DID YOU KNOW?
Maffitt Lake Summer I and II are ON! Starting July 29! Prize List available here.
The MHJA Board of Directors and the MN Harvest Horse Show Committee today announced the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MN Harvest Horse Show. Additional information can be found Here.
Mid States Summer Horse Shows scheduled to begin June 3. Here's Dan Urban with the good news. Prize List and registration information may be found on the Mid States
USEF offers a Member Assistance Program for counseling. Members are eligible to receive 3 free consultations and can reach this service by calling 1-800-633-3353.
USHJA Foundation offers financial assistance through the USHJA Foundation Horseman’s Assistance Fund.
Click on Tan buttons to learn more.
The MN State Fair has canceled their July 21-25 horse show due to restrictions and potential risk of spreading COVID-19 in a large group setting.
The calendar and Schooling Show Schedule have been updated to reflect recent cancellations and date revisions.
USEF is holding the first webinar in the series “Planning for a Safe Return to Competition” on Monday, May 4 at 2 pm CDT. You can register here.
Mary Babick, USHJA President, will be holding a Zone 6 meeting with all horse show managers on Monday. Additionally, Mary will also be hosting another Town Hall on Wednesday, May 6 at 5 pm CDT. You may register here.
USEF, USHJA an MHJA are working hard to keep you up-to-speed with the status of horse show competition. We are living in very difficult times and decisions are being made as new information becomes available.
In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on horse shows, Mary Babick, President USHJA, has begun meeting regularly with each Zone's show managers. Wed, April 15 at 5 p.m. Central Time, Mary will host a Virtual USHJA Town Hall for interested members.
We encourage you to participate and learn what information is available at this point regarding horse showing in 2020. Click on the link, above, and scroll to the bottom of the article for the registration link.
COVID19 has seriously impacted our lives in many ways. Our horses are only one of them, and we are all doing the best we can under trying circumstances. Because situations of this nature can cause anxiety and uncertainty, please remember USEF offers a Member Assistance Program for counseling. Members are eligible to receive 3 free consultations and can reach this service by calling 1-800-633-3353.
Additionally, the USHJA Foundation also offers financial assistance through the USHJA Foundation Horseman’s Assistance Fund. Learn more at: https://www.ushja.org/foundation/how-we-help/horsemans-assistance-fund.
If you choose to utilize either of these services, make sure you have renewed your USEF and USHJA memberships for 2020.
The MHJA will keep members informed of changes to our show season as the situation evolves. We respect tough decisions our members, trainers, and barn owners may need to make as barns put protocols in place for keeping everyone safe during these unprecedented times.
Should questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Board Members. Their contact information is listed on our website at https://www.mhja6.org/board-contacts-stable-map
Two new horse shows have been added to our MHJA Show Schedule this year:
- Tracy Grandstrand will host a USEF rated Jumper show July 10-12, 2020 at her Stone Gate Farm in Stillwater. Included are 3 Exhibition classes - one with MHJA Medals, and 2 variable height Poise and Brilliance style Hunter classes.
- MHJA will host a USEF Regional I (C) rated Hunter show August 21-23, 2020 at Alex McKay's Harvest Hill Farm in Corcoran. We hope to include all MHJA Year-end Award Hunter sections, and at least 2 Jumper Exhibition classes. A big thank you to Tracy and Alex for their gracious offerings!
Articles and Eyes and Ears newsletter deadline is NOW!!
TRAINERS: Horseman's Directory Ads Due Feb 15! Reference Jan 22 email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Renew now to continue advertising in the Newsletter and online.
THIS FRIDAY, Jan 31, is the deadline to save $5 on your MHJA Membership. Review the Membership page and choose to use the online OR paper option.
Mid States Horse Shows request from Dan Urban.
MHJA's greatest supporter and good friend, Dan Urban, has requested our Competitive Members take 15 seconds to complete a ONE question survey. Check your email for the survey link from email@example.com.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT BANQUET.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 (See calendar)
Cocktail Reception 6 PM
Buffet Dinner 7 PM
Awards 8 PM
DJ AND DANCING TO FOLLOW AWARDS!
Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted for silent auction items at the banquet. Membership renewal table: online or paper!
Gold Medal winning Todd MInikus will be the Jumping clinician at the Midwest Horse Fair (April 17-19, 2020, Madison, WI). Application deadline is January 9.
2020 MHJA-approved rated Horse Shows along with Red Pine and North Run Schooling Shows now published on our site, including Calendar.
Congratulations to our new MHJA Board members: Anna Renier, DVM, Pat Perry Wiernewski, Jeni McDermott, and returning member Betsy Gambach.
