Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships

Part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Program, the Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships are open to Professionals, Juniors or Amateurs, offering team and individual competition and an opportunity to qualify for continued education with top national and international industry experts. The Championships are held regionally: North (Zones 1, 2, 5, & 6), South (Zones 3, 4, & 7) and West (Zones 8, 9, & 10).


Designed for athletes competing successfully in the 1.30/1.35m or 1.40/1.45m Jumpers, athlete/horse combinations qualify for the Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships by earning a minimum of $250 and completing an application at least 45 days before their zone’s Championships. The Championships are restricted to those athlete/horse combinations that have not competed in an Open High Performance Standard Grand Prix more than three times in the current competition year (JP122.4d).

Competition Format

Athlete/horse combinations earn a position on a team of four riders composed of professionals, juniors and amateurs. Qualifying periods vary by zone championship, beginning 30 days after the 2023 championship and ending 45 days prior to the 2024 championship, as noted below

Individual medalists from the Platinum Jumper Championships and select Wild Cards will be designated as USHJA Show Jumping Platinum Athletes and will be eligible for continued education where athletes will participate in advanced workshops and training sessions with top national and international clinicians and industry specialists.

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Chef d'Equipe

The Chef d’Equipe is a recognized volunteer of each USHJA Zone who provides support at team competitions throughout the year. As the leader of the team, the Chef d’Equipe will assist their Athletes in navigating Jumper Championships and understanding expectations, while creating a cohesive team environment. The Chef d’Equipe is the team representative and liaison between competition officials and their athletes. They are responsible for providing information and communications concerning the competition, as well as implement strategies to generate the best results with their team. Interested individuals are requested to review the Chef d’Equipe job description and submit a completed application to the USHJA Zone Liaison 60 days prior to the start of the applicable Jumper Championship. Applications are reviewed and voted on by the applicant’s respective Zone Committee.

Specifications for USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships

(Effective 12/1/2023 through 11/30/2024)

(Effective 12/1/2024 through 11/30/2025)

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