USHJA Zone Championships
USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe, DiAnn Langer Discusses The USHJA Zone Team Championships And How This Program Dovetails Into The Emerging Rider and Emerging Gold Star Rider programs
We caught up with USEF Youth Chef Chef d’Equipe, DiAnn Langer at the USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Championships.
The USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year points in their respective jumper sections. The Championships are held by zone and consist of both team and individual competitions.
After four years of very successful USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Championships (1.10/1.15m) across the country, USHJA expanded this model to include 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur and 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper sections in 2017.
Additionally, competitors in the Championships are considered USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders for the year(s) for which they participate. They have the opportunity to earn the title of USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider and a coveted spot at a USHJA Gold Star Clinic.
Two 4-day clinics will be conducted in Wellington, FL and Thermal, CA. Supporting lead clinician Richard Spooner is a world-class line up of USEF High Performance athletes including Kirsten Coe, Rich Fellers, Anne Kursinski, Will Simpson, Callan Solem and Hardin Towell who will help educate and inspire Show Jumping’s future athletes.
In addition to high performance athletes, the following top industry professionals will serve as workshop clinicians: Tonya Johnston, mental skills coach; USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer, Bill Leggett, USEF high performance farrier; experts from Phelps Media; Brenda Mueller of M4Marketing and Chicago Equestrian; Colleen Reed, expert stable manager; Ed Smith of Athletes Advantage; Steve Stephens, world class course designer; and Dr. Geoff Vernon, USEF team veterinarian.
As part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, key sport leaders, including the US Equestrian Youth Chef d’ Equipe DiAnn Langer, will be monitoring each set of Championships to assess talent among Championship competitors.