USHJA Stirrup Cup Program
The USHJA Stirrup Cup Awards are an additional and unique awards program that you are automatically enrolled in by being a member of USHJA and competing in Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) rated competitions. This awards program is a separate program from the USEF Horse of the Year Program.
Please review the USHJA Stirrup Cup Program and Championship Event Specifications for a complete review of the program, eligibility requirements, and championship event information. In addition to the program specifications, the USHJA Stirrup Cup Program is governed by the general and division rules as outlined in the USEF Rule Book.
In order to earn points to be eligible for a Stirrup Cup award, individuals must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the program. The minimum eligibility requirements include:
- Horse owner, rider and trainer must be Active/Competing members of USHJA and USEF. Membership must be active on or before the first day of competition as outlined in the USEF rulebook.
- Horses must have a USEF annual or Life recording and a USHJA horse registration.
- Horse must compete in at least three Regional I or II competitions during the current competition year. NOTE: A competition's rating is based on the highest rated section offered, so if a competition offers any number of Premier (AA) or National (A) rated sections, it is NOT a Regional I or II competition.
Hunter and equitation points will be based on the current increment system for Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) rated competitions established by USEF. Jumper points will be based on the current increment system for Level 1 and Level 2 rated competitions. Only points earned at Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) USEF-licensed competitions, and points earned at Jumper Level 1 or 2 rated competitions will count for this award program. Stirrup Cup points may only be accumulated in an owner's home zone; points accumulated in a contiguous state or country never count toward Stirrup Cup awards. A horse must compete in at least three Regional I or II competitions during the current competition year for their points to count.
For the 2016 competition year, the qualifying period will be September 16, 2015 to November 30, 2016. Starting December 1, 2016, the competition year will be December 1 to November 30.
Stirrup Cup Championship
Each zone has the opportunity to host a Stirrup Cup Championship (formerly called Stirrup Cup Final). These championships provide members an opportunity to compete in Stirrup Cup sections and earn Championship Points. Please review the USHJA Stirrup Cup Program specifications to view the Championship Points charts for hunter, jumper, and equitation sections. Zone HOTY Championship dates and locations are listed on each zone's webpage.
A minimum of three exhibitors eligible for Stirrup Cup classes (owner/leasee from zone and proper memberships and horse recordings/registrations) must compete in the Stirrup Cup Championship in order for Championship Points to be awarded. Stirrup Cup Championships may be held as a standalone competition or held alongside an existing Regional I or II competition. Competition managers may offer one of two formats for their hunter or jumper championships. Please review the specifications for more details about the Stirrup Cup Championships.
Please note Zone 2 has specific qualifying criteria for their Stirrup Cup Championship. Visit the Zone 2 Championships webpage for more information.
Stirrup Cup Standings
From the below map, select your zone to see the current standings.