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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 2016-10-31

We are pleased to announce that the CHJA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to recognize a new Hunter Derby Division effective December 1, 2016. The division will be eligible for point accumulation towards a CHJA Year End Award in the new 2017 show year. 

The class specifications are as follows:

We are pleased to announce that the CHJA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to recognize a new Hunter Derby Division effective December 1, 2016. The division will be eligible for point accumulation towards a CHJA Year End Award in the new 2017 show year. 

The class specifications are as follows:

2'9" Hunter Derby. This is a two round class open to all riders to be shown over a course of ten fences at 2'9" with higher options. The first round judged on performance, hunter pace, and style, quality and substance, and movement. The course should include at least one in and out, one bending line and one unrelated distance. The obstacles are to simulate those found in a hunt field. Natural obstacles may be used. The top 4 or 25% from the first round will return to jump a handy hunter round of eight obstacles which may include at least two of the following: trot jump, tight turn option, clever options for jump approach, halt and/or back and walk jump. To be judged on style, brilliance, and handiness. Judges will adhere to USHJA Hunter Derby rules for scoring. The score will be a total of the two rounds. To fill a class, at least 4 riders must compete. 

2'6" Hunter Derby
. This is a two round class open to amateur adults and junior riders to be shown over a course of ten fences at 2'6" with higher options. The first round judged on performance, hunter pace, and style, quality and substance, and movement. The course should include at least one in and out, one bending line and one unrelated distance. The obstacles are to simulate those found in a hunt field. Natural obstacles may be used. The top 4 or 25% from the first round will return to jump a handy hunter round of eight obstacles which may include at least two of the following: trot jump, tight turn option, clever options for jump approach, halt and/or back and walk jump. To be judged on style, brilliance, and handiness.  Judges will adhere to USHJA Hunter Derby rules for scoring. The score will be a total of the two rounds. To fill a class, at least 4 riders must compete. 


2'0-2’3” Hunter Derby
 This is a two round class open to amateur adults and juniors riders to be shown over a course of ten fences at 2'0”-2’3” with higher options not to exceed 2’ 6”. The first round judged on performance, hunter pace, and style, quality and substance, and movement. The course should include at least one in and out, one bending line and one unrelated distance. The obstacles are to simulate those found in a hunt field. Natural obstacles may be used. The top 4 or 25% from the first round will return to jump a handy hunter round of eight obstacles which may include at least two of the following: trot jump, tight turn option, clever options for jump approach, halt and/or back and walk jump. To be judged on style, brilliance, and handiness. Judges will adhere to USHJA Hunter Derby rules for scoring. The score will be a total of the two rounds. To fill a class, at least 4 riders must compete.

In 2017 CHJA points will accrue at all heights for one combined year-end award.  


News Update 2016-09-22

The CHJA Board of Directors voted on the following extraordinary rule changes to the Modified Adult Medal and the Children's Medal qualifying classes at their Board Meeting on September 22, 2016. 

If, on the day of a CHJA affiliated show, either a CHJA Children’s Medal or a CHJA Modified Adult Medal qualifying class does not fill according to CHJA requirements of a minimum of four entries, then show management may combine the classes.

Riders competing in the combined class shall accumulate points in their appropriate Medal Class.

If the prize list indicates in advance that these classes will be combined, then they will not be pointed by the CHJA. 

The CHJA Board of Directors also voted on the following extraordinary rule changes to the Affiliation Show mileage limitation at their Board Meeting on September 22, 2016.  it has been reduced from 50 miles to 40 miles in conjunction with USEF'S requirement.

J. Mileage Limitation  

The distance between recognized CHJA competitions must be at least 40 radius miles.

 News Update 2015-12-01

The CHJA Board of Directors recently voted on the following changes for the 2016 Show Year. All changes go into effect on December 1 unless noted otherwise.


Rules and Policy Changes for 2016

1. 2016 Membership Fee Increase (Effective 2015-12-01)

Membership applications submitted online or postmarked prior to December 1 will be honored at the 2015 rate.

