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Correction to Print Edition of the USEF Rule Book Regarding Green Hunter Pony Qualifying Criteria for 2014 Pony Finals
From USEF - It has come to our attention that there is an error in the printed version of the 2014 Rule Book regarding Green Hunter Pony qualifying criteria for Pony Finals. Please be advised that no changes to the qualifying criteria for Green Hunter Ponies have occurred for the 2014 competition year. As in prior years, a Green Hunter Pony will continue to qualify for Pony Finals by winning a Championship or Reserve Championship in an "AA" or "A" rated Green Hunter Pony section. Please refer to the online version of the USEF Rule Book for correct qualifying information or visit

WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular Ringside Table Sales are Open!

It's not too early to reserve seating for the West Coast Hunter Spectacular Dinner to be held Friday, April 18,2014. Celebrate in style and watch top hunter riders in the country chase down the tri-colors in the $30,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular.


Enjoy a Southern California evening full of exciting competition at the Flintridge Riding Club and let the splendor of the surroundings enhance your experience. Enjoy a nice wine and dine ringside as some of the best hunter horse and rider combinations take to the challenging course under the lights of the historic Jimmy A. Williams Oval. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and ticket options are available for full tables of four or for individual seats.  


Table and individual ticket reservations are now open.  Please contact Leslie Mangan by e-mail or by phoning (859) 225-6704 to learn more.   


Table and ticket sales are tax-deductible and proceeds from the event benefit the WCHR Program and the USHJA Foundation, which supports programs such as the Horseman's Assistance Fund  

2014 Pre-Green Incentive Series Continues to Shine

In just its second year, the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program continues to prove its popularity amongst the members. More than 220 horses have enrolled in the 2014 Pre-Green Incentive Program and 45 competitions have offered the Stake class to date.


Standings are available in all 10 categories and the national leaders to date are:

Horse Money Won: Callington owned by Jane Pittman-$1,028.00

Rider Money Won: Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC-$1,272.00


Full standings can be found on the PGIP Standings page and upcoming PGIP Stake classes can be found on the PGIP Competition Calendar.


Enroll your horse now and save - the cost to enroll your Pre-Green horse will move to the third price tier on June 2, 2014

Annual Enrollment Fee:

* Opening Date of Enrollment - February 1 of each series - $350
* February 2 - June 1 of each series- $550
* June 2 - November 30 of each series - $750  


Enrolled horses are eligible to compete in the PGIP Stake classes, qualify for the 2014 Championship and be included in the National Standings. Money won program tracking lists honor horses by age and gender, as well as the top Thoroughbred and American-Bred horses. Rider recognition is based on overall total money won.  


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the Pre-Green Incentive Program and don't forget to check out the Pre-Green Incentive on Facebook

2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championship Qualifying Criteria

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship will be held the week of August 11, 2014, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. All horses that are enrolled in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program (PGIP) and have competed in a minimum of two PGIP Stake classes during the qualifying period will be invited to compete in the Championship. The qualifying period includes competitions with a start date between December 1, 2012, and August 6, 2014.  


More detailed information about the Championship including dates, scheduling and entry deadlines will be available soon.


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the Pre-Green Incentive Program.

2014 International Hunter Derby Championship Qualifying Criteria

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship will be held the week of August 11, 2014, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. All horses enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program that have earned a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby class prize money, while enrolled, during the qualifying period will be invited to compete in the Championship. The qualifying period includes competitions with a start date of June 2, 2013, through June 1, 2014.  


The Derby Championship Qualifying List is available here.


With 19 Derby classes remaining in the qualifying period, there is still time to enroll and qualify!


More detailed information about the Championship including dates, scheduling and entry deadlines will be available soon.

USHJA International Hunter Derby 2013-14 Series Enrollment

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Program is going strong with more than 230 horses enrolled and accumulating money won toward the National and Regional tracking lists, as well as the Championship Qualifying list.


