The Newsletter of the Montana Hunter Jumper Association
Tidbits, Gossip and Rumors:
Missoula trainer/competitor Drue Kerns and her husband, Matt,
Cash Alexander Kerns on March 25, 2009 at 3:51 AM. Cash foaled out
7 lbs 11 oz and was 21" long.
popping up everywhere.
This in from MHJA member Michele Koenig:
Tri-H stables in Bozeman will host Gerd Heuschmann from Germany
13/14 and May 16/17. Learn more about him at
Olympic jumping star Greg Best will be giving a clinic a Copper
Springs Ranch May 29- 31. Find out more at
Jennifer Roth will be giving a dressage clinic in Stevensville,
9-10. Roth, who has 30 years of dressage behind her, is an S
learn more about her go to
www.lipizzansanddressage.com. To register
for the clinic call Nancy Johnston at 777-0178 or e-mail her at
Need to make
a little money for show season? Need to clean out your closet?
Crazy Horse Consignment shop in Lolo is eager for English
tack. Their supply is low, and English stuff sells out quickly.
Everything is welcome except for low-quality saddles, the kind
stiff leather. For more information call 273-4226 or go to
Junior and Amateur Equitation riders: The United States
Hunter Jumper Association wants you to ride your hunt-seat best
get a medal for it.
USHJA has launched an equitation awards program for riders who
at the local horse show level. You will see at several shows
season Medal Finals classes. To participate, you MUST be a paid
of USHJA BEFORE the show—i.e., you can’t register at a show and
compete in the class.
High-point winners will be honored at year-end, and a photo of
riders will be published in an annual USHJA Affiliates Award
To learn more, go to
Interested? Fill out the application form found in this
Potomac Fever Has Come West
Our friends at the Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen
share some disturbing news. Emery and Sheryl Tegelberg of Arlee
their Morgan/Arabian stallion, Stetson, on Nov. 9 to this
was thought this fever was not active in our area, but the
learned differently. The couple sought care and information
Dr. Hoversland and Dr. Beth Blevins. The vets said confirmed
have been isolated cases in the valley, and some in the
Sheryl has done a great deal of research since the death of
horse and discovered there is a vaccination available that
needs to be
administered in doses similar to the West Nile vaccine. The
must be administered in early summer to be effective.
Please consult your veterinarian for more specifics.
New MHJA Logo
Enter to win $200. The MHJA Board met in January to
activities for the New Year. One proposal met with broad
support – to
update the MHJA logo. As MHJA celebrates its fifteenth
2009, the board thought it would be a good idea to look for a
that can take us into our next fifteen years. We would
put the new
logo on our apparel and other official MHJA material.
Many members have artistic talent and/or experience in graphic
And we all know non-members with similar skills. So we’re
a contest for anyone interested in submitting one or more new
for our logo.
MHJA’s current logo is found at our website
logos can be seen at
horse-related websites. It’s important, though, that any
design respect the copyright of other designs.
The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2009.
send their designs, preferably via e-mail, to Joanna Shelton or
hard copy mailed to MHJA c/o Joanna Shelton, 46451 Schoolhouse
Moiese, MT 59824 (406) 644-2090.
Members will have a chance to vote for their favorite logo
the current logo) before the year-end meeting and awards
November. The winning design will be unveiled at the
banquet and the
winning designer will be presented with a check for $200.
enter or encourage your artistic friends to enter.
THINK ABOUT, THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE SHOW SEASON BEGINS:
Riding the Hunter Course
Tips from Ashley Wren, Rebel Sky Farm
Take your time. I have seen so many riders rush through their
course. The idea of a hunter is to be graceful and perform like
waltz, with an even beat. During your courtesy circle establish
pace and kept it throughout the round. When you need to adjust
distance, lengthen or shorten your stride. Simply speeding up
slowing down does nothing but make your round look choppy.
2. Use your ring. I see so many
riders do tight courtesy circles.
