The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has re-opened applications for USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the 2012-2013 season. Applications to host classes between June 2, 2012 and June 1, 2013 are now due Nov. 1 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The USHJA has also removed the limit on the number of competitions allowed to host qualifying competitions.
This change comes in the wake of a change in fee structure for competitions that host derbies. Previously, host shows paid a set rate to host a class. Now each show pays a lower set rate, as well as an additional fee per entry to the USHJA.
“We had so many people asking for derbies, and it’s difficult to give managers a reason as to why their applications were declined if they had a nice ring, good footing and a sponsor,” said USHJA High Performance Committee Chair Ron Danta. “Also, certain areas are dominated by several professionals, so people don’t go in because they didn’t feel like they had a shot. This will give more people, especially juniors and amateurs, an opportunity. After all, if you’re going to try your first grand prix, surely you’re not going to go in one with Margie Engle, McLain Ward and Laura Kraut. We’re going to monitor this, and any venues not meeting our standards will go for review.”
For information about applying for derbies, please visit www.ushja.org/IHD and click on “Derby Host Application Packet.”