Welcome to the Show Management Department! This department has been designed as an information center for Show Managers, Show Secretaries and Trainers.
Be sure to check it often for updates and news that may affect your show!
News Update 12/20/2012
The CHJA Equitation Committee is pleased to announce that the CHJA Adult Medal will be split into two age groups at the 30th Anniversary 2013 CHJA Medal Finals. If there are at least 15 entrants over 35, that will constitute one of the age groups. If there are not at least 15 entrants over 35, then we will look at the ages of the qualifiers that have entered and will split the group equally so that we have 2 classes, "youngers' and olders".
To qualify you must obtain 12 points by entering a CHJA Adult Medal Qualifying class at any CHJA Recognized horse show at which the class is offered. The qualifying classes will not be split by age. The Medal Finals class specs will remain the same for both groups.
CHJA ADULT MEDAL: Rider to be an Amateur Adult Member of the CHJA. The class consists of two phases. The first phase is shown over a course of not less than eight obstacles 3' in height, which must include one combination including an oxer, and two changes of direction (change of lead) after the first fence. 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 horse to be shown by the same rider in both phases. Judges may require additional testing, using current US EQUESTRIAN Tests 1-19.
We hope this gives all of our Adult members an opportunity to participate in the 30th Anniversary 2013 CHJA Adult Medal Finals!
Karen Amedeo and Holly Rebello
Equitation Committee Co Chairmen
News Update 11/26/2012
The CHJA Board met on November 19, 2012 and discussed several changes for the 2013 CHJA Rule book. Some of these are clarifications and some are rule changes. The clarifications do not need to be voted upon at the CHJA Annual Meeting on January 14, 2013, but the rule changes will need to be voted upon. If you have comments, feedback, or questions, please direct them to Lynn Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to the Annual Meeting on January 14th and give us your feedback!
Rule Clarifications (these are all made to the current 2012 CHJA Rule Book):
Page 10: Added "CHJA" to the definition of what is a "recognized show."
Page 11: Added that breakaway jump cups must be used on the back rails of all oxers.
Page 12: Added a specific description of what constitutes a green pony hunter (this follows USEF rules, and syncs CHJA with CHSA and NEHC rule books)
Page 12: In rated hunters, moved pre-green to its own section, because pregreens fall under zone specs (there is no national definition)
Page 21: Changed prize list requirements in section (k) to remove specificity and indicate we follow USEF rules regarding what's allowed to change after a prize list has been issued. The USEF has modified its requirements for adding/changing divisions and classes in the past few years to accommodate shows through the weak economy, and this will keep the CHJA rule book up-to-date without having to make clarifications.
Page 25: Fine for failure to submit proof of insurance 14 days prior to show date increased from $100 to $200.
Rule Changes (these are proposed edits/additions to the 2012 Rule Book, to take effect in the 2013 show year effective on December 1, 2012):
Page 2: Article III, Section 3, of the CHJA Bylaws, changed to allow a President to be elected to and serve more than two 2-year terms. This makes it consistent with the terms of all the other Officers of the CHJA:
The President shall be the chief executive of the Association and shall be responsible for conducting its activities, subject only to the control of the Board of Directors. S/He shall preside at open meetings of members and at meetings of Directors at which he is present. The President may serve for any number of terms and shall be elected to 2-year terms.
Page 12: Edited Pre-Children's Hunters to add "never shown over 2'6" to bring CHJA specs in line with CHSA:
Open to junior riders who are eligible for Limit equitation over fences as of December 1 of the current show year and have never shown over fences exceeding 2'6" at a recognized horse show. Riders may show horses or ponies. Fence height 2'0". At the same show, horse/rider and pony/rider combinations may not cross enter into Children's Hunter Horse/Pony, Pony Hunters or any class where fences exceed 2'6". No combinations permitted.
Page 12: Add a Modified Children's Hunter Division to coincide with the same division already recognized by CHSA, with the same specifications:
Open to junior riders who are eligible for Children's Equitation. Open to horses or ponies. Fence height 2'6". Spreads not to exceed fence height. No combinations. At the same show, same horse/rider or pony/rider combination cannot enter any over fence classes exceeding 2'6".
