Saugerties, N.Y.—August 27, 2019—The USHJA Zones 1 and 2 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak, is set to kick off at HITS Saugerties in New York this weekend. Beginning with the official jog and riders' meeting on Friday, the Championships will continue with team competition on Saturday and individual competition on Sunday.
The USHJA congratulates the following athletes who are competing in the Championships this week:
Zone 1 Children
Zone 1 Adult Amateurs
Zone 2 Children
Zone 2 Adult Amateurs
Special thanks to Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Perry-Merbler for leading the teams this year.
The Team Championship on Saturday will have riders competing in three phases: an under saddle and two classic hunter-style courses. Each phase will be placed and awarded individually, and the team with the highest overall score will be crowned Team Champion.
Competition will conclude with the Individual Championship on Sunday. The Individual Championship also consists of three phases, including an under saddle, a classic hunter derby-style course and a handy hunter course. Each phase will be placed and awarded individually, and the Individual Champion will be the horse-and-rider combination with the highest overall score from all three phases.
In addition to competing for the Championship title in their sections, riders will take home great prizes. All riders will receive polo shirts and tote bags from the Championships' presenting sponsor, SmartPak. Medals and ribbons are awarded to the top three teams, and the Individual Championships are pinned through 8th place. The Team Champions in either section will also receive an embroidered cooler, and Individual Champions will receive an embroidered cooler, a Charles Owen Helmet, a CWD halter, an Essex Classics show shirt, FITS Riding breeches and a pair of Parlanti paddock boots.