Ontario Hunter Jumper Association

As a result of the continuously evolving situation with COVID-19, please ensure to check horse show venue programs and schedules for final details around OHJA programs as dates as subject to change.

OHJA Hunter Programs


Pony Power Series

The Pony Power classes are intended to develop skills for the young rider and to familiarize riders and parents with scored hunter rounds. One Pony Power class will be included in each of the EC Small, Medium and Large Pony Divisions at select venues.

The class is one round, over a ‘handy’ styled course.

The class may consist of a rollback, trot fence, hand gallop fence, bending line, a halt, option fence, bounce or a fence jumped in a direct line to/from the in gate.

Rounds will be scored based on traditional hunter criteria and the scores will be announced.

Ponies will be required to jog.

Classes will be held at the following competitions:

  • Angelstone The Headwaters Cup
  • Ten Sixty Welcome
  • Ottawa International II
  • Caledon Summer I @ CEP
  • Caledon Summer II @ CEP
  • Angelstone The International

There will be special ribbons and prizes awarded by the OHJA for these classes.

At select shows there will also be one hunter round of the Children’s Pony, Short Stirrup, Low Children’s and Beginner Children’s division that will be run with open scoring and awarded special prizes-these classes do not qualify for a final.

Provincial Award points will be awarded in the Pony Power qualifier classes as per EC rule G113 Equestrian Canada rules.


Pony Power Finals

Hosted at the Caledon Cup Final @ CEP (September 29th – October 3rd)

Competitors competing in the OHJA Pony Power classes of the EC Small, Medium and Large Pony Divisions are eligible to qualify for the OHJA Pony Power Finals. The Final is open to the pony/rider combinations that have won a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place ribbon in one of the qualifying classes of the current season. Entries will be required to ride in for ribbons. Formal attire is requested for the Final. The Final does not count towards Provincial Standings per EC rule G113.

The Final will be one handy round to be shown over a course of 10 jumps with appropriate adjustments for Small, Medium and Large ponies. The course will include at least three tests from the following list: rollback, trot fence, hand gallop fence, bending line, halt, option fence, gate, dismount, bounce and direct line to/from a jump to the in gate. Open numerical scoring will be based on traditional hunter criteria with an emphasis on style and handiness.

Ribbons and prizes will be awarded through 10th.

There will also be $5,000 in prize money to be awarded through to 10th as follows for the finals:
1/$1250, 2/$1000, 3/$800 4/$500, 5/$400, 6/$300, 7/$250, 8/$250, 9/$125, 10/$125

A prize will also be awarded to the top placing Small, Medium and Large Pony in the Finals.

Entries (owner, and rider) in both the qualifying classes and the finals must have a current OHJA membership to participate.

| back to top |


Beginner & Low Children's/Adult Hunter Stake Series

The OHJA Beginning & Low Children’s and Adult classes are intended to encourage the use of the Open Numerical Scoring System for both the enjoyment and education of the exhibitors and spectators.

The third trip of the Beginner and Low Divisions is to be run as a Stake Class.

  • This will be a one round class judged numerically out of 100 on quality, movement, jumping style, manners and way of going.
  • The Stake round may contain multiple single jumps, roll backs, bending lines or longer lines.
  • Ribbons to 10th and prize money to 8th.
  • Winners are required to be mounted for presentations.
  • Formal attire is requested.

Classes will be held at the following competitions:

  • The National at Caledon Equestrian Park – July 1-4
  • Ottawa International I – July 13-18
  • Ten Sixty Stables III – August 11-15 (Beginner Child/Adult only)
  • Angelstone – The Champions – August 18-22 (Low Child/Adult only)
  • Caledon Cup Final – September 29 – October 3
How do I know if I'm eligible for these divisions?
Beginner Children’s and Adult Hunter

This division is intended for new riders to learn how to show a hunter.
A beginner hunter is a rider who has NEVER won 6 first place ribbons over fences at an EC of USEF competition (Provincial competitions and Combined Training not to count).  These wins are LIFETIME achievements.  Schooling Non-Pro and Short Stirrup not to count.

Winning your way out – During a competitor’s first year of showing is this division, should they win 6 first place ribbons, they will be allowed to remain in the division to the end of that calendar year. In any subsequent years of competition, should they fulfil the WIN factor, they must progress to another division at the next show.

  • Children’s and Adult Amateur rider designations are per EC rules, guidelines and limitations.
  • Courses are made of hunter style jumps and set at a height not to except two foot six inches. (2’6).
  • Classes will be run per EC rules.   Riders and horses may cross enter to other divisions for which they are eligible.
  • Showing in this division will affect a horse’s eligibility.
  • As entries warrant, Children’s and Adults may be combined.
  • Jogging for soundness at the discretion of Show Management.
Low Children’s and Low Adult Hunters

This division is intended for riders who are learning how to show a hunter and are not yet ready for regular hunter divisions.  There is no time limit for showing in these divisions.

