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Hunter Divisions
Rev. 1 December 2017


Short Stirrup Hunter

Beginner Hunter

Low Children's (Pre-Children's) Hunter

Children's Hunter

Low Adult Hunter

Adult Amateur Hunter

Schooling Hunter

Suitable Hunter

Pleasure Horse or Pony

Short Stirrup Hunter

Open to horses and ponies ridden by riders eligible for Short  Stirrup Equitation (see above). Manners and suitability to count. It is recommended that the classes be held in a ring and must include:

  • Under Saddle(1) - To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. No more than 10 to canter at one time. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - A minimum of 4 fences under 2'. Fences may be crossrails. 

May only be combined with Beginner Hunter Section A.

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Beginner Hunter

A single high score award will be given for Beginner Hunter.  This division may be designated as an “Opportunity” division at USEF recognized competitions, and split into the sections described below.  Each section may be offered as a stand-alone division, but will be counted toward a single high score award. Management is encouraged to split according to the sections below if there are three or more entries in each section.

Section A:  Rider may not have shown in a division, at any show, where the fence height specifications are 2’ or higher. 

Section B:  Horse or pony not to have shown in a division, at any show, where fence height specifications are 2’ or higher.

Open to horses and ponies ridden by riders of any age.  Fences at less than 2’ in height.  Manners and suitability to count.  Riders in Section A may cross-enter only into Beginner Rider Equitation or Pleasure at the same show.  It is recommended that the classes be held in a ring and must include:

  • Under Saddle (1) - to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.  No more than 10 to canter at one time.  No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - to be shown over a minimum of 4 fences at less than 2' in height.  May be crossrails.  Trotting anywhere on course not to be penalized.

Beginner Rider Hunter (Section A) and Short Stirrup Hunter may be combined if there are fewer than three (3) entries in either section.

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Low Children's (Pre-Children's) Hunter

Separate High Score Awards will be given to the highest scoring horse and the highest scoring pony.

To be run according to USHJA Stirrup Cup specifications:

Open to exhibitors who have not yet reached their 18th birthday as of December 1 of the current competition year.  Riders may not cross enter at the same competition into the Children’s Hunter, Pony Hunter or any class/section where fences exceed 2’9” (Exception: 3’0” Equitation).  Fence heights: 2’6” for horses, 2’ for ponies.  Division may also be called “Pre-Children’s Hunter”.

Classes must include:

  • Under Saddle (1) - To be shown at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - A hunter course of at least 8 fences. Ponies to jump 2', horses to jump 2'6"

Low Children’s Hunter may be combined with Low Adult Hunter if there are fewer than 3 entrants in either section.

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Children's Hunter

Perpetual Memorial Trophy in memory of Lori Adamkiewicz, donated by the McDevitt Family.  Awarded to the overall High Score Children’s Hunter.

Separate High Score Awards will be given to the highest scoring Pony and the highest scoring Horse.  Horse section may be further split by rider age (14 & under, and 15-17) if participation warrants.  Pony section may be split further by size (Small/Medium, and Large)

To be run according to current USHJA Zone 2 Specifications. To be shown by junior exhibitors. Fence heights to be:

  • 2’ for small and medium ponies
  • 2’6” for large ponies
  • 3’ for horses

Spreads not to exceed fence heights. Please refer to current USJHA Zone 2 Specifications for cross-entry restrictions.

Points for this Division will accrue only at USEF-recognized shows.

Children’s Hunter Horse section may be combined with Adult Amateur Hunters if there are fewer than 3 entrants in either section, in accordance with USHJA Zone 2 specifications.

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Low Adult Hunter

Memorial Challenge Trophy in memory of Marilyn Haggerty Blohm - to be awarded to the Low Adult Hunter Champion at the NJHSA Horse show.

To be run according to USHJA Stirrup Cup specifications:

Open to exhibitors who have reached their 18th birthday as of December 1 of the current competition year.  Riders may not cross enter into any class or section at the same competition where fences exceed 2’9” (Exception: 3’0” Equitation).   Height of Fences: 2’6”

Classes must include:

  • Under Saddle (1) - To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - To be shown over a hunter course of at least 8 fences at 2'6".

Low Adult Hunter may be combined with Low Children’s Hunter if there are fewer than 3 entrants in either section.

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Adult Amateur Hunter

Perpetual Memorial Trophy donated by James Jones Lemmermann in memory of Grace Pratt Jones

To be run in accordance with current  USHJA Zone 2 Specifications. To be shown by riders who are no longer eligible to compete as Junior Exhibitors, in possession of current USEF Amateur Certification. Ponies may be shown by Adults, suitability to count. Fences not to exceed 3'; spreads not to exceed fence height. Please refer to current USHJA Zone 2 Specifications for cross-entry restrictions.

Division may be split according to age groups, 18-35 and Over 35, if entries warrant.

Points for this Division will accrue only at USEF-recognized shows.

May be combined with Children's Hunters if there are fewer than three entries in either section.

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Schooling Hunter

Open to all. To be judged on performance and soundness with an emphasis on manners. Classes must include:

  • Under Saddle (1) - To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways othe ring. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - To be shown over a hunter course of at least 8 fences at 2'6" to 2'9".

May only be combined with Suitable Hunter.

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Suitable Hunter

Open to all. To be judged on performance and soundness with emphasis on manners and suitability. Classes must include:

  • Under Saddle (1) - To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - To be shown over a hunter course of at least 8 fences at about 3'.

May only be combined with Schooling Hunter.

For combined Schooling / Suitable Divisions, if no split is provided by show management, points will be allocated to the Schooling Hunter section.

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Pleasure Horse or Pony

Perpetual Memorial Trophy in memory of James Jones Lemmermann, donated by his friends

Memorial Challenge Trophy donated by Lisa Mende Senus in memory of “Goodbye Hollywood”, presented to the Pleasure Division Champion at the NJHSA Annual Horse Show

Open to all horses and ponies. To be shown in English tack at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. To be judged with emphasis on manners and suitability as well as soundness and performance. Must back readily and stand quietly. No more than 8 to hand gallop at the same time. No martingales.

A minimum of three classes to be offered. Division may include Cross Country Pleasure that is to include at least one of the following tests: 

  • trot or canter over cavaletti
  • trot or lead over small jumps
  • back between two ground rails

The Pleasure Division may be split into horses and ponies as two separate sections if entries warrant.

NOTE:  For USEF HOTY Pleasure classes, restricted classes will not be counted for NJHSA points (ex: Amateur, Junior, Ladies, Mares, Geldings).  The USEF HOTY Pleasure Horse Championship class, if held, also will not count.

Show Champion and Reserve to be determined by cumulative points only in accordance with NJHSA rules.

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