YJC Rules

2017 YJC Rules for Qualifying Classes

Effective 1 January 2017

Qualifying Classes, along with League Finals, will be offered for Five, Six, and Seven Year Old horses in 2017. To be eligible to participate in any aspect of the YJC program, horses must meet the following criteria:

  1. RECORDING: Horses must be recorded for the year 2017 with the Young Jumper Championships. The correct recording fee must accompany the completed YJC Recording Form.
  2. USHJA HORSE REGISTRATIONS
    a. All horses competing in Federation licensed and/or USHJA sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding,
    Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed must be properly identified in
    accordance with GR1101,and must also be registered with USHJA (see GR1101.1). The USEF/USHJA registration
    number for each horse must be entered on all entry forms for licensed competitions.
    b. Applications for USHJA Registration can be completed online at www.ushja.org or www.usef.org using the USEF
    Horse Registration application form. This form is also available from the USHJA or Federation office, or as a
    download from the USHJA or Federation website or from competition management. Competition management
    is responsible for notifying exhibitors of this requirement in their prizelist.
    3.1 In addition to the provisions of JP 100.2, on or after December 1, 2017, all horses competing in classes that
    require USHJA horse registration must provide a microchip number that verifies their animal’s identity in order to
    compete for points, money won or be eligible for Federation and/or USHJA programs and awards where horses are
    required to be recorded or registered.
    3.2 A microchip used to verify identity must be a fifteen digit ISO compliant 11784/11785 chip and be implanted in the
    nuchal ligament of the animal.
    3.3 For classes that require age verification, age can be verified only through the following identification documents:
         a. registration papers or passport issued by a World Breed Federation Sport Horse (WBFSH) recognized registry.
         b. registration papers or Certificate of Pedigree from a breed or sport horse registry.
    3.4 This rule will have a transition period from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. During this period, animals
    that are not in compliance with this rule will not receive points or be eligible for Federation and/or USHJA programs
    and awards. After this period, all horses that are competing in classes which require USHJA registration which are not
    microchipped will be ineligible to compete in Federation licensed competitions.

Horses that were not properly recorded prior to participation in any YJC class may not receive credit toward qualification for League Finals. Please note it is the responsibility of the owner or trainer, and not the show or the YJC, to assure that horses are properly recorded. A listing of currently YJC Recorded horses will be updated regularly on the web site at http://www.youngjumpers.com.

Please assure that your horse(s) is listed as recorded and promptly report any discrepancies.

FEE SCHEDULE for 2017:

NOTE: Horses previously nominated to the IJF receive a 50% discount on YJC annual fees

Horses recorded before April 1: $150
Horses recorded after April 1 and before July 1: $300
Horses recorded after July 1: $500
Any Recordings accepted during the week of a Regional Final: $1000

  1. PROOF OF AGE: A copy of the horse’s registration papers—clearly showing Date of Birth, Markings, Pedigree and Breeder—must accompany the completed YJC Recording Form. In lieu of registration papers an FEI or National Horse Passport; a nomination certificate from the International Jumper Futurity; or a certified birth certificate signed by the attending veterinarian at the time of birth, will be accepted.
  2. AGE GROUP: For competition purposes any horse is considered to be one year old on the first day of January following the actual date of foaling (USEF GR102).
  3. EQUIPMENT: Per USEF rule JP116.2: Boots: Non-weighted non-performance enhancing (any boot that does anything but protect the horse’s leg/ankle will be considered performance enhancing) hind ankle boots are permitted in classes restricted to Five, Six, Seven,Year-Olds. Support wraps are permitted. If boots are made of rigid leather or plastic, they may only be a maximum of 6 inches/15 cm in height (excluding fleece and other protective padding). The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse’s leg, front or hind (single or multiple boots, fetlock rings, etc), is 350g (shoe excluded). Martingales: Per USEF rules, only running martingales used in the customary manner are permitted in any Young Jumper class. Draw reins are not permitted.
  4. COMPETITIONS: Any competition recognized by USEF may offer YJC QUALIFYING CLASSES. Note that only shows that have filed a timely application with the YJC will have dates and contact information included in the on-line YJC Calendar. Show management should request a packet of additional YJC materials including complete YJC program rules, the most recent list of YJC recorded horses, Recording Application Forms, etc.

