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Equitation Divisions and Classes
Rev. 08 April 2017


Mini Stirrup Walk-Trot

 This is not a High Score Division. An Achievement Award for this division will be given to every rider who accumulates a total of 400 points. No year-end Champion or Reserve will be awarded, and no placement awards will be given to riders who do not reach the Achievement Award level.  Once reaching a total of 400 points, a rider may continue to show in the Mini Stirrup Division, or may show in another division where eligible without losing his or her Achievement Award for the current year.

Riders are cautioned to be careful when advancing out of the Mini Stirrup division when interest is shown in other High Score Programs or Divisions, or in Finals-type horse shows.

Open to riders 10 years of age or under as of the current show year. Riders not to have shown over fences 2' or higher at a USEF Recognized show. Riders may not cross-enter into any other class or division at the same show where they are required to canter. The division must include at least three of the following classes:

•      Walk-Trot Equitation

•      Walk-Trot Pleasure

•      Walk-Trot Figure Eight

•      Cross-Rails - 4 cross-rails under 2’. Management is required to mark the judge’s card and course description with the specifications of this class as “cantering is NOT required.” 

PLEASE NOTE: USEF requires that any exhibitor jumping a course is required to be a USEF member, even if the division is W/T only. To retain the USEF W/T membership exemption for Mini Stirrup riders, Show Managers at USEF competitions may wish to substitute ground poles or raised cavaletti, and note it as such in the prize list.

NOTE: Once a rider canters or jumps 2' or higher in any USEF or NJHSA Recognized Show, that rider is no longer eligible for Mini Stirrup.



Eligibility for Short Stirrup and Beginner Rider Sections:

Once a rider jumps 2' or higher in any USEF or NJHSA Recognized Show, that rider is no longer eligible for Mini Stirrup, Short Stirrup Equitation, Short Stirrup Hunter, Beginner Rider Equitation, or Beginner Hunter Section A.

Short Stirrup Equitation

Perpetual Memorial Trophy donated by Liz McFadden in memory of "Coco-Lossal" 

Open to riders 12 years of age or under as of the current show year. Rider not to have shown over fences 2' or higher at a USEF Recognized show. Riders may not cross-enter into any division except Pleasure and Short Stirrup Hunter. Classes to be offered should include:

  • Walk-Trot - To be shown both ways of the ring.
  • Walk-Trot-Canter - To be shown both ways of the ring, no more than 10 to canter at one time.
  • Over Fences - To be shown over a minimum of 4 fences under 2'. May be crossrails.

Beginner Rider Equitation

Open to riders of any age.  Rider may not have shown in any division, at any show, where the fence height specification is at 2' or higher.  Riders may not cross-enter into any other division except Beginner Hunter or Pleasure at the same show.  Division may be offered as an “Opportunity” division at USEF recognized competitions.  Classes should include:

  • Walk-Trot - To be shown both ways of the ring.
  • Walk-Trot-Canter - To be shown both ways of the ring, no more than 10 to canter at one time.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - to be shown over a minimum of 4 fences at less than 2' in height.  May be crossrails.  Trotting anywhere on course not to be penalized.

NOTE:  Short Stirrup Equitation and Beginner Rider Equitation may be combined if there are fewer than three entries in either section.



Pre-Children's Equitation

Separate High Score Awards will be given to the highest scoring rider on a horse and the highest scoring rider on a pony.

Open to junior riders who are still eligible as Limit Equitation riders. Riders may not cross-enter at the same show into the Children's Hunter, Pony Hunter or any class/division where fences exceed 2'9". If the division is split a rider may show in only one section at that show. Classes must include:

  • Flat Class (1) - To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. No martingales.
  • Over Fences (minimum of 2) - To be shown over a minimum of 8 fences at 2'6" for horses, 2’ for ponies.

NOTE:  Combination with 2’6” Low Adult or Pre-Adult Equitation is permitted (if such division is offered) if there are fewer than 3 entries in either section.



Junior Bronze Medal

A single class open to Junior Riders who have not won 6 first place ribbons (ref: General Eligibility Rule) as of December 1st of the current show year. Riders

may not have won any equitation class at 3’6” or higher prior to December 1st of the current show year. To be shown over at least 8 fences at 3' with one change of direction, and it is recommended to include at least one combination. Optional Tests 1-7.

NOTE:  Show Management is encouraged to combine the NJHSA Bronze Medal with NJPHA Children’s Equitation.



Mini Maclay

A single class open to Junior Riders who have not won a first place in any equitation Medal Class where fences are 3’6” or higher prior to December 1st of the current show year. To be shown over a course of at least 8 fences 3' to 3'3" with or without wings, including a change of direction and at least one combination. A minimum of 12 riders, if available, to show on the flat. Flat phase to count 50%. Judged on hands, seat, guidance and control of the horse. One rider per horse. Mount must stay the same throughout the phases.

NOTE:  May NOT be combined with any other equitation class.



NJHSA Gold Medal

A single class open to Junior Riders. To be shown over a course of at least 8 fences at 3'6", which includes at least one combination, an oxer and two changes of direction. One rider per horse.  May be run concurrently with NJPHA Gold medal.



NJHSA Low Adult Medal

A single class open to Adult Amateur Riders that are not competing at the same show in any class with fences 3' or higher. To be shown over minimum of 8 fences at 2'6" with at least two changes of direction after the first fence. Two or more tests of the top four competitors are required. The same horse must be used in all phases. Only one rider per horse.

May be run concurrently with Marshall & Sterling 2’6" Adult Medal or M&S 2’6” Children’s Medal.  In the event that the NJHSA Low Adult Medal class is not properly noted in the prize list, the M&S 2’6” Adult Medal will be counted for NJHSA points.



NJHSA Adult Medal

Open to Adult Amateur Riders. To be shown over minimum of 8 fences at 3' including at least two changes of direction after the first fence. Two or more tests of the top four competitors are required. The same horse must be used in all phases. Only one rider per horse.

May be run concurrently with Marshall & Sterling 3’ Adult Medal.  In the event that the NJHSA Adult Medal class is not properly noted in the prize list, the M&S Adult Medal class will be counted for NJHSA points