Rules and Specifications

Download the 2017 one page spec sheet here. Download your GSDHJA 2014 Rule Book here.

In 2017, we converted our Open Jumpers to meter specs from feet and inches. Here’s a guide to the conversion and what classes are and aren’t tracked in the GSDHJA point system.

GSDHJA 2017 Class & Award Specifications

RIDERS, OWNERS & TRAINERS MUST ALL BE CURRENT GSDHJA MEMBERS in order for points to count

Achievement Awards

To qualify for a year end award in Walk/Trot & Long Stirrup, a total of 40 points is necessary. To qualify for a year end award in Crossrail & Short Stirrup, a total of 50 points is necessary.

LEADLINE DIVISION

Leadline riders who compete at a minimum of 4 shows during the season shall receive a Recognition Award at end of the year.  Must be GSDHJA member.

WALK/TROT DIVISION*
Open to all junior & amateur. Judged at the walk/trot. In eq over rails class, rider to two point over rails (1 x around) & post the trot in between, with diagonals to count around corners but not between rails. Riders may not cross-enter into any other divisions at same show. Riders who have competed in classes requiring canter for more than 1 season are not eligible to ride in Walk/Trot.

CROSSRAIL HUNTERS*
To jump fences 1’0”. Open to all junior & amateur riders. Simple changes of lead will NOT be penalized. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 2’3” or higher. Riders who have competed at 2’3 or above are not eligible to ride in Crossrails.

SHORT STIRRUP HUNTERS & EQUITATION*
To jump fences 1’6”-2’0”. Open to riders 12 & under. Fences must be set up as a course in order to qualify (without oxers). Riders may not cross enter into pony hunters, or any division with fences 2’6 or higher. Riders who have competed at 2’6 or above are not eligible to ride in the Equitation portions of Short Stirrup.

LONG STIRRUP HUNTERS & EQUITATION*
To jump fences 1’6”-2’0”. Open to riders 13-17 & adult amateurs 18 & over.  Fences must be set as a course in order to qualify (without oxers). Riders may not cross enter into pony hunters, or any division with fences 2’6 or higher. Riders who have competed at 2’6 or above are not eligible to ride in the Equitation portions of Long Stirrup.

*Points are accrued by rider, rather than horse in these divisions, allowing riders to change horses during season without forfeiting points earned. Riders may compete on more than one horse in the Hunter O/F classes, but not in the Eq or U/S portions, at the same show.  If competing on multiple horses in Hunter O/F classes, riders will only earn GSDHJA points on the highest placing ride per class.


Hunter Division Awards

GREEN RIDER HUNTERS & EQUITATION – 12 & under
GREEN RIDER HUNTERS & EQUITATION – 13-17
GREEN RIDER HUNTERS & EQUITATION – 18 & over
To jump fences 2’3”. Open to riders 12 & under, 13-17 & amateurs 18 & over, respectively. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 2’9 or higher. Points accrued by rider.  Riders may compete on multiple horses in Hunter O/F classes, but will earn GSDHJA year end points only on highest placing ride per class.  Riders also competing at 2’6 may only enter if in their 1st season of showing 2’6.  Riders over age of 40 may compete at 2’6 and Green Rider Hunters, only if they no longer compete at 2’9 or over.

PONY HUNTERS
To jump fences 2’3” (small & medium ponies) or 2’6” (large ponies).  Open to all ponies & riders 17 & under.

LOW CHILDRENS HUNTERS – 12 & under
LOW CHILDRENS HUNTERS – 13-17
LOW ADULT AMATEUR HUNTERS – 18 & over

To jump fences 2’6”. Open to riders 12 & under, 13-17 & amateurs 18 & over, respectively. Riders may not cross enter into any hunter division with fences 3’0 or higher, or jumper division with fences 3’3 or higher.

CHILDREN’S HUNTERS – 12 & under
CHILDREN’S HUNTERS – 13-17
ADULT AMATEUR HUNTERS – 18 & over

To jump fences 2’9”. Open to riders 12 & under, 13-17 & amateurs 18 & over, respectively. Riders may not cross enter into any hunter division with fences 3’3 or higher, or jumper division with fences 3’6 or higher.

MODIFIED JUNIOR/AMATEUR HUNTERS
To jump fences 3’0”. Open to all junior & amateur riders. Riders may not cross enter into any Jr/Am division with fences 2’6 or less (except pony hunter/jumpers).

JUNIOR/AMATEUR WORKING HUNTERS
To jump fences 3’3”. Open to all junior & amateur riders. Riders may not cross enter into any Jr/Am division with fences 2’9 or less or Jr/Am jumper division with fences 2’6″ or less (except pony hunter/jumpers).

