New in 2021, the USHJA Hunter Team Challenge offers a unique team experience for riders competing in the 2’-2’6” Children’s Pony Hunters, 2’6” Low Child/Adult Hunters and 3’ Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter divisions. Riders who participate in the Hunter Team Challenge have an opportunity to earn bonus Zone Horse of the Year Points in their respecitve divisions.
There are no qualifying procedures, but riders must meet the eligibility requirements listed in the specifications. To participate, riders must pre-enter with the horse show on a first come, first served basis. Sixteen riders in each of the three sections (Children’s Pony, Low Child/Adult and Children’s/Adult Amateur) will be accepted for a total of 48 participating in the HTC.
The Hunter Team Challenge will take place over two competitive days in three locations: East, Central and West, with a rider meeting the day before Day One.
Teams are comprised of a minimum of three and maximum of four riders and determined by a random draw at the rider meeting. Each team will have one rider from each height section (one 3’ Child or Adult, one 2’6” Child or Adult, and one 2’-2’6” Pony) until all teams possible have one rider of each section. All remaining riders will be randomly drawn to a team. A maximum of 12 total teams are possible.
Riders will receive points based on their placings in their regular division classes on Day One: one Under Saddle and two Over Fences rounds. Individual’s scores from those three classes will be added for an Overall score that is added to their Team’s score.
Team scores are calculated by adding each team member’s Overall scores. Four-member teams will drop their lowest Overall score. Three-member teams will drop their lowest Overall score and double their second lowest Overall score, to ensure all teams have the benefit of a dropped score.
All riders in the Top 6 Teams from Day One will return for their Final Round the following day. Each rider will receive points for their placing in the round. The highest placed rider in each of the Top 6 Team’s Final Round will count their score for the Final Team Score. All other scores will be dropped.
The Overall Team Champion is the team with the highest overall score from Day One and the Final Round.