Jumping enjoys its place, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most popular and perhaps most recognizable equestrian events, aside from Thoroughbred horse racing.  At its highest competitive level, Jumping is recognized as one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines alongside both Dressage and Eventing.  Essentially, what pole vaulting, high jump and hurdles are to track and field, Jumping is to equestrian sport.

Spectator friendly and easy to understand, the object for the Jumper is to negotiate a series of obstacles, where emphasis is placed on height and width, and to do so without lowering the height or refusing to jump any of the obstacles. The time taken to complete the course is also a factor.  The Jumping course tests a horse’s athleticism, agility and tractability while simultaneously testing a rider’s precision, accuracy and responsiveness.  Perhaps most importantly, Jumping tests the partnership between horse and rider.

Competitive Jumping has enjoyed immense popularity worldwide since the early 1900s, and the discipline continues to grow.  In today’s show ring, horses and ponies of all sizes and breeds compete in Jumping classes representing varying levels of challenge.  Likewise, classes exist for virtually every level of rider from the child novice to the seasoned international professional.

US Equestrian runs numerous Programs for Jumping riders at all levels.  To learn more about these Programs, please see the information below.


United States Hunter Jumper Association

USEF International Discipline 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:  ushja.org


US Equestrian Jumping Department Contact Information

Lizzy Chesson
[email protected] | 908 997 3007

Jennifer Haydon
[email protected] | 859 225 6911

Erin Keating
[email protected] | 859 225 2036

Rachel Denning
[email protected] | 908 997 3006

Nancy Sullivan
[email protected] | 908 997 3005


Additional Resources

2024 U.S. FEI Jumping Calendar

Calendar of FEI Jumping Evens in the U.S. Updated 4/30/2024

2025 U.S. FEI Jumping Calendar

Calendar of FEI Jumping Events in the U.S. Updated 5/1/2024

New U.S FEI Jumping Calendar Policies and Procedures effective Jan 15th

New U.S. FEI Jumping Calendar P&P effective January 15, 2024. Changes are marked up in red print.

FEI General Rules, Annex K for New U.S. FEI Jumping Calendar Policies and Procedures

Annex K of the FEI General Regulations is referenced in the newly updated U.S. FEI Jumping Calendar Policies and Procedures

FEI Manager Quick Guide

This document provides information on the steps of hosting a USEF FEI Competition.

2024 New Jumper Rule Changes

New Jumper Rules effective Dec 1, 2023 for the 2024 Competition Year.

Jumping In Exercise & Schooling Areas

Power Point of schooling rules for Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation.

Classes Restricted By Age

Pictures of boots for 5, 6, and 7 year old horses indicating if they are incompliance with JP 117.2 as well as other rules for this category

Amateur Jumper Rule Change Effective Dec 1, 2021

Effective 12/1/2021 for the 2022 Competition year, there will only be Amateur Jumper sections and no longer Amateur Owner Jumper sections. See complete rule change.

FEI Approved Safety Cup Manufacturers

Link to current list of manufacturers for FEI Approved Safety Cups