USHJA International Hunter Derby Series

Media Information

Official Name: USHJA International Hunter Derby
2015 Member Event

Name of the "X" Horse Show
USHJA International Hunter Derby
2015 Member Event


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 2015 series consists of 65 Member Events held nationwide at competitions starting between December 1, 2014, and November 30, 2015. Through participation in the Member Events, 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.

The 2015 Derby Championship, offering over $100,000 in prize money, is scheduled for August 13-15, 2015, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

International Hunter Derby Series Sponsors

Judging High Performance Hunters

Schedule of Member Events

Press Releases

Class Overview:

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.

Member Event Awards:

First - 12th-place ribbons will be presented to First Round, Second Round and overall cumulative winners of each Member Event.

Also awarded to the Overall Champion:

  • Custom Derby Award
  • Championship cooler


For class specifications questions, contact Jennifer Tirrell or (859) 225-6725.

For sponsorship questions and official quotes, contact Whitney Allen or (859) 225-6707.

Task Force members who are available to assist you for an interview:

  • Ron Danta, Chairman of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Task Force or (803) 243-0700
  • Bill Moroney, President of the United States Hunter Jumper Association or (301) 730-8280

National Hunter Derby
Hunter Department – (859) 225-6700