Sometimes even having to do multiple circles because their
too tight to even establish a canter. Turns are important too.
turns after you fend often leads to incomplete lead changes or
change at all. Go to the rail and use your space you have
3. Use your leg through the jump
process. This encourages the horse to
use themselves, which creates a better picture. Also, by using
leg, the horse will pick up his feet better, be less likely to
4. Lead changes. Change your
horse’s lead before the turn. Don’t give
up or simply ignore. If your horse cannot do a flying change,
simple change. Make your changes look organized, don’t run into
or try to throw the horse off balance with your body. If you do
simple change, make it quick, with just a few trotting steps.
5. The dreadful long approach to
a single oxer on the diagonal. For a
hunter course this jump seems to never work out. It is either a
or a long fence, just to knock your placing down a bit.
this is nothing but a psychological issue with us as a rider.
make our minds. As we round the turn it starts there with our
indecisiveness. Pick. Push. Pick. Push. You should already have
pace so leave it alone. Make no decisions until four strides
you keep changing your mind you will cause your horse to fall
forehand. This is the last thing you want as a rider. So
breathe and wait.
“SETTING THE STANDARD”
BY EDEE WEIGEL OF HUNTLEY, MT
attended the AHSA/USEF course designer clinics held
at The Los Angeles Equestrian Center in the 1980’s, I was truly
inspired listening to such horsemen as Olympic Course Designers
Carruthers, Linda Allen, Pierre Jolicoure, and Brian Flynn.
It was so
interesting to learn what these professionals felt was
Each day they would have lectures on Hunter, Jumper, and
courses and all of the details and dangers involved therein.
Every designer had their own set of Ideals and Rules,
but they all agreed that the number one rule in course
safety. The other subject they discussed daily is how
difficult it is
to set user-friendly courses for the lower level divisions!
becoming paramount in importance now in our industry, because
over-facing horses and riders can have devastating results.
these principles when I set the jumps for any class
under 2’6”, I simply think to myself: “Could a green or timid
horse/rider TROT this course?” I have been designing
1980 and this one rule has helped me the most. The horses
not faced with a huge effort of jumping if the rider makes an
occasional mistake in the approach.
I was taught that the low level classes should be a
gift to the riders, trainers, and most of all…OUR horses!
All of the
turns need to be wide and gradual too. When designing for
combined training test shows, wide jumps and combinations are
added until the higher divisions. I have followed this
guideline as I set fences for our MHJA shows as well. I
do not add
wide oxers or combinations of 1 or 2 strides until the higher
USHJA has now set the national standard for safety
with their Affiliate horse shows program Outreach Medals course
requirements. Course designers will need to conform to
Medal course requirements, which specify that no combinations
or 36’ will be allowed in the 2’-2’3” Bronze Medal or 2’6”
the low level classes, it is recommended to keep the
jumps farther apart so the riders can get reorganized after
Use distances between the fences of 72’ or 84’ whenever possible, so
that short-strided horses or ponies can simply add a stride
Bending lines are
also very user friendly to many different
types of horses and can be ridden with an added stride if
hunter classes, the lines always begin with a vertical to an
single oxer on course can be used, but the first fence for
always a vertical.
hunter classes a two-stride (36’) vertical to oxer
combination is used for the higher hunter classes.
combinations (24’) are mostly used in the Jumpers and
classes for the higher divisions.
Outreach Medals will be offered this year at
some of our MHJA shows. Riders that are Affiliate members
USHJA can compete in these medals and receive national points!
Medals start with 2’-2’3” courses, so there is something for
up the web site www.USHJA.org
for all details
to the requirements to compete in these new and exciting
Some equitation tests will be built into the first round of the
Medals, so everyone will get a chance to show off their best
equitation riding. Be sure to review the USEF Equitation
plan out your training and practice routines!
watched a wonderful DVD called “Connected!” This
DVD will be used at the USEF/USHJA trainers and judges clinics.
recommend that everyone get this DVD and review it often!
It is very
well done and shows exactly the way riders should perform the
This DVD can be ordered from the Pacific Coast Horse Shows
2009 MHJA Officers and
the Board of Directors
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