The Big Eq Guide

Big Equitation goals for 2016


The 3’3” USHJA Medal Class – is offered to current USHJA members, and it looks like each Zone has to apply for a championship class.


The GM excellence in Equitation Class – Mar 23-27, Wellington, FL. Invitation only, looks like 25 riders are invited to compete. The class is by invitation only for junior riders. Riders must win one of the other “major” equitation classes held during the WEF Circuit to be invited. This championship is unique because it is a solo event for riders, meaning no help from trainers – not during the course walk, warmup, or during the competing rounds.

Ronnie Mutch Trophy – Awarded to equitation competitor with highest point accumulation of the USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, WIHS, and USEF Talent Search classes held at the Devon Horse Show. Not a class, but high honor.

Hunterdon Cup – Finals held in conjunction with Junior Hunter Finals, open to USHJA members who during the Qualifying Year June 1- May 31 have won one or more of the following – USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, WIHS Overall class, or USEF Talent Search. Three round format: Hunter round, Handy round, and a Work-Off. more info here:

USEF Medal – Finals held at the PA National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October. Horses and riders need to be members of USEF and USHJA, and the point requirements vary by state depending on the density of Junior Riders. To view the scale go here:

ASPCA Maclay – Finals held at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY in November. Riders must go through a Regional Final before qualifying for Final. Riders and trainers need to be members. Point accumulation restrictions for this one – riders may not acquire more than 60 points. It is a rider’s responsibility to know where they stand in the points.

Membership fees: Juniors $35.00, Trainers $50.00. Apply here:

WIHS Hunter, Jumper – Finals held at Washington International Horse Show in October. Two Phases in Final, one over a hunter course, one over a jumper course, but during the year you can accumulate points in each class held at shows.

Membership Fee $40.00, apply here: For more info look here :

USEF Talent Search – East Coast Finals held in Gladstone, NJ early October, West Coast Finals held in San Juan Capistrano, CA in late September. Four phases, Young rider (up to 21) as well as Junior rider eligibility.  No additional membership fees other than USEF. For more info go here:

New England Equitation Championships – Finals held in West Springfield, MA in mid October. The New England Horsemen’s Council offers varying membership fees for horses and riders:

Apply Here:, not sure but I believe membership is required.

the Finals info page is here:

West Coast Medal Finals – Finals held at the Las Vegas National in mid November, and other CPHA Medal Finals offered throughout California in the fall. Horses, riders and professionals need to be members of CPHA – A cheat sheet for CPHA Medals can be found here:

This page was the easiest for me to navigate in order to find more information on CPHA Medals:

Membership fees: Juniors $60.00, Professionals $130.00, Horses $50.00   Apply here:


South East Equitation Finals – Finals held in mid September in Jacksonville, FL. Similar format to New England Medal Finals (events are offered for both Juniors and Amateurs)


There is a $20.00 membership fee. Apply here:!exhibitor-info/c1a4e


Mid-Atlantic Equitation Finals – Finals held in mid November in Upper Marlboro, MD. Classes range at height, experience, and age level.No additional membership fees, but there are rider restrictions, multiple class levels offered.

Look here:

State Medal Finals – All states and/or Zones can offer their own Association Medal Finals, need to be a member of each appropriate state organization. Riders need to be a member of each appropriate state organization. A great examples are the Maryland Horse Show Association which has medal classes such as Hunt Seat on Horses Medal Finals and the Gittings Horsemanship Finals. Check this example out here and the Virginia Horse Show Association has one of the best Big Eq Classes in the country due to the large portion of your final score being a hands on practicum with the horse. Don’t know how to take a temperature and bandage your horse? Don’t bother to participate. This is still one of the biggest honors to win this class on the East Coast.

Read the rules, do the research, be educated!

Good luck!



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