USHJA Hunter Team Challenge

The 2022 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 respective 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.

What to Expect

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.

  • Entering Procedure: Riders will enter directly with host Horse Show. Host locations are available on the calendar. Deadlines for Hunter Team Challenge entries will follow the host's entering deadline policy. Sixteen riders in each of the three sections (Children’s Pony, Low Child/Adult and Children’s/Adult Amateur) for a total of 48 participants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis from the entry deadline."
  • Rider Meeting: riders attend to review rules, scoring and draw of teams.
  • Day One: HTC classes will run concurrently with the horse show’s regular division classes as an overlay. 
  • Day Two: Under saddle will be held at the start of Day Two. Each height section will have their own under saddle class: 3’ Children’s and Adult Amateur, 2’6” Low Child and Adult, and Children’s Pony.
  • Final Round: Will be held immediately following the under saddle on Day 2. All teams will return for a final Classic-style over fences round. The Final Round will receive Ribbons 1st-8th, and the highest scoring rider from the Final Round will receive a trophy.   Overall HTC team award presentations to follow the individual placings from the final classic round.

Teams

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.

Scoring

Riders will receive a numerical score 0- 100 from the two over fences rounds in their regular division classes on Day One. On Day Two Riders will receive a numerical score from their respective under saddle classes. 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 following the under saddle on Day 2 will return to the Final Round. Each rider will receive a numerical score 0-100 for their placing in the round. The highest scored rider in each 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, Day Two, and the Final Round.

Specifications

CURRENT
HUNTER TEAM CHALLENGE
(Effective 12/1/2021 through 11/30/2022)

USHJA Hunter Team Challenge Guidelines for
TEAM CAMARADERIE

USHJA Hunter Team Challenge Guidelines for
TEAM LIASON GUIDELINES