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At a Glance - Changes for 2017:

The following division will be introduced for a trial season, with points:

Thoroughbred Hunter: Open to all Thoroughbred horses/ponies. Judged on performance, way of going, and soundness. Fences to be at 2'3" or 2'9" at riders' discretion. Not to be combined with any other division. This will run as a trial for the 2017 show season.

Specifications have been updated for the following divisions:

Baby Green Hunter: Open to horses or ponies who are in their 1st or 2nd year of showing over fences. Ponies to jump 2'. Horses to jump 2'3". Trotting corners will not be penalized.

AHS Point Classes & Divisions

Leadline: Open to children six (6) years of age or under. To be judged on manners and suitability of mount to rider. Will be asked to trot. Not eligible for any other non-leadline classes. Show management may offer additional leadline classes such as walk, command, off-lead, or pleasure. AHS points designated to only the walk/trot class.

Junior-Adult Pleasure: Open to any type of pony or horse suitable for use as a pleasure mount. To be ridden by a junior or adult. Judged on performance, manners, and suitability of mount to rider. No martingales.

Mini Stirrup: Open to juniors eight (8) years and younger. Riders may not cross enter into any jumping classes at the same horse show. Riders are eligible for any appropriate flat class. One class of four (4) cross rails or poles may be offered in this division. Poles or cross rails must be specified in prize list.

Short Stirrup Equitation: Open to children twelve(12) years of age and under on horses and ponies who have not competed in any show over fences exceeding 2'. Judged on hands, seat, general appearance, and control of mount. Recommended classes; 1. walk/trot; 2. walk/trot/canter; and 3. A simple course of 4-8 cross rails at 18".

Short Stirrup Hunter: Open to riders twelve (12) years of age and under. Riders to jump a simple course of eight (8) fences at 18". Horse/pony/rider combo may only cross enter into Short Stirrup Equitation and Junior Pleasure at the same show.

Beginner Equitation: Open to all juniors who have not shown in more than eight (8) horse shows in any one year. The division will include a walk/trot; walk/trot/canter and a choice of one (1) or two (2) jumping classes of 4-8 fences at x-rails. Riders cannot jump more than 2' in any horse show and may only cross enter into Modified Hunter. It is hoped that people will use discretion when entering and be mindful of the spirit of this division. If entries do not warrant division to run, it may be combined with Long Stirrup Equitation.

Lesson Mount: Open to all riders on horses or ponies used solely in lesson programs. Judged on hands, seat, general appearance, and control of mount. Rider may not have shown higher than x-rails at any show. Recommended classes: 1. walk/trot equitation; 2. walk/trot pleasure; 3. walk/trot/canter; 4. a simple course of four (4) poles or x-rails (must be specified in prize list). May use any tack used in a schooling program.

Walk/Trot: Open to junior and adult amateur riders on horses or ponies. Riders may not cross enter into any cantering or jumping classes. To consist of one walk Eq. class, one walk, trot Eq. class, and one walk, trot pleasure class.

Modified Hunter: Open to all Junior and Adult amateur riders on horses and ponies. Rider may not have shown higher than 2'3" in any show. May only cross enter into Long Stirrup, Beginner Eq, 2' Eq, or pleasure at same show. Fences to be at 2'. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points. Decision to be made before division begins. Horse and rider combination may not ride in division for more than two (2) years.

Baby Green Hunter: Open to horses or ponies who are in their 1st or 2nd year of showing over fences. Ponies to jump 2'. Horses to jump 2'3". Trotting corners will not be penalized.

Low Schooling Hunter: Open to all riders on horses or ponies. Judged on performance, way of going, manners and soundness. Fences at 2' or 2'3 at rider's discretion, to be designated on entry form. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with High Schooling Hunter. Decision to be made before division begins.

High Schooling Hunter: Open to all riders on horses or ponies. Judged on performance, way of going, manners and soundness. Fences at 2'6 or 3' at rider's discretion, to be designated on entry form. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with Low Schooling Hunter. Decision to be made before division begins.

Thoroughbred Hunter: Open to all Thoroughbred horses/ponies. Judged on performance, way of going, and soundness. Fences to be at 2'3" or 2'9" at riders' discretion. Not to be combined with any other division. This will run as a trial for the 2017 show season.

Pre-Children's Hunter Horse: Open to junior riders still eligible for Novice Equitation Over Fences at any rated show (have not won three blue ribbons in equitation). Judged on manners, performance, way of going, and soundness. Horses to jump at 2'6". May not cross enter into any Children's Hunter class or division on same mount. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined

Pre-Children's Hunter Pony: Open to junior riders still eligible for Novice Equitation Over Fences at any rated show (have not won three blue ribbons in equitation). Judged on manners, performance, way of going, and soundness. Ponies to jump at 2'. May not cross enter into any Children's Hunter class or division on same mount. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with Pre-Adult Hunter or Pre-Children's Hunter Horse. Decision to be made before division begins.

Children's Hunter: Open to horses and ponies ridden by juniors. Judged on manners, performance, way of going, and suitability of mount to rider. Small/medium ponies, fences 2'. Large ponies, fences 2'6" and horses, fences 3'. May not cross enter into any Pre-Children's Hunter class or division on same mount. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser point. NOTE: HORSE SHOW MANAGERS: At rated shows, USEF rules for Children's Hunter will prevail.

Pre-Adult Hunter: Open to adult amateur riders on either ponies or horses. Fence heights to be at 2'6". Riders may not cross enter into Modified Hunter or Long Stirrup Division at the same show. If entries do not warrant division to run, it may be combined with Pre-Children's Hunter.

Long Stirrup: Open to adult amateur riders on horses or ponies. Adults may not have jumped higher than 2'6" at any horse show. Riders are not eligible for any jumping classes other than Adult Modified Hunter. Recommended classes: equitation walk/trot; equitation walk/trot/canter; and equitation over four (4) cross rails. If entries do not warrant division to run, it may be combined with Beginner Equitation.

2' Equitation: Open to junior and adult amateur riders on horses or ponies. Riders may not have competed at 2'3" or higher. To be judged on hands, seat, and control of mount. Division will consist of two (2) over fence classes and one (1) flat class. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with 2'6" or 2'9" Equitation. Decision to be made before division begins.

2'6" Equitation: Open to junior and adult amateur riders on horses or ponies. Riders may not have competed at 2'9" or higher. To be judged on hands, seat, and control of mount. Division will consist of two (2) over fence classes and one (1) flat class. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with 2' or 2'9" Equitation.

2'9" Equitation: Open to junior and adult amateur riders on horses or ponies. To be judged on hands seat, and control of mount. Division will consist of two (2) over fences classes and one (1) flat class. A division with two (2) entries may run for lesser points or be combined with 2' or 2'6" Equitation.

Low Schooling Jumpers: Open to all riders on horses and ponies. Courses must be run as Table IIa, Table IIb, Table IIc, or Table V (Optimum Time). Jumps to be at 2'. Time allowed will be generous (350m/min). (See USEF Rulebook for Table descriptions).

Intermediate Schooling Jumpers: Open to all riders on horses and ponies. Courses must be run as Table IIa, Table IIb, Table IIc, or Table V (Optimum Time). Jumps to be at 2'6". Time allowed to be generous (350m/min). (see USEF Rulebook for Table descriptions.)

High Schooling Jumpers: Open to all riders on horses and ponies. Courses must be run as Table IIa, Table IIb, Table IIc, or Table V (Optimum Time). Jumps to be at 3'. Time allowed will be generous (350m/min). (See USEF Rulebook for Table descriptions).