Know Before You Show! Check out the USHJA rules affecting Hunter/Jumper competition taking effect Dec. 1, 2017. For example: 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.

Congratulations to the new 2018 MHJA Board Members and Officers.  These new assignments are effective 12/1/17:

President: Sue Novak

Vice President: Norine Wilcox

Secretary: Tammy Johnson (continuing)

Treasurer: Lindsay Vail (continuing)

New Board Members: 

Kelly Volp

Lisa Masica

Heather Parish

Anne Steeves

A sincere thank you to the out-going President, Elzabeth Lampert and Board Members: Mary Armstrong, Tracy Grandstrand, Kirsten Priebe, and Nicole Salazar. Your dedication and focus over the past years have helped MHJA grow in membership.  Your efforts are deeply appreciated!


Winner of the 1st Annual Barn Basket contest was Shadow Creek with their entry of "All the Greatest Grooming Secrets and Barn Hacks." The winning bid was a whopping $200! They will receive a gift to be proudly displayed during 2018 horse shows.​

Congratulations to all the award recipients announced at the 2017 MHJA Awards Banquet.  A great turn-out, good food, and great company was enjoyed by all. 

Looking for something fabulous for the holidays? Great sports tickets? Holiday home decor? The MHJA Silent Auction ClickBid website has 80+ items and is up and ready for bidding!  Go to the link and register, scout out your top items, and get started on your bids!  Items will continue to be added this week. 

The auction will be live until Saturday night's awards program is completed and you do not need to be present to win!  Thank you in advance for bidding, and bidding often!  Your contribution supports all the MHJA activities, including the MHJA Spring Show and various activities throughout the year (including a new juniors program for 2018!)  We look forward to seeing everyone Saturday night. 

2017 YEAR-END POINTS NOW POSTED! Contact Betsy Kieffer with any questions.

LAST CALL! MHJA MEMBERS: Please send your pictures to John Paton for the MHJA Banquet slide show. Click Here for the Drop Box link.

Raven Ridge Farm is hosting a Clinic with Teri Knowlton Nov 10-12.  Located in CO and FL, Teri has trained top hunter and jumper riders, and the horses she has trained have won Grand Prixs all over the country. Further details available by contacting Kim Barone at  (612) 306-6671 or emailing her at kimbarone@frontiernet.net

The Annual MHJA Open Meeting is fast upon us!  Join the Board at Arbor HIll Farm, this Saturday, Nov 4, from 3-6 pm for a few hours of fun and information! Whether it's the formation of a Junior Board, parents learning "everything you need to know about horse showing", the MHJA learning about your expectations of our Association, or entering a Pony Hop Race...come join the fun!  Bring a dish to share as we will end with a potluck dinner (main course to be provided by MHJA.)

Reasons to spend Sat, Nov 4, in the NE Metro:

CSDEA Tack Swap this Saturday at White Bear Lake Armory. 

-  Big Sale at a local tack shop!

-  Rumors of Pony Hop Races

-  The Annual MHJA Open Meeting!

Your Vote Counts! Please mail your MHJA Ballot! In addition to voting on new Board Members, you will vote on enhancing our services to you through increased use of technology.

The 2017 MN Harvest Horse Show is a wrap!  The MHJA Board of Directors and our riders extend a very large THANK YOU to Pat Boyle and his entire Showplace Productions team for their fine management of our show.  We also wish to recognize the countless hours of personal time contributed by members of the MN Harvest Horse Show Committee, the volunteers from This Old Horse, We Can Ride, various members of the MHJA BOD, and others.  We could never host this event without your generous gifts of time and talent.  THANK YOU! 

CONGRATULATIONS to all exhibitors and trainers on this year's successful MN Harvest Horse Show. We appreciate your participation in this longest running exclusively hunter & jumper indoor horse show in the country!  Thank you!!


Stillwater resident Carole Senn has led a remarkable life. A partnership was formed with writer Emilio DeGrazia and Anne Gerber who became co-authors of her newly released memoir. Shamu, Splash & Solemn, a story about her heroic life as an equestrienne, poet, and survivor of tragedy.

Come join Carole, Emilio and Anne for this book launch reading:

DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 15; 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: The Zephyr Depot/Theatre

               601 Main St. N., Stillwater

HOST: Elissa Cottle of Stillwater, published poet, professional writer and editor.

Free admission and fine chocolates from Candyland, and fruits and cheeses from River Market Community Co-op!

Donations accepted for The Zephyr Theatre campaign to build a beautiful performing arts center from the depot. Help them meet their fundraising deadline of Oct. 31 and have the chance to win two free books!

