USHJA Pony Hunter Derby 

The USHJA Pony Hunter Derby offers Juniors the opportunity to compete ponies in a series modeled after the International and National Hunter Derby programs. Competitors can earn National and Zone Horse of The Year bonus points, as well as year-end series awards.

Each USHJA Pony Hunter Derby will feature two rounds—a Classic Hunter style course (first round) and a Handy Hunter course (second round). Fence heights will be adjusted by size (small - 2'3", medium - 2’6", and large 2’9"-3’0"), but the class will not be split by size. Each derby is pinned through 12th place.

The class is judged by a minimum of two judges who provide a single score for each round. No high option fences are included in either round, and handiness is taken into account in the base score of the Handy Hunter round. The score from each round will be added together for an overall score. In the event of a tie for first place, riders will participate in a third round to break the tie.

The USHJA Pony Hunter Derby may be offered at any USEF-licensed Premier, National, Regional I or Regional II competitions, as well as competitions approved for Special Competition classification. A USHJA Pony Hunter Derby offered at a Premier or National competition or those approved as Special Competitions will offer a minimum of $1,500 in prize money. Regional I competitions will offer a minimum of $1,000 in prize money, and Regional II competitions will offer a minimum of $500 in prize money.

Specifications for USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Class 

Pony Hunter Derby Class
(Effective 12/1/2019 through 11/30/2020)

Pony Hunter Derby Class
(Effective 12/1/2020 through 11/30/20201)

2020 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships

In 2020, two USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships will be offered—one on either coast. Ponies qualify by competing in at least one USHJA Pony Hunter Derby class during the qualifying period. Read the full specifications, and mark your calendar for one of these exciting Championships!

USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship - East Coast
Kentucky Summer Classic 
July 28-August 2, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky
Qualifying Period: June 3, 2019-May 29, 2020
USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship - West Coast
Blenheim Fall Tournament
September 9-13, 2020
San Juan Capistrano, California
Qualifying removed for 2020. Please see Exhibitor info below.

Specifications for USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships

Pony Hunter Derby Championships

Pony Hunter Derby Championships

Exhibitor Information

East Coast

Exhibitors must complete both entry blanks and mail to: Kentucky Horse Shows, 3005 Montavesta Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

Online entries are also open.

West Coast

The USHJA Board of Directors has recently decided to open the West Coast Championships to all competitors that are otherwise eligible for the 2020 competition year due to COVID-19 impacts on qualifying events. This exception has been made for the 2020 West Coast Championships only

ChampionFloral.png Essex.png
Award Sponsors