National Series Leaders to date are:

Horse Money Won: Mythical owned by David Gochman-$51,756.00

Rider Money Won: Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA-$119,748.00


A horse may compete in any International Hunter Derby without being enrolled in the International Hunter Derby Program but the standings include only those horses enrolled in the program, and the riders of enrolled horses. Enroll before you compete to become eligible for regional and national awards AND to qualify to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship!


Annual Enrollment Fee: $200 for the 2013-14 Derby Series which includes competitions starting June 2, 2013, through November 30, 2014.


A minimum of 60% of all enrollment fees collected in each region will be paid out to the top six horses on each regional Horse Money Won list at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series in November 2014.

Visit the IHD Enrollment Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details

2014 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Over three months into the competition calendar the USHJA's National Hunter Derby Series is continuing to boast strong numbers during each event. This popular class has been held at nearly 40 shows already this season. The current national leaders are:


Leading Horse: Lavasco, owned by Lauren Stuller, with earnings of $3,150.00

Leading Rider: Jordan Gilchrist with earnings of $3,150.00


Results continue to be tracked by zone as well for both horses and riders. Adult Amateur riders don't forget you earn zone bonus points for your National Hunter Derby placings as well.


Full standings, including standings by zone can be found on the NHD Standings page and upcoming National Hunter Derbies can be found on the NHD Competition Calendar. 


Please contact Sarah Fishback at (859) 225-6720 for questions about the National Hunter Derby Program.

World Championship Hunter Rider Season in Full Swing

The 2014 season of WCHR has begun in many of the regions. The Southeast Region has already seen four Member Events completed with great success. The South Central and Southwest Regions have also begun their seasons. The Central Mountain Region kicks off next week at the Scottsdale Spring Classic in Scottsdale, AZ. The entire 2014 schedule of events can be found on the WCHR Calendar. If you have already competed at a WCHR Member Event be sure to check your standings and point totals on the WCHR Standings page.


The current National Rider Standings leaders are:



City, State


Adult Amateur

Mary Jane King

Defiance, MO


Amateur Owner 3'3"

Daryl Portela

Southwest Ranches, FL


Amateur Owner 3'6"

Lexi Maounis

Greenwich, CT



Olivia Kramer

New York, NY


Developing Pro

Jennifer Bliss

North Salem, NY



John French

Woodside, CA


Junior 3'3"

Allison Postier

Odessa, FL


Junior 3'6"

Destry Spielberg

Los Angeles, CA



Zayna Rizvi

Greenwich, CT



John French

Woodside, CA


The WCHR Program continues to grow with the industry with the addition of the Junior 3'3" category, created to recognize and reward WCHR members competing in this new section, which is already proving popular, with numerous members signed up to participate.


Make sure you sign up for or renew your WCHR membership now if you have not already. You must be a member by Midnight Eastern Time on the final licensed day of the Member Event for points to count. For questions about the WCHR Program contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic 

The USHJA Hunterdon Cup is a distinct competition that combines the precision of equitation and the handiness of hunters. This prestigious class is open only to those who have qualified by being an Active USHJA junior member who has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic between July 2, 2013, and July 1, 2014. The competition consists of three rounds over fences; the Hunter phase, the Handy ride, and the Work Off round in which returning riders change horses and complete a test. 

The 2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 7, 2014, during the USEF Junior Hunter Championships East Coast held July 7-8, 2014, at Brandywine Valley Summer Series in Devon, PA. The prize list for the US East Coast Junior Hunter Finals and USHJA/ Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be available from the Brandywine Valley Summer Series Horse Show. 

The complete list of 2014 qualified riders is available on the USHJA Hunterdon Cup page. For more information on the classic contact: Sarah Fishback (859) 225-6720.

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USHJA International Hunter Derbies


USHJA National Hunter Derbies 


USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stakes



Please note the schedule change in the WCHR Midwest Region. Chagrin Valley will not be able to participate in the program in 2014, and has been replaced by Traders Point, August 5-10, 2014, in Zionsville, Indiana.

Sponsors and Partners
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
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Lexington, KY 40511
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