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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. 


January 2012 Newsletter
Young Jumpers

RMI for several years has offered the Young Jumper classes at its horse shows. There are two primary goals for Young Jumpers.  First, Zone and National Horse of the Year are awarded from USEF/USHJA.  Second, YJC Qualifying Classes allow qualification for Young Jumper Championships.        

Whenever a horse competes in a jumper class restricted by age, in addition to general jumper equipment rules, there are specific restrictions on the use of leg equipment. The total weight of equipment added per leg may be up to 350g (shoe excluded). Equipment includes but is not limited to single or multiple boots, ankle boots, fetlock rings, support wraps, protective padding, etc. Hind ankle boots are permitted but must be non-weighted, non-performance enhancing. Boots made of rigid leather or plastic may only be a maximum of 6 inches/15 cm in height (excluding fleece and other protective padding.) JP 116.2

HORSE OF THE YEAR
USEF JP 116 Provides for Classes Restricted by Age of Horse.  GR1133 Provides for the awarding of HOTY awards for 5-Year Old, 6-Year Old and 7/8-Year Old National and USHJA Zone HOTY awards based on the following table. 

Exhibitors-
number of entries that competed

3-8

9-15

16-25

26+

1st

15

20

25

30

2nd

10

15

20

25

3rd

5

10

15

20

4th

4

5

10

15

5th

3

4

5

10

6th

2

3

4

5

Points toward any HOTY award will not be credited until the applications and fees required by USEF and USHJA for the horse's recording, transfer of ownership, name change or addition of owner(s) and owner's Membership are received by the Federation office. Exception: Applications for Federation and USHJA Individual Membership and Horse Recordings [and/or USHJA Registrations] submitted at Licensed Competitions.

Horses competing in 5-Year Old and 6-Year Old classes must not have competed in any jumper class offering $25,000 or more in prize money.  Horses competing in 7/8-Year Old classes must not have competed in any jumper class offering $25,000 in prize money at the National or International Standard (excluding classes restricted to horses under 8 years of age). (Note: Young Jumper Championships are MORE restrictive, read carefully.)

Proof of foaling date is required. Foaling date five/six/seven/eight years previous to the current calendar year determines age. JP 116 There is no exception for classes offered in December so these classes are offered January through November though not prohibited for December.

No credit will be given for classes where judging specifications are not in accordance with Federation rules.   No credit will be given in classes if less than three entries have competed per JP 133.13.  GR1113.

Two age groups may be combined with jumps at their respective height.  JP 120.1.c. 

Five Year Old may be scored under Table II (clear round); Table II.1 (fastest clear round); or Table II.2 (jump-off for first; may offer as a or b or a/b option).  Fence height 1m-1.15m; after June 1, courses may be set up to 1.2m.

Course restrictions:
1) triple combinations may NOT be included before June 1st;
2) only one spread obstacle may be included in any combination before June 1st;
3) When using a vertical over any liverpool, the rail(s) must be in the center;
4) no liverpool may be used as part of a combination; and
5) the first fence and the (a) portion of any combination MUST be set 5cm lower than the height specified for the class.
                       
Six Year Old may be scored under Table II (clear round); Table II.1 (fastest clear round)); or Table II.2 (jump-off for first; may offer as a or b or a/b option).  Fence height 1.2m-1.25m; after June 1, courses may be set up to 1.3m.

Course restrictions:
1) triple combinations may only include one spread obstacle before June 1st;
2) water jumpers may not exceed 11' (3.30m) and should be in the second half of the course, and another obstacle MUST be offered as an option;
3) no liverpool may be used as part of a combination.

Seven/Eight Year Old may be scored under  Table II.1 (fastest clear round); or Table II.2 (jump-off for first; may offer as a or b or a/b option)).  Fence height 1.3m-1.55m.

Course restrictions:
1) if liverpool used in a combination, it may only be used as the first element;
2) water jumps may not exceed 12' (3.60m).

YOUNG JUMPER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Young Jumper Championships are under the auspices of Young Jumpers headquartered in Georgetown, Kentucky.    Though the program is coordinated with USEF rules, the YJC program has its owns rules and requirements.  Horses wanting to qualify for Young Jumper Championships may not have competed in any jumper class offering $25,000 or more in prize money, regardless of Standard.

