Hunter Riders: Team Up for Fun Championships

USHJA Zone 7 & 8 Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak

Summer in the Rockies IV – June 27-July 1, 2018 at The Colorado Horse Park, Parker, Co.

Qualifying period:
July 24, 2017-April 28, 2018
The Ch/AA Hunter Championships give Children’s and Adult Hunter riders a fun opportunity to compete on a team and individually!

Become a More Well-Rounded Athlete

It’s time to apply for a 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session!
Sessions feature intensive mounted and unmounted instruction from top clinicians in the sport and are open to riders 25 and under who apply and meet the requirements.
In Zone 8:
July 31-Aug. 4 at The Colorado Horse Park with Julie Winkel and Nanci Snyder. 
Apply by May 14
Click here to view the full calendar of sessions. Click here to apply.

USHJA Zone 7 & 8 Team Jumper Championships

Summer in the Rockies IV
June 27-July 1
Parker, Colorado
Qualifying period:
July 16, 2017-May 14, 2018
The Zone Jumper Team Championships are an entry point to the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway. Individual medalists are invited to a USHJA Gold Star Clinic.
Upcoming Clinics in Zone 8

Zone 8/Arizona Hunter Jumper Association Member Clinic with Bernie Traurig

February 3-4
Tucson, Ariz.
April 6-8
Smoke Tree Ranch
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Our Very Own Kristina Matthews to Receive Sportswomen of Colorado Award

It was announced this past week that our very own, Kristina Matthews, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Equestrian Sports from the Sportswomen of Colorado. This award is coming off the heels of her Zone 8 Championship and CHJA Adult Jumper of the Year Award.  To view our highlight reel of Kristina click here.

Founded in 1974 by the YWCA of the Metropolitan Denver, in cooperation with Gart Brothers Sporting Good Co., Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community-based organization in the nation to solely honor female athletes, celebrate their achievements and recognize those whose efforts have advanced and women’s individual and team sports endeavors.


Summer in the Rockies 2017 – The Colorado Horse Park


The Sportswomen of Colorado will honor Colorado’s top female athletes and contributors to women’s athletics at its 44th Annual Awards Celebration, Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Denver Marriot Tech Center. For tickets and to view the event details please visit Sportswomen of Colorado.


Kristina & Neolisto van het Mierenhof


Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, who will be honored at the Celebration!


Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Shuman at Quintessence Photography.

Another One In the Books

Another Stock Show is in the books and oh what a show it was! From the smell of cows, to the dust that settles in your lungs, we all love the thrill and fun of the annual National Western Stock Show held in Denver, CO.

Kristin Hardin & Karen Banister with Bert

Our local Colorado peeps and fan favorites were in full-force this year with many great prizes won. A few highlights included…

Jaden & Krista Olson with Heather Chenault’s Golden Opportunity

Jaden Olson claiming the Children’s Working Hunter Championship on Heather Chenault’s Golden Opportunity. Jaden was also the Reserve Champion in the Large Junior Hunters on her own Conradical.

French Match & Corcovado looking good

Paul Rohrbach clenched the entire Performance Hunter Division earning the championship on NTM Enterprises French Match and the reserve championship on NTM Enterprises Corcovado.

Sophie Onody with her mare Tiger Lily, JJ Atkinson & Mark Mead

5280 Phoenix and Sophie Onody, who rides with JJ Atkinson and Mark Mead at Sleepy Hollow Farm, dominated the AO Working Hunter Division winning all five of the division classes and clenching the championship honors.

In the Large Junior Hunter Division Kabaltic, owned and shown by Grace McReynolds, were the big champions with Grace’s Finnegan earning the reserve championship in the 3’3” Performance Hunters as well. Deb Orent’s Cacola, with Mark Mead, took home the championship title in the 3’3” Performance Hunters

In the equitation, Jaden Olson was the winner in the ASPCA Horsemanship Medal with Devon Weigers coming in a close second. Jaden was also the blue ribbon winner of the USEF Hunt Seat Medal as well as the overall Hunt Seat Flat Champion.

Matt Cyphert & Hector

The big winners of the $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice were none other than last year’s winners Bert and Kristin Hardin. Kristin, always a fan favorite, also placed second in the Grand Prix on Monday night.

Matt Cypert from Northlake, Texas dominated the $40,000 National Western Grand Prix with two in the JO clenching the win aboard Hannah Donald’s Hector and taking seventh on Carat V.

The Birthday girl Nicki Wilcox

It was a big night on Monday for the birthday girl Nicki Wilcox with two in the JO. She had reason to celebrate with Caylee PCH coming in sixth and J.E.S. Quito coming in eighth.

Susie Griffis & Indoktro K – PC: Casey McBride

John McConnell had three riders in the $40,000 National Western Grand Prix with all three going double clear. Susie Griffis rode her stallion Indoktro K to a third place finish. Katie Gaultieri aboard Castalano was fourth, as well as earning the blue in the $5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake, and Sydney Luzicka from New Mexico rode her own Willow Katkin to a fifth place finish.

