The Green Hunter Incentive Program, which is open to horses eligible to compete in Green Hunters 3', 3'3", 3'6" and 3'9", is designed to encourage the development of green horses. The program is multi-faceted and includes the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship, held during the same week and at the same venue as the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, regional championships held in five locations, stake classes throughout the year and across the country, money-won tracking lists, and rider recognition based on overall earnings.
Horses must be enrolled in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program to participate in the Green Hunter Stake classes, new regional championships, and to be eligible for the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. Additionally, horses must be registered with the USHJA and recorded with the USEF to participate in the program.
This program is led by the USHJA International Hunter Derby & Incentive Task Force, and USHJA extends special thanks to this dedicated group of volunteers for their leadership and vision on this program.
The Green Hunter Incentive Program is open to horses of any age that are eligible to compete as a green hunter at 3'0", 3'3", 3'6" or 3'9" fence heights under United States Equestrian Federation rules.
Horses must be enrolled in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program and owners pay an annual enrollment fee to participate in the Green Hunter Stake classes and to be eligible for the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship or a regional championship. Additionally, horses must be registered with USHJA and recorded with USEF to participate. Horses must be enrolled in the Green Hunter Incentive Program prior to competing in a Green Hunter Incentive Stake class. Owners/exhibitors are responsible for enrolling their horse(s) in a timely manner in order to be eligible to participate.
Horses that have participated in the program at the 3'0 or 3'3" level in previous years are eligible for a one-time discount of $100 off the enrollment fee when they are enrolled at the 3'6"/3'9" level.
The USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program offers a Rider Ranking System for riders to earn prize money. Use of the Rider Ranking System is optional in Stake Classes and Regional Championships but is a key offering at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships each year. It is designed to allow riders who are newer to the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program to earn additional prize money, which helps encourage new participation as the program grows.
Within the Green Hunter Rider Ranking System, riders are categorized each year into two tiers based upon their prior earnings within the program. Tier I riders are those who are ranked 1-30 in money won in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program over the last three years, and all other riders are considered Tier II. Tier II riders may be eligible for prize money in overall results as well as in Tier II results for stake classes and championships. Tier I riders are not eligible for Tier II prize money.
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In 2019, in addition to the opportunity to qualify for the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship, USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program participants will be able to choose from one of five regional championships held across the country as an added benefit to participants. Exhibitors may choose whichever regional championship they want but horses may only compete in one regional championship per year.
Brandywine Valley Summer Series II
July 3–7, 2019
NCHJA Annual Horse Show
June 26–30, 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2019
Each regional championship is two rounds, and the combined total score for both rounds will determine the winner. Prize money is awarded through 12th place, and each championship will offer a minimum of $10,000 in prize money spread across all the sections offered. Horses must be enrolled in the program to be eligible to participate.