USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships
The USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year points in the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper (1.10/1.15m), 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur, and 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur sections. The Championships are held by zone and consist of both team and individual competition.
For a chance to qualify, riders must complete an application and earn a minimum of 20 points in their respective section(s) at USEF-licensed competitions held with fence heights of that section during the qualifying period. View the calendar for detailed information on dates and deadlines for each set of Championships. Riders must also meet all other eligibility and qualification requirements as outlined in the Championship specifications.
Additionally, competitors in the Championships are considered USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders for the year(s) for which they participate. They have the opportunity to earn the title of USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider and a coveted spot at a USHJA Gold Star Clinic. As part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, key sport leaders, including the US Equestrian Youth Chef d' Equipe DiAnn Langer, will be monitoring each set of Championships to assess talent among Championship competitors
What to Expect: Championship Format
The Championships feature three days and four rounds of competition in a Nations Cup-style format with team and individual competition. A maximum number of eight teams per section will be accepted. A team will consist of a maximum of four and a minimum of three athlete/horse combinations. A minimum of three teams are required for a section to have a Team Championship.
Day One: First Individual Qualifying Class
- Conducted under a modified Table II, Section 1. Faults and time. The results of this class will be decided by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the Time Allowed. Horses with clear rounds or equal faults are classified according to their time taken to complete the course. Faults from this class will be carried forward for Individual Classification.
Day Two: Team Championship/Second and Third Individual Qualifying Classes
- The Team Championship is a two round Nation's Cup format that also serves as the second and third Qualifying Classes for the Individual Championship. The competitors will be scored under Table II modified over two identical rounds.
- The team championship is open only to athlete/horse combinations that have started (whether eliminated or not) in the first individual qualifying class (day one).
- All athletes will receive a score regardless of elimination and are eligible to compete in both rounds of the Team Competition. Athletes that are eliminated or retire on course for any reason shall receive a score equal to 20 faults more than that received by the highest penalized competitor in that round.
- Only the best (lowest) three scores of each team from each round will count toward the team's score. Teams of four will have a discard score in each round, and teams of three will have no discard score.
- The winning team will be the team with the lowest combined scores from the two rounds. Any teams tied for a medal shall jump off with one member from the team as selected by the team Chef d'Equipe.
- Medals will be awarded to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Teams.
Day Three: Individual Championship
- Held over one round and scored under Table II Section 2.
- The top 20 athlete/horse combinations based on the cumulative scores from the first, second, and third individual qualifying classes, including ties for 20th place, are eligible to compete. They must not have been eliminated in any of the three rounds of the competition.
- The Individual Champion is the athlete/horse combination with the lowest total cumulative score from the First Individual Qualifying Class on Day One added to the two rounds on Day Two (faults only), and the Individual Final on Day Three (faults only) Jump-off scores from team day will not be a factor. An athlete who is eliminated or who retires from day three is eliminated from the Individual Championship.
- Medals will be awarded to the top three individuals, along with ribbons through 12th place.
Detailed information about the Championships including eligibility and qualification requirements, Championship rules, regulations, the schedule and Championship scoring can be found in the specifications.