     2016 Membership Fees:
     $40 Juniors, Amateurs and Professionals
     $65 Family
     $250 Individual Lifetime
     $25 Horse or Pony Recording
     $100 Horse or Pony Lifetime  

2. Affiliation Fee Increase (Effective 2015-12-01)
Affiliation applications submitted online or postmarked prior to December 1 will be honored at the 2015 rate.

     2016 Affiliation Fees
     $00.00 to $750=$75
     $751 to $1500=$100
     Over $1500=$150

There will be an additional $50 fee for submitting hard copy affiliation applications.

3. CT Working Hunter Fences-lower fence height to 2’9” –3’ (Effective 2015-12-01)

4. SHOW CANCELLATION (Effective 2015-12-01)
In the event that a show is canceled, all affiliation fees shall be returned provided that notice of cancellation, in writing (email is acceptable), is received by the Secretary of the Standards Committee at least 60 days prior to the show date. Shows cancelled between 30 and 60 days prior to the show date will not have their affiliation fees returned. Shows canceled less than 30 days prior to the show date will not have their affiliation fees returned and will be imposed a fine of $200 unless the cancellation is due to an Act Of God such as a natural disaster or extreme weather conditions.

Those shows canceled for two consecutive years for a reason other than an Act of God will lose that show affiliation date and the date shall be considered open. Applications for open show dates will be approved on a first received basis.

Legal Definition of Act of God: An event that directly and exclusively results from the occurrence of natural causes that could not have been prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution.

5. Combining CHJA Adult and Junior Medal Qualifying Classes (Effective 2015-10-20)
The CHJA Adult Medal and CHJA Junior Medal qualifying classes may be combined if, on the day of a CHJA affiliated show, either a CHJA Junior Medal or a CHJA Adult Medal qualifying class does not fill according to CHJA requirements of a minimum of four entries in the classes.

Riders competing in the combined class shall accumulate points in their appropriate Medal Class.

6. Combined Classes for 2016 Year End Awards (Effective 2015-12-01)
The Children’s and Adult Jumpers will be combined for one year end award.
The A/O and Junior Hunters will be combined for one year end award.

7. 2016 Year End Award Guidelines (Effective 2015-12-01)

 a. A member must have 50 points in order to receive a Year End Award
 b. This does not apply to the Leadline or Walk Trot Divisions.
 c. The Year End Division Champion Awards will no longer be determined by  how many qualified for a ribbon in a division. 
 d. Under our new structure there will no longer be a Tier 1 or Tier 2. There  will be award levels  based solely on the number of points an exhibitor  earns in a division regardless of how many others qualified for a year end ribbon in that Division.
      
8.  How To Tabulate Points For Year End Awards (Effective 2015-12-01)

Eligibility

Unless otherwise noted below, all Recognized Divisions are eligible for Year-End High Score Awards.  However, in order for year end high score awards to be made, the following minimum levels of participation must be met:

1. The division must be held at a minimum of four shows during the show year with at least three eligible entries competing in and completing each class at each show.

2. Each class will stand on its own with a minimum of three entries needed to compete and complete (show and place) the class for points to be awarded

3. A horse or rider must compete at a minimum of four shows during the show year in the specified division, and when they compete the division or the individual class must be eligible to receive points (i.e. must have at least the minimum number of entries required for points) even if the horse or rider wins none of those points.
 
4. In order to accumulate points, horses/ponies must be recorded with the CHJA and the owner/lessor must be a member in good standing. Equitation classes award points to the rider who must also be a CHJA member in good standing.

