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:

  • The Champions @ Angelstone June 8-12, 2022
  • The National & Equitation Special at CEP June 22-26, 2022
  • Ottawa Summer Tournament II     July 13-17, 2022
  • Caledon Summer & Equitation Special @ CEP July 20-24, 2022
  • Ten Sixty Classic I Aug 4-7, 2022    
  • Labour Day Classic @ Angelstone August 31 - September 4, 2022

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 Hunter Spectacular & Equitation Special @ CEP Sept 7 - 11, 2022

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 to be paid out as follows:
1st - $125.00, 2nd - $100.00, 3rd - $75.00, 4th - 60.00, 5th - $50.00, 6th - $35.00, 7th - $30.00, and 8th - $25.00

Winners are required to be mounted for presentations. Formal attire is requested.

Classes will be held at the following competitions:

  • The Sportsman Cup & Great Pony Challenge @ CEP June 29-July 3, 2022
  • Ottawa Summer Tournament I July 6-10, 2022
  • Ten Sixty Classic I Aug 4-7, 2022
  • Hunter Spectacular & Equitation Special @ Angelstone Sept 7-11, 2022
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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Beginner & Low Children's/Adult Hunter Classic

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


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 to 10th. $500 in prize money from the OHJA will be awarded through 10th as follows:

1st - $125.00, 2nd - $100.00, 3rd - $80.00, 4th - 50.00, 5th - $40.00, 6th - $30.00, 7th - $25.00, 8th - $25.00, 9th - $15.00 and 10th - $15.00

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Canadian Hunter Junior/Amateur Derby Series

The OHJA is proud to partner with Pommies and Angelstone to support the existing Canadian Hunter Jr/Am Derby Series at the 3ft/3’3” height.
This class is meant to improve the skills of horse and rider at more challenging and technical hunter derby courses.

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.

Open to all eligible Junior and Amateur competitors only. There will be two height sections: 3ft with 3’3” options and 3’3” with 3’6” options and they will be judged and awarded together as one class. The OHJA is contributing $500 per class and $10,000 towards the Jr/Am Derby Final to be held at the Ontario Hunter Championships at CEP.

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

Classes to be run under EC G316.4 which states that Derbies will count toward provincial awards. In mixed Derbies, points shall be counted in their respective divisions per Article G113.4 which indicates for EC provincial awards, points won in combined hunter division will be credited to the number of placings in that class and counted according to the height of fences jumped. This means that points will be awarded towards eligible 3’ Children’s Hunter, 3’ Adult Hunter and 3’3” Low Jr/Am Hunter entries who jump their respective height in this class. This will affect OHJA Provincial Year End Standings only. Per EC Derbies are considered miscellaneous classes and will NOT count towards the EC National Rankings being used for Royal Winter Fair qualification.

Please see individual show schedules for dates.

Eligibility for the Jr/Am Derby Finals: The OHJA will be contributing $10,000 towards a Final at the Ontario Hunter Championships at CEP. The Finals are open to all competitors who have participated in a minimum of 5 qualifiers during the season.

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Hunter Derby Course Walks

Walk the course with a Professional! Organized by the OHJA, participants will be able to walk the hunter derby course with a host who will provide educational commentary, and explain the rules and key elements for riding a hunter derby course.

This is not a class and does not count for points or have a year-end award.

This program will run at the following competitions:


  • The Sportsman’s Cup & Great Pony Challenge, June 29 - July 3 at Caledon Equestrian Park
  • 
Ottawa Summer Tournament 2, July 13-17 at Wesley Clover Parks
  • 
MAJOR LEAGUE SHOW JUMPING CSI5*/CSI2*, August 17-21 at Angelstone

  • Ten Sixty Stables Classic II, August 25-28, Ten Sixty Stables

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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 Summer Tournament II July 13-17, 2022
  • The International @ CEP July 27-31, 2022
  • Labour Day Classic @ Angelstone Aug 31-Sept 4, 2022

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.

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OHJA Emerging Rider Medal New for 2022!

The OHJA Emerging Rider Hunter Medal provides riders the opportunity to experience equitation classes and help spark an interest and passion for equitation.

This new Medal class will be offered to the following divisions:

  • Short Stirrup
  • Beginner Children’s
  • Beginner Adult
  • and Children’s Pony.

Riders competing in the Small, Medium or Large Pony GP Medal are not eligible to participate.

This class will be run concurrently with the regular division classes. Course will include one of the following tests: halt, trot fence, rollback, or a bending line.

The top ten riders from each division will be invited to the Finals.

Points to be collected as per EC rules in the qualifiers only.

The Finals will not count for points. 


This program will run at the following competitions:


  • The National & Equitation Special @ CEP June 22-26, 2022
  • 
Ottawa Summer Tournament I @ WCP July 6-10, 2022
  • Caledon Summer & Equitation Special @ CEP July 20-24, 2022
  • Ten Sixty Classic I Aug 4-7, 2022
  • Hunter Spectacular & Equitation Special @ Angelstone Sept 7-11, 2022
  • The Outdoor Final & Equitation Special @ CEP Sept 28-Oct 2, 2022
  • FINALS - Ontario Hunter Finals/Equitation Finals @ CEP Oct 19-23, 2022

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A, B and C Equitation Flat Finals presented by the OHJA New for 2022!

The OHJA is proud to support our A, B and C equitation riders in a Flat Final at the Ontario Hunter Championships.

Riders who have qualified for this final throughout the season will be invited to participate.

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 riders with ribbons to 10th. Current OHJA Membership will be required. A, B and C equitation eligibility as defined by EC rule G1006.

These classes may be run at all Ontario Gold EC sanctioned competitions at their discretion. Please check each horse show program for availability.

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