BABY GREEN HUNTERS
To jump fences 2’6”. Open to horses that have not shown 2’9” or higher prior to the current show year.  Horses may not cross enter into any division w/ fences 3’3 or over at same show.  Horses that move up during year and compete at 3’3 or higher are immediately ineligible to continue to compete in Baby Greens.

PRE-GREEN HUNTERS
To jump fences 2’9”-3’0”. Open to horses that have not shown 3’3” or higher prior to the current show year.  Horse may not cross enter into any division w/ fences 3’6 or over at same show.  Horses that move up during year and compete at 3’6 or higher are immediately ineligible to continue to compete in Pre Greens.

LOW HUNTERS
To jump fences 3’0”.

MODIFIED WORKING HUNTERS
To jump fences 3’3”. Open to horses & riders. Horses may not cross enter into Baby Green Hunters.

WORKING HUNTERS
To jump fences 3’6”. Open to horses & riders. Horses may not cross enter into Baby Green or Pre-Green Hunters.

 

Equitation Awards

Year-End awards will be given for each age group based on the total number of points earned in Open Equitation Flat & Equitation Over Fences combined.

OPEN EQUITATION FLAT 11 & under
OPEN EQUITATION FLAT 12-13
OPEN EQUITATION FLAT 14-17
OPEN EQUITATION FLAT 18 & over
– Open to all adult amateur riders.
EQUITATION OVER FENCES 11 & under. To jump fences 2’3”.
EQUITATION OVER FENCES 12-13. To jump fences 2’6”.
EQUITATION OVER FENCES 14-17. To jump fences 2’9”.
EQUITATION OVER FENCES 18 & over. To jump fences 2’9”.

 

GSDHJA Medals

OPEN TO GSDHJA MEMBERS ONLY, junior & adult amateur riders. Minimum of (3) riders must compete for class to count. Total of (6) points are necessary to qualify for finals (2pts for AA medal). After July 1st of every year, once a rider has accumulated 12 or more points, they may not compete again until the finals. Riders accumulating 6 or more points in a medal class shall receive a GSDHJA medal at the Awards Banquet. All past GSDHJA medal finals winners are ineligible to compete in that class.  Note point scale for medal classes is different than for regular classes, see Points page for chart.


GSDHJA GREEN RIDER MEDAL

All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 2’3” including at least two changes of direction. A work-off is at judge’s discretion. Except for the Finals, riders may cross enter the GSDHJA Mini Medal at the same show. Riders competing at 2’6 may only enter Green Rider Medal if they are in their first season of showing at 2’6”. Riders who have participated in ANY MEDAL (on any circuit including USEF ‘A’ shows) in which fences exceeded 2’9″ within the past five year may not compete in the GSDHJA Green Rider Medal or Finals.

Sun Foods
GSDHJA JUNIORS ONLY MINI MEDAL – 17 & Under

All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 2’6”. Course will incorporate 2 standard tests and include at least two changes of direction. Addition testing or work-off is at the judges discretion. Except for the Finals, riders may cross enter the GSDHJA Green Rider Medal at the same show. Riders may not cross enter the GSDHJA Medal at the same show, including the Finals show.  If class does not meet 3 rider minimum, it may be combined with AA medal. Riders who have participated in ANY MEDAL (on any circuit including USEF ‘A’ shows) in which fences exceeded 3’0″ within the past five year may not compete in the GSDHJA Mini Medal or Finals.

ABJ Equine Practice
GSDHJA ADULT AMATEUR MEDAL – 18 & Over
All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 2’6”, and include 2 standard tests and at least two changes of direction. Addition testing or work-off is at the judges discretion. Except for the Finals, riders may cross enter the GSDHJA Green Rider Medal at the same show.  Riders may not cross enter the GSDHJA Medal at the same show, including Finals.  If class does not meet 3 rider minimum, it may be combined with the Mini Medal. Riders who have participated in ANY MEDAL (on any circuit including USEF ‘A’ shows) in which fences exceeded 3’0″ within the past five year may not compete in the GSDHJA AA Medal Medal or Finals.

GSDHJA CHILD/ADULT MEDAL

All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 2’9” including at least two changes of direction.  A work-off is optional.  Riders may cross enter the GSDHJA Mini Medal show or 3’0 Medal, at the same including the Finals. Riders who have participated in any medal finals in which the fences exceeded 3’3” w/in the past 5 years may not compete in the GSDHJA CH/Adult Medal or Finals. 

