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What's New at the 2020 CHJA Medal Finals?

We are pleased to announce that the point requirement to Qualify for the 2020 CHJA Pony Medal, CHJA Pre-Children's Medal, CHJA Children's Medal, CHJA Junior Medal, CHJA Modified Adult Medal and the CHJA Adult Medal is 10 points! 

Small and Medium ponies will jump obstacles 2'0" in height and Large ponies to jump obstacles 2' 6" in height!

Effective December 1, the fence heights have been lowered for both the CHJA Pony Medal qualifying classes and the CHJA Pony Medal Finals. Any points accrued since August 1, 2019 in the CHJA Pony Medal qualifying classes under the old fence heights will count for the 2020 Pony Medal. The new qualifying class specifications are:

Rider to be a Junior Member of CHJA who has not reached his/her 18th birthday. The class consists of two phases. The first phase is shown over a course of not less than six obstacles. Small and medium ponies to jump obstacles 2'0" in height. Large ponies to jump obstacles 2' 6" in height. A combination is optional and must be adjusted according to fence height. If the distance between obstacles is less than 72' then the distance must be adjusted for each height section. Judges will select at least six contestants (if available) to show at a walk, trot, and canter. The second (flat) phase is mandatory and will count 50%. The same pony to be shown by the same rider in both phases. To fill the class at least four competitors must complete both phases of the class. Judges may require additional testing, using current USEF Tests 1-8.

This does not change the qualifying criteria. You must qualify in either the Children's Hunter Horse, Children's Hunter Pony or the Adult Amateur Hunter Division (Over and Under 35 combined) by being in the top twenty-five of the division with a minimum of 50 points at the end of the qualifying period.

The new  specifications are:

The CHJA Hunter Classics will be judged as a Hunter Derby, in a two-round format. To be judged on an open numerical system by two USEF registered judges. In the first round (Classic Hunter Round), all horses/ponies will jump a hunter type course consisting of a minimum of ten jumps. The first round will be judged on performance, hunter pace, jumping style, quality and substance, and movement. 

The first round should include at least one in and out, one bending line, one unrelated distance, and one long approach. Higher options (maximum of four) may be included for bonus points. The obstacles are to simulate those found in the hunt field. Natural obstacles may be used.

Only the top ten (10) competitors are eligible to return for the second (Handy Hunter) round. The second round will consist of at least eight obstacles, and must have a minimum of two handy options, such as: tight turns, different tracks, clever options for jump approaches, pen type obstacles, hand gallop a jump, trot a lowered obstacle not to exceed 2’6” in height, halt and/or back. Gimmicky options are not appropriate. The second round shall be judged on performance, hunter pace, jumping style, quality and substance, movement, handiness and brilliance of pace.  After a base score is given, one point will be added for each high option fence jumped (maximum of four).      

Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. If a tie exists for first place only after the second round, a third round will be held to determine the winner. All other ties will remain tied. Prize money will be split, and equal points will be given to those riders. No rider may show more than two horses in any one classic. Ten ribbons will be awarded in each class.     

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