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 Channel l or Channel II competitions, as well as competitions approved for Special Competition classification. A USHJA Pony Hunter Derby offered at a Channel I (Premier or National) competition or those approved as Special Competitions will offer a minimum of $1,500 in prize money. Channel II (Regional) competitions will offer a minimum of $500 in prize money.

Specifications for USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Class 

Pony Hunter Derby Class
(Effective 12/1/2022 through 11/30/2023)

Pony Hunter Derby Class
(Effective 12/1/2023 through 11/30/2024)

USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships

Two USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships will be offered—one on either coast. Ponies qualify by placing 1st through 12th overall 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!

East Coast

Aiken Summer Classic II
Aiken Horse Park at Bruce’s Field
Aiken, South Carolina
June 20, 2023

2022 East Coast qualifying period:
May 31, 2022 – April 20, 2023


West Coast

Blenheim June Classic III
Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park
San Juan Capistrano, California
June 28- July 2, 2023

2022 West Coast qualifying period:
April 26, 2022 – April 28, 2023 

Specifications for USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championships

 Pony Hunter Derby Championship  

 Pony Hunter Derby Championship  

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