Rider Applications Open, Dates and Locations Announced for  USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships
Championships return for a second year, give hunter competitors a team experience

Lexington, Ky. --- Feb. 10, 2017 --- The United States Hunter Jumper Association has opened applications for the 2017 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak . Riders must apply by May 1, 2017, in order for their Children's or Adult Amateur Hunter points to count toward qualifying for this year's Championships.   

The Championships will be held across the country as follows:

North Region (Zones 1, 2 & 5)
Showplace End of Summer
August 9-13, 2017
Crete, Illinois
Qualifying Period: December 1, 2016-June 10, 2017
*To be held concurrently with the Zone 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships

South Region (Zones 3 & 4)
Atlanta Summer Classic II
June 21-25, 2017
Conyers, Georgia
Qualifying Period: December 1, 2016-April 22, 2017

Central Region (Zones 6 & 7)
GO Show
July 9-16, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Qualifying Period: December 1, 2016-May 11, 2017
*To be held concurrently with the Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships

West Region (Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12)
Oregon High Desert Classic I
July 18-23, 2017
Bend, Oregon
Qualifying Period: December 1, 2016-May 19, 2017

The Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year championship points in their respective Children's or Adult Amateur hunter section. The qualifying period began December 1, 2016, and will end 60 days prior to the start of each region's championship. During the qualifying period, riders cannot compete in a class that exceeds 3'3" with the exception of the USHJA National Hunter Derby, and the Children's or Adult Amateur Jumper sections.

Current Active members who are declared Professional with USEF are encouraged to apply to serve as a team Chef d'Equipe for their respective zone. The role of the Chef d'Equipe is to understand the specifications and format of the competition and be available to team members and their trainers to answer any questions concerning the event. In order to be considered for the position of Chef d'Equipe, a member must meet the requirements, complete an application and submit it to USHJA no later than March 15, 2017. Applications for zone Chefs d'Equipe can be found under each region's webpage.

The Regional Championships consists of two days of competition. The first day is the team competition with three phases: an under saddle and two classic hunter style courses. The team with the highest overall score is Team Champion. The second day is open only to horse-and-rider combinations ranked 40th or above from the team competition, as well as team alternates who did not compete in the team competition and individual riders whose zones were unable to field a complete team. The individual competition also consists of three phases: an under saddle, a classic hunter derby style course and a handy hunter course. Each phase will be placed and awarded individually with the Individual Champion being the horse-and-rider combination with the highest overall score from all three phases.

Each rider's Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $100 paid by the rider's USHJA Zone. For more information about the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships including specifications, standings, and to apply, visit  www.ushja.org/chaahunter

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