It’s championship week in the Kentucky Horse Park with both the Platinum Performance USHJA Green Incentive Championships and the Platinum Performance USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship taking center stage.
The week kicks off with the green incentive, where we’ll get a look at the sport’s rising stars. Remember super horse Boss who’s won all there is to win with John French and Stella Wasserman? He was second back in 2014. Or the Gochman’s family Evermore, who’s won up and down the East Coast in the junior hunters? He’s a graduate too.
This is a big year with a championship for the 3′ and 3’3″ heights and a separate one for those competing in the 3’6″ and 3’9″ green hunters. The competition starts on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and concludes Thursday, Aug. 16.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Format: The two championships have different formats. There will be three rounds for horses competing at 3′ or 3’3″. All horses will compete in the first two rounds and will receive a numerical score for those rounds. The 30 horses with the highest combined total from those two rounds (including any ties for 30th) will move on to the third round, where they will start with a clean slate.
The 3’6″ and 3’9″ championship, which is new this year, will only have two rounds. The top 30 horses from the first round (including any ties for 30th) will advance to the clean-slate second round.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8:40 a.m. Opening ceremonies followed immediately by the first round for 3′ and 3’3″
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. Second round for 3′ and 3’3″
Thursday, Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m. First round for 3’6″ and 3’9″
2 p.m. Championship round for 3′ and 3’3″
4:50 p.m. Championship round for 3’6″ and 3’9″
Where: The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington
How You Can Watch: EqSportsNet will be live-streaming all day every day at this link. A subscription is required ($9.99 per month) to watch live; a full access subscription ($25.00 per month) is required for watching on-demand videos. USHJA is offering a coupon code USHJA2018 to be entered at checkout. Note: Full Access includes the live and on-demand coverage of both USHJA championships this week. Questions about the discount can be sent to email@example.com.
How You Can Follow Along: The Chronicle will be on site with two reporters bringing you gorgeous photos, great interviews and behind-the-scenes stories. Make sure to follow along at www.coth.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse
Useful links and information:
- All the Chronicle’s Platinum Performance USHJA Green Incentive Championships coverage, with behind-the-scenes stories, lovely photos and more!
- The complete schedule
- Live streaming from EqSportsNet
- The USHJA Green Incentive official website
- Don’t forget to follow the Chronicle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse
- We will have full analysis of the competition in the Sept. 3 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine