equine related is preferred but not mandatory.  Early advertisers will have their choice of placement on our web pages.

With over 2500 members who check the NEHC website daily for current points and standings this is the perfect place to advertise your business with a link to your website.  Give it a try!  We will be offering your choice of placement on our web pages 2020 show season, ending in November, 2020. The price for six months is a discounted price of $75.  Renewal will be December 1, 2020. Price for 12 months will be $125 per year.

Reserve your space now for the 2020 show season.  Contact Kathi Dunn at NEHC to reserve your space. Kathi@nehc.info

Notes:

  • Advertising agreement must be signed.
  • Payment must be received prior to ad going live.
  • Ad size is 250 x 125 pixels. Image should be supplied as a JPG or PNG with a link to your website.
  • Ad must be sent for approval. *additional design work will be billed at $75. Per hour.
  • 6 month commitment for $75.for 2020.

NEHC does not endorse or recommend any of the businesses listed or linked in our advertiser’s directory. NEHC is providing information to horse owners, members and participants for advertising purposes only.

New Medal pointing for 2020

NEHC Junior Hunt Seat Medal
10 Points qualifies as a win.
1st place equals 10 points
2nd place equals 5 points
So 2 second place qualifies you for the finals. Once you have qualified, you are no longer eligible to compete in that seat for that year of Medal qualifying classes.

This will be retroactive back to October 7, 2019.

Horse Fees Removed

NEW for 2020

For the 2020 show season NEHC is removing the fee for registering a horse/pony. NEHC will still need a list of the horses you would like to earn year-end points with. When sending in your membership you will need to send a list of horses/ponies for registering. Only registered horses will earn points.

Any questions please contact the office.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Shows

 

  • ASAM Long Horn July 11, 2020 has been cancelled posted 6/14/2020
  • 5 A Baker Products June 6-7, 2020 has been cancelled posted 5/21/20
  • Back Bay Farm 5-10-2020 has been cancelled posted 4/23/2020
  • Bellwether June 7, 2020 has been cancelled posted 5/20/2020
  • Bellwether July 7, 2020 has been cancelled posted 6/12/2020
  • Blue Ribbon Ventures Charity Classic June 10-13, 2020 cancelled – rescheduling to August will post date posted 6/5/2020
  • Cape Cod Hunter June 13, 2020 has been cancelled updated 6/9/2020
  • Century Mill Horse Show June 14 and July 6, 2020 cancelled posted 6/5/2020
  • Chase Meadow Farm July 10, 2020 has been cancelled posted 7/9/2020
  • Cheshire Fair Horse Show 7-31/8-2/2020 has been cancelled posted 4/26/2020
  • Claddagh Ridge June 24, 2020 cancelled posted 6/7/2020
  • Cloverfield Farm May 2-3, 2020 will be held on September 5-6, 2020 posted 6/9/2020
  • Cloverfield Farm June 27-28, 2020 will be held on July 4-5, 2020 posted 6/9/2020
  • Cornerstone June 7, 2020 cancelled posted 6/3/2020
  • Cornerstone July 14 2020 cancelled posted 6/28/2020 may reschedule
  • Fairfield County Hunt Club June 16-20, 2020 cancelled posted 6/11/2020
  • Fairfield Westcheser PHA  cancelled August 2, 2020 posted 6/4/2020
  • Fieldstone 5-6/10-2020 has been cancelled posted 4/23/2020 will be held July 15-19, 2020
  • Fieldstone May 13-17 2020 has been cancelled will be held September 9-12
  • Fieldstone June17-21, 2020 has been cancelled, if a new date is requested it will be posted posted 6/14/2020
  • Fieldstone June 24-28, 2020 has been cancelled posted 6/22/2020
    GFF
    May 31 2020 will be held on June 14, 2020
  • GFF Horse Show June 7, 2020 cancelled posted 6/4/2020
  • GFF Horse Show June 14, 2020 cancelled posted 6/12/2020
  • GMHA Spring Hunter Jumper Show cancelled June 20 – 21, 2020 posted 6/3/2020
  • Greater Boston May 20-23 2020 will be held on July 9-11, 2020 venue change to Deerfield Fair Grounds 34 Stage Road Deerfield, NH
  • Grindstone June 21, 2020 cancelled
  • Hanover Hunt & Riding Club June 13, 2020 will be held on September 19, 2020
  • Heritage Farm July 7, 2020 reschduled date  posted 6/19/2020
  • Hunter Ridge July 11, 2020 rescheduled date posted 6/11/2020
  • Lancaster Fair Horse Show 9-5/7-2020 has been cancelled posted 4/23/2020
  • Myopia Hunt Club August 29-30, 2020 has been cancelled posted 7/4/2020
  • Northampton  Hunter and Jumper August 6-9, 2020 has cancelled posted 7/13/2020
  • New Canaan Mounted Troop June 28 and July 15, 2020 posted 6/7/2020
  • Next Venture Show June 6, 2020  has been cancelled posted 5/20/2020
  • NH Horse and Trail May 8 – 10 2020 will be held August 28-30, 2020
  • NH Hunter Jumper June 6, 2020 cancelled will be held July 18, 2020
  • NH Hunter Jumper June 30 – July 5, 2020 cancelled posted 6/15/2020
  • North Shore Horsemen’s Association Hunter June 14, 2020 cancelled posted 6/3/2020
  • North Shore Horsemen’s Association Pleasure July 12, 2020 cancelled posted 7/1/2020
  • RIHA Benefit June 13, 2020  posted 5/23/20
  • Sara Oden July 19, 2020 has changed location back to original location Goddard Memorial Park Ives Road Warwick, RI 10I95
  • SJH Equesestrian May 17 2020 will be held on July 10, 2020
  • Skidmore College Classic June 10-14, 2020 has been cancelled  posted 5/30/2020
  • South Shore Horsemen’s Council all shows cancelled for 2020 posted 4/30/2020
  • Stepping Stone June 6, June 27 and July 12 posted 5/23/20
  • Summer Kick Off June 11 – 13, 2020 cancelled posted 6/1/2020
  • Twin Lakes Farm June 24, 2020 cancelled posted 6/18/2020
  • Vermont Summer Series is cancelled in East Dorset, VT. 3 weeks of the show have relocated to Hits in NY 454 Washington Ave Ext. Saugerties NY, 12477 July 1-5 this week is cancelled posted 7-1-2020, July 8-12, August 5-9
  • Watch Hill June 26, 2020 cancelled posted 6/7/2020
  • Well a Way Farm June 14, 2020 cancelled posted 6/12/2020