By hosting a YJC Qualifier, a show agrees to run its YJC Qualifiers in accordance with all of the following conditions:

  1. A USEF licensed course designer must be responsible for the courses for all YJC Qualifiers. All course requirements as outlined in the Course Design Requirements below MUST be adhered to.
  2. Each horse’s breed, sire, dam, and breeder must be announced during the class.
  3. Only ONE YJC Qualifier may be offered per show. If a section for young jumpers is offered, the final class of the section must be clearly stated in the prize list to be the YJC Qualifier and will be the only class counted toward qualification for Regional Finals.
  4. YJC Qualifying Classes for age groups may be combined and run as one class when there are less than 4 in a given age category. When classes are combined, each age category must jump the height specified for that category. When jumps are raised for the older age group they must also be spread appropriately. Course requirements and scoring specifications must conform to those specified for the youngest age group jumping in the combined class. Results must indicate the age category in which each entry competed.

Note: A YJC Qualifier with fewer than 3 entries MAY be run, and exhibitors WILL receive credit for their fault score in the round, but no points will be awarded for placement. Shows failing to follow YJC program rules, including requiring proof of eligibility for all entrants, may be denied permission to hold YJC Qualifying Classes in the future.

6. USEF Schooling and Equipment Rules must be enforced. (See above for special rules pertaining to Young Jumpers).

7. QUALIFICATION FOR 2017 LEAGUE FINALS: Horses must compete and earn a score in a minimum of 3 YJC Qualifiers. The first round fault scores from the BEST THREE Qualifying rounds will count toward the YJC rankings. In the case of there being more Five Year Olds with 3 clear jumping rounds entered for any Special/Invitational YJC competition restricting the number of entries, additional rounds will be considered. For Six-Year-Olds and up, additional points will be assigned based on the number of entries in the Qualifying class, per USEF Rule GR1131 (see chart below). Horses that do not earn a ribbon will earn 1 point for each clear round in the Qualifying class. In the case of horses tied with equal faults for acceptance into any Special/Invitational YJC competition, ties will be broken by scores earned in the 4th & 5th qualifiers.


COURSE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS for 2017 YJC QUALIFYING CLASSES

Five Year Olds

Eligibility – YJC Nominated. Must not have ever shown in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money with fence heights of 1.25m or higher

Prize Money – Not required.

Entry Fees – Not exceeding those for other classes at same height. Nominating fees should be waived for 5-year-olds competing only in YJC classes and/or other non-nominating fee classes.

Height*- 1.00m to maximum 1.10m until July 1st; from July 1st 1.10m to maximum 1.20m.. First fence and the ‘A’ element of any combination to be set at the minimum (or 5cm lower than course height). Vertical fences elsewhere on the course may be set 5cm higher than the listed height. NOTE: The minimum heights shown must be used if the YJC class is the only classat the show offered for this age group.

Liverpools and Water Liverpools encouraged when used in an inviting manner – never in combinations. When using a vertical over any liverpool, the rails must be in the center. No square oxers to be used over a Liverpool. Water or in-ground liverpools must have an option provided.

Six Year Olds

Eligibility – YJC Nominated. Must not have ever shown in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money with fence heights of 1.35m or higher.

Prize Money – Minimum of $500, or not less than that offered for other classes held at the same height at the same show.

Entry Fees – Not exceeding those for other classes at same height. Nominating fees should be waived for 6-year-olds competing only in YJC classes and/or other non-nominating fee classes.

Height* – 1.20 m to maximum 1.25m until July 1st; from July 1st 1.25 to maximum 1.30 m.

Liverpools and Water Liverpools encouraged, but not permitted in combinations.

Seven Year Olds

Eligibility – YJC Nominated. Must not have ever shown in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money held at the National or International Standard

Prize Money – Minimum of $500, or not less than that offered for other classes held at the same height at the same show.

Entry Fees – Not exceeding those for other classes at same height. Nomi- nating fees should be waived for 7-year-olds competing only in YJC classes and/or other non-nominating fee classes.

Height* 1.30m until July 1st; and after July 1st 1.30m to 1.35 m.

Liverpools and Water – A Water Jump, of not more than 11′ (3.30m). with a rail and in the latter half of the course, is encouraged but, if included, must offer an option. Liverpools not permit- ted in combinations. Water jumps may not exceed 12’ (3.60m)

* The maximum heights indicated above may ONLY be specified when the YJC Qualifier is the final class of a full section for the age group at the show.

 

 

2017 YJC Rules for Regional League Finals

Three Regional Finals will be offered for Five, Six, and Seven/Eight Year Old horses in 2016. No horse may compete in more than one Regional Final. To be eligible to participate in any aspect of the YJC program, horses must meet the following criteria:

1. RECORDING: Horses must be correctly recorded for the year 2016 with the Young Jumper Championships prior to competing in Qualifying classes. Horses that were not properly recorded prior to participation in any YJC Qualifying class may not receive credit toward qualification for League Finals.