5. A minimum of 50 points must be accrued in a division in order to receive a Year End Award or Ribbon

6. There will be 5 Levels of Awards for Year End Champions based on point accumulation.

 Level 1 Champion: 400 points or more will be awarded a Monogrammed CHJA Cooler
 Level 2 Champion: 300-399 points will be awarded a Monogrammed CHJA Scrim Sheet        
 Level 3 Champion: 200-299 points will be awarded a Leather Halter with Brass Plate and Lead
 Level 4 Champion: 100-199 points will be awarded a Leather Lead
 Level 5 Champion: Less than 100 points will be awarded a gift to be selected by the Awards Committee

7. All Reserve Champions will be awarded a gift to be selected by the Awards Committee.

8.  In bestowing year-end awards, the CHJA reserves the right to expand the number of places awarded in any performance division or to combine performance divisions that are normally split during the show year in order to ensure a minimum of six year-end award recipients. For example, Amateur Owner Hunters (under/over 35) and Adult Hunters (over/under 35) could be combined if recipients were fewer than six in either of the uncombined divisions. 


News Update 2014-04-15

The CHJA Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to no longer require a minimum of three (3) entries in the Walk Trot Division classes. Effective April 15, 2014 only (1) entrant is required to compete in the class for points to be awarded. All riders who accumulate 50 points in recognized Walk Trot Equitation classes will receive a year end recognition award!

News Update 2013-12-14

The CHJA Board met on November 11, 2013 and discussed several changes for the 2014 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 13, 2014, but the rule changes, although implemented, will need to be voted upon. If you have comments, feedback, or questions, please direct them to Lynn Taylor, lynnt@keiler.com, or come to the Annual Meeting and give us your feedback!

The changes are effective 12/1/2013:

1.The CHJA will recognize Opportunity classes as long as they are run according to CHJA requirements and specifications

2. The CHJA will recognize the CT Training Hunter Division. CHJA points will accrue at all four heights for one combined year-end award.

3. The CHJA will no longer recognize or award points to the Open Equitation Divisions. This change is based on lack of participation

4. In order to participate in the CHJA Medal Finals or Hunter Classics as a rider or trainer, a person must be an Active Junior, Amateur or Professional Member of the Connecticut Hunter & Jumper Association.

5. The CHJA will add a Pony Hunter Classic to the Hunter Classics held at the CHJA Medal Finals.

6. The CHJA will offer a 2’6” Modified Adult Medal at the 2014 Medal Finals. The qualifying period will run from January 1st 

 2014 to July 27, 2014. 12 points are needed to qualify.

Modified Adult Medal Qualifying Class
Open to Adult Amateur Riders. who as of December 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". To be shown over a minimum of 8 fences at 2'6"' including at least two changes of direction after the first fence and no combinations. The same horse to be shown by the same rider in both phases.  Judges may require additional testing, using current US EQUESTRIAN Tests 1-8.

7. In order to split the CHJA Adult Medal class by age groups, there must be at least 50 entrants in the class.

8. Effective 12/1 there is a new mileage limitation of 50 miles between CHJA Affiliated Horse Shows. This will apply to any new dates applied for after 12/1.


News Update
 2013-10-31
In response to many requests from the trainers and in the interest of our membership, the CHJA Board of Directors has voted on an extraordinary rule change to go into effect November 1, 2013 which would allow the Modified Children's Hunter and the Modified Adult Hunter Divisions to be combined in the event that there were less than 3 entrants in either division.
 
If, on the day of a CHJA affiliated show, any Modified Adult Hunter (2'6") or Modified Children's Hunter (2'6") classes do not fill according to CHJA requirements of a minimum of three entries, then show management may combine the classes. Riders competing in the combined class shall accumulate points in their appropriate division.

Just to recap, the following divisions may be combined and awarded CHJA points according to CHJA requirements.


Open Equitation
Junior and Adult Equitation
Pony Hunters (S,M,L)
Children's Hunters
Adult Hunters
Adult and Children's Hunters
A/O and Junior Hunters
Modified Children's and Modified Adult Hunters
Adult and Children's Jumpers
A/O and Junior Jumpers


News update 2013-06-21
In response to many requests from the trainers and in the interest of our membership, the CHJA Board of Directors has voted on an extraordinary rule change to go into effect on July 15 which would allow the Adult Equitation and the Junior Equitation Divisions to be combined in the event that there were less than 3 entrants in either division.

