USHJA Gold Star Clinics

Exclusive to USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders, Coaches and Parents

USHJA Gold Star Clinics are the pinnacle of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which identifies Jumper riders who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating these riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their path to excellence.

Earning the Gold Star

USHJA will recognize all individual medalists at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships as Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders and all individual medalists at the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships as Show Jumping Platinum Athletes. Each Athlete, along with their coaches and parents, will be invited to attend one of the Gold Star Clinics scheduled for the early part of the following year. USHJA reserves the right to extend a Wild Card invitation to Jumper riders that demonstrate their exceptional talent during the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships or Platinum Jumper Championships but did not secure an individual medal. For more information about the Gold Star Clinics or becoming a Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider, email USHJA at

What to Expect

  • Two Gold Star Clinics held across the country with Olympic caliber clinicians
  • Four days of mounted and unmounted instruction covering a variety of topics
  • Stable management education with experienced stable managers
  • Horse health and nutrition discussions with top veterinarians
  • Education about what to expect as a member of a competitive Jumping team
  • Information about travel documentation and considerations for international Jumping competition
  • Mounted instruction will include a competitive team format on the final day

2021 Gold Star Rider Selection

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 USHJA Zone Jumper Team and Platinum Jumper Championships, USHJA has adjusted the rider selection procedures for the 2021 Gold Star Clinics. Riders who meet the criteria listed below will receive an invitation to the Clinics. Riders must declare their intent by the given deadline on their invitation to secure their spot.

  • FEI 12-14 riders from CSIOCh with a clear round in the Nations Cup
  • 2020 EAP National Champion and Reserve Champion
  • Top nationally ranked Junior and Amateur at each level of the USHJA Jumper Classic Series, including Level 4 (1.40/1.45m)
  • Top 3 riders from the combined Zone Jumper Team and Platinum Championship standings in each section
    • Combined standings are as follows:
      • Zones 1 & 2, Zones 3 & 4, Zones 5 & 6, Zones 7 & 8 and Zones 9 & 10
    • Seven sections:
      • 1.10/1.15m Children’s, 1.10/1.15m Adults, 1.20/1.25m Juniors, 1.20/1.25m Amateurs, 1.30/1.35m Juniors, 1.30/1.35m Amateurs and 1.40/1.45m
      • Ties in standings will be broken by number of 1st places at their declared height. If a tie remains, then it will be broken by the number of 1st places at the next height they are qualified for.

Wild Card Applications

If there are any remaining spots available, USHJA will admit a select number of Wild Card participants for the Clinics. Any member who has earned a minimum of 20 points to have qualified for the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships or a minimum of 250 points to have qualified for the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships may submit a Wild Card application. Applications are closed for the 2020 Gold Star Clinics.

The 2020 Combined Zone Standings are used only for the 2021 Gold Star Clinic selection process. Please click on the link below to see where you rank in your Combined Zone standings.

Zone Jumper Team Championships
Combined Zone Standings
Platinum Jumper Championships
Combined Zone Standings