Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion. Please note that every effort is made to ensure that all rule citations are current and correct as of the publishing date, however, USEF and other organizations continuously make rule changes throughout the year and with each new year.
Greener Pony Pastures
HU 183.2.b states
"Green Pony Hunters qualify by winning a Championship or Reserve Championship in an "AA" or "A" rated Green Pony Hunter section between December 1 and July 1 of the current competition year."
We always thought that was straight-forward and definitive. But we recently learned that the USEF applies an alternative qualifying method through its rules. What was our clue? An exhibitor was puzzled by the "OR" language in the FAQ page on the USEF website; we were too. So we contacted Natalie Norwood, Director of National Affiliates for Hunters, at USEF for clarification.
It seems that USEF reads HU183.2.a as a "get in the field" directive. In other words, if you win a Championship or Reserve Championship in the Regular Pony Hunter Section (at an "AA" or "A" with proper recordings, memberships, etc.), you have a ticket to Pony Finals. If your pony also happens to win in the first half of its green year, you get to choose if you want to compete as a Green Pony or a Regular Pony. You have to choose, you cannot compete in both sections, even if you do win a Regular Pony Championship/ Reserve and a Green Pony Championship/Reserve.
A green light from the Pony Committee; it certainly helps exhibitors competing in parts of the country where there are few ponies and even fewer green ponies.
Problem is, not many folks seem to know this tidbit. We spoke to several experienced pony trainers, and they were surprised. But now YOU know.
RMI has always had a policy of splitting the pony divisions whenever possible in an effort to help more young riders experience Pony Finals. Now maybe a few more will get to achieve a goal and create memories.
And remember, each pony/rider combination at RMI showing through May automatically gets entered into a drawing for a beautiful specialty bed from www.Ponybeds.com.