Congratulations also go out to our new President: Kelsey Ostberg; and returning Vice President and Treasurer: Norine Wilcox and Kaylyn Cody, Secretary: TBD.
We extend our deep gratitude to outgoing Officers and Members: Sue Novak, President, Tammy Johnson, Secretary, and BOD Members Elizabeth LaFrenz, Michelle Kallenbach, and Kelly Volp.
Attention MHJA Year End Award Champions: Champion photos for The Chronicle Horse Show Issue DUE DECEMBER 13. If you and/or your horse are MHJA Champions, and want your picture in The Chronicle, follow these directions.
If you or your horse were Zone 6 Champions also, include that info, as your picture will be put under the Zone Awards.
These photos will also be used in the Spring MHJA newsletter.
FINAL YEAR END POINTS PUBLISHED NOW!
One correction made in 1.30m Jumpers. Direct any questions / corrections to Betsy Kieffer no later than Dec 1.
Thanks to those who voted! New Board Members will be announced and introduced at the Dec 2 Open Meeting.
Mark your calendars for the annual MHJA Open Meeting to be held Monday, December 2, 7 p.m. at the Leatherdale Center, UMN Equine Center. Your input is needed for a very important discussion regarding the 2020 Spring MHJA Horse Show. We will no longer be able to use Carriage House as a venue for this show, so must look at what few options and dates we have available to us for 2020. Treats will be provided…we look forward to seeing you there!
CALLING MHJA JR'S BETWEEN 6th GRADE THROUGH 12th GRADE! MHJA is forming a new Board of MHJA Junior members to provide leadership & representation for the MHJA Junior program, give the MHJA Board an improved opportunity to hear from this growing segment of our Association, and also offer a leadership opportunity for our youth.
NOTICE: The Lead & Learn scheduled to be held at Arbor Hill Farm this Saturday, November 9, has been postponed. Stay tuned for future information!
Year-end Points corrected: Modified CH Hunter 2'9". Please notify Betsy Kieffer if other correction needs to be made. The year-end points will lock in Dec 1.
Exciting Holiday issue of the MHJA Newsletter is planned! The Year-end Award Winners will be shifted to the first issue of the new year, while the year-end issue will feature the Harvest Show and a celebration of the MHJA barns and members. So... each barn will receive one full page (free!) to create a collage of photos from the year! Be sure to include your barn name somewhere on the page! DEADLINE: NOV 1. Don't forget to submit your Eyes and Ears article too. DON'T DELAY!! NOV 1 IS A HARD DEADLINE!
Send your information to Heather Parish!
MHJA Juniors! Please join us on Friday, October 25 for an exciting evening at the University of MN Leatherdale Center & Piper Equine Hospital! We’re excited that the evening will include a tour of the Piper Equine Hospital, including the ICU, exam rooms, their X-ray / MRI machines, and a chance to meet Hercules, their Belgian draft and favorite blood donor! Following the tour we'll have dinner, fun activities, and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow MHJA Juniors! Space is limited so go to the following website to sign up & get more details!
Please note that because of our limited space this event is for MHJA members only. If you're not yet a member but would like to attend please fill out a membership application as well. Any new memberships are valid through 2020.
Show results for the MN Harvest Horse Show may be found at http://showplace.showmanagementsystem.com/ You can find an owner, trainer, rider or horse by using the search function in the upper right corner the website.
The MN Harvest Horse Show and MHJA are thrilled to have been selected as a qualifying venue for the Omaha Equestrian Foundation $15,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Class to be held on Thursday evening, October 3. Read more about it!
We are pleased to announce that credit cards will now be accepted at the Harvest Horse Show Office!
MN Harvest Horse Show Prize List, Entries and Schedule now available online! ENTRY DEADLINE: SEPT. 15.
2019 Points now updated through the MN State Fair!
Congratulations to our MHJA member representing Zone 6 at the USHJA Zone Jumper Championship:
1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Jumper Team Bronze Medal: Anne Meyer
Congratulations to our MHJA members representing Zone 6 at the USHJA Zone Ch/Ad Amateur Hunter Championships:
Children's Hunter Team Bronze Medal: Grace Griffin
Adult Amateur Hunter Team Gold Medal: Dr. Sharon Golden and Lindsay Vail.
POINTS THROUGH MID STATES ENCORE HORSE SHOW (WK 2) NOW AVAILABLE! Be sure to check your information carefully and let Betsy Kieffer know if there are any errors.
