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.
17. REPLAY: Equitation with Ellie Ferrigno
This month we are wrapping up four months of highlighting all things USHJA. June is Equitation month and we are celebrating with a replay of one of our most loved episodes with equitation superstar Ellie Ferrigno. Originally recorded in September of 2020, right after she took third in the 2020 USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic - East, Ellie was an expert in the equitation ring during her junior years and has continued her success on Auburn University's NCEA team and in all three rings as an amateur. Whether you're hearing it for the first time or back for a re-listen, we hope you enjoy this special replay.
16. The Thrill of Jumpers with Zoie Brogdon
This month we are celebrating Jumpers with Zoie Brogdon, a young rider who is making her mark on the sport in more ways than one. Zoie got her start in the horse world through the Compton Junior Equestrians and now has a few 1.10/1.15m national championships under her belt. In 2021, she topped Zones 9 and 10's Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, claiming individual gold, and took reserve champion in the USEF/USHJA 1.10/1.15m Children's Jumper National Championship at the 2021 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships. She ended the year as the 1.10/1.15m HOTY Champion in Zone 10. Join me as we talk about her love of Jumpers and how she is making strides toward bettering the sport both in and out of the saddle.
This month's guest is helping us celebrate Jumper Month, the third of four months that highlight everything USHJA has to offer its members, from education to equitation. Follow along on social media with #WeAreUSHunterJumper so you don't miss a thing.
15. Becoming a World Championship Hunter Rider with Geoffrey Hesslink
Welcome back to USHJA On Course! This month we are celebrating all things Hunters with an episode featuring one of USHJA's latest champions, Geoffrey Hesslink. Geoffrey recently added another big win to his list of accomplishments in the Hunter ring when he won this year's $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. As a young professional, he has brought clients to great success in all three rings alongside his partner Brendan Williams and their co-founded Hesslink Williams LLC. Listen in as we discuss where he got his start, how he battles his show ring nerves, and what this WCHR win means to him.
This month's guest is helping us celebrate Hunter Month, the second of four months that highlight everything USHJA has to offer its members, from education to equitation. Follow along on social media with #WeAreUSHunterJumper so you don't miss a thing. Then join us on Instagram on Friday, April 29th at 6 PM Eastern Time as Bethany Lee of My Equestrian Style hosts Amanda Steege and Augusta Iwasaki to answer your questions live. You just might win a special prize from our sponsors! Be sure to also listen to The Equestrian Podcast to learn more about these two top hunter riders.
14. Life Changing Experiences with Lizzy Traband
Enjoy meeting multi-disciplined equestrian, Lizzy Traband, in this month's episode! Lizzy has participated in everything from trick riding to para-dressage to the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation rings. She is a past recipient of multiple USHJA grants, including the $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education Scholarship and the now discontinued Making a Dream Grant; is also a two-time Emerging Athletes Program National Finalist; was USHJA's Nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman Award; and was named the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year in 2016. After a successful collegiate career and a turn in Germany, she is now a young professional set on making her mark on the Hunter/Jumper industry. Tune in as we chat about her journey through the sport.
13. Creating a Co-Branded Collection with Katie Rosenfels and Raina King of Free Ride Equestrian
We're back and kicking off a second season with two guests from a collaboration like we've never done before! USHJA has teamed up with inventive equestrian apparel brand Free Ride Equestrian for a limited edition co-branded collection featuring co-branded sun shirts with SPF 50 protection, breeches with four-way stretch, uni-sex vintage style tees and more. In addition, a donation of 12% of the gross sales from the collection will benefit USHJA programs. Shop the collection now at shopUSHJA.org/FRE.
Our guests, Katie and Raina, are the founders and designers behind Free Ride Equestrian. With apparel that makes riders feel comfortable and confident in and out of the saddle, these two strive to design the highest quality clothing for riders. Stay tuned as we chat with them about how Free Ride Equestrian came to be and what is in store for those shopping this unique new collaboration with USHJA.
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.
I always enjoy hearing new perspectives and viewpoints from people all across our sport. This podcast embodies that!