Five-Year Old; class may be held under Table IV.1 or Table IV.2 (optimum time first round/optimum time jump-off), Table II (clear round) or Table II2.a or Table II2.b (jump-off for first).   Fence Height 1.15m before June 1, 1.20m after June 1.  Additional/Non-USEF course Restrictions: none.

Six-Year Olds: class may be held under Table IV.1 or Table IV.2m, Table II, or Table II.a or Table II.b.  Fence Height 1.20-1.25m before June 1, 1.25m after June 1.  Additional/Non-USEF course restrictions: Only one spread per combination prior to June 1; if water jump used prior to June 1, must include an option. 

Seven/Eight-Year Olds:   Table II2.a or Table II2.b.  Fence Height 1.25-1.20m before June 1, 1.30-1.35m after June 1.  Additional/Non-USEF course restrictions: none.

Horses must have a YJC recording number as well as USEF recording.   Forms available from the YJC office or online.  Prize money is encouraged but not required for 5-Year Old classes; a minimum of $500 in prize money is required for 6-Year Old and 7/8-Year Old classes.  If class is held with less than 3 competitors, the round WILL COUNT toward year-end qualifying if the horse completes the course. 

To be eligible for the Young Jumper Championships, the horse must be recorded annually with YJC and earn a score in a minimum of three (3) YJC Qualifiers.  Points are assigned based on the USEF Young Jumper table (see above).  In addition, horse that do not earn a ribbon earn one (1) point for each clear round in a Qualifying class.  Horses are ranked based on first round faults, then by any points earned.   For the East League, thirty (30) entries are accepted based on highest ranking; a horse with three clear rounds will never be outranked by a 4-fault horse no matter how many points the 4-faulter has earned.  E.g., a horse ranked with 3 clear winning rounds in classes of 20 horses would be 0 faults, 60 points which would be ahead of a horse ranked with 2 clear winning rounds of 30 horses and one 4-fault round earning a second place with 30 horses for a rank of 4 faults, 85 points.

Competitors may designate one of three Finals of their choice, regardless of where qualified or residency.  Each Final is a three-round format.  Faults are accumulated throughout.  Following Round 2, the top 15 (based on cumulative faults) advance to the Final Round.  At the end of Round 3, all horses tied with the lowest total faults will jump-off for First Place.  The remaining placings will be based on three round cumulative faults and ties will remain tied.

YJC Eastern League - The Hampton Classic, Bridgehampton, NY
August 26-September 2, 2012
Top 30 in each age group, based on rankings(see example above).
Final 15 placings in each age group.  Prize Money Pool $20,000 - 5-Year Olds; $30,000 -
6-Year Olds; and $30,000 - 7/8 Year Olds.

YJC Midwestern League - The Kentucky National, Lexington, KY September 19-23, 2012
Currently no cut-off for qualifying entries.
Final 15 placings in each age group.  Prize Money Pool $10,000 - 5-Year Olds; $15,000 -
6-Year Olds; and $15,000 - 7/8 Year Olds.

YJC Western League - Showpark All Seasons, Del Mar, CA August 29-September 2, 2012
Currently no cut-off for qualifying entries.
Final 15 placings in each age group.  Prize Money Pool $10,000 - 5-Year Olds; $15,000 -
6-Year Olds; and $15,000 - 7/8 Year Olds.

YOUNG SPORTHORSE SHOW SERIES
For those with horses not quite ready to compete at USEF competitions, we want to share information about the new Young Sporthorse Show Series (YSSS) sponsored by Spy Coast Farm with 2012 events currently scheduled in Wellington and Ocala.  The Ocala shows, held at 13449 NW 82nd Street Road, are co-hosted by Cav-I Farm and Sakura Hill Fam LLC.  YSSS is designed to provide breeders, owners, trainers and riders of young sport horses an affordable show venue to introduce sporthorses of all disciplines to the show environment and “put on necessary mileage” with new and special classes suitable to the proper development of young horses.  It is also intended to create a sales environment where numerous young horses are in a single location, and their talents are displayed in front of a buying audience.

All horse and ponies, yearlings to 5-year olds (foaled 2007-2011), who are being prepared to compete in Jumpers Dressage, Eventing or Hunters are eligible. Depending on the age, horses are shown and graded in-hand, jumping in a chute, jumping style (mounted), and suitability for sport under saddle (flat).  2012 shows are scheduled for Wellington, FL on February 7 and February 28, and for Ocala, Fl on March 13.  For more information about the format, fees, and specific events, please go to www.northamericanstudbook.com