May 2019
We're gearing up for the summer show season! Scroll down to catch important deadlines in May, find competitive opportunities for your Derby or Green Hunter, make sure you're prepared for the horse show with our downloadable stall card and more!
Last Chance! Upcoming Application & Qualifying Deadlines

WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular Returns to Blenheim
The $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular will take place Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Blenheim EquiSports June Classic 1 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano, California.

All WCHR members are eligible to participate in this two-round class with fence height options set at 3'6", 3'9" or 4'0". Both rounds are judged by at least two judging panels consisting of two judges each, and the top 12 horses will be called back for the second round from low to high score within their respective heights. Entries for the Blenheim EquiSports June Classic 1 close May 13.  Read More
Derby Mania! Find the USHJA Hunter Derby for You
Pony Hunter Derby and Championships
The USHJA Pony Hunter Derby offers juniors the opportunity to compete ponies in a series modeled after the International and National Hunter Derby programs. New in 2019 are two USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships—one on each coast.
East Coast
July 30-August 4, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
Qualifying Period: August 13, 2018-June 2, 2019
West Coast
September 11-15, 2019
San Juan Capistrano, California
Qualifying Period: August 13, 2018-July 15, 2019
International Hunter Derby and Championship
The USHJA International Hunter Derby program was created to bring the tradition and art of horsemanship back to the show ring stronger and better than ever. Since the program's inception, more than $13 million has been paid out to exhibitors, and once again the Championship will feature a guaranteed minimum of $100,000 in prize money!

Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
August 15-17, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
Qualifying Period:  June 2, 2018-June 1, 2019
National Hunter Derby
The USHJA National Hunter Derby program provides both horses and riders a place to gain experience in Derby competition at a lower height and difficulty level. Whether an end goal or a stepping stone toward competing in an International Hunter Derby, the National Hunter Derbies have often proven some of the most exciting classes at competitions nationwide, while educating athletes in the time-honored tradition of showing hunters.
More Opportunity to Earn Green for Green Hunters
Designed to encourage the development of green horses, the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program  provides three ways to earn great prize money for your 3', 3'3", 3'6" and 3'9" Green hunter:
  1. Enter a USHJA Green Incentive Stake class at a competition near you
  2. Participate in one of five Regional Championships
  3. Participate in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship

Horses must be enrolled in the Green Hunter Incentive Program and registered with the USHJA and recorded with the USEF prior to competing. Enroll before the second deadline and save all Green Hunters can enroll by June 1 for $550!
2019 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championships
Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships
August 13-15, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
Qualifying Period:  December 1, 2017-July 24, 2019
Gochman Family Grant Recipients Announced
Congratulations to 2019 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant recipients Sofia McCoy of Hampstead, Maryland; Eddyn Molden of Middletown, Virginia; and Alexandra van der Woude of Warrenton, Virginia. The grant will provide these three young equestrians with the experience of a lifetime at the  2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, held August 6-11, 2019.
Let Us Know: Show Awards
My favorite horse show award is a(n):
Picture Frame
Engraved Keeper Tray
Embroidered Pillow
Have another horse show prize suggestion? Let us know!
Sport History Spotlight: New USHJA Wheeler Museum Exhibit Brings Horse Show Photography to Life
You’re invited to the newest Wheeler Museum exhibit, "Through The Lens: The Art of Hunter/Jumper Photography," now open to the public at the USHJA Headquarters in Lexington, Ky. Photos on display by nine featured photographers and nearly a dozen others provide a unique view of 60 years of hunter/jumper horse shows. 
The exhibit showcases images selected by legendary photographers themselves and accompanied by their stories behind the images. While practicing the art of shooting on film and with digital cameras, hunter/jumper photographers have captured the elegance of hunters and the power of jumpers and given us a visual history of the hunter/jumper sport. You’ll see iconic horses, riders, and events; images captured through strategic planning or luck of location or lighting; and candid shots filled with emotion. You’ll also go on a trip through time of horse show exhibitor and spectator fashion!
The exhibit also includes items from the permanent collection of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame related to the horses and riders featured in the photographs on display and a special section dedicated to film excerpts from "Harry & Snowman" and personal mementos loaned by the de Leyer family. Read More
Have you placed your ad yet?
We can help you design your ad for $100! Contact Michelle Adaway at or (859) 619-8263. The deadline to reserve ad space for the July issue is May 15.
Show Season Prep: Don’t forget your stall card!
In the case of an emergency after show hours, a stall card is your way of letting show personnel know how to contact you, should anything be wrong with your horse. Before heading to the showgrounds, pack a completed stall card and post it on your horse's stall door upon arrival. Your horse’s life may depend on it!
Save the Date: 2019 USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver
Save the date! Join us in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado, December 8-12, for the 2019 USHJA Annual Meeting. The USHJA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Denver City Center for a discounted rate of $189/night. For more information and to book your accommodations today, visit
USHJA Guide to Competition Rules
As the national affiliate for hunters and jumpers, the USHJA plays an important role in providing input to USEF rules that affect the hunter and jumper disciplines. At the same time, the USHJA aims to help our members understand the rules in place and proposals being considered, while providing a mechanism through which our members can provide feedback and input to the rules that affect them. 

The rule change process for 2020 is already underway, with USHJA committees, task forces and working groups meeting to discuss proposed changes. Individuals who are also members of US Equestrian are eligible to submit a standard rule change proposal, but must do so by June 1.

Familiarize yourself with the rule change process and how rule change proposals are submitted by clicking the button. More information about submitting a rule change proposal as an individual can be obtained by contacting USEF Customer Care at (859) 258-2472.
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