Specs. - USHJA Jumper Team Championship – ZONES IX & X
ELIGIBILITY - Riders wishing to be considered for qualifying for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championship must submit an official application along with a non-refundable fee of $60 (per horse/rider combination) to USHJA by June 26, 2017. Riders must be US Citizens, and must be current, active Junior or Amateur members in good standing with the USEF and USHJA (GR126.1 & JP100.1). The horse must be registered with USHJA (JP100.2) and recorded with USEF pursuant to USEF GR1102, in good standing under USEF rules, and shown under the owner of record who must be an active member of USHJA (GR1110.1).
QUALIFYING PROCEDURES - The qualifying period for the 2017 ZONES IX & X Championship is December 1, 2016 – September 26, 2017. A Horse/Rider that has earned at least 20 points ($20 money won) in their respective Section at USEF Licensed Competitions held prior to June 1 will be eligible.
Classes to count for each respective Section include:
Children’s Adult Championship: Children’s/Adult Jumper Classes held at 1.10m-1.15m
Junior/Amateur 1.20m-1.25m: Junior, Amateur, Amateur-Owner or Young Jumper classes held at 1.20m-1.25m (Junior/Amateur classes at this height labeled Modified, Low, etc. will count).
Junior/Amateur 1.30m-1.35m: Junior, Amateur, Amateur-Owner or Young Jumper classes held at 1.30m-1.35m (Junior/Amateur classes at this height labeled Modified, Medium, etc. will count).
ELIGIBILITY - A rider will only be eligible to compete in one section of the Championship in any year. A rider in the Children’s/Adult Championship may not have shown over fences higher than 1.20 during the competition year; A rider in the Junior/Amateur 1.20m-1.25m may not have shown over fences higher than 1.35m during the competition year; A rider in the Junior/Amateur 1.30m-1.35m may not have shown over fences higher than 1.45m during the competition year.
NUMBER & COMPOSITION OF TEAMS - The number of teams each Zone may send to the Championships for each section will be a minimum of three and maximum of eight, based on density and the number of applications received in each zone.
A team will consist of a minimum of three horse/rider combinations but not more than four. These riders will participate in both the Team and the Individual competition. No horse or rider may compete on more than one team.
TEAM SELECTION - Horse/Rider combinations from each Zone will be selected according to points won in their respective section. If a rider has more than one horse in the standings, the rider must choose on which horse he will compete and the next highest ranked horse/rider combination will move into the vacancy. Up until Sunday, August 6, in the event a qualified horse/rider combination is unable to compete, a substitution may be made as follows: the next highest ranked horse/rider combination will move into the vacancy unless the rider has another horse in the standings with enough points to be eligible, in which case, the rider may substitute that horse for the original horse. After that date, if a horse/rider combination in unable to compete, the team will be reduced by one rider. If the team is reduced to fewer than three members, the remaining members will be allowed to compete as individuals. If, due to such withdrawals, there are 3 or more individuals in any section, these individuals may be allowed to form a team with the consent of USHJA.
COMPETITION SPECIFICATIONS - The Championship will be held over three days. The following three classes will be held in the order listed.
DAY ONE – The First Individual Qualifying Class - Table III, Faults Converted to Seconds. Fences 1.10m with spreads to 1.20m; 1.20m with spreads to 1.30m; 1.30m with spreads to 1.40m. Speed 350m/m. Ribbons 1-8 in each section.
DAY TWO – The Team Championship/
Second and Third Individual Qualifying Classes
Two Rounds. Nations Cup format under Table II Modified over two identical rounds. Fences 1.15m with spreads to 1.25m; 1.25m with spreads to 1.40m; 1.35m with spreads to 1.45m. Speed 350m/m. The Team Championship also serves as the Second Qualifying Class for the Individual Championship. Medals 1-3, Ribbons 1-8 in each section.
DAY THREE – The Individual Championship
Table II, One Round. Fences 1.15m with spreads to 1.30m; 1.25m with spreads to 1.40m; 1.35m with spreads to 1.50m. Speed 350m/m. In the case of a tie for First, Second or Third Place overall, there will be a jump-off in which time will decide.
DAY ONE – The First Individual Qualifying Class - Scored under Table III – Faults Converted to seconds. Open to all. The final time obtained by each competitor will be multiplied by the coefficient of .5 and converted to points. Points will be rounded to hundredths (two decimal places). The competitor with the lowest points after this conversion will be given a score of Zero faults. The other competitors will receive faults representing the difference between their points and the points of the leading competitor. A rider who has been eliminated or retired will receive a score of 20 points higher than the highest scored competitor. These scores will carry over into the next round.