Pages 13 & 17: Change specifications on Modified Adult Hunter and Equitation divisions to remove the eligibility requirement to previously having not won more than "six blue ribbons in adult equitation classes." This requirement is unenforceable and unfairly penalizes riders who may have won these ribbons years ago and whose current skills are now appropriate for these divisions. The requirement that a rider not have shown at more than three recognized shows at 3' or higher in the past two show years remains. The specs would now be:
Open to adult amateur riders who, as of Dec. 1 of the current show year, have not shown in classes with fences 3' or higher at more than three recognized (USEF, CHJA, CHSA, NEHC) horse shows within the past two show years. Riders in this division may not compete in any class at the same show where obstacles exceed 2'6".
(Note to Show Managers: a prize list offering Modified Adult Equitation with these full specifications may list the specifications for Modified Adult Hunters as "Must be eligible for Modified Adult Equitation.")
Page 13: Add Low Children's and Low Adult Amateur Jumper Divisions. In the past, these divisions have always been run according to Zone 1 specs, but 2013 specs call for a minimum height of 1.05m to 1.15m (3'5"-3'9"). The specs for the new Low divisions will be the same as for the Zone 1 division with the exception that the height will be 3'-3'3". Riders may show in either division (not at the same show) and CHJA points will accrue at both heights for one combined year-end award. The rule book will change as follows:
2. Children's Jumper Division (Zone 1 specs)
a. Division Specifications: see current USEF Zone 1 specifications
b. Course Requirements: see current USEF Zone 1 requirements
3. Low Children"s Jumper Division
a. Division Specifications: same as current USEF Zone 1 specifications with the exception that the fence heights are to be set at 3'-3'3", and, if offered, a rider may not show in both the Children"s Jumper and the Low Children"s Jumper at the same show.
b. Course Requirements: All obstacles to be set at 3'-3'3"
c. Members accruing points in the Zone 1 Children's Jumper division and the Low Children's Jumper division will be eligible for one combined CHJA year-end award.
4. Adult Amateur Jumper Division (Zone 1 specs)
a. Division Specifications: see current USEF Zone 1 specifications
b. Course Requirements: see current USEF Zone 1 requirements
5. Low Adult Amateur Jumper Division
a. Division Specifications: same as current USEF Zone 1 specifications with the exception that the fence heights are to be set at 3'-3'3", and, if offered, a rider may not show in both the Adult Amateur Jumper and the Low Adult Amateur Jumper at the same show.
b. Course Requirements: All obstacles to be set at 3'-3'3"
c. Members accruing points in the Zone 1 Adult Amateur Jumper division and the Low Adult Amateur Jumper division will be eligible for one combined CHJA year-end award.
News Update June 4, 2012
The 2013 CHJA Horse Show Affiiation instructions and application form are now available! Click on Show Affiliation to the right! Applications must be received by September 17. In order for approval to be granted, they must be accompanied by 2013 Membership Applications for the Secretary and Manager and full payment of any outstanding debts.
News Update April 11, 2011
Re: No CHJA points for Marshall & Sterling 2nd round Class/Classic for Children/Adult Hunters
News Update January 28, 2010
Dear CHJA Professional Members!
We are pleased to announce that the Connecticut Hunter & Jumper Association has established a program to assist Trainers who wish to participate in the USHJA's Trainer's Symposium being held at the Westbrook Hunt Club April 19-21, 2010. Click on the link below for more information about the symposium
A total of two (2) grants in an amount not to exceed $200 each will be awarded to two (2) active CHJA Professional Members. Recipients will be selected by a lottery to be held at the CHJA Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 6th at the Hartford Marriott. The Trainer must be a current CHJA Professional Member and does not have to attend the banquet in order to win. The grant is non transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. The cost of an Early 3 day Registration for the the symposium will be paid by the CHJA directly to the USHJA and the winning trainers must provide the CHJA with a completed registration form no later than March 1 so it can be submitted to the USHJA with payment by the CHJA.
To enter, send an email expressing your interest to the CHJA office at email@example.com no later than Thursday, February 4, 2010.