John Mcconnell

Stephany McConnell on Leon D’Or won the High Children’s Jumper Championship. Stephany was also the winner of the High Children’s Jumper Stake.

Cynthia Moore-West and her own Zalig MG had a great weekend taking the High Adult Amateur Championship and placed second in the High Adult Jumper Stake on Monday morning.

Taylor Cowles & Calotta

The High Adult Jumper Stake was won by Dante Z and Taylor Cowles. Taylor was also champion with her horse Ciabbo in the High A/O Jumpers and placed ninth in the $10,000 Gambler’s Choice aboard her mare Calotta.

Calligraphy & Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer and Calligraphy had an impressive Stock Show taking the Low Adult Jumper Championship and placing third in the inaugural Low Adult Amateur  Jumper Stake. The pair rides with Alexia Honneger at Millbrook Equestrian.

Abby Rasmussen & Canaris II

It was a great show for Abby Rassmussen who showed Canaris II, owned by Heather Tseng, to the Low Children’s Jumper Championship with a second place finish in the Low Children’s Jumper Stake on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Laurie Grayson & Hannah Wright

Congratulation to all the riders, trainers and owners who participated in the 2018 National Western Stock Show. We look forward to 2019! Until then, stay healthy folks and have a great winter season!






Evening of Stars

What an evening the 2017 CHJA Banquet was! Held on January 6, 2018 at the Radisson Denver Southeast with almost 500 in attendance the evening was truly spectacular. Thanks to Franci Martin, the volunteers and the entire CHJA Board of Directors the ceremony was a huge success and everyone had a wonderful time. The silent auction offered a wide arrange of amazing goods to benefit the Colorado Hunter Jumper Foundation including apparel items, gift certificates and tack donated from many popular companies.

Fall River Farm Family

The evening started with drinks and appetizers while everyone bid on the silent auction items that ended around 8:00 pm. After a buffet dinner Sydney Ayers and Celia Thomas began the awards presentation. All award winners were presented with beautiful ribbons and jackets for champion, vests for reserve champion and long sleeved shirts for third place. All perpetual trophy award winners were given a beautiful wood frame and cork-board as a “keeper trophy.”

Jen Shannon and Cornerstone Farm

A few of the evening highlights included; The CHJA Lifetime Contribution Award and The Betty Weber Award being given to our late and dear friend Jim Calareso for his dedication to the Colorado Hunter Jumper community as a whole. The Keiri Kaneps Memorial Trophy was presented to Amberlee Wentz while the Marvin W. Luttges Adult Amateur Sportsmanship Award was presented to long time CHJA member Joyce Baldwin.

Just a Little Farm

A few of the perpetual trophy winners in the hunter and equitation rings were won by Kristina McCombie and her horse Kismet winning the CHJA Amateur Adult Hunter of the Year Award, Weimar and Caroline Molther were the winners of the Virginia Gentleman Perpetual Trophy for the highest points earned in the Group 1 Adult Amateur Hunter Division throughout the year. Grace McReynolds was awarded the CHJA Spirit of Excellence Award for accumulating the highest points in the USEF Junior Hunters and USEF Equitation Division combined. Dana Vollbracht’s Davidson earned the Playmaker Memorial Trophy for earning the highest number of points in the Group 1 Pre Green Hunters. The CHJA Spirit of Excellence Award was presented to Gianna Lanteri with her earning the most points in the CHJA Junior Hunter Division and the CHJA Junior Equitation Division combined. Dominic Gibbs and her pony GF Aurelia were in true form taking home both the Large Pony of the Year Award and the Farnley Fashion Grand Pony of the Year Award. The CHJA Grand Champion Pony Hunter Award was won by Starburst owned and shown by Hannah Wright. The Silent Running Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Aedan Mooney and Shining Star the CHJA Short Stirrup Champions. Austin Holland was the winner of The Cider Jug Memorial Trophy as the highest pointed Group 1 Adult Equitation rider.


Molly Madden and Kristina Matthews

Jumper highlights included Katie Gualtieri’s Castalano winning the Horse of the Year as well as the Jumper of the Year awards. Kristina Matthews and Neolisto van het Mierenhof were the overall Group 1 High Adult Amateur Jumper award winners for the third consecutive year and the Gershwin Memorial Trophy was won by Ishana II and Abigail Grace Kelly for accumulating the highest number of points in the Amateur Owner or Junior Jumper Divisions. Tom Boy and Janelle Ross took home the CHJA Jumper of the Year Award while Bomb Squad and Karie Slade were the winners of the Low CHJA Junior/Amateur Jumper Award.


Sarah Watson and Kristina McCombie

To view a list of all the 2017 award winners in the Group 1 and Group 2 categories please visit the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association’s web site at

HORSE OF THE YEAR – Castalano and Katie Gaultieri

We are looking forward to an amazing 2018 season and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone next year.







