13 episodes

Welcome to USHJA On Course, the official podcast of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. From beyond the competition arena, we'll introduce you to aspects of the sport you've always wanted to know more about, tricks of the trade from prominent members of the community and even reveal some topics you may have never thought of. Tune in each month as we chat with top juniors, amateurs and professionals all across the industry to discuss the latest happenings in the sport and how it is changing all of our lives.

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Welcome to USHJA On Course, the official podcast of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. From beyond the competition arena, we'll introduce you to aspects of the sport you've always wanted to know more about, tricks of the trade from prominent members of the community and even reveal some topics you may have never thought of. Tune in each month as we chat with top juniors, amateurs and professionals all across the industry to discuss the latest happenings in the sport and how it is changing all of our lives.

    12. Changing Perceptions with Wren Zimmerman

    12. Changing Perceptions with Wren Zimmerman

    Wren Blae Zimmerman is a Jumper rider who has a unique story. Diagnosed with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, Wren is legally blind but doesn't let that stop her from her riding goals. With no recognized para-equestrian discipline for Hunter/Jumpers, she competes against able-bodied riders on her mission to change the perception about what those that are blind and visually impaired are capable of. Hear from her about how she persevered in the saddle and how we can further the sport for others with disabilities.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music.

    • 26 min
    11. Adjusting for Amateurs with Caitlin Creel

    11. Adjusting for Amateurs with Caitlin Creel

    Caitlin Creel is an amateur Jumper rider who used her voice to speak up about the rule change proposal put forward by the USHJA Joint Amateurs Task Force in late 2020. Caitlin's petition quickly caught the eye of Task Force members, fostering a pivotal conversation that helped lead to revaluation of the amateur rules as a whole. Now, Caitlin sits on the USEF Amateur Task Force with the purpose of reviewing the existing rules defining USEF amateur status. The future of the rules regarding amateurs is sure to change, and Caitlin can put her name down as a catalyst for what is to come. In this episode, hear from her about what sparked this passion for amateur representation and how those members are bettering the sport.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music.

    • 47 min
    10. Giving Back with Rob Jacobs

    10. Giving Back with Rob Jacobs

    An advocate for giving back to the equestrian sport, Rob Jacobs is the founder of the Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity, has long been involved with the USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals, and sits on the USHJA's Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee. He is also a rider and trainer, recently relocating to California as the assistant trainer for Archie Cox at Brookway Stables. In this episode, hear more from him about how he is changing to sport for the better in a variety of ways.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music.

    • 50 min
    9. Taking the Lead with Campbell Hudkins

    9. Taking the Lead with Campbell Hudkins

    At just 13 years old, Campbell Hudkins had a pretty amazing 2020. After spending her time off during the COVID-19 pandemic fundraising for USHA's Feed Aid program, she won the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Final - East at the Capital Challenge Horse Show after rising 75 placings through three phases. She wrapped up the year as the recipient of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award for her philanthropic efforts and leadership in the sport. Join us as we chat about her successful year both in and out of the saddle and what is in store for her next.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music.

    • 26 min
    8. Opening Stall Doors with Jane DaCosta

    8. Opening Stall Doors with Jane DaCosta

    This episode's guest is Jane DaCosta, founder and executive director of the Metropolitan Equestrian Team. A longtime rider and passionate horsewoman, Jane founded MET in 2010 with the mission to provide aspiring athletes in grades 3-12 with the opportunity to participate in equestrian sport and educational opportunities, regardless of their socioeconomic status. In addition to running the non-profit organization, which is an official affiliate organization of the USHJA, Jane sits on the USHJA's Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee and is committed to opening stall doors to future equestrians from all walks of life. Let's hear more from Jane herself on how MET has changed the lives of so many riders and how we can encourage diversity in the sport.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music.

    • 53 min
    7. Growing as a Professional with Caitlyn Shiels

    7. Growing as a Professional with Caitlyn Shiels

    Caitlyn Shiels is the owner and head trainer of True North Stables, based out of Illinois and Florida. After her years of success a junior, including claiming gold at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Caitlyn is a seasoned competitor, now having competed in multiple USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, WCHR events and more. We chat with her at the end of 2020 about being a professional in the industry and staying positive through life's setbacks.

    Thank you to Brian Bowman for the theme music!

    • 27 min

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