Official Name: USHJA International Hunter Derby
The USHJA High Performance Hunter Committee developed the USHJA International Hunter Derby to bring the art of
tradition and horsemanship back to the show ring stronger and better than ever. The USHJA International Hunter Derby
Series has successfully brought attention to show hunters at the international level; increased spectator, media and
sponsorship interest; and brought tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters.
The 2017 series consists of 75 derbies held nationwide at competitions starting between December 1, 2016, and
November 30, 2017. Through participation in the derbies, each of which offers a minimum of $10,000 in prize money,
riders qualify their enrolled horses for inclusion on the national and regional money won tracking lists and the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
International Hunter Derby Series Sponsors
Judging High Performance Hunters
Schedule of Derbies
Each USHJA International Hunter Derby consists of two rounds:
The first, a Classic Hunter course, and the second is a Handy Hunter course.
The courses are built to encourage and reward brilliance and daring from the
rider and true athletic ability from the horse.
The 12 highest-scoring horses from the Classic Hunter Round are invited
back for the Handy Hunter Round. The horse with the highest combined score
from both rounds is crowned the winner.