  1. QUALIFICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A REGIONAL FINAL: The Regional Finals are open to all horses that have competed and earned a fault score in a minimum of 3 YJC Qualifiers. Rankings will be tabulated throughout the season, however only Special or Invitational YJC events will limit entry through the use of the rankings. The first round faults from the BEST THREE Qualifying rounds will count toward the YJC rankings. Ties in the rankings will be broken by points earned by placings in the classes for Six and Seven Year Olds.
  2. ENTERING A YJC REGIONAL FINAL: Horses must be correctly entered for a YJC Regional Final both on the entry blank for the show and on the YJC website. The entry submitted on the website must be received no later than Saturday of the week prior to the event. Any horse not properly entered for any Regional Final may be denied participation. If an entry is accepted for a non-recorded but fully qualified horse, the recording fee at the event will be $1,000.
  3. CHECK IN and IDENTIFICATION: A representative of the YJC will be present at each event to answer any questions and assure that the competition takes place under the rules of the USEF and the YJC. Only clarifications provided by the YJC representative are valid for the YJC Regional Final events. All YJC entrants must check in with the YJC representative no later than the afternoon prior to their first competition. The YJC reserves the right to visually inspect horses participating in any YJC Regional Final to verify that the horse meets the description in the YJC records. For the Western Regional Final, a mandatory meeting for riders and/or trainers (or their representative) of each horse will take place on Tuesday afternoon at a time and location to be posted in the Horse Show Office. Questions will be answered and verification of eligibility will be confirmed at this meeting.
  4. COMPETITIONS: 2016 YJC Regional Finals for the East Coast will be held at the PRINCETON SHOW JUMPING CLASSIC, September 28-October 2, 2016, for the West Coast at the SHOWPARK ALL SEASONS SUMMER TOURNAMENT, Del Mar, CA – August 31-September 1, 2016 and for the Midwest at THE KENTUCKY NATIONAL, Lexington, KY – September 21-25, 2016.
  5. EQUIPMENT: Per USEF rule JP116.2 See rules for Qualifying Classes. Equipment may be checked during the Regional Finals competitions at YJC’s and/or show steward’s discretion.

 

REQUIREMENTS for YJC REGIONAL FINALS

5-Year-Olds

Eligibility Never competed in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money with fence heights of 1.25m or higher

Eligibility for Next Round

Rd. One: Table II (clear round) Rd. Two: Table II (clear round) Rd. Three: Table II (clear round) Modified Two Round format. All horses tied on total score after Rounds One, Two and Three will jump a fourth and final, shortened round, horses finishing this round on equal total fault scores shall be placed on the basis of fastest time in the Fourth Round.

The best 15 to 20 (as decided by YJC and competition management) will be eligible for Rd. Three. All horses without jumping or time faults from Rds. 1 & 2 combined are eligible. If fewer than 15 are without faults, eligibility will be established as follows: among those with the fewest total faults, first horses with the fewest faults in Rd. 2 will be selected.

Order of Go

Rd. One: Drawn, or reverse order of qualification Rd. Two: reverse order of penalties from Rd.1 (drawn amongst equal penalties) Rd. Three: reverse order of qualification – drawn amongst equal penalties.

 

Determining the Overall Winners

The Overall Champion, Re- serve Champion and Top Ten will be determined as follows: All horses tied with the fewest TOTAL faults over Rds. 1,2 & 3 will participate in a fourth and final jump-off round. Placings for horses not involved in the fourth round will be broken first on the basis of fewest total faults, then on fewest faults in Rd. 3, then in Rd. 2. Further ties will remain equal

Courses

See additional restrictions for young horses in USEF Rule Book JP116.

Flowing and smooth tracks— encouraging very young horses to jump clear. No difficult distances in combinations or related lines. No technical-

ity or awkward approaches to jumps. Use walls and very ‘spooky’ material very carefully First fence and entrance to any combination may be 5 cm lower than height of the round. Keep combinations, very square ox- ers, and other ‘questions’ until later in the course.

Height

Rd. One: max. 1.10m (verticals 1.15m.] Rd. Two: max.1.15m (verticals 1.20m.] Round Three: 1.15-1.20m (verticals 1.25m)

Speed

350 m/m

Combinations, Liverpools and Water

Use material horses are familiar and comfortable with in combinations. Use only comfortable, flowing distances –nothing short or ‘trappy.’ Avoid combinations in the first third of the course. Liverpools must be used in an inviting manner – never

in combinations. When using a vertical over any liverpool, the rails must be in the center. Square oxers should be avoided over a Liverpool. Any water jump must have an option provided.

