To qualify for a USHJA Stirrup Cup Award, a horse’s owner and rider
will be required to be Active members of USHJA. Individuals
may join via mail, online or at the competition using the competition
membership form. However, memberships must be active on or before the
first day of the competition, as outlined in the USEF Rule Book. Horses
must have a
Annual or Life recording that is active on or before the first day of the
competition. In addition, all horses are required to have a USHJA horse
registration to receive Stirrup Cup Awards points.
The points will be based on the current increment system for Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) rated competitions established by USEF. Only points earned at
Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) USEF-licensed competitions will count for this award
program. Points can only
be obtained in states within the owner's home zone, which is determined
by the owner's USEF point state. The following sections always receive “C” rated points: Children’s Hunter Horse, Children’s Hunter Pony, Adult Amateur Hunter, Pre-Green and Small Hunter.
To receive a Stirrup Cup Award, the horse must have earned points at a minimum of three shows.
Points will be earned from September 16 through September 15 of the current
Points may be contested up to October 10 of each competition year; thereafter,
points will not be changed.
In any section in which a rider could change sections due to USEF age, the following applies:
In the event an individual changes sections during the awards year due to USEF age, all
points accrued from September 15 through November 30 of each awards year shall
automatically roll into the new age section on December 1. Example: A rider's USEF
age is 35 on September 15 when the USHJA Stirrup Cup Awards year begins, but his USEF
age changes to 36 on December 1. If this occurs, points accrued from September 15 to
November 30 will roll into the 36-and-older section.