EE Show Stables
GSDHJA MEDAL

All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 3’0” including at least two changes of direction. A work-off is mandatory for at least the top 4 riders, if possible. Riders may not cross enter the GSDHJA Mini Medal at the same show, including the Finals. Riders who have participated in any ANY MEDAL FINAL (on any circuit including USEF ‘A’ shows) in which the fences exceeded 3’3” within the past 5 years may not compete in the GSDHJA Medal or Finals.

Willow Creek Stables
GSDHJA FLAT MEDAL

All entries will work collectively on the flat and will be asked to demonstrate at least six advanced flat work skills such as: lengthening and/or collection of stride, counter canter (no more than 12 at a time), turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, work without irons and/or other tests deemed appropriate by the judge.

GSDHJA JUNIOR/AMATEUR MEDAL
All entries to jump a medal type course of fences 3’3” including at least two changes of direction. Work-off is at the judge’s discretion. Riders may cross enter the GSDHJA Medal at the same show, including the Finals.

Jumper Awards

PONY JUMPERS
To jump fences 2’3”-2’6”. Open to ponies & riders 17 & under. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 3’3 or higher.

LOW CHILDREN’S/ADULT AMATEUR JUMPERS
To jump fences 2’6” with up to a 2’6” spread. Open to all junior & adult amateur riders. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 3’3 or higher.

CHILDREN’S JUMPERS
To jump fences 2’9”-3’0” with up to a 3’0” spread. Open to all riders 17 & under. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 3’6 or higher.

ADULT AMATEUR JUMPERS
To jump fences 2’9”-3’0” with up to a 3’0” spread. Open to adult amateur riders 18 & over. Riders may not cross enter into any division with fences 3’6 or higher.

MODIFIED JUNIOR/AMATEUR JUMPERS
To jump fences 3’3” with up to a 3’3” spread. Open to all junior & adult amateur riders. Riders may not cross enter into any Jr/Am division with fences 2’6 or under (except Pony hunters/jumpers).

JUNIOR/AMATEUR JUMPERS
To jump fences 3’6” with up to a 3’6’” spread. Open to all junior & adult amateur riders. With the exception of the GSDHJA Medal, riders may not cross enter into any Jr/Am division with fences 3’0 or under (except Pony hunters/jumpers).

0.95m OPEN JUMPERS
Fences .95m (3’0) w/ up to a .95m spread.

1.1m OPEN JUMPERS
Fences 1.1m (3’6) w/ up to a 1.1m spread.

1.2m OPEN JUMPERS

Fences 1.15m-1.2m (3’9-4’0) w/ up to a 1.2m spread.  Same horse/rider combination cannot cross enter into .95m jumpers at the same show.


Overall High Point Awards

HIGH POINT EQUITATION RIDER
Award presented to the rider accumulating the most points in Open Equitation Flat & Equitation Over Fences classes.

HIGH POINT JR/AM RIDER AWARD
Award presented to the Jr/Am rider accumulating the most points in the 2’3 and above Hunter & Jumper Jr/Am and Open divisions combined.

HIGH POINT PROFESSIONAL RIDER AWARD
Award presented to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the Open Hunter & Jumper divisions combined.

HIGH POINT TRAINER AWARD
Award presented to the trainer whose riders & horses accumulate the most points collectively in the Open, Achievement, Jr/Am, Equitation & Medals divisions combined.


FLAT CLASSES: Horses showing in just the flat portion of a division must also follow the same cross entry restrictions as in over fences portion. ‘Catch’ Riders in flat portion of any Jr/Am division must meet the specifications for the division. Riders listed on multiple horses in any one flat class will only be awarded points towards High Point Awards for the horse who places the highest in the class.

ALL DIVISIONS: Maximum number of horses any one rider/owner may compete in any one Jr/Am division is limited to 3 horses at the same show.

CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW / ‘A’ circuit: IF riders* and/or horses* also compete on the “A” circuit, they must meet ONE of the following 2 conditions in order to compete at the championship show:

  1. Have competed in at least four GSDHJA recognized shows, during the current show season OR
  2. Have competed in a greater number of GSDHJA recognized shows than ‘A’ circuit shows during the current show season.

*Riders must meet this requirement in order to compete in any equitation class, medal finals, and/or classes that year end points are assigned to the rider (walk trot – green rider).

*Horses must meet this requirement in order to compete in any Hunter or Jumper class (except walk/trot-green rider) including  the Mini Prix, Hunter Derbies and other spotlight/stakes classes.

UPDATED 7/16/2017