2020 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY • August 13 - 15, 2020

The Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 13-15, 2020.

How to Qualify

For 2020 only: All horses enrolled in the International Hunter Derby program and eligible to compete in an International Hunter Derby are invited to participate in the 2020 International Hunter Derby Championship.


Classic Hunter Round

All qualified and entered horses compete in the first round of competition over a Classic Hunter course featuring International Hunter Derby style fences, including height options. Based on scores in the Classic Hunter round, horse-and-rider combinations advance to one of two possible second rounds: 1) the Handy Hunter Round (split into two sections) or 2) the Derby Challenge.

Handy Hunter Round

For the second phase of competition, riders are grouped into two tiers based on their amount of Derby money won in the last three years; to be classified as Tier I, a rider must have been standing 40th or higher on the IHD Three-Year Rider Money Won list as of December 1, 2018. All other riders are classified as Tier II.

The top 20 overall horse-and-rider combinations from the Classic Hunter round will be invited to compete in the Handy Hunter Round as part of Section A, and will be eligible for 80 percent of the prize money and the title of USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion. The top 20 horses ridden by a Tier II rider from the Classic Hunter round, including those invited as part of Section A, will be invited to compete in the Handy Hunter Round as part of Section B and will be eligible to win 20 percent of the total prize money. Tier II riders in Section A are eligible for prize money in both Sections A and B..USHJA may invite additional horse-and-rider combinations to either section of the Handy Hunter round at the organization's sole discretion.

Final placings in both tiers are based off of composite scores from the Classic Hunter and Handy Hunter Rounds.

Derby Challenge

The Derby Challenge is open to all horses that did not qualify for Section A or Section B of the Handy Hunter Round, guaranteeing each entry in the Championship two rounds of competition. Each horse starts the Derby Challenge with a clean slate, where no scores from the Classic Hunter Round carry forward. Horses compete for $10,000 in prize money with the top 12 horses taking home a share of the prize money.

Enrollment, Prize Money and Entry Fees

The Championship prize money was $266,640 in 2019, and once again 80% of the entry fees as well as a portion of enrollment fees will be added to the guaranteed $100,000 to create the total prize money purse. The entry fee for the Championship is $1,000. Eighty percent of the total prize money will be awarded to Overall Section A final standings. Twenty percent of the total prize money will be awarded to the Overall Section B final standings. The Derby Challenge will offer $10,000 in prize money, paid out to the top twelve horses.

In addition to the standard qualifying process, USHJA created the Premium Entry Option to provide an avenue for owners to enter horses in the International Hunter Derby Championship that for various reasons, were not able to qualify through the standard process. Each horse must be enrolled in the IHD Program prior to entering the Championship and the $1,000 class entry fee must be submitted with the entry form. The Premium Entry Option consists of a $3,000 Premium Entry Fee which must be paid in full at the time of entry and 100% of which will be added to the prize money of the IHD Championship.

Entry Deadline

Entries close on July 22, 2020. Exhibitors are required to complete both the Championship entry form and the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show entry form. All entry forms, entry fees, stall fees, drug fees, night watch fees and all other applicable fees are paid to the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

Entries must be received in the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show office or postmarked by July 22, 2020. The entry fee, including premium entry fee if applicable, is non-refundable after July 31, 2020. The ground jury reserves the right to accept or refuse entries after the closing date due to extenuating circumstances, on a case by case basis, and late entries are not guaranteed. If permitted, late entries will incur a $250 late entry fee. It is recommended that you use a method of delivery which provides delivery confirmation.

IHD Trophy History List

Exhibitor Information

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY • August 13 - 15, 2020

Congratulations on qualifying for the 2020 Platinum Performance/ USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. In order to facilitate your championship participation, please find the relevant forms and information below. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Katie Patrick at kpatrick@ushja.org or 859-225-6725. We hope to see you in Kentucky for the Championship.


› Derby Championship Entry Form

› Bluegrass Festival Horse Show Entry Form

Both entry forms must be submitted to enter the championship and reserve stalls.
Entries are also accepted online. Click here to enter online

› Bluegrass Horse Show Credit Card Waiver

› Derby Championship Waiver

› Prize List

› Specifications

› Code of Conduct Form

Additional Participation

› W-9

› Owner Prize Money Release Form


Wednesday, August 12
Welcome Reception
International Hunter Derby & Green Hunter Incentive Championships
Derby Riders Meeting – All Derby riders and trainers must attend
All Derby and Green Hunter Championship Participants Welcome
Gift Bag Pick-up
USHJA Courtyard6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 13
Official Jog*
*Valid coggins and actual competition number MUST be
presented with each horse and proper attire is required.
10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Official Warm-Up HackRolex Stadium4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14
Course Walk-Classic Hunter RoundRolex Stadium6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
Officials MeetingRolex Stadium7:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
Opening CeremoniesRolex Stadium8:00 a.m.
Classic Hunter RoundRolex Stadium8:15 a.m.
Awards PresentationRolex StadiumImmediately Following

Saturday, August 15
Course Walk & Handwalk - Derby ChallengeRolex Stadium2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Officials MeetingRolex Stadium2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Derby Challenge & AwardsRolex Stadium3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Officials Course WalkRolex Stadium5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Course Walk & Handwalk - Section A & Section BRolex Stadium5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Opening CeremoniesRolex Stadium6:00 p.m.
Section BRolex Stadium6:30 p.m.
Section ARolex StadiumImmediately Following
Awards PresentationRolex StadiumImmediately Following



Chance Arakelian
Hap Hansen
Scott Hofstetter
Rachel Kennedy
Julie Winkel
Chris Wynne
New Canaan, CT
Encinitas, CA
Ocala, FL
Brookeville, MD
Reno, NV
Virginia Beach, VA

Course Designers

Alan LohmanPoolesville, MD
Danny MooreSpring Hill, FL


Diane LandrevilleWellington, FL
Jennifer MattsOakland, NJ

Derby Championship Ground Jury

Mary Babick, USHJA PresidentFreehold, NJ
Hugh Kincannon, Competition ManagerLexington, KY
Ron Danta,
USHJA IHD Task Force Chair
Rembert, SC
Chris Wynne, JudgeVirginia Beach, VA
Diane Landreville, StewardWellington, FL

USHJA Coordinator

Katie PatrickLexington, KY


Jumps by FuzzyFranklin, TN
CCI JumpsPorter, TX


Shawn McMillen Photographyshawnmcmillen.com

Official Broadcast



Competition Manager

Hugh KincannonLexington, KY

Grounds Supervisor

Rob MurphyLexington, KY

Show Secretary

Colleen MorrisseyTampa, FL


Oliver KennedyBrookeville, MD


Jeff ChannellFort Worth, TX


Holly Helbig, DVM(330) 807-2643

(Effective 12/1/2019 through 11/30/2020) 

(Effective 12/1/2020 through 11/30/2021) 


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