 

6-Year-Olds –

Eligibility Never competed in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money with fence heights of 1.35m or higher.

Eligibility for Next Round

Rd. One: Table II (clear round) Rd. Two: Table II Sec.1 Rd. Three: Table II Sec. 2(a)* [*modified for multiple rds.]

The best 15 to 20 (as decided by YJC and competition management) will be eligible for Rd. Three. All horses without jumping or time faults from Rds. 1 & 2 combined are eligible. If fewer than 15 are without faults, eligibility will be established as follows: among those with the fewest total faults, those with the best result in Rd.2 will be eligible to fill the remaining positions. A jump-off will be held following Round 3 for all horses tied for first place based on total faults from Rds. One, Two and Three

Order of Go

Rd. One: Drawn, or reverse order of qualification Rd. Two: reverse order of penalties from Rd.1 (drawn amongst equal penalties) Rd. Three: reverse order of qualification (amongst those with equal penalties – reverse order of finish in Rd. 2)

Determining the Overall Winners

The Overall Champion, Re- serve Champion and Top Ten will be determined as follows: All horses tied with the fewest TOTAL faults over Rds. 1,2 & 3 will jump-off. Placings for horses not involved in a jump- off will be broken first on the basis of fewest total faults, then on fewest faults in Rd. 3, then in Rd. 2. Further ties amongst those still tied will be broken by result in Rd.2.

Courses

See additional restrictions for young horses in USEF Rule Book JP116.

Smooth tracks, not particularly technical. Avoid complicated or technical approaches to any combinations. Use care not to overly complicate any portion of the course with multiple questions (i.e. height, width, distance, material, approach, etc.)            Avoid combinations, liverpools, etc. before fence #4 or 5

Height

Rd. One: 1.20m – max.1.25m. Rd. Two: 1.25m – max. 1.30m. Rd. Three: 1.30 to max. 1.35m. Jump-off may be 5cm higher.

Speed

350 m/m

Combinations, Liverpools and Water

Use only comfortable, flowing distances in combinations. Avoid using any short or ‘trappy’ distances. Liverpools encouraged, but not permitted in combinations. A water jump, with a rail, in the latter half of course, not more than 11’ (3.30m), is strongly encouraged, especially in Rd. 2 and/or Rd.3. If the water is larger than 3m. an option should be considered.

 

7-Year-Olds –

Eligibility Never competed in Open Jumper Classes offering $25,000 or more in prize money held at the National or International Standard

Eligibility for Next Round

Rd. One: Table II (clear round) Rd. Two: Table II Sec.1 Rd. Three: Table II Sec. 2(a)* [*modified for multiple rds.]

The best 15 to 20 (as decided by YJC and competition management) will be eligible for Rd. Three. All horses without jumping or time faults from Rds. 1 & 2 combined are eligible. If fewer than 15 are without faults, eligibility will be established as follows: among those with the fewest total faults, those with the best result in Rd.2 will be eligible to fill the remaining positions. . A jump-off will be held following Round 3 for all horses tied for first place based on total faults from Rds. One, Two and Three.

Order of Go

Rd. One: Drawn, or reverse order of qualification Rd. Two: reverse order of penalties from Rd.1 (drawn amongst equal penalties) Rd. Three: reverse order of qualification (amongst those with equal penalties – reverse order of finish in Rd. 2)

Determining the Overall Winners

The Overall Champion, Re- serve Champion and Top Ten will be determined as follows: All horses tied with the fewest TOTAL faults over Rds. 1,2 & 3 will jump-off. Placings for horses not involved in a jump-off will be broken first on the basis of fewest total faults, then on fewest faults in Rd. 3, then in Rd. 2.            Further ties amongst those still tied will be broken by result in Rd.2.

Courses

See additional restrictions for young horses in USEF Rule Book JP116.

Keep in mind that these are not yet experienced GP or Amateur horses but are still at least one step away. ALWAYS CAREFULLY ADD DIFFICULTY AS WELL AS HEIGHT AS THE COMPETITION PROGRESSES.

Height

Rd. One: 1.25-1.30m, Rd. Two: 1.30-1.35, Rd. Three: max. 1.35m. Jump-off may be 5cm higher.

Speed

350 m/m

Combinations, Liverpools and Water

Avoid difficult triples where horses can get bad experiences. Liverpools, if used, are permitted as the first element only. Liverpools, if used in combinations, permitted as first element only.

A water jump of 3.30m (without a rail) is strongly encouraged in Rd. 2 and/or Rd. 3. No water may exceed 12’ (3.60m)