Wilmington, Ohio- Aug. 9, 2018– As the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm is well underway bringing together the country’s top hunter ponies, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association invites members with young hunter ponies to enter the next big pony championship, the USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships, which will be held at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, on September 30, 2018. Entries are currently open for these exciting championships specifically designed for ponies 7 years old and younger.
“We are excited that these Championships will celebrate the many exceptional young hunter ponies in our sport,” said Oliver Brown, chair of the USHJA Young Hunter Pony Ad Hoc Committee. “Our pony breeders are dedicated and committed to producing the very best hunter ponies, and we look forward to these championships providing them with a wonderful avenue for showcasing and developing that talent.”
The one-day Championships will take place during World Equestrian Fall Series I. The competition will offer $18,500 across sections organized by pony age, and while riders must be juniors, sections are not further restricted by the age of junior competitors. The prize list is now available and interested competitors may enter online through the World Equestrian Center website.
The USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships will offer the following sections: Hunter Pony 4 & 5 Year Olds 2′, Hunter Pony 4 & 5 Year Olds 2’3″, Hunter Pony 6 & 7 Year Olds 2′, Hunter Pony 6 & 7 Year Olds 2’3″ and Hunter Pony 6 & 7 Year Olds 2’6″ (exhibitor’s choice) to be made up of one model, one under saddle class and two over fences classes. An under saddle class for 5 Year Olds & Under for ponies not competing in the 4 & 5 Year Olds over fences classes will also be offered.
“In considering the class offerings, flexibility of junior rider age, location and timing of the Championships, we really wanted these championships to support our breeders and provide a top notch competition for these young ponies,” continued Brown. “All of the classes are exhibitor’s choice, so exhibitors can find the section that is most appropriate for their pony.”
The Championships aim to develop the Hunter Breeding sport and create opportunities for current and new owners, breeders and handlers to showcase talented young hunter pony prospects. USHJA extends special thanks to the USHJA Young Hunter Pony Ad Hoc Committee for leading the development of this opportunity: Oliver Brown, Karan Aurelius, Robin Greenwood, Patty Rogers and Drew Taylor.
USHJA thanks sponsors Farnley Farm and the Virginia Pony Breeders Association. For more information about the Young Hunter Pony Championship, visit ushja.org/YHPC. For sponsorship opportunities contact Whitney Allen at (859) 225-6707 or [email protected]