  • Open to all Children’s and Adult Amateur rider designations as per EC rules, guidelines, and limitations.
  • Courses will be made up of hunter style jumps and set at a height not to exceed 2.9”
  • Classes will be run per EC rules, guidelines, and limitations.
  • Riders may NOT cross enter at the same show into any Hunter Division with heights more than 2’9” or any Jumper classes with heights more than 1.0m.  Riders may compete in equitation classes where the height does not exceed 3’.
  • Showing in this division will affect a horse’s eligibility.
  • As entries warrant, Children’s and Adults may be combined.
  • Jogging for soundness is at the discretion of Show Management.

| back to top |


Beginner & Low Children's/Adult Hunter Classic
New for 2021!

The OHJA is pleased to offer a Hunter Classic for the Beginner Children’s Hunter, Beginner Adult Hunter, Low Children’s Hunter, and Low Adult Hunter.

Each class is to be shown over two rounds with each horse being given a numerical score; the first round to be about 12 or more fences and the second round to be held over a shortened course.

The top 12 horses to return in the second round but the horses will return in the reverse order of the placing achieved in the first round. Final placings will be on the accumulated points over two rounds.

Hosted at the following competition:
Ontario Hunter Championships (October 13th – 17th)

To be judged with open numerical scoring. Horses must be jogged for soundness in hand or mounted.

If qualification to the Division(s) is restricted as part of the qualifying criteria the Hunter Classic will not count for Provincial Awards. Ribbons and prize money will be awarded from to a 1st through 10th .

| back to top |


OHJA 3' Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby

This popular class is back for 2021!  

These classes are to be traditional Hunter competitions reminiscent of open field type classes. To be shown over a set course that mimics the conditions found in the hunt field. The course will be set at 3’ with a minimum of 10 jumps. The course should include ‘field hunter’ type fences such as a coop, straw bales, natural post and rail, gates, hedges. Handy test options must include roll backs, unique approaches, broken lines, trot jumps, unrelated distances, bounce, wingless jumps, skinny jumps and jumps with no ground lines, handy test/track options.

Classes will be held at the following competitions:

Caledon Cup Final
 

Judging:

  1. Entries will be judged over one round only and will receive a score out of 100
  2. The Jr/Am Derby must be officiated by two judges (when possible). The two judges will be seated together and give one score.
  3. The Jr/Am Derby shall be judged numerically scored (out of 100) on quality, movement, jumping style, handiness, manners and way of going. Pace and brilliance are to be rewarded.
  4. The judging panel may not award the same score to any two competitors in the class unless a competitor’s score is below the cut-off score.
  5. Ribbons and prize money to 10th.
  6. Horses must jog. Horses may jog in hand or mounted EC316.4

Formal attire is requested.

Open to Juniors and Amateurs who have not competed in classes requiring them to jump any horse higher than 1.0M at the same horse show.

No requirement to have competed in another hunter class or division at the same horse show in order to enter this class.

Entries (owner and rider)must have a current OHJA membership to participate.

When both the 3ft and 3’6” OHJA Jr/Am Derby are offered at the same horse show horse/Rider combinations may not compete in both Derbies.

Class to be run under EC G316.Provincial Award points will be awarded in these classes (EC G113).

 

| back to top |


OHJA 3'3"/3'6" Junior Amateur Hunter Derby

Returning for 2021, the OHJA is proud to present the 3’3 and 3’6 Jr/Am Derby.

Open to 3’3”- 3’6” Junior Hunters and Amateur Hunters. No requirement to have competed in another hunter class or division at the same horse show in order to enter this class.  Entries (owner and rider) must have a current OHJA membership to participate.

Classes will be held at the following competitions:

  • Caledon Cup Final

These classes are to be traditional Hunter competitions reminiscent of open field type classes. To be shown over a set course that mimics the conditions found in the hunt field. There will be two height sections – a 3’3” and 3’6” and they will be judged as one class. Horse/Rider combinations must compete at the appropriate height from their division shown at this horse show to qualify for the Top Score Award. The course will be set with a minimum of 10 jumps. The course should include ‘field hunter’ type fences such as a coop, straw bales, natural post and rail, gates, hedges. Handy test options must include roll backs, unique approaches, broken lines, trot jumps, unrelated distances, bounce, wingless jumps, skinny jumps and jumps with no ground lines, handy test/track options.