The rule is as follows:

If, on the day of a CHJA affiliated show, any Adult Equitation or Junior Equitation classes do not fill according to CHJA requirements of a minimum of three entries, then show management may combine the classes but must run the class at 3' for the Junior Equitation entrants and 2'9" to 3' for the Adult Equitation entrants. Riders competing in the combined class shall accumulate points in their appropriate division.

News Update 2012-12-20
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!

 

Sincerely,
Karen Amedeo and Holly Rebello
Equitation Committee Co Chairmen

News Update 2012-11-26
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, lynnt@keiler.com, 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:

C. Jumpers

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 2012-06-14
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 2011-04-11
Re: No CHJA points for Marshall & Sterling 2nd round Class/Classic for Children/Adult Hunters

Dear CHJA Affiliate Show Secretaries and Managers,
  
There has been some confusion regarding how you should handle the points from the Marshall & Sterling 2nd round Class/Classic. Hopefully this will clear it up.
 
When the M&S 2nd round Class/Classic is held as a standalone class, it is never counted toward CHJA points. 
 
However, when the M&S classes are held as part of a division, the first round class counts toward CHJA points and toward the divisional championship & reserve, and any year end awards, but the second round Class/Classic NEVER counts for CHJA points, for champion or reserve awards, or for yearend awards.
 
Why? Because it is an optional class that is only run within the division as a convenience and it is not fair to those who are not participating in M&S to have it affect the outcome of the division. Additionally, members who compete in the Classic as a standalone class do not receive points, so it would not be fair to award points for the same class if it is held as part of a division. Most members, managers and secretaries are very aware of this and understand how results are tallied.
 
Running the M&S classes within the divisions has brought up some issues regarding the show results sent to the CHJA. So we wanted to provide some direction to avoid confusion:
 
When providing show results, if you have run the second round M&S Classic within the division classes, please do not report the second round results as part of the divisional results. Right now, some shows are not only leaving it in the divisional results, but they are reporting it in two places; both in the division results, and then copying the results in another place under M&S Classic.
 
Also, the points from the second round M&S classic should not be included in the division championships for CHJA. We are putting a notice on the web site for your shows, but you might want to make it very clear in your prize lists that a second round of the M&S that is held as part of a division does not count for CHJA points, champions or reserves, or yearend awards.
 
Here's an example of how you might like to have it appear in your prize lists to eliminate any confusion:
 
CHILDREN'S HUNTER DIVISION CHJA, NEHC "B"
 
ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per class. Single classes may be entered. To be shown by junior exhibitors. Junior exhibitors 15-17 years of age must be eligible for intermediate equitation over fences as of Dec. l of the current show year. Fences not to exceed 2'6" for ponies; 3' for horses; spreads not to exceed fence height. Same horse/pony rider combination cannot show in any other rated division except equitation. Horses may be shown by another rider in any other division or section at the same show. Ponies may not cross enter into the Regular Pony Hunter Division. Jogging for soundness at the discretion of the judge. Run under current Zone 1 specs.
 
77. Children’s Hunter Pony O/F
 
78. Children’s Hunter Pony O/F
 
79. Children’s Hunter Pony O/F /1st Round M&S 
 
79. Children’s Hunter Pony 2nd Round M&S Classic (No CHJA Points)
 
81. Children’s Hunter Pony Under Saddle
 
82. Children’s Hunter Horse Fences
 
83. Children’s Hunter Horse O/F
 
84. Children’s Hunter Horse O/F /1st Round M&S
 
85. Children’s Hunter Horse 2nd Round M&S Classic   (No CHJA Points)
 
86. Children’s Hunter Horse Under Saddle
 
Children's Hunter Championship and Reserve  
 
 
For your information the Marshall and Sterling specs are below:  
 
HUNTER SPECIFICATIONS
Regular Division Requirements
In all Classes or Classics, three riders must complete the course for points to count.
 
