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The modern show ring hunter’s roots were established in Europe when gentry rode across the countryside hunting for game, often aided by dogs used to track the prey. The horses were necessary to carry their riders many miles over the varied terrain of the countryside in pursuit of their game, often negotiating the creeks, ditches, walls, and fences they encountered along the way. Although somewhat recreational from its beginning, the task of the working hunter became less rugged and more refined and competitive, thus the show ring hunter was born.

Subjectively judged, the modern show ring hunter must still exhibit the traits desired of a good field hunter— calm disposition, good manners, smooth gaits, steady way of going, and pleasant and efficient jumping ability— but must do so with style, presence and superior technique. Conformation, athleticism, disposition, and jumping form all combine to define a winning show ring hunter. A wide range of sections and classes is offered for hunter riders in today’s show ring, both over fences and on the flat.

Additionally, hunter classes exist for virtually every breed of horse or pony and for any level of rider. Recently, a new international-level class was created with the goal of bringing tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters. The International Hunter Derby tests a horse’s keenness, athleticism, and handiness as it negotiates obstacles typically encountered while galloping in the open field.

Green Questions? 

**Deadline to submit 2020 green reinstatements or waivers is September 15, 2020.  Requests received after this date will not be processed.

See the Green FAQ sheet or email [email protected]

Want to know if your horse or pony is eligible for a green section? Complete a Green Inquiry request.

USEF has modified the Green Hunter eligibility rules for the 2020 competition year to provide owners with an opportunity to preserve the green eligibility of a horse or pony for a future year through either a green reinstatement or green waiver. See the press release - Amended Green Rules 

For more detailed information on each process and the amended requirements to maintain green eligibility, please refer to the documents linked below.

Green Horse Waiver 

Green Horse Reinstatement

Green Pony Eligibility

FAQs on the recently amended Green rules



Kelsey Shanley
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The United States Hunter Jumper Association

Recognized National Affiliate Association

The USHJA, as the National Affiliate for the Hunter/Jumper discipline, promotes the sport and the well-being of its participants, offers broad based education for its members, and provides the framework for the conduct of the sport.

You can visit the United States Hunter Jumper Association at their website:


Hunter Programs

Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant

A grant program designed to promote horsemanship amongst Pony riders across the U.S.. Tests are offered in 7 zones as well as during US Pony Finals.

Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championship

8/22/2020 through 8/26/2020
A USEF National Championship designed to showcase young hunter horses and increase awareness of not only the Hunter Breeding division, but their talented handlers and breeders.

USEF Junior Hunter National Championship

6/1/2020 through 5/31/2021
A National Championship designed to encourage and promote the basic training and development of Junior Hunters.

USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm

8/3/2020 through 8/9/2020
A multifaceted event designed to showcase the talent of Hunter and Jumper ponies as well as young Pony Medal riders.

Additional Resources

2020 Green Horse Waiver

Changes to Green Hunter eligibility for the 2020 competition year

2020 Green Horse Reinstatement

Changes to Green Hunter eligibility for the 2020 competition year

2020 Green Pony Eligibility

Changes to the Green Pony Hunter rules for the 2020 competition year

FAQs - 2020 Amendments to Green Rules

Frequently asked questions regarding the recently amended Green rules for horses and ponies

Guidelines for Combining and Dividing Hunter Sections

Cheat sheet for how to combine and divide Hunter sections and classes.

Green and Young Hunter FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding the Green and Young Hunter sections

Green and Young Hunter Information Sheet

Helpful information for Competition Managers about the new Green and Young Hunter sections.

Hunter Point Tabulation

How to calculate HOTY points in the Hunter and Hunter Breeding divisions.

USHJA Zone Specifications

Specifications for all zone sections for the Hunter, Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation and Jumper divisions.