Message from MHHS: SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS: please be sure to get your tickets to Saturday night's dinner early! There is limited seating and we want you to get a place at the table! Stop into the Hospitality Office early in the week to get your tickets. Don't delay!  And please be sure to thank Greenwood Stables for their support of this event. Without them, we would all be hungry! 


The MN Harvest Horse Show (MHHS) is upon us!  Get the scoop on great with old friends and meet new friends. opportunities to relax Also check out the hospitality schedule and sponsors. And new for this year: Horse Hope Relay Races!


ALL 2017  POINTS AVAILABLE through Mid States Season Finale 


Congratulations to everyone attending the Mid States Fall and Season Finale Shows and a BIG thanks to the Urban family for hosting on such a creative ending to the Mid States 2017 show season. 


Riders:  You have one week to rest up before the great MN Harvest Horse Show! Prize List, entries, and schedules are available online. 


2017 Points update through the MN State Fair Horse Show now available.


A Town Hall Meeting with Mary Babick, President, USHJA, will take place at the Mid States Horse Show in Mason City. This great opportunity is scheduled for Friday, Sept 15 after the show. See attached for more information!


Are you interested in running an ad or "trainer thank you" in the MN Harvest Horse Show Program? DEADLINE is MONDAY, SEPT 4!  Please see the MHHS website for details.


OPENINGS REMAIN for Robert Splain Clinic  September 8th-10th. Hosted by Kopet-Dag Akhal-Teke Farm, the clinic will be held at JF Stables located in Detroit Lakes, MNSplaine was the official coach of the Irish Show-Jumping Team for 11 years and has also competed at an international level. In March, he was replaced as chef d'equipe by Rodrigo Pessoa. 


Mid States Fall AND Season Finale Show entries, revised and new schedules and revised prize lists now available. 

CORRECTION: we missed including Emily Clemens as a participant in the Zone 5-6 CH/Adult Amateur Jumper Finals at Balmoral.  She anchored her team and rode two clear rounds on Saturday to help them place 4th in the overall competition. Congratulations, Emily!


2nd CORRECTION: the MHJA website previously included Red Pine Shows on August 19-20. This was in error. the next shows are Sept 9-10 at Stonegate Farm, Stillwater, MN


NEWS FLASH:  Congratulations to Courtney Dickinson and Flying Girl for riding to a Silver Medal finish in the Zone 6 Jr/AO Jumper Championship at Balmoral Park! They rode without a single fault all week!


Deadline for the Fall Newsletter is August 19.  Please send your articles, Eyes & Ears, photos etc. ASAP!! We would love to hear about Pony Finals, Colorado, Michigan, Carriage house, Mason city, Red Pines, Zone Championships...Send content to Heather Parish at eagleton94@gmail.com.  Please be sure that you receive a response.  


Congratulations and Good Luck to Olivia Bethke as she completes her representation of  Zone 6 in the USEF Pony Jumper Championships this weekend.


Congratulations and Good Luck to Emily Clemens, a participant in this week's Emerging Athlete Program (EAP) Regional Training Session at The Colorado Horse Park


The Finals will be held August 11-13 at Balmoral Park in Crete, Congratulations and Good Luck to Courtney Dickinson and Flying Girl (Gigi) as they compete in the inaugural year of the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Zone Finals for Zone 6! IL . Show results available at  http://chicago.showmanagementsystem.com/


2017 Points through Carriage House Horse Show have now been published with revisions to the Hunters. Have a question? Contact Betsy Kieffer.


NEWS FLASH:  Elzabeth Lampert served as the Chef d'Equipe for Zone 6 at the USHJA Regional Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships in OK City. All putting in great rounds, Amelia Batson helped the combined Zone 6/7 team take home a Gold Medal with Zoe Lampert riding to assist the Zone 6 Team take the Silver Medal.  In the three phases of individual competition, Amelia clenched 5th place, overall, and Zoe received 8th, overall, in a very competitive field. Lindsay Vail, riding on the combined Zone 6/7 Adult Amateur team, contributed to a silver medal in that section.  She ended up 5th overall, individually.


The Children's/Adult Hunter Championship program continues to improve each year. It was great to see a stronger representation from Zone 6, and we hope this great program continues to grow with both juniors and adults including it in their future goals. Well done Zone 6!!


Great news! Midstates has added a 2nd week to the September show.  New dates: Sept. 20-24. Check it out!


ATTENTION TRAINERS AND EXHIBITORS AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE HORSE SHOW:  the Children's Hunter Pony that was scheduled for Friday afternoon in the indoor arena will be held Saturday afternoon in the outdoor ring. Also, there will be a warm up class before the Carriage House Jr/Am Derby. Hope to see you there!"


Maffitt Lake Summer Festival I and II Horse Show Prize List, Entry Forms and Schedules now available online. 


