Ontario Hunter Jumper Association

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:

Classic @ CEP Phase 2 : May 22 - 26, 2019
Angelstone Headwaters Cup :  June 5 - 9, 2019 
Caledon Premier 1 @ CEP : July 3 - 7, 2019
Ottawa International at Wesley Clover Parks : July 9 - 14, 2019
The International at Angelstone : August 21 - 25, 2019
The National at Angelstone :  August  28 - September 1, 2019
Autumn Classic (Finals) at The Caledon Equestrian Park : September 11 - 15, 2019

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

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.

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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 Champions at Angelstone  - June 12 - 16, 2019
Summer Classic at Caledon Equestrian Park - June 26 - June 30, 2019
Ottawa International 2 at Wesley Clover Parks -July 16 - 21, 2019

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.

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OHJA 3' Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby

This popular class is back for 2019!  

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:

The Headwaters Cup at Angelstone                                         June 5 - 9, 2019
Summer Classic at Caledon Equestrian Park                          June 26 - June 30, 2019
Ottawa International I at Wesley Clover Parks                        July 9 - 14. 2019
Autumn Classic at The Caleond Equestrian Park                   September 11 - 15, 2019

Judging:

  1. Entries will be judged over one round only and will receive a scor eout 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).

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

Returning for another year, 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:

Autumn Classic or Fall Finale at Caledon Equestrain Park                                   September 11 - 15, 2019

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)

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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:

Ottawa Welcome at Wesley Clover Parks                        June 19 - 23, 2019
Ottawa International 2 at Wesley Clover Parks                July16th - 21st, 2019
Equestrian Festival at Caledon Equestrian Park              July 31st - Aug 4th, 2019
The National at Angelstone                                             August 28th – Sept 1st, 2019

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 participatin 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 http://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.

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OHJA Top Score Hunter Award

The OHJA is excited to present the Hunter Special at Autumn Classic!

This event will be held on Saturday September 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Caledon Equestrian Park.

The OHJA Super Saturday will showcase the following classes:

  1. The OHJA Pony Power Final
  2. The OHJA 3ft Jr/Am Derby
  3. The OHJA 3ft3” and 3ft6” Jr/Am Derby

During the OHJA Hunter Special Weekend the OHJA will offer a Top Score Award in the 3ft, 3ft3” and 3ft6” Junior/Amateur Hunter Divisions.

  • Horses to show in their respective divisions.
  • One class from their division will be designated a one round classic and one a handy.
  • Both will be awarded an open score.
  • Their score in the OHJA Jr/Am Derby will also count.
  • Horses must jump the same height Derby as their Division to qualify for the Top Score.
  • All three scores will be added together to get a total.
  • The highest total will win the OHJA Top Score Award.

There will be three top scores awarded: one 3ft Horse, one 3ft3” Horse and one 3ft6” Horse.

The Top Score Winners will receive a cooler and will be presented on Sunday. Winners must bring a horse for the presentation. 

Ties to be broken by the OHJA Jr/Am Derby score. Further ties to be broken by the one round classic score.

For further information on the class specs for each of these classes, please reference:

  1. The OHJA Pony Power Final
  2. The OHJA 3ft Jr/Am Derby
  3. The OHJA 3ft3” and 3ft6” Jr/Am Derby

It should be a special weekend of Hunters!

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