Carriage House horse show additions. Two more Opportunity jumper classes at .70m added on Friday and Saturday right before the regular .70 class. Come to brunch on Saturday morning, and on Sunday at noon visit the puppy dogs from Safe Hands Dog Rescue.
If you already mailed it to Patty Humphries, please complete this form and resend as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience!
The DEADLINE for the summer edition of the MHJA Newsletter is THIS WEEK...June 21. Don't forget to submit your Eyes and Ears and other articles to Heather Parish. PLUS…
ATTENTION PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: In keeping with the philosophy of Safe Sport, MHJA is implementing a policy pertaining to the potential publishing* of photographs of minors taken at horse shows and other MHJA-sanctioned activities.
* Includes MHJA-related media such as our Newsletter, FaceBook page, Website, or other MHJA publications. Please read the following summary for further clarification.
We extend our thanks to all of the exhibitors, office staff, crew and volunteers having attended and worked at the MHJA Spring Horse Show. Your participation made this annual show a great success!
Important Information for MHJA Horse Show:
- Please Do NOT arrive prior to 4 p.m. on Tuesday
- Please Park in designated areas as required
Maffitt Lake Spring Gathering I Prize List, Entry, Schedule now available! Entry Deadline April 23. This show counts toward MHJA Year-End Awards.
MHJA Spring Horse Show Update #2: the following classes have been added to the schedule on Sat. Opportunity Jumper .70-.75m (Class 403) and Exhibition Jumper .70-.75m, (Class 404). Both classes are Opportunity. Additional information can be found here.
MHJA SPRING SHOW UPDATE: The specs for the Hunter Challenge (Class #197) have been changed to include "3' and 3' with 3'3" Option" and is now also open to Pro riders." Check Here to see the revised Specifications
Congratulations to MHJA member, Kelsey Ostberg, for being selected to receive a private lesson with none other than George Morris while at the Omaha Int'l Horse Show.
Come visit the new beautiful Carrageen Farm in Independence and learn about show grooming (Kelsey Ostberg), nutrition (Rachel Motett, Purina), and medicine and lameness diagnosis (Erica Dobbs, DVM) at this April 27 1-3 pm Multi-Dimensional Clinic! Sponsored in partnership with MHJA. MHJA JUNIORS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! Learn more and SIGN UP HERE!
It's the Horsemanship Challenge Quiz time of the year! If you are less than 21 as of Dec.1, 2019, consider applying for this great opportunity!
Urban Equine Events UEE Goodtime Days Horse Show information / forms now available. Entries close March 28.
A hearty thank you to the businesses and farms supporting MHJA in 2019 through online sponsorship, newsletter advertising and Horsemen's Directory participation. A special welcome to those sponsors who are new for us! You are all greatly appreciated.
A big thanks to Red Pine Horse Show Association and North Run Farm for providing an excellent offering of Hunter, Jumper and Dressage schooling shows in our area. A combined Schooling Show Schedule is now accessible from our home page.
2019 Media Kit and Ad Insertion Order Form are now available. Advertising rates remain the same for 2019! The deadline for the Spring Newsletter has been extended to NO LATER THAN FEB 22.
Red Pine Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show schedule and host locations now available on MHJA Calendar page. A combined schooling show list will be posted on the home page very soon.
NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL!! Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Anna Renier, you have the opportunity to bid on a certificate for One Horse Physical Exam that expires 12-24-2019 (see the certificate with specifics). If interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your $ bid and your email address. Top bid as of 1-24-18 will be the winner! Bidding is also taking place on our Face Book page. You can find out more details about Dr. Anna Renier on her web site www.renierequine.com (612) 386.7798
Now that winter has settled in we often have the desire to cocoon in this part of the country. The MHJA BOD strongly encourages all OWNERS, TRAINERS AND RIDERS 18 years of age and older, to take this time to educate yourself about Safe Sport. There are 3 modules and you do not have to complete them all at once. The training is informative and required to be completed prior to competing during 2019.
When you check in at a show, the secretary will confirm you have taken this training. You may print off your USEF/USHJA card which will show you have completed the requirement. The show secretary will also have a list from USEF identifying your status. Including a copy of your updated membership card with your entry is also a way to confirm your eligibility to compete.
Don't wait until the last minute! It takes 24 - 48 hours for USEF to confirm your Safe Sport training completion. There will be nothing the show secretary can do if USEF has no record in their system. We would hate for anyone to be turned away from competition due to procrastination.
SAFE SPORT GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS
Hopefully, parents of our riders who are minors are aware of the extremely important USEF Safe Sport Policy that has been implemented.