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Welcome to the USHJA Hunter Newsletter. This newsletter is sent monthly to USHJA Hunter members and is designed to provide you with news and updates relevant to the hunters, as well helpful tips and advice from our sponsors. We hope you enjoy it and encourage feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to


2014 International Hunter Derby Championship Invitations Issued

Invitations have been issued to compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on August 14-16.


In 2013, the Championship prize money topped $173,000 and once again, 80 percent of the entry fees will be added to the guaranteed $100,000 to create the total prize money purse. In addition, the Derby Challenge (formerly Consolation Round), generously supported by Moyer Farms, will offer $10,000 in prize money.


The prize list, entry forms as well as a list of qualified horses, are available online.

Entries must be received in the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show office or postmarked by August 1, 2014, to be eligible to compete in the Championship.




Visit the IHD Championship Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.

Derby Championship 101 

The Tier System Explained 

Click on the image above for the full size diagram.

2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championship by the Numbers

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Championship returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, August 12-14, 2014. The excitement felt around the Stonelea ring during the inaugural Championship in 2013 was contagious, attracting hundreds of spectators for all three rounds of competition.


By The Numbers:

  • A total of 339 horses are enrolled in the Pre-Green Incentive Program
  • 175 horses are currently qualified for to compete in the 2014 Championship
  • Total prize money for the 2014 Championship has already reached $96,752 (not including 50 percent of each entry fee that is added to the pot!)
  • As new horses enroll in the program, 65 percent of each enrollment fee is added to the total Championship prize money
  • Championship prize money has the potential to exceed $143,500 if more horses enter in 2014 than in 2013
  • In 2014 an $11,500 Pre-Green Bonus Award will be offered-more details to available soon!
Visit the PGIP Championship Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.
Premium Entry Option: International Hunter Derby and Pre-Green Incentive Program Championships

Do you have a Derby or Pre-Green horse that you want to compete in the 2014 Championship? The Premium Entry Option was created to provide an avenue for owners to enter horses in the IHD Championship and the PGIP Championship that for various reasons, were not able to qualify through the standard process. Click here for more details.


Visit the IHD Championship Page or the PGIP Championship Page respectively for more information. Or, contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.

2015 World Championship Hunter Rider

Member Event Applications Open July 1

Are you a licensee or manager of a Premier or National rated competition interested in hosting a WCHR Member Event? USHJA will be accepting applications to host a 2015 WCHR Member Event starting on July 1, through August 15. WCHR Member Events are determined on an annual basis by assessing member evaluations, member voting, competition standards, geographic distribution and member concentration.Competition Requirements and the official application will be available July 1.


Visit the WCHR website or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.

2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic is Rapidly Approaching

The 2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 7, 2014, during the USEF Junior Hunter Championships East Coast held July 7-8, 2014, at Brandywine Valley Summer Series in Devon, PA. The prize list for the US East Coast Junior Hunter Finals and USHJA/ Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be available from the Brandywine Valley Summer Series Horse Show. Qualifying ends on July 1, 2014.


The complete list of 2014 qualified riders is available on the  USHJA Hunterdon Cup webpage.

For more information on the Classic, contact Sarah Fishback (859) 225-6720.

2014 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program is in full force with the competition year nearly halfway complete. Both national and zone earnings are being tracked and with 65 horse shows already in the books the leader board is changing quickly.


Adult Amateur riders don't forget you earn zone bonus points for your National Hunter Derby placings as well. For a list of the current leaders for the Adult Amateurs as of June 16, 2014, click here.


Full standings, including standings by zone can be found on the NHD Standings page and upcoming National Hunter Derbies can be found on the NHD Competition Calendar. 


Please contact Sarah Fishback at (859) 225-6720 for questions about the National Hunter Derby Program.

Congratulations to the WCHR South Central Regional Competitors

The WCHR's first region wrapped up competition over Memorial Day weekend at the Southwest Classic Horse Show in Tyler, TX. During this competition WCHR members qualified for the WCHR Finals held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show and earned WCHR Medallions based on their placings in the final regional standings. We would like to congratulate the winners of the South Central region in each of the 10 WCHR categories as well as the two owner championships. 

Adult Amateur  
Melanie Jeanes of Dallas, TX
Amateur Owner 3'3"

Didi MacKenzie of Flower Mound, TX

Amateur Owner 3'6"
Jana Rodes of Argyle, TX
Olivia Parr of Marshall, TX
Developing Professional

Colleen Acosta of Southlake, TX & Sarah Rice of New Caney, TX

Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK & Martien Van Der Hoeven of Spring, TX
Junior 3'3"      

Haley Fleming of McKinney, TX

Annakate Long of Magnolia, TX
Colleen Acosta of Southlake, TX & Sarah Rice of New Caney, TX
Developing Professional Owner

Sophia DePumpo of Southlake, TX

Professional Owner
Sophia DePumpo of Southlake, TX

All eight WCHR regions seasons are well under way. National points are adding up!  Complete standings available on the WCHR Standings webpage.  


Join now and be part of the fun in 2014 - Visit the WCHR Membership webpage for more details!

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