Barb Arkin on Zuni


Barb was involved in horses practically her entire life. She recalled that the first formal lessons she ever took were from a retired Army Calvary man at what was then the Denver Riding Academy where he taught all abilities to jump. When he retired, the new owners had Saddlebreds so she switched right over to Saddle Seat.


Ask the Expert: Celia Thomas

Although it feels like only yesterday that the show season ended, we are already gearing up for the 2018 season! I have been asked to discuss warm-up ring safety and protocols as well as checking in with the people who run the back gate at shows.


The Colorado Hunter Jumper Foundation is pleased to announce that several scholarships will be available for 2018. These Scholarships are funded in part by donations from the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association and in part by the generosity of CHJA members, family, and friends who participated in the Silent Auction at the Awards Banquet. Special appreciation goes to Franci Martin who coordinated the 2016 auction, and her team of volunteers who made it possible.
Scholarship Deadline is May 1, 2018.

The US Equestrian Federation released the attached official horse welfare and safety penalty guidelines.  

By Carol O’Meara, Rules and Specs Chair

Several Bylaws and Rule Changes were passed by the Board of Directors at their October meeting. An amendment to the Bylaws will streamline the process for making rule changes which are required to be in compliance with USEF/USHJA/Zone 8 Specs. Those changes can now be recommended by the Rules and Specs Committee and approved by the Board without going through the normal rule change process.

Rule Change Proposals for 2019

These proposals will be considered and voted on at the Board of Directors meeting on October 15, 2018. See the CHJA Web Site for meeting time and location.


1. Amend Bylaws Article XII Rule Changes to add a new letter H:

Changes required to be in compliance with changes in USEF/ USHJA/Zone 8 rules and specs may be made by the Rules Committee without going through steps A-E. The membership will be notified of any such changes within 45 days.


Rainbow Through the Horse's Ears

It's hard to believe that our Copper Penny Horse Shows were about a month ago but here we are - school has started and the days are definitely feeling a bit cooler. This year, CHJA tried a new format by eliminating the A-rated shows in Estes Park opting instead for two weeks of traditional locally rated classes with a number of special classes and events.

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better, the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association is hosting a locally rated horse show at the Colorado Horse Park Sept. 22-23. This isn't just any old horse show, though. It will be in an all-Classics format with prize money, special awards, extra points and more derby-style courses.


Application Deadline Approaching for 2018 Vital Horse Show Staff Award

This wonderful award recognizes two horse show staff members (one from each coast) for their behind the scenes work to make horse shows successful. CHJA and Zone 8 are filled with dedicated and passionate horse show staff, so who will you nominate? Hurry, the deadline is October 5th! Learn more HERE.

Well, lookie here! It's Delaney Flynn, Rob Gage and Tali DeJong really representing Zone 8 at Old Salem for NAYC!