The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has announced that the 2018 Aon/USHJA National Championships will be held Nov. 13-18 at The Las Vegas National, CSI****-W in Las Vegas.
“We are thrilled to bring our members a top-notch end-of-year national championship event that celebrates everything they’ve worked for all year,” said USHJA President Mary Babick. “We envision the Aon/USHJA National Championships will move venues throughout the country over the years providing access to members nationwide. Las Vegas is an incredible first stop, and Blenheim EquiSports is a fantastic host for the inaugural event.”
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 meter to 1.40 meter for junior, amateur and open jumper competitors.
The championships will feature the first of its kind 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. Riders will compete for national titles and have an opportunity to earn Horse of the Year points in their sections.
“USEF is pleased that the USHJA has stepped up to host these USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships,” said U.S. Equestrian Federation CEO Bill Moroney. “This partnership demonstrates the combined commitment of USEF and USHJA to human and equine athlete development, and the necessity to recognize the achievements of our professional, amateur and junior riders. I am confident that the organizer of The Las Vegas National Horse Show and the USHJA will make this inaugural championship a resounding success.”
The championships will take place during The Las Vegas National CSI****-W, which is held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s unique arena and equestrian center.
Members interested in qualifying must submit entries for the championships by Sept. 14, with a non-refundable $50 application fee, which will be credited to the entry fee should the applicant qualify. Points earned from competitions with a start date from Dec. 1, 2017, to Sept. 14, 2018, will count toward qualifying. Specific qualifying procedures for each section are available on the website at www.ushja.org/NationalChampionships. USHJA Affiliates are invited to send their best 2′ and 2’6 horse and rider combinations to compete in the Affiliate Championships.
For more information about the championships and how to qualify, visit www.ushja.org/NationalChampionships.