Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY 

The Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, from August 18-20, 2022.

 2022 International Hunter Derby Championship 

International Hunter Derby Tier 1 Riders

2022 International Hunter Derby Championship Prize List

(Effective 12/1/2021 through 11/30/2022) 

(Effective 12/1/2022 through 11/30/2023) 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 18

Official Jog**TBD10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Official Warm-Up HackRolex Stadium4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 19

Course Walk - Classic RoundRolex Stadium6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Officials MeetingRolex Stadium7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Officials Course WalkRolex Stadium7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Opening CeremoniesRolex Stadium8:00 a.m.
Classic Hunter RoundRolex Stadium8:15 a.m.
Awards PresentationRolex StadiumImmediately Following

Saturday, August 20

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

**Valid coggins and actual competition number MUST be presented with each horse and proper attire is required. Jog to start after conclusion of Green Incentive Round

How to Qualify

Every horse enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program that earns a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, while enrolled, at competitions starting between June 2, 2021, and June 1, 2022, is eligible to compete.

2022 IHD CHAMPIONSHIP Qualifying List

Championship Format

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 and Prize Money

The Championship awarded over $321,000 in 2021, 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.


USHJA will email invitations to compete in the 2022 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship to recorded owners and riders of qualified horses in June. The Invitation will include a USHJA International Hunter Derby entry form and a link to the online prize list.

Entry Deadline

Entries close on July 27, 2022. Exhibitors can enter online here or enter via paper entry forms. 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 27, 2022. The entry fee, including premium entry fee if applicable, is non-refundable after August 5, 2022. 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.



Chance Arakelian
New Canaan, CT
Fran Dotoli

Chepachet, RI

Scott Hofstetter
Ocala, FL
Rachel Kennedy
Brookeville, MD
Julie Winkel
Reno, NV
Chris Wynne
Virginia Beach, CA

Course Designer

Alan LohmanPoolesville, MD
Danny MooreSpring Hill, FL


Jennifer MattsOcala, FL
Laura WoodwardLexington, KY

Derby Championship Ground Jury

Hugh Kincannon, Competition ManagerLexington, KY
Mary Knowlton, USHJA PresidentFreehold, NJ
Britt McCormick, USHJA IHD Task Force ChairParker, TX
Fran Dotoli, JudgeChepachet, RI
Laura Woodward, StewardLexington, KY

USHJA Coordinator

Jennifer OstermanLexington, KY


Jumps By FuzzyFranklin, TN


Shawn McMillen
(606) 356-0518


Hugh Kincannon, Competition ManagerLexington, KY
Rob Murphy, Grounds SupervisorLexington, KY
Colleen Morrissey, Show SecretaryTampa, FL
Oliver Kennedy, AnnouncerBrookeville, MD

Spectator Information

August 18-20, 2022, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

Tickets: There is no admission fee to watch the Hunter Derby Championship.

Parking Fee: $5 daily

Ring: Sheila C. Rolex Stadium in the Rolex Stadium


Approximately 4 miles away:
Clarion Hotel - (859) 233-0512
Four Points Sheraton – (859) 259-1311
Embassy Suites – (859) 455-5000
Marriott Griffin Gate – (859) 231-5100

Approximately 5-6 miles away:
Residence Inn – (859) 231-6191
Courtyard By Marriott – (859) 253-4646
Ramada Conference Center of Lexington – (859) 299-1261
Hampton Inn – (502) 867-4888
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Georgetown - (502) 868-8000
Candlewood Suites Lexington - (859) 967-1940

Exhibitor Information

Congratulations on qualifying for the 2022 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 Jennifer Osterman at or 859-225-6703. We hope to see you in Kentucky for the Championships.


Additional Participation

Prize Money


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