Encouraged Classes / Divisions
Adequan Hunter Division: must offer at least three classes (two over fences and an under saddle) with a championship. One class must be designated as the Marshall & Sterling point class. Prize money is encouraged.
 
Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic: a 2'6" classic for the novice-type children's and adult rider. Must be held as a separate, two-round classic. (i.e., the first round may not be a designated class of a division). Prize money is optional.
 
Qualifying Criteria
Horses will qualify based on points earned in their division during the qualifying period. A horse's points will be recorded only if the rider of record is a current League Member. A horse may accrue points in any division for which it is eligible, and may accrue points in multiple divisions, with multiple riders, provided the rider of record is a current League Member.
 
Eligibility
Adequan Hunter
An Adequan Hunter is a horse of any age and is not restricted by previous showing in any division.
Fences 3'5"
 
Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic  
Open to Junior or Amateur riders. No cross entry of horse/pony or rider into the M&S Children's or Adult Hunter Classic. No cross entry of rider into any rated hunter division. Fences 2'6”
Fences 2'6"
 
HITS Hunter
Open to horses and ponies exclusively at HITS horse shows. Horses and riders may cross enter into any division for which they are eligible.
Eligibility for Children's and Adult Hunters will be determined by show management.
Fences 2'6"
 
Points
Awarded to the horse, provided the rider is a League Member.
Points will be awarded to sixth place in each division in the same manner as Hunter Championships (i.e.; 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, ½). Points will be awarded on this scale regardless of the number of entries in the class. In the case of a combined class (i.e.: Children's/Adult Hunter), points will be awarded according to the ribbon won.
Bonus Points will be awarded to the Champion (10 pts.) and Reserve Champion (6 pts.) in each division (not applicable for Bit o' Straw Hunter Classic or Devoucoux Hunter Prix). Only horses shown by Member Riders will have their points recorded.
 
Conduct
Option A – Classic: Required for Children's and Adult Hunters, and Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic.
 
Criteria
A Hunter Classic must be offered for Children's Hunters, Adult Hunters, and the Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic. The Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic must be held as a separate two-round classic (i.e., the first round may not be a designated class of a division). Three riders must complete the course in order for points to count. The rider need not be a member to compete, but only horses ridden by members will have their points recorded.
 
Special Circumstances - Combining Classics
If there are fewer than 8 entries in either the Children's or Adult Hunter classic, the Classics may be combined at management's discretion. If there are fewer than 3 entries in either classic, the classics must be combined. When the Classics are combined under these circumstances and prize money is offered, the prize money and entry fee may be the lower of the two published in the Prize List. Points will be awarded according to the ribbon won.
 
Option B – Designated Class within the Division: Optional for Adequan Hunters and HITS Hunters.
The Designated Class System (Option B) will be used for the Adequan Hunters and HITS Hunters. In this case, the last class of the division, or another class in the division designated by show management will count as the Marshall & Sterling Class. The Designated Class must be indicated in the prize list and on the time schedule.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions!
 
Karen Amedeo and Lynn Taylor
 

News Update 2010-01-28

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

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USHJA Trainer's Synposium

 

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 chjact@gmail.com  no later than Thursday,  February 4, 2010.

 

Sincerely,

The CHJA Board Of Directors

 

If you have any questions please direct them to chjact@gmail.com

 

 

News Update 2010-01-10

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
 1. General

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 2009-07-08
Reminder! CHJA Medal Finals Qualifying Classes are "stand alone" classes and cannot be combined with any other class.

News Update 2009-06-01
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 2009-05-09
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.

Examples:
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 2009-05-01
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 2009-01-12
New Leadline Rules for 2009!
In 2009, the requirements for earning year-end recognition in the Lead2008 Banquetline 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. 

Leadline Equitation Class Description
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:  

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. 

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. 

 

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