Zone Competitor Information

This page is designed to educate members and competitors on understanding USHJA membership requirements, points, programs and local opportunities within their zone.

Designate "Hunter" or "Jumper"

It is of upmost importance for all hunter jumper members to designate a primary discipline with the USHJA. Members can designate a primary discipline on the membership form (or online membership) or submit a request in writing to USHJA: email Jamie Martinez. Members that are not "hunter" or "jumper" designated do not have a vote in USHJA elections. Undesignated members also are not counted towards the zone's year end financial allotment. This allotment is based on the number of members that have declared "hunter" or "jumper" as a primary designation.

USHJA Rule Resource

Visit the USHJA rule resource for rule changes, new rules and other rule-related information.

USHJA Zone Points

Not to be confused with the USEF National Horse of the Year Program, USHJA Zone HOTY awards are earned by participating in competitions in your home zone. Please note that not all USHJA Zone HOTY awards have a corresponding USEF National HOTY award.

What is needed to compete for USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Awards?

1. USHJA Horse Registration (one time fee)
2. USEF Horse Recording (annual or life membership)
3. USHJA Active competing membership for owner, rider and trainer
4. USEF Active competing membership for owner, rider and trainer

Active competing memberships are required in order to compete at USEF competitions for the owner and rider or individuals will be subject to non-member fees.

The USHJA Zone HOTY awards were developed at the zone level and include the following sections:

Hunter: Children's hunters (which can be broken into children’s hunter horse and children’s hunter pony), adult amateur hunter and pony hunter breeding. The pre-green section is offered in all zones. Children's hunters, adult amateur hunters and pre-green sections are based on the C-rated points chart, regardless the rating of the competition per USEF Rule GR1131.

Jumper: Children’s and adult jumper, pony jumper, 5-year old, 6-year old and 7/8-year old jumper USHJA Zone HOTY awards are based on the number of entries that competed in the class and assigned points per USEF Rule GR1133. The USHJA Zone HOTY Awards for junior jumper and amateur owner jumper sections will be based on one point for every dollar won in their classification at regular competitions.

Receive USHJA Zone HOTY and USEF National HOTY Points

The regular working, green working, amateur owner, conformation hunter, junior hunter, pony hunter and classics are awarded USHJA zone points as well as national USEF points. USHJA zone points are only awarded if horse and rider are competing within their home zone. The USHJA zone points for the regular working, green working, amateur owner, conformation hunter, junior hunter and pony hunter divisions are based on the B-rated points chart, regardless the rating of the competition.

USHJA zone points are can only be accrued if the competition follows the zone specifications.

Points in Contiguous States

A contiguous state is a state outside of a particular zone that is defined by the owner's home state of the zone. A home state is the owner's state of residence according to USEF as the date they renew their membership. Always compare specifications of a contiguous state’s zone specifications with your zone specifications before entering a class.

As this chart shows, if a contiguous state offers a section that is not offered by the owner's home zone, points will not count at the zone level, but will be counted towards USEF national HOTY awards. The points will also not count if the zone specifications are different in the contiguous state than in the owner's home zone.

The zone specifications are updated annually according to the zone’s needs and should be reviewed each year. Drafts of proposed zone specifications will be on the website for comments by zone members in July for the following year.

Find a Competition in Your Area

The USEF link below allows you to search for competitions by state, zone and discipline type. You do not need to fill in every field to search for a competition. If you fill in zone and discipline type (hunter) this will list all of the shows in your zone.

Search for Competitions on the USEF Competition Calendar

Clinics and Programs

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Helpful Information
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USHJA Education Department - (859) 225-6700