Nations Cup-style format gives Children’s/Adult Amateur, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper competitors a preview to high-performance show jumping

 

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Lexington, Ky. — Feb. 10, 2017 — Today, the United States Hunter Jumper Association announced the dates, locations, and opening of rider applications for the 2017 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships. The newly expanded championships will include Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper (1.10/1.15m), 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur Jumper, as well as 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper sections.

 

 

Held by zone, this Nations Cup-style format offers competitors a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year points in their respective jumper sections. Interested riders must complete an application by May 1 and earn a minimum of 20 points (or $20 money won) in their respective sections at USEF-licensed competitions held at the designated championship fence heights prior to the minimum point deadline listed below. Riders’ points, which will be used to determine their qualification for the Championships, lock 60 days prior to the date of their zone’s championships.

 

Zones 1 & 2
Princeton Show Jumping Fall I
September 21-24, 2017
Princeton, New Jersey

Minimum Point Deadline: June 1

Points Lock: July 24

 

Zones 3 & 4
Constitution Classic
August 25-27, 2017
Culpeper, Virginia

Minimum Point Deadline: June 1

Points Lock: June 26

 

Zones 5 & 6*
Showplace End of Summer
August 11-13, 2017
Crete, Illinois

Minimum Point Deadline: June 1

Points Lock: June 12
*To be held concurrently with the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter North Region Championships (Zones 1, 2 and 5)

Zones 7 & 8*
GO Show
July 9-16, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Points Lock and Minimum Point Deadline: May 10
*To be held concurrently with the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Region Championships (Zones 6 and 7)

Zones 9 & 10
National Sunshine Series II
November 10-12, 2017
Thermal, California

Minimum Point Deadline: June 1

Points Lock: September 11

 

Riders must also ensure they do not jump higher than the fence heights permitted for their section and that they and their horse meet all the other requirements outlined in the program specifications.

These Championships complement existing Zone Horse of the Year Jumper Championships, which will be available in Zones 2-10 in 2017. Zone HOTY Jumper Championships offer any USHJA member the opportunity to compete in individual competition in their jumper section for extra “Championship” points that count toward year-end HOTY awards. For more information about your zone’s

 

HOTY Championships, visit www.ushja.org/zones and select your zone.

Current Active members who are declared Professional with USEF are encouraged to apply to serve as a team Chef d’Equipe for their respective zone. The role of the Chef d’Equipe is to understand the specifications and format of the competition and be available to team members and their trainers to answer any questions concerning the event. In order to be considered for the position of Chef d’Equipe, a member must meet the requirements, complete an application and submit it to USHJA no later than March 15, 2017. Applications for zone Chefs d’Equipe can be found under each zone championship’s webpage.

 

Each rider’s Championship costs will be offset by a minimum of $75 paid by the rider’s USHJA Zone. For more information about the USHJA Zone Jumper Championships and to apply to have points count toward qualifying, visit www.ushja.org/zonejumper.

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