The USHJA Puissance Challenge Fundraiser is a friendly barn challenge that puts jumping skills to the test while raising money for the USHJA.
A puissance is similar to, but not the same as, the equestrian high jump competition. In a puissance challenge, a single jump is used for all participants. After each participant takes their turn, the jump is then raised to add height for the next round. The jump can start as a single pole on the ground so even the youngest riders can take part in this fun event. The pole continues to be raised to see how high a participant can jump. The puissance challenge is open to all levels of riders and is meant to be a fun competition for the barn. Doesn’t that sound like fun?! We plan on having a leader board on the USHJA website to show off all the results!
Start by submitting an Intent to Participate Form on behalf of your barn, which includes your information, divisions to be offered and fundraising goal. Then host your event! Once your Puissance Challenge has concluded and all funds have been collected, submit your barn results, detailing each participant's name, their highest level/division completed and their money earned. Funds raised must be submitted via check to the USHJA Foundation, 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY 40511.
In the ring, there must be only one jump that is designated as the puissance obstacle. Riders compete in a set order for the duration of the event. Begin with a ground pole, and after the last rider clears the obstacle, move the jump up to the next hole. A rider is excused when they have a rail, have a refusal or elect to not continue. The last rider to clear the obstacle at the largest height wins! Be sure to record each participant's name, their highest level/division completed and their money earned to submit with your barn results.
The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation is a non-profit 501(C) 3 organization. To make your tax deductible donation or for questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Penny Brooks at (859) 225-6736.