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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. 

2012 May Newsletter

$24,999/Mini-Prix and $25,000/Grand Prix



Jumper Classes offering $24,999 but more than $2,500:


One "R" judge and one back up timer are required to officiate. JP105a. JP106.3

Horses may not be schooled over an offset in the schooling area prior to the class. Jumper Appendix A.20. However,  it is not enforceable if horses are off premises prior to the class. 

Courses are described by height (e.g. 1.40m) in which case a minimum of three obstacles must be spreads and the spread is to exceed the height by 5cm up to 15cm. JP120.3. At least 50% of the fences of a class must be set at the required height with other fences to be within a 5cm variance. JP120.5

The last place prize money must at least equal the start fee (not including any Nominating or Declaration fee). JP108.1a.  There is no required prize money distribution nor a required number of money awards.  Do note that in all jumper classes, there is to be one placing for every five horses; in classes over $500, the last prize money placing must be at least equal to the start fee and all additionally required placings must be equal to the start fee.  JP108.1


 Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more:


Two "R" judges and two back up timers are required to officiate. JP148.2 If there is an open water, a third judge (which may be an "r") is required.

The schooling area must be supervised by one of the following: A Registered C1 steward, a Registered Jumper judge, or a Certified Schooling Supervisor. JP148.2b.

Horses competing in a class of $25,000 or more must be on the grounds for the twenty-four hour period prior to the scheduled start of the class. JP148.9a Horses may not be schooled over off-sets for a twenty-four hour period prior to the scheduled start of the class. JP148.9b

Courses must be described in the prize list as "Regional," "National," or "International." JP120.4

at least one double and one triple, two triples, or three doubles;
at least two obstacles not less than 1.45m
at least eleven obstacles at a minimum height of 1.30m
at least three of the obstacles must be spreads of not less than 1.30m in width

at least one double and one triple, two triples, or three doubles;
at least two obstacles not less than 1.50m
at least eleven obstacles at a minimum height of 1.40m
at least three of the obstacles, in addition to any used in combinations, must be spreads of not less than 1.50m up to 1.60m

at least one double and one triple, two triples or three doubles
at least one obstacle not less than 1.60m and two additional obstacles not less than 1.50m
at least eleven obstacles at a minimum height of 1.45 m
at least two spreads not less than 1.65m in width and three additional spreads not less than 1.60m in width.

Prize money distribution is set to be paid to twelve places by rule as follows: 30%, 22%, 13%, 8%, 6%, 5%, 4%, 3%, 3%, 2%, 2%, 2%. JP148.5  As with other jumper classes, if there are more than sixty (60) starters, additional placings equal to the start fee must be made for every five (or part thereof) additional entries.

Entry fee for the class may not exceed 2% of prize money, including any Nominating, Starting, or Declaration Fee charged for entry into the class. JP148.6




For a full descripton of the algorithm used for the Ranking List go to: Guidelines.pdf


The detailed rules take eight pages, a simplistic description of the algorithm is as follows:


The points earned by a rider in a class are calculated as Class Value x Placing Points= Class Points.


The Class Value is a formula that takes into account the ranking of those in the class. Therefore, for example, if top ten ranked riders are competing in the class, the Class Value would be significantly higher for the same money class than if riders 108 through 212 were competing.

There is a prize money coefficient as follows:

$25,000-$49,000 = 1.00

$50,000 -$99,000 = 1.2

$100,000 - 199,999 = 1.3

$200,000 - 299,999 = 1.4

$300,000 and over = 1.5

There is an additional "technical coefficient" as follows:

Top League Nations Cup and Grand Prix = 1.5

Selection Trials for the Olympic Games and World Championships = 1.4

Nations Cups and Grand Prix not included in the Top League 1.2

Selection Trials for the Pan American Games = 1.2


Classes taking place in the United States with less than $35,000 in Prize money will have a maximum Class Value of 2.5 (with exceptions for special "high-profile" classes).


If more than one class at an event meets the criteria (for example the Friday Grand Prix where there is another Grand Prix on Sunday), the class with the lesser prize money will count 75% of the value calculated for the Sunday Grand Prix.


The actual class value is not determined until after it is held though an educated guess can be made.  To illustrate the wide variance of Class Value, for the week ending May 13, the following US Events had the following Class Value:


$25,000 New York Welcome Stake 1.00

$25,000 Hott Horse Shows 1.00

$35,000 David Wood Cup 1.00

$40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix 1.00

$60,000 Grand Prix of California 1.67

$50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic 3.57

$75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix 4.76


Placing Points are awarded only for the "designated" horse if a rider has more than one entry.   A rider with only one horse in the class is eligible for Placing Points with that horse.  Placing points are earned for meeting at least one of the following criteria: (1) scaled points are awarded for the 1st-16th (200-30) finish; (2) any eligible horse-rider combination that makes it to the final jump-off  will receive a minimum of 30 points; and (3) any eligible horse-rider combination that earns a first round score of four faults or less will receive a minimum of 25 points.



To list or not to list? 


Jumper classes offering $25,000 or more set at National or International level may apply to be included on the Show Jumping Ranking List and pay a fee. For grand prix held June to November, the competition must apply by April 1 ; for grand prix held December to May, the competition must apply for by October 1.


The Ranking List was developed for and is primarily used to select teams representing the United States in international events.  For a complete discussion of the selection process, go to:  


A small number of competitions reserve the right to limit entries in their open jumper section and such limitation is associated with the Ranking List.  JP114.4.a


All horses in a "computer listed" class must have an annual or life USEF recording ($75/$200); generally jumpers are no longer required to be recorded, just USHJA registered ($30 for lifetime).


When a Grand Prix is "computer listed" each horse/rider combination must pay a $35.00 IHP fee to the USEF (even entries that are not eligible for ranking points because a rider has more than one mount in a class). See  USEF GR 207 describing a maximum horse/rider obligation of $420 per competition year and the requirements to receive a refund for any over payments.


Is it worth the extra fees and restrictions for a Class Value "1" Grand Prix to be ranked?  If you compete in these classes and want to give us your opinion, we would would like to hear from you. or 904-396-4106