USHJA Zone Horse of the Year Program

The USHJA Zone Horse of Year Program is a point-based awards program to recognize the accomplishments of USHJA members. This awards program is a separate program from the USEF Horse of the Year Program.

Please review the USHJA Zone HOTY 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 Zone Horse of the Year Program is governed by the general and division rules as outlined in the USEF Rule Book.


USHJA Zone HOTY Program and
Championship Event Specifications

Eligibility Requirements

In order to earn points to be eligible for a Zone HOTY 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.

Point Calculation

Earned points will be based on the current increment system for Premier (AA), National (A), Regional I (B) and Regional II (C) rated competitions established by USEF. Points accumulated in a state or country contiguous to an owner's home zone may be counted toward Horse of the Year points at both the zone and national level. If a contiguous state or country offers a section that is not offered by the owner's home zone, points will not count at the zone level, but they will be counted towards USEF national HOTY awards.

Based on point calculations, ribbons will be awarded through sixth place in each section for each zone.

Zone HOTY Championship

Each zone has the opportunity to host a Zone HOTY Championship (formerly called HOTY Final). These championships provide members an opportunity to compete in Zone HOTY sections and earn Championship Points. Please review the USHJA HOTY Program specifications to view the Championship Points charts for hunter, jumper, equitation, and hunter breeding sections. Zone HOTY Championship dates and locations are listed on each zone's webpage.

2024 Zone Horse of the Year Standings

From the below map, select your zone to see the current results.

Zone I Zone II Zone III Zone IV Zone V zone V Zone VI Zone VII Zone VIII Zone IX Zone X Zone XI Zone XII
All show results have been received and processed. If there are any corrections or inquiries they will need to be sent to or call 859-258-2472 by 11:59 ET on December 15 in order to be counted toward the year's awards.