The NHJSSC shows are held on a monthly basic, and thusly the qualifying shows for the 2019-2020 season are held in May through October of 2019, and January through March of 2020.
Riders must participate in two shows during the qualifying period to be eligible to compete in the Finals.
The top 20* riders, determined by total number of points, may compete in the Finals.
*The number of competitors is determined on an annual basis by the International Omaha staff.
Qualifying Class Specifications
· The class is open to any Junior or Amateur rider competing at an NHJSSC schooling show. There are no restrictions on horses or ponies. ·Riders will compete over a course of at least 8 fences with a choice of fence height 2’6” or 2’9”. The judge’s card will remain open until all exhibitors have competed at their choice of height. The two heights will be held on the same card and judged together. Participants must declare their fence height on the entry form prior to competing in the class.
· The fence width shall not exceed the fence height.
· At least three (3) of the obstacles must be jumper style obstacles (painted rails with no ground lines). This may include the International Omaha jump. Show management agrees that the International Omaha jump will only be used during the qualifying class. The use of the jump is optional.
· The course should include at least one (1) roll-back turn and encourage efficiency and effective use of the aids. Riders will be judged on efficient and smooth negotiation of the course. Emphasis will be placed on the horse/rider partnership, not perfection. As in a jumper course, riders will be rewarded for an efficient track and pace on course. Extreme speed or lack of control will be penalized.
Scoring and Points
Based on the above specifications, the riders will be judged, scored, and given awards to 8th place. NOTE: Show managers are only required to give ribbons to 6th place.
Points will be awarded based on the number of entries in the class. For example:
· 12 entries in the class results in the following points breakdown: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
· 6 entries in the class results in the following points breakdown: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
· 4 entries in the class results in the following points breakdown: 4, 3, 2, 1.
If an entry retires, or is eliminated, zero (0) points will be awarded to that entry, but the points awarded to the remaining entries will not be reduced.
Rails will be penalized at the judge’s discretion.
There are no minimum entries required to fill the class. The number of entries only affects the amount of points awarded.
The tabulation of points follows the rider, and therefore riders may ride multiple mounts throughout the qualifying period.
However, riders may only compete on one horse per qualifying class.