2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship


The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on August 14-16, 2014, along with the exciting and innovative rider tier system, first unveiled in 2013. Every horse enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program that earns a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, while enrolled, at competitions starting between June 2, 2013, and June 1, 2014, is eligible to compete. The Sheila C. Johnson Ring in the spacious outdoor Rolex Stadium once again hosts the event.

Prize Money and Entry Fee

The Championship prize money topped $173,000 in 2013, and once again 80% of the entry fees will be added to the guaranteed $100,000 to create the total prize money purse. In addition the Derby Challenge will offer $10,000 in prize money.

More than 150 horses have qualified and if the same number of horses enter this year as last, the prize money will total $178,000. The more horses that enter, the higher the total prize money becomes!


   

2014 Sponsors



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Championship Format

The Derby tradition continues as all qualified and entered horses compete in the first round of competition over a Classic Hunter course featuring International Hunter Derby style fences, including height options. During the second phase of competition the rider tier concept, introduced in 2013, returns. Riders have been grouped into two tiers based on their amount of Derby money won; to be classified as Tier I, a rider must have been standing 20th or higher on the IHD Lifetime Rider Money Won list as of December 1, 2013. All other riders are classified as Tier II.

Two additional Handy Hunter Rounds are offered, for which qualifying is based on rider rank and the Classic Hunter Round performance. A minimum of 20 horses from the Classic Hunter Round are invited to compete in the Section A Handy Hunter Round for 75% of the total prize money and the title of the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion. Both Tier I and Tier II riders are eligible to compete.

The Section B Handy Hunter Round is open to a minimum of 20 Tier II rider-and-horse combinations from the Classic Hunter Round. If a Tier II rider-and-horse combination is already qualified for the Section A Handy Hunter Round, they are required to compete in Section A but their scores carry forward to the standings of Section B. The remaining 25% of the total prize money is awarded to Section B, and placings include all Tier II rider-and-horse combinations competing in either the Section A or Section B Handy Hunter Round. Under this format, Tier II rider-and-horse combinations are eligible for prize money and placings from both sections.

Final placings in both tiers are based off of composite scores from the Classic Hunter and Handy Hunter Rounds.

Derby Challenge

Formerly known as the Consolation Round, the Derby Challenge is open to all horses that did not qualify for either the Section A or Section B Handy Hunter Rounds, guaranteeing each entry in the Championship two rounds of competition. Each horse starts the Derby Challenge with a clean slate, where no scores from the Classic Hunter Round carry forward. Horses compete for $10,000 in prize money with the top 12 horses taking home a share of the prize money. The Derby Challenge is generously supported by Moyer Farm.

Map and Directions to Kentucky Horse Park (PDF)

2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals named "International Hunter Derby of the Year" by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame




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