The AON/USHJA National Championships are set to return to the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, Nov. 12-17, pending approval by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.
“These championships blew everyone’s expectations out of the water last year, and we’re on track to do it again in 2019,” said Pat Boyle, competition manager for the championships. “There is something for everyone here from educational opportunities to FEI competition at the accompanying Las Vegas National; it’s really unlike any other championship offered in the United States, and with the zone qualifying, it’s accessible for a much broader set of members than other championships.”
As offered in 2018, the AON/USHJA National Championships will feature national hunter championships for amateur-owner hunters, junior hunters, pony hunters, green hunters, adult amateur hunters and children’s hunters. They will also include the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships with eight sections of jumper competition from 1.10-meters to 1.40-meters for junior, amateur and open jumper competitors.
The championships will feature the USHJA Affiliate Championships at fence heights of 2′ and 2’6″, and the championships will offer the USHJA National Equitation Championships for riders 14 and under and those 15-17.
This year, the USHJA plans to add a USHJA National Hunter Derby, a 3’3″ USHJA Hunter Seat Medal class, as well as 3’3″ and 3’6″ performance hunter championships, a children’s pony hunter championship, adult equitation 3′ championship, 1.00-meter USEF/USHJA Low Children’s Jumper Championship, and 1.0-meter USEF/USHJA Low Adult Amateur Jumper Championship.
Members qualify largely based on zone Horse of the Year points or zone events. Points earned from competitions with a start date from Dec. 1, 2018, to Sept. 13, 2019, will count toward qualifying. Additionally, USHJA Affiliates are invited to send their best 2′ and 2’6″ horse and rider combinations to compete in the Affiliate Championships. Affiliates establish their own criteria for selecting championship competitors, and all current USHJA Affiliates are invited to send members. Affiliate competitors do not have to be USHJA members.
The championships are set to take place during the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, held at the South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa’s unique Arena & Equestrian Center.