USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal

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What Is The USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal?

Emily Matuszak from the United States Hunter Jumper Association, provides details of this new event.

A new event, the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal provides Junior exhibitors with the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a Jumper-style course.

Additionally, riders who earn more than 10 points in a Jumping Seat Medal are eligible for the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals hosted on both coasts.

The 2017 Finals is a test to determine members’ interest in a 3’3″ equitation final that aims to help riders gain experience in a format similar to that of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program.

Courses include at least eight fences set at 1.0m (3’3″) in height, at least one double or triple combination, and at least three spreads from 1.0m to 1.15m (3’3″ to 3’9″).

Natural fences, a Liverpool, and a small water jump may also be included at the course designer’s discretion. The medal class is judged on the rider’s equitation style, technical merit, judgment and execution of an efficient, time saving pace and track.

The USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal is open to Junior active members of the United States Equestrian Federation and USHJA who have not reached their 18th birthday as of December 1 of the current competition year (per USEF rules).

Year-end awards will be awarded to the top 12 riders in both the newly formed Eastern and Western Leagues.

The USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal is judged on the rider’s equitation style, technical merit, judgment and execution of an efficient, time saving pace and track.

In 2017, Jumping Seat Medal, competitors have the opportunity to qualify for one of two USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals. Finals will be hosted on either coast, and qualified riders may choose either location. The 2017 Finals is a test to determine members’ interest in a 3’3″ equitation final that aims to help riders gain experience in a format similar to that of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program.

Riders qualify for the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals when they have accumulated a minimum of 10 points in a USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal class from Dec. 1 of the current competition year to 60 days prior to the Finals. Riders may not cross-enter into the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals. Riders may only compete in either the East or West Finals.

The Finals consists of three phases: Phase I (Flat Phase), Phase II (Gymnastics Phase) and Phase III (Jumping Phase) that may be held over one or two days.