DAY TWO – The Team Championship / Second and Third Individual Qualifying Classes - Two Rounds. Nations Cup Format under Table II, Modified. To be held over two identical rounds. Each team of four will discard their high score in each round. A team with three riders will have no discard score. The winning team will be the team with the lowest combined scores from the two rounds. In the case of a tie amongst teams in First, Second or Third place, a jump-off will be held in which time will decide. If there are ties for more than two places, the jump-off for the lowest place will take place first. If a jump-off is required, one team member will compete in the jump-off.
Each individual’s first and second round score (faults) will be added to the score from the first round. These scores will carry over to the Final Individual Round. Scores (faults) from the jump-off will not be added.
Only horse/rider combinations that have taken part in the First Individual Qualifying Class (Day One) may compete in the Team Championship
DAY THREE – The Individual Championship Table II, Modified. To be held over one round. Each individual’s Final Round score (faults) will be added to the scores from the First and Second days competitions to determine the winners.
In case of equality of faults for First, Second or Third place overall, a jump-off will be held in which time will decide. If there are ties for more than two places, the jump-off for the lowest place will take place first.
The top 20 horse/rider combinations (and any tied at 20th) based on cumulative penalties from the First, Second and Third Individual Qualifiers will be eligible for the Individual Final. If, for any reason, one or more of the qualified horse/rider combinations are unable to start, they will not be replaced. The horse/rider combination must have participated in the First Individual Qualifying Class (completed or not) and have completed the two rounds of the Team Competition without having been eliminated or retiring.
OVERALL – The Individual Champion is the horse/rider combination with the lowest cumulative score from the First, Second, Third and Final Individual Classes (jump-off scores from the Team Championship will not be added in).
DAY ONE – The First Individual Qualifying Class - The starting order for the First Individual Qualifier will be according to a draw.
DAY TWO – The Team Championship / Second and Third Individual Qualifying Classes - The starting order of the teams in the Team Championship will be according to a draw for the first round, and will occur at the same time as the draw for the First Individual Qualifier. The order of riders for the teams will be determined by the Chef d'Equipe immediately following the draw. An additional draw will be held to determine the starting order of the Individuals, who will compete at the start of the Team competition.
In the second round, the starting order of teams will be reverse order of team scores from the first round. Any teams tied will go in the order of their first round drawn order. Individuals will again compete before the teams, in reverse order of scores in round one. Any individuals tied will go in reverse order of that of round one.
DAY THREE – Individual Championship - The starting order will be the reverse order of scores from the First, Second and Third Individual Qualifying Classes. In the event of equality of scores, the result of the First Qualifying Class will be the deciding factor for with the lowest placed horse/rider combination going first
EQUIPMENT - Only Running Martingales or Standing Martingales, used in conventional manner, are permitted. German martingales or draw reins may not be used at any time, including when schooling. The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse’s leg, front or hind (single or multiple boots, fetlock rings, etc.), is 500 grams (shoe excluded).
STABLING / CHECK-IN - Horses must be stabled on the grounds beginning Thursday, November 9, at 10 am, and must declare their stabling location to the Show Office. At this point, the horse/rider are officially checked-in for the Championship and all schooling requirements and restrictions will be in effect.
SCHOOLING - Commencing Thursday, November 9, at 10 am, and until finished competing in the Championship, only the Competition Rider may ride his/her entry. Competition Number must be worn at all times while mounted. USEF Jumper Schooling rules will be in effect.
RESTRICTIONS - Horses competing in the Championship may not compete in any other class at the same competition commencing with the jog until finished competing in the Championship.
HORSE INSPECTION / JOG - There will be a MANDATORY HORSE INSPECTION Friday morning, location to be announced. A Person Responsible for the horse must be present at the horse inspection. For the purposes of these Championships the Person Responsible is defined as the rider, trainer, parent/guardian, or an authorized representative (authorization in writing is required). Horses not accepted at the Horse Inspection will have one opportunity to be re-presented prior to the First Individual Qualifying Class. Horses not accepted after being re-presented will not be allowed to compete.
RIDERS MEETING - There will be a mandatory Riders Meeting immediately following the Horse Inspection. Additional requirements regarding schooling, lungeing, riding areas, etc. will be discussed at this time.
HORSE HEALTH DOCUMENTS - Passports are not required, but horses must have and present health documents including Coggins and vaccination records as required by their state of origin, the state in which the Championship is being held, and as required by the competition. Documents must be on file in the Show Office prior to the Horse Inspection.
BONUS POINTS - Bonus Points will be awarded toward Zone HOTY championships. Refer to USHJA Specifications for details.
AWARDS - Ribbons and Prize Money awarded in each section as follows:
First Individual Qualifier: Ribbons 1-8 | Prize Money 1-8: 30% 22% 15% 10% 7% 6% 5% 5%
Team Championship: Medals 1-3 | Ribbons 1-8 - Prize Money to Teams 1-3: 50% 30% 20% Distributed evenly to team members
Overall Individual: Medals 1-3 | Ribbons 1-8 | Prize Money to Overall Individual Winners 1-3: 50% 30% 20%