CHJA end of year award samples are now located at Celia Thomas’s barn Cross the Meadow Farm in Parker until November 12th. Please make arrangements with Celia to make sure she is at her farm to try on the samples. Contact Franci for further information-
Rules affecting Hunter/Jumper competition taking effect Dec. 1, 2017
Lexington, Ky.—October 31, 2017—The USHJA is helping members Know Before You Show with a simple guide of rule changes taking effect for the new competition year. The following are important rule changes that will be effective Dec. 1, 2017, for the 2018 competition year and affect Hunter/Jumper competition. Click here for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved in early 2017 and will take effect for the 2018 competition year. View the entire 2018 USEF Rulebook here.
Microchipping: These rule changes, originally approved in January 2016, set in place a requirement for some competition horses to be microchipped. The requirement will be phased in beginning Dec. 1, 2017, when horses competing in classes that require a USHJA Horse Registration will be required to be microchipped to receive points. Dec. 1, 2018, the requirement will be extended to all horses competing in classes that require a USHJA Horse Registration in order to compete.
Amateurs and Clinics: This rule change clarifies that amateurs may organize, manage and host clinics.
Distracted Riding: These rule changes now prohibit the use of any device with ear bud(s) while mounted in all Hunter or Jumper schooling areas in order to reduce distractions and promote safety.
International Hunter Derby and Conformation Points: This rule change prevents points from USHJA International Hunter Derby classes from counting toward Horse of the Year Awards for Conformation Hunter sections.
Adding a Junior and Amateur National Hunter Derby: With this rule change, competition management has the option to offer a second USHJA National Hunter Derby restricted to Juniors and Amateurs in addition to offering an open one. If a restricted National Hunter Derby is offered, an open National Hunter Derby must also be offered.
Junior Hunters at Zone Championships: This rule change allows USHJA Zone Championships to offer a Junior Hunter 3’3” section without necessarily also offering a Junior 3’6” section in order to accommodate Championship competitors who may not be competing at Fall Indoor competitions held during the same timeframe as the Zone Championships.
Equitation Championships by Points: This rule change defines how Equitation Championships may be awarded based on points alone, in addition to being awarded through a Championship class.
USEF HOTY Awards Ceremony: This rule change allows the USEF flexibility to host HOTY Awards at the USEF Annual Meeting or at another location or time that best suits the Federation and its members.
Judge’s Card: This rule change prevents the changing of class results after the completion of a Hunter or Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation class unless an error is discovered on the judge’s card.
Isolation Protocol: This rule change requires that competition management have and provide to USEF an isolation protocol for horses in the event a horse with an infectious disease enters the show grounds.
Junior/Amateur Jumper Splits: This rule change requires that Jumper classes with 15 or more Junior Jumper and 15 or more Amateur Jumper entries must be divided and prize money doubled, as opposed to basing it on the first class entries only. There is an exception for special classes such as Combined Classics or the highest prize money class of the section.
Amateur Jumper (Not Owner): These rule changes allow Amateurs, regardless of whether they own the horse they are riding, to compete at a nationally recognized high level, including the following fence heights: 1.20/1.25, 1.30/1.35, 1.40/1.45. These also create a HOTY category for Amateur Jumpers.
Hunter Breeding Class Limits: This rule change limits the number of Hunter Breeding sections a competition may offer to count for National or Zone HOTY Awards to one and limits the number of Pony Hunter Breeding sections to count for Zone HOTY Awards to one.
Adults on Ponies: These rule changes provide clarity on when adults may or may not ride ponies at competitions. Adults may not ride ponies in any classes when those ponies are also competing with a Junior in a rated Pony Hunter section, USEF Pony Medal or WIHS Pony Equitation. These restrictions do not apply to Pony Jumpers or at multi-breed/discipline competitions.
Junior Hunter 3’3” Combining/Dividing: This rule change requires National and Premier competitions offering the Junior Hunter 3’3” section to offer it as two sections.
Horse Measurement Cards: This rule change allows horses to obtain a standard measurement card when the horse measures 16.2 hands or above, regardless of age.
Exercise Area Sizes: This rule change increases exercise area sizes at competitions based on the number of horses entered at the competition in order to promote safety and welfare of horses and riders.
Belly Bands in Equitation: This rule change prevents the use of belly bands and other types of bandages from being used anywhere other than on the legs in a Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation class.
Necropsy: This rule change requires that a necropsy be performed in the event a horse or pony dies while at a licensed competition.
Judges Requirements: This rule change reduces licensing maintenance requirements for recorded judges while maintaining rigorous standards.
Schooling Supervisors in Hunters: This rule change requires that Hunter classes with $10,000 or more in prize money have their schooling areas supervised by a C1 Steward or Certified Schooling Supervisor.
USEF Farm Membership: This rule change creates a standalone “farm” membership category with USEF.