The CHJA Board Of Directors
If you have any questions please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
News Update January 20, 2010
The following rule changes (in red) were voted on and approved at the Board of Director's meeting on January 11, 2010 and are in immediate effect:
C. CHJA Medal Class Requirements
In each of the below listed classes, the following shall apply:
a. Only CHJA Members are permitted to compete in these classes. Membership cards or numbers must be provided, or a membership application completed and dues paid at the time of registration for these classes. These are stand alone classes and may not be combined with any other class.
b. 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.
c. 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 complete both phases.
d. The judge will select at least six contestants, if available, to compete in the second phase at a walk, trot and canter. USEF recognized shows that are awarding eight places may call back eight contestants, but high score points will only be awarded to six places.
e. Where available, the judge shall pin a reserve.
f. The same horse shall be shown by the same rider in all phases.
g. For any class to count, at least four riders must complete both phases of the class.
h. Exhibitors may compete in only one CHJA Medal Class per show.
i. 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.
j. A CHJA Medal qualifying class is a standalone class and cannot be combined with any other class. If a CHJA Medal Qualifying class is combined with any other class, points will not be awarded.
RULE 2. REQUIREMENTS FOR SHOW MANAGEMENT
Part 1. Show Affiliation
G. Medal Class Fees
Effective February 1, 2010, fees for Medal Classes will be $5.00 per entry per class with no maximum cap. These fees are payable on completion of the class and must accompany horse show results as required by Part 6.
News Update July 8, 2009
Reminder! CHJA Medal Finals Qualifying Classes are "stand alone" classes and cannot be combined with any other class.
News Update June 1, 2009
We have had multiple requests asking us to to consolidate all of the Requirements for Show Management including the Prize List Requirements and the Reporting of Show Results into one easy to read reference guide. Click on Requirements For Show Management to the right to view and print the new reference guide!
News Update May 25, 2009
Question: What determines fence height for division or medal finals eligibility. Is it the fence height listed in the CHJA class descriptions and prize list, or is it the fence height the class was actually run at during a recognized horse show?
Answer: For eligibility purposes, fence height is always determined by what is in the prize list/CHJA class descriptions although we are aware that in an effort to fill classes, fence heights are often lower than what is stated.
It is not OK to enter a division or class (even as a "filler") whose class requirements jeopardize your eligibility simply because the fence height was run lower than what the prize list stated. We go by whatever CHJA class description/fence height is stated in the prize list.
A Pre Children's Equitation rider will lose their eligibility if they enter a 3' Children's Hunter Horse fence class (either as a free standing class or combined).The eligibility will be lost even if the class was run with a fence height of 2 feet!
A Children's Equitation rider will lose their Children's Medal eligibility if they enter a 15-17 fence class (either as a free standing class or combined) if it is stated in the prize list that the fence height is 3' 3" or not to exceed 3' 6". The eligibility will be lost even if the class was run with a fence height of 2'6".
A Short Stirrup rider will lose their eligibility if they enter a Children's Equitation fence class. The eligibility will be lost even if the class was run with a fence height of 18".
If a class is recognized by the CHJA, then the CHJA class descriptions will be used to determine division or medal finals eligibility regardless of what fence height the show manager may choose to run the class at. Hopefully, the CHJA recognized classes are run as close to their specifications as possible.
If you have questions about class requirements or eligibility while at a horse show, we recommend that you always consult the Steward.
News Update May 1, 2009
At our recent board meeting we made some immediately effective rule clarifications that we hope will make things easier for our show managers, secretaries and members.
New Prize List Requirements
As you know, the CHJA is very supportive of the use of abbreviated prize lists. Printing and mailing multi-page prize lists to hundreds of potential exhibitors is cost prohibitive and just doesn't make any sense in this age of technology. However, we still have the responsibility of making sure that our members are able to clearly see what classes are CHJA recognized at your horse show. Just last week we fielded over 40 calls from members with questions about 2 upcoming shows that did not have a complete prize list either mailed or posted on their web site. In an effort to be user friendly to both show management and our membership, a number of rule clarifications were made at our last board meeting, which will go into effect immediately. Of particular importance is that the CHJA classes must be clearly identified in your prize lists, and if you are not mailing a prize list, it must be available online.
Please click on Requirements For Show Management to the right for a reference guide that includes all of the clarifications.
Lastly, in an effort to be more eco friendly, we will no longer be mailing hard copies of the membership labels. Please send us an email if you still require labels, what show you want them for, and we will send them electronically, formatted and ready for you to print. Let us know if you would like the entire active membership list, or if you would prefer just the active professionals.
