FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, Ky.—Jan. 11, 2019—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, are open.
"We are excited to once again offer an exciting and unique team and individual championship experience for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter riders," said Tobey McWilliams, chair of the USHJA Hunter Working Group Children's Adult Task Force. "Thank you to SmartPak for their continued support of this program, and to our 2019 Championship hosts who no doubt will make this a memorable competition for our members."
The Championships, organized by zone, provide exciting team and individual competition for Children and Adult Amateur Hunter riders. Interested riders may apply at ushja.org/chaahunter to have their points count toward qualifying. In 2019, championships will be offered as followed:
Zones 1 & 2
August 28-September 1, 2019
HITS on the Hudson VII, Saugerties, N.Y.
Qualifying Period: July 1, 2018-June 29, 2019
Applications Close: June 29, 2019
June 5-9, 2019
Tryon Spring 6, Mill Spring, N.C.
Qualifying Period: April 22, 2018 - April 6, 2019
Applications Close: April 6, 2019
September 12-15, 2019
Aiken Fall Festival II, Aiken, S.C.
Qualifying Period: April 22, 2018 - July 13, 2019
Applications Close: July 13, 2019
Zones 5 & 6
July 17-21, 2019
Showplace Summertime III, Crete, Ill.
Qualifying Period: May 20, 2018 - May 18, 2019
Applications Close: May 18, 2019
September 4-8, 2019
Lake St. Louis Indoor Preview, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Qualifying Period: April 29, 2018 - July 5, 2019
Applications Close: July 5, 2019
Zones 9 & 10
November 6-10, 2019
National Sunshine Series II, Thermal, Calif.
Qualifying Period: September 8, 2018 - September 7, 2019
Applications Close: September 7, 2019
Note: There will not be a USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championship in Zone 8 in 2019.
The structure of the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships changed to a zone-based geography in 2018. Championships are selected based on applications received and which dates and locations work best for members in the zone. The structure aligns with that of the popular USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships. The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships are not available to Zone 8 riders this year.
The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and the opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year championship points in their respective Children's or Adult Amateur Hunter section.
Riders compete over two days of team and individual competition. Team competition takes place on day one of the Championships and includes an under saddle and two classic hunter over fences classes. Individual champions are crowned on day two after completing an under saddle, a classic hunter derby-style course and a handy hunter course.
For more information about the Championships, visit ushja.org/chaahunter.