December 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017
Join World Championship Hunter Rider
All membership applications must be completed online.
USHJA is not responsible for and cannot honor WCHR membership applications that are not completed online.
In order to be eligible for WCHR National and Regional Awards riders and owners must be current members of the WCHR program.
Riders and owners must be members of WCHR by midnight Eastern Time of the final licensed day of a competition for points from that competition to count toward WCHR standings and awards. Following USEF rules, there is no grace period.
For questions regarding membership status, contact Hunter Dept in writing.
Changing a Rider Category
A member may change their category once during the membership year. All points in the original category are non-transferable and will be forfeited, while points in the new category will be retroactive for the qualifying year. Members have until June 1 to notify the USHJA of the change in writing. It is recommended that you use a method of delivery which provides delivery confirmation. No category changes will be made after June 1 of the qualifying year. If the final Member Event in a region begins prior to June 1, no category changes will be accepted once the final Member Event has commenced.
The country is divided geographically into eight regions and each member must declare only one region upon joining.
If a region is not designated on the membership application, the home address on the membership application will determine the WCHR region. A WCHR Program member may change his declared region one time during the WCHR membership year. Members may only change their region if they have not competed in a WCHR Member Event in the region which they originally declared. WCHR points will not be retroactive for the member’s new region. Members must send a request for a change of WCHR region to USHJA in writing with the required $50 application fee. It is recommended that a method of delivery which provides delivery conformation be used. USHJA is not responsible for requests not received.
Once a rider has won three cumulative Regional Championships in the same category (Children's, Junior or Pony only), that rider is no longer eligible for regional awards in that category. The policy is retroactive to the start of the WCHR Program. The rider may join as a member in said category and remain eligible for national awards.
Once a rider has won three cumulative National Championships in the same category (Children's, Junior or Pony only), that rider will be awarded a Gold Medallion and is no longer eligible for national awards in that category. The policy is retroactive to the start of the WCHR Program. The rider may join as a member in said category and accrue points toward regional awards if otherwise eligible.
Once a rider has won three cumulative Challenge classes at the WCHR Finals in the same category (Children’s, Junior or Pony only), that rider will be awarded a Silver Medallion and is no longer eligible to compete in that Challenge. The policy is retroactive to the start of the WCHR Program.
Developing Professionals, be sure to review the Developing Professional specifications before renewing your membership!
Important Registry Information: A Farm/Business Owner membership requirement is
still in effect for those owners interested in accumulating points toward Owner awards for horses
whose owners of record are farms or businesses. The WCHR Program follows the USEF model by requiring
the owner of record of each horse competing to be a current WCHR member, in order to accumulate points
toward WCHR Owner awards and trophies. If a horse's recorded owner is a farm/business, the farm/business
must be a current member of WCHR at the time of competition for owner points earned by that horse to be
considered valid. WCHR considers the owner of record to be the owner(s) of record with USEF.
A horse must be ridden by the same rider in all classes throughout its respective section at each Member Event
(Exception: Under Saddle classes) in order for the points to count. Riders competing on more than one horse will
only accrue points earned by their highest placing horse overall in their respective WCHR category at each Member
Event. Model Classes and Hunter Classics do not count. A Professional and Developing Professional rider's standing
will be determined by the total points earned by their highest placing horse overall in one eligible hunter section
in which that horse/rider combination competes.
In the event that a Developing Professional's highest placing horse overall at a competition comes from one of the 3'0" or 3'3" WCHR hunter sections, the points earned on that horse count toward their Developing Professional Rider standings. In addition, the points earned on their highest placing horse in a 3'6" or higher WCHR hunter section at that same competition count toward their Professional Rider standings. This may result in a rider's Developing Professional standings differing from their Professional standings.
Points from a rider's top four WCHR Member Events will be used to determine
the National and Regional standings*.
*WCHR Members only earn points toward Regional Awards by competing at Member Events held in their declared region.
Riders can only earn points in one category plus the Handy Hunter Category both nationally and in their declared region.
(Exception: Developing Professionals can earn points in the Professional and the Developing Professional Categories in the same competition year).