News Update March 5, 2009
New Hunter Classic Requirements
Children's Hunter Classic
The top 25 horses/ponies in Children's Hunter Division (horses and ponies combined) will be invited to participate in the CHJA Children's Hunter Classic providing they have a minimum of 50 points accrued as of the end of the qualifying period. Points for the Children's Hunter Classic will accrue as of December 1 of the previous year to 20 days before the current year's Hunter Classics. In order to accumulate points, horse/ponies and their owners must be current members of the CHJA in good standing. The Equitation Committee may, at its discretion, increase or decrease the minimum point requirements for any given year.
Adult Hunter Classic
The top 25 horses in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division (Over and Under 35 combined) will be invited to participate in the CHJA Adult Hunter Classic providing they have a minimum of 50 points accrued as of the end of the qualifying period. Points for the Adult Hunter Classic will accrue as of December1 of the previous year to 20 days before the current year's Hunter Classics. In order to accumulate points, horses and their owners must be current members of the CHJA in good standing. The Equitation Committee may, at its discretion, increase or decrease the minimum point requirements for any given year.
News Update January 29, 2009
USHJA Horse Recording
Many of our CHJA approved shows are also approved by the national governing board of our sport, the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). If you will be showing in a USEF approved show, you should be aware of new rules instituted for this show year beginning December 1, 2008, which require you to obtain a registration number for ALL horses showing in hunter, hunter breeding, jumper and hunter seat equitation classes. This is in addition to you needing to be a USEF and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) member (or pay a fee) at USEF licensed shows. For more information, and possible exceptions, please visit www.usef.org or www.ushja.org
The rule reads as follows:
HU101 Eligibility to Compete-Horse and Pony.
1. USHJA Horse Registrations.
a. All horses competing in Federation non-breed restricted licensed competitions with hunter, hunter breeding, jumper and hunter seat equitation classes (except those activities enumerated in GR901.9, items 1-9) must be properly identified and must obtain a Registration Number from USHJA. A registration number for each horse must be entered on all entry forms for licensed competitions. Only one Registration Number will be issued per horse, and must remain with the horse throughout its career. Anyone knowingly applying for a duplicate Registration Number for an individual horse may be subject to disciplinary action. The Federation and/or USHJA as applicable must be notified of any change of ownership and/or competition name of the horse. Owners are requested to notify the Federation and/or USHJA as applicable of corrections to previously submitted information, e.g., names, addresses, breed registration, pedigree, or markings.
b. Applications for Registration Numbers can be completed online at www.ushja.org or www.usef.org using the Horse Registration application form. The Horse application form is also available from the USHJA or Federation office, or it can be downloaded from the USHJA or Federation website or from competition management. Competition management is responsible for notifying exhibitors of this requirement in their prizelist. EC 8/18/08 Effective 12/1/08
News Update January 12, 2009 Leadline Equitation Class Description All competitors who have accumulated 20 points in recognized Leadline classes will receive a year-end recognition award. Riders obtaining 20 points are still eligible to compete in these leadline classes.
New Leadline Rules for 2009!
In 2009, the requirements for earning year-end recognition in the Leadline Division have been modified. Previously, a rider was required to win one first place award in a recognized class in order to receive a recognition award at the Annual CHJA Awards Banquet. In order to ensure that as many children as possible are recognized, the criterion has been changed to be that a rider must accumulate at least 20 points in recognized Leadline classes.
At the Annual Meeting on January 1, a rule was passed to ensure that as many children as possible are recognized. Effective immediately only one (1) entrant is required to compete in and complete the lead line class in order for points to count.
Open to riders who have not reached their 7th birthday and have not competed in any classes in a USEF OR CHJA Recognized show other than leadline. Entries may be asked to trot. Riders to be judged on elementary fundamentals of horsemanship. An adult is required to lead each entry. Additionally:
Classes in this division are not subject to the points multiplier for number of entries, so all placings will receive single points.
Only (1) entrant is required to complete in and complete (show and place) the class for points to be awarded.
There is no minimum show requirement for this division.
Leadline Equitation Class Description All competitors who have accumulated 20 points in recognized Leadline classes will receive a year-end recognition award.
All competitors who have accumulated 20 points in recognized Leadline classes will receive a year-end recognition award.
Riders obtaining 20 points are still eligible to compete in these leadline classes.