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. NEW! Starting in 2020 supporters of the program can purchase enrollment slots at the current rate and designate the specific horse(s) to them at a later date that year. To purchase slots, please contact the office at 859-225-6700. More information and any restrictions are outlined in the specifications.
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 owners to earn additional prize money based on how much money their horse’s rider has won in the program in prior years, favoring those riders with less money-won in the program. 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.
Within the Green Hunter Incentive 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 past three years, and all other riders are considered Tier II. Owners of horses ridden by Tier II riders may be eligible to earn additional prize money at the Championships in Kentucky, and USHJA encourages competition managers to offer additional prize money to owners of horses ridden by Tier II riders in stake classes and regional championships. Horses ridden by Tier I riders are not eligible to earn Tier II prize money.
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In 2020, 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
June 30–July 5, 2020
NCHJA Annual Horse Show
June 24–28, 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct. 28–Nov. 1, 2020
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.