Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

What You Need To Know: Rule Changes Up For Discussion At The USHJA Annual Meeting



Sixty-six rule change proposals will dominate conversation at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, which takes place Dec. 8-12 in Denver. That’s five more than last year.

Any rule change proposals that are approved by the USHJA board of directors at the meeting will go forward to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s midyear meeting, and a vote there will ultimately determine the proposal’s future.

The Eye-Catchers

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There’s a rule change proposal to create a small jumper division for horses 14.3 hands high to 15.3 hands high. Mollie Bailey Photos

  • A series of rule changes proposals seek to overhaul the young hunter divisions. The new rules would rename the young hunters to “young hunter, 5 and under,” “young hunter, 6 and under,” and “young hunter, 7 and under.” The proposals also lower the height in the young hunter sections, allowing horses to begin competing in a young hunter section without it affecting a horse’s green status (the heights are 2’9”, 3’0” and 3’3” respectively). They also allow the young hunter section to run concurrently with a green hunter section, allowing horses eligible to show in both green and young hunters to show in one class but receive two awards. The proposals also loosen the eligibility requirements to compete in young hunter divisions.

Counting Points

Green Hunters


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One rule change proposal would loosen restrictions on reinstating green status for pony hunters.


Juniors And Amateurs

At The Horse Show

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One proposal would eliminate jogging for most divisions that jump under 3’6″.


Stewarding Shifts


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A rule change proposal makes it easier for small horse shows to host young jumper classes by removing a requirement for an extra steward if the previous year’s competition entry number was less than 200 horses.


Appearance And Equipment

Veterinary Proposals

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One rule proposal would require national and premier horse shows to have privacy screens in case of emergency.







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