2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

The Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 16-18, 2018.

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, 2017, and June 1, 2018, is eligible to compete.

International Hunter Derby Championship

Championship Format

International Hunter Derby

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 $282,000 in 2017, 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 2018 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 25, 2018. 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 25, 2018. The entry fee, including premium entry fee if applicable, is non-refundable after August 3, 2018. 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.

Map and Directions to Kentucky Horse Park

2010 through 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship named "International Hunter Derby of the Year" by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame

Exhibitor Information

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY • August 16 - 18, 2018

Congratulations on qualifying for the 2018 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 Horse Show Entry Form

Both entry forms must filled out and returned to The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, 3005 Montavesta Road, Lexington, KY 40502 no later than July 25, 2018. The entry fee for the Championship class and all other applicable fees (e.g., Federation fees, stall fees, et cetera) must be paid to The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. The entry fee is non-refundable after August 3, 2018.

› Prize List

› Specifications

› Schedule

› Bio Forms

› Code of Conduct Form

Additional Participation

› VIP Table

Prize Money

› W-9

› Owner Prize Money Release Form

Schedule and Spectator Information

Wednesday, August 15
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 16
Official Jog*
*Valid coggins and actual competition number MUST be
presented with each horse and proper attire is required.
Covered Arena
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Official Warm-Up HackRolex Stadium4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17
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 18
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

Spectator Information

August 16-18, 2018, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

Hunter Messineo


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

Shopping: The USHJA Merchandise Booth will be open on Friday, August 17 from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 18 from 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please stop by the USHJA Headquarters located on Cigar Lane for a tour of the Wheeler Museum.


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


2018 Officials


Chance Arakelian
Carleton Brooks
Shane George
Holly Orlando
Bobbie Reber
Chris Wynne
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Encinitas, CA
Magnolia, TX
Wellington, FL
Langely, BC
Virginia Beach, VA

Course Designers

Alan LohmanPoolesville, MD
Danny MooreSpring Hill, FL


Karen GoldingWellington, FL
Peter LaneWellington, FL

Derby Championship Ground Jury

Mary Babick, USHJA PresidentFreehold, NJ
Hugh Kincannon, Competition ManagerLexington, KY
Ron Danta,
USHJA IHD Task Force Chair
Rembert, SC
Bobbie Reber, JudgeLangely, BC
Peter Lane, 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


Brian LookabillLexington, KY

Orders and Results

Classic Hunter Round - Friday, August 17

Derby Challenge Round, Saturday, August 18

Section B Handy Round - Saturday, August 18

Following Derby Challenge

Section A Handy Round - Saturday, August 18

Following Section B Handy Round


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