Important Reminders About Medal Qualifying Classes
Riders qualify by accumulating 12 or more points in CHJA Medal Classes held at Recognized Shows during the qualifying period.
The qualifying period runs from 20 days before the previous year's Medal Finals competition to 20 days prior to the current year's Medal Finals competition. In determining the date of a competition, the day the show begins is used.
For any class to count, at least four riders (active CHJA members) must complete both phases of the class. Membership cards or numbers must be provided, or a membership application completed and appropriate fees paid at the time of registration for these classes.
If there are only 4 entrants in a Medal Class, and one of the entrants is a nonmember, the class will not count and points will not be awarded. If there are only 4 entries in a Medal Class, we urge you to check with Show Management and make sure they have verified that all entrants are active CHJA Members!
"Fillers" must be active members and can join at the show.
If a CHJA Medal Qualifying class is combined with any other class, points will not be awarded.
CHJA Medal Qualifying classes may not be run as an Open Card. The class consists of two phases. The first phase is over obstacles and the second phase is on the flat with each phase counting 50%.
In order to win a ribbon, a rider must ride in the flat phase if asked to return.
The judge will select at least six contestants, if available, to compete in the second phase at a walk, trot and canter. Where available, the judge shall pin a reserve.
If there are between 4 and 30 entrants, the class may not be split. If the class has between 31 and 40 entrants, the class may be split at the Show Manager’s discretion and points will be awarded as if 2 classes ran. If there are over 40 entrants, the class must be split and points will be awarded as if 2 classes ran.
The judge will select at least six contestants, if available, to compete in the second phase at a walk, trot and canter. Where available, the judge shall pin a reserve. The same horse shall be shown by the same rider in all phases.
Shows (Regular or Local) may offer one of each type of CHJA Medal class per show. This applies to one- day or multi-day shows.
Exhibitors may compete in only one CHJA Medal Class per show.
Points are scored 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/2 regardless of the classification of the show or the number of entrants in the class.
If a rider jumps over 2' 6' at a recognized show or qualifies for or competes in a 2’6” equitation final including the CHJA Children’s Medal, they are no longer eligible for the Pre Children's Medal Final. This also means they can no longer show in the Pre Children's Medal at regular shows.
If a rider jumps over 3' at a recognized show or qualifies for or shows in a 3' equitation final including the CHJA Junior Medal, they are no longer eligible for the Children's Medal Final. This also means they can no longer show in the Children's Medal at regular shows.
Even if they have qualified for multiple Medal Finals, competitors may only compete in one Equitation Medal Final in a given year. For example, if a rider qualifies for both the CHJA Children's Medal and the CHJA Pony Medal, they must choose to do one or the other.
A rider qualifying for the CHJA Junior Medal Final may choose to ride in either the Junior Medal Final or the Master's Medal Final. If a rider has ever qualified for any 3'6" (or higher) final prior to the end of the qualifying period for the current year's Medal Finals, (e.g., Medal/Maclay/Washington/USEF) they must ride in the Masters Medal Final.