Judging:

  1. Entries will be judged over one round only and will receive a score out of 100
  2. The Jr/Am Derby must be officiated by two judges (where possible). The two judges will be seated together and give one score.
  3. The Jr/Am Derby shall be judged numerically scored (out of 100) on quality, movement, jumping style, handiness, manners and way of going. Pace and brilliance are to be rewarded.
  4. The judging panel may not award the same score to any two competitors in the class unless a competitor’s score is below the cut-off score.
  5. Ribbons and prize money to 10th.
  6. Horses must jog. Horses may jog in hand or mounted EC316.4

Formal attire is requested.  Open to 3’3”- 3’6” Junior Hunters and Amateur Hunters.

No requirement to have competed in another hunter class or division at the same horse show in order to enter this class. 

Entries (owner and rider) must have a current OHJA membership to participate.

When both the 3ft and 3’6” OHJA Jr/Am Derby are offered at the same horse show Horse/Rider combinations may not compete in both Derbies.

3’3” Competitors who opt to compete in the 3ft Derby are not eligible for the 3’3” Top Score award.

Class to be run under EC G316. Provincial Award points will be awarded in these classes (EC G113)

| back to top |


The OHJA Young Hunter Development Series 

The OHJA is committed to developing young hunters in Ontario and we are pleased to bring you the OHJA Young Hunter Development Series. The intention is to provide classes specifically for Young Hunters. These classes will give Ontario breeders and Ontario owners an opportunity to network at Gold Competitions in order to develop and market their young horses and breeding programs.

These classes have been offered to the following competitions. Please check individual schedules for availability:

  • Caledon Equestrian Park- The National
  • Ottawa International II
  • Caledon Summer II

Class Specifications:
A model, under saddle and over fences class restricted to Young Horses ages 3 to 5 years old. The Model Under saddle and over fences class are run and judged separately-scoring is not cumulative. Horses are not required to compete in all three classes.

Model: shown in hand; to be judged on conformation, manners, way of moving and soundness. 50% on movement and 50% on conformation.

Under Saddle: To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring; no hand-gallop; to be judged on conformation, manners, way of moving and soundness. 60% on movement and 40% on confirmation.

Over Fences: The course will be set at 2'3” with no more than 8 jumps. To be judged on their jumping style, manners and way of going. Horse Show venue may run a closed card schooling class prior the over fences portion.

Eligibility:
Registration for these classes must include valid copy of horse’s papers for proof of age (Tattooed thoroughbreds without papers are eligible when a letter provided from a vet confirming the tattoo number and corresponding year of birth). Papers may be randomly checked by a show vet.

Not open to ponies. Junior B and C riders must not ride or handle stallions per EC rule G105.

Baby Green status is not affected by participating in the over fences portion of this program.

All entries must have valid current OHJA memberships for both owner and rider/handler.

Ribbons and prize money to 8th for the 3 classes:
Model $500, U/S $500 and O/F $500
1/ $130, 2/$100, 3/$80,4/$65, 5/$50, 6/$35, 7/$20, 8/$20

Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded by the OHJA and we are happy to partner with the Canadian Sport Horse Association www.c-s-h-a.org/ who will be awarding the Top Canadian Bred across the division at each venue.

All entries must have valid current OHJA memberships for both owner and rider/handler.

| back to top |


OHJA Eastern Final of the Canadian Hunter Derby Series (CHDS)

The OHJA is pleased to present the Eastern Final of the Canadian Hunter Derby Series at the Ontario Hunter Championships (October 13th – 17th).

Based on the Eastern Standings of the 2021 CHDS.

This high-performance hunter class presents competitors an opportunity to best showcase the talents of horse and rider over a challenging course with high performance, handy and “take your own line” options. The class combines a Hunter Classic with a Handy Hunter class in a one round format.

Judging: Each competitor receives a score with 3 components up to a maximum of 120:

  1. Hunter score (out of 100) - The class is judged as a handy hunter class with a score
     
  2. High performance bonus (up to 10 bonus points) - Two bonus points awarded for each high-performance option taken on course (e.g., higher jump, natural jumps, more challenging line options), at least five options will be offered on course)
     
  3. Handy bonus (up to 10 bonus points) – Zero to ten additional bonus points awarded at the judge’s discretion for additional handiness and high performance displayed on course, including: Efficiency of stride (e.g.; less strides, leave out strides), unique turns and approaches, inside turns, slices, athleticism and boldness (e.g., big gallop to jumps), impressionable start and finish

Jumps:  Class run at two heights: 3’6” with 3’9” – 4’3” options and a 3’ section (at show manager discretion) with 3’3” options. Only horses jumping 3’6” section earn qualifying points for the finals.

The course should include at least 12 jumps and include:

  1. Traditional hunter jumps
  2. Natural jumps - bank, post and rail, board fence/gate, stone wall, logs, hedge, brush, pens/chute
  3. Handy options - inside turns, unique approaches, combination complex (e.g., pen), broken lines, unrelated distances

Formal attire required.
Open to all horses and riders.
Course walk with brief riders meeting preferably with judges and course designer.

| back to top |


Instagram Snaps