USHJA News and Updates

The show season is starting to heat up in many parts of the country. In this month’s USHJA News & Updates, check out upcoming program deadlines, find clinics in your area, learn where to watch IHSA Nationals, read important news you may have missed, learn about grant and scholarship opportunities, and more.

Unique Team and Individual Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships

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Team competition isn’t usually found in the Hunter ring, but at the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, that’s exactly what you get: great team and individual competition in a championship setting! You’ll earn Zone HOTY points and create lasting memories! Why wait?
Get started:
  1. Apply online by your Zone’s application deadline.
  2. Earn points in your section.
  3. Don’t compete over 3’3″ (you may still compete in a National Hunter Derby or Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper sections).
  4. Review the specifications and ensure you meet all criteria.
  5. Stay tuned to hear if you qualify!

Apply HERE.

Jumper Team Experience Starts Here

Hundreds of riders are currently listed on the qualifying lists for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, and spots are still open. This could be your chance to represent your Zone at the 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m or 1.30/1.35m level, enjoy team competition and possibly earn a place at a USHJA Gold Star Clinic.

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It’s easy to get started:
  1. Apply before your zone’s application deadline.
  2. Earn points in your section.
  3. Review the specification to ensure you meet all criteria, and follow any requirements so your points count toward qualifying.
  4. Encourage your fellow competitors to participate.
  5. Stay tuned to hear if you qualify!

Apply HERE.

Let the USHJA Help You Reach Your Higher Education Goals

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, for the 2015-16 academic year, “the average annual price for undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board was $16,757 at public institutions, $43,065 at private nonprofit institutions, and $23,776 at private for-profit institutions.” The USHJA provides multiple avenues for supporting members in the pursuit of their higher education goals.
If you are in college, graduate, professional, or trade school this fall (no matter what year) and have been a USHJA member for three consecutive years, you need to drop everything and apply for the $25,000 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education by May 15.
Additionally your zone may offer a scholarship or academic grant. Be sure to check those offerings at, select your zone from the map, and then choose Grants & Scholarships.

Apply for the $25,000 Hamel Scholarship

Apply for Your Zone Scholarship

Last Chance: Applications to Become a Better Horseman Close May 14

This year hundreds of riders 25 and under will set off on the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program journey to become better horsemen and women. You could be one of them, but you have to apply!

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Each Regional Training Session will include five days of intensive riding and stable management instruction from top clinicians in the sport. The final deadline for this program is fast approaching.

Have You Signed up for a Clinic this Year?

What do Chris Kappler, Frank Madden, George Morris, Daniel Stewart, Bernie Traurig, Julie Winkel and Juliana Zunde have in common? Not only are they tremendous horsemen and women, they are offering clinics this year to help you reach your goals! If you’re looking for mounted and unmounted clinics, be sure to check out our Directory of Clinics to find opportunities that will help you excel in the sport!

Find a clinic near you >

Do You Have What it Takes to be a World Championship Hunter Rider?

World Championship Hunter Rider Member Events are underway, and there’s still time to join and earn points toward year-end awards for Professionals, Developing Professionals, Amateur Owners, Adult Amateurs, Juniors, Children’s and Pony riders. Points from a rider’s top four WCHR Member Events will be used to determine the National and Regional standings.

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Riders must join the program to be eligible, and participating riders have until June 1 to make changes to their region or category!
More Reasons to Enroll Now!
Our two most prominent enrollment programs have price increases approaching, so enroll your Green Hunter and International Hunter Derby horses today to save.
3′, 3’3″, 3’6″ and 3’9″ horses enrolled in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program enjoy the following:
Horses enrolled in the International Hunter Derby are included on regional and national money-won tracking lists, are eligible for year-end awards, and are eligible to qualify for the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
Enrollment fees for both programs:
  • February 2 until June 1 of each series – $550
  • June 2 until November 30 of each series – $750