Maffitt Lake Summer Festival I and II Horse Show Prize List, Entry Forms and Schedules now available online. 


MN State Fair Horse Show information now available on-line.


Congratulations and Good Luck to Amelia Batson, Zoe Lampert and Lindsay Vail as they compete in the Zone 6 Child/Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Finals! The Finals will be held July 12-16 at the GO Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Zones 6 and 7 comprise the Central Region. Show Results available at Horseshowsonline.


Please forward your favorite Mid States pictures to Nancy Giacchetti for posting on this site. 


The MHJA and it's membership wish to extend a BIG THANK YOU to the Urban family for hosting the Mid States Jim, Patrice, Dan, Tom, Mike,  Summer Series Horse Shows: Maureen and Danne.  Also, thanks to Patty Humphries for her knowledge and assistance in answering all of our questions!


MHJA Division CH and Res CH Available Now!


We have many people to thank for the success of the May MHJA Horse Show.  

- Dr. Ann Bower and John Weber for hosting the MHJA Spring Show at their lovely Carriage House facility;

- Judges James Waldman and Joe Lombardo (also course designer) coming from CA to "enjoy" our unpredictable MN spring weather while providing excellent judging in less than stellar weather conditions;

- Kim Houlding,, USEF Steward;

- John Martinson (Jane's husband) for his skill in announcing!

- Patty Humphries and Pat Ness, Show Secretaries who put up with our every whim;

- Volunteers and many others...A BIG THANK YOU!


Graduates: You have one more assignment before you graduate! Get your story finished for the Summer Newsletter! Article guidelines available here. Send to Heather Parish no later than May 26


Calling All Students! If you are between 8th - 11th grade you may qualify to join the Minnesota High School Equestrian Association. Registration extended to May 31.  Learn more about it!


We are pleased to announce the following Opportunity Divisions will be eligible for MHJA  Year-end Awards!

-  Opportunity Hunter

-  Opportunity Equitation

-  Opportunity Jumper

Learn more here and start the fun at the MHJA May Horse Show!


It is never too early to announce incredible changes to the schedule at the 2017 MN State Fair! No more showing on Friday night! MHJA Hunter Classic at 2’3”2’6: and 2’9” along with Opportunity Classic at 1’9” and 2’ to be held in the Coliseum! Check out the details.


Central States Dressage and Eventing Association (CSDEA) Annual Tack Swap. Saturday, April 8,

Eisenhower Community Center Hopkins, MN


Rider applications are now open for the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships! Mark those calendars and apply now for the hunter team experience!


Calling all Amateur Jumpers!  Learn about the Nations Cup-style team experience! Dates, locations and applications are now available... for the 2017 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships CLICK HERE.


The event has been expanded for this year and will include championships for Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper (1.10/1.15m,) 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur Jumper, and 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper sections!


 Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges Coming Up! Mark your calendars for the first three Zone 6 Handy Hunter Challenges! The Handy Hunter Challenges were designed to test the handiness of horse and rider in a fun series of classes at your local horse shows. There is no entry fee for Zone 6 members. Click here for more info.


Want to learn more about good Horsemanship? Check out the Study Guide


for the Quiz Challenge.


Learn more Riders must not have reached their 21st birthday before Dec 21st. Register and take the online quizzes for a chance to compete at the HQC Nationals and win great prizes!   Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. Registration opens Feb 1 for Young Riders' Alert: here .


USHJA Gochman Family Grant for 2017 US Pony Finals application deadline is April 1. Learn more here .


USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education application deadline is April 30. Learn more here .


Don't be left in the dark! Many changes were announced at the recent USEF and USHJA Annual Meetings.  Take some time to get current on changes that will affect your favorite sport!


Check out the completely new look of the USEF website. It is very user-friendly!!  "My USEF" is in the top black bar and the new "Learning Center" is in the white bar which features some great training videos.  


Scroll through two important strategic slide decks where the USEF and USHJA Presidents share the strategic visions for both organizations.  Don't be left in the dark!


USHJA UPDATE: New Name, More Prize Money for 3'0" & 3'3" Green Hunters. Check out The USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program & Championship


2017 MHJA Membership Roster now available. Avoid the pre-show rush!  Renew or sign-up  today! Membership Information. Membership Application.


Be sure to check the Calendar on a regular basis as the 2017 horse show schedule is subject to change during the first few months of 2017.  


If you have a Clinic scheduled for your farm let us know!  You can receive additional "PR" on our Homepage for just $20.  If you just want your Clinic posted on the Calendar there will be no charge! Contact Nancy Giacchetti.


TRAINERS:  Interested in becoming a USHJA Certified or Provisional Trainer?  Program applications due Jan 15 for review in Feb '17.