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The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Fund was created in 2002 by friends and family of the late Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate proper horsemanship in equestrian youth. Emerson Burr served the horse industry tirelessly as he balanced the acts of leading young pony riders to victories and serving as Chairman Emeritus of the USA Equestrian Hunter/Jumper Pony Committee. Emerson won countless honors throughout the years including the 1998 AHSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant is awarded at the Zone and National level. Each winner at the zone level will received a $100 grant to be used towards educational or equestrian related expenses. Each Emerson Burr winner during Pony Finals will receive a $500 grant to be used towards educational related expenses.

Riders competing in Regular Hunter Pony, Green Hunter Pony, Pony Medal, Pony Jumpers or Children’s Hunter Pony are eligible to participate in this program. Participants are divided into four age groups: 8 and under, 9-11, 12- 14, and 15-17. Each participant will take a short, written multiple choice test on horsemanship, which contains no more than 20 questions. At the Zone level, individuals will be awarded the grant based on the results of the exam and their response to a short essay question. The USEF Pony Finals, however, will continue to host the second phase of the test - the hands on portion. The four individuals in each age group which score the highest on the written test move on to the hands-on horsemanship test. The hands-on portion consists of a series of questions in which the participant is asked to demonstrate various skills and knowledge ranging from how to brush a horse to deciphering signs of colic. After the hands-on test, a winner will be chosen from each age group based on his/her horsemanship skills and knowledge.


Zone 1 #134 Fairfield County Hunt Club June; June 18-22, 2019 – Westport, CT

Zone 2 #487 Syracuse PHA; April 23 – 26, 2020 – Syracuse, NY

Zone 3 #1485 NCHJA Annual Horse Show; June 24 – 28, 2020 - Raleigh, NC

Zone 4 #1310 Aiken Spring Classic; April 22 – 26, 2020 – Aiken, SC

Zone 5 No host competition at this time

Zone 6 #7074 Minnesota Harvest; October 6-11, 2020 – St. Paul, MN

Zone 7 #257481 Southwest Showdown; September 16 – 20, 2020 – Katy, TX

Zone 8 No host competition at this time

Zone 9 #322790 Oregon Summer Show; August 20 – 23, 2020 – Wilsonville, OR

Zone 10 #6819 Blenheim June Classic III; June 17 – 21, 2020 – San Juan Capistrano, CA



USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm; August 3-9, 2020 – Lexington, KY


Additional Resources

Emerson Burr Reading List

A suggested reading guide for those wanting to study material for the Emerson Burr Tests