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Showplace Productions Leads the Way


Showplace Productions is leading the way with new classes and incentives.  The Showplace "B" shows are the first in the area to hold The Jocky Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program classes, USHJA Outreach Medal classes, the Outreach Hunter Challenge, and again this year, offer Hunter Derbies with prize money for the local level. These programs are to educate and provide opportunities for local level riders to experience a higher level of competition.

What is the Thouroughbred Incentive Program?

The Jockey Club announced the launch of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which will recognize and reward the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at locally, nationally or internationally sanctioned horse shows. The Jockey Club has committed $100,000 to the Thoroughbred Incentive Program for a pilot program in 2012.

In addition to class and award sponsorships at shows, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program will also offer two annual awards in 2012:

The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award will recognize a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. The award will include a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if not associated with a non-profit organization, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.

The T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award will recognize a young rider, 18 or under, who owns or leases a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club or other activities. The winner(s) will be determined through an essay contest with a total award of $5,000 annually that can be applied to the college of their choice or to their participation in an event that furthers their involvement with horses. Applications for the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award will be made available at tjctip.com in 2012.

Thoroughbreds registered with The Jockey Club will be eligible for participation in all T.I.P. classes and awards. Horse owners interested in participating in T.I.P. can find more information regarding eligibility and assistance with identification of Thoroughbreds at tjctip.com.

Showplace Productions offers a complete thoroghbred division and championship, with fences at 3'.  In addition, the "B" shows are now also offering USHJA Outreach Medal classes.

What is the USHJA Outreach Medal Program?

USHJA Outreach Medal Classes are held only at USHJA Outreach Competitions. Participation is open to all junior or amateur riders who have not qualified for a national medal at the 3’3” level or higher. Medal classes test a rider’s ability to navigate a course consisting of a minimum of six obstacles and one change of direction. Classes are offered at a variety of levels ranging from 2' to 3'3".

Outreach Medal Class Levels

Bronze Medal: 2' to 2'3" - Riders may not cross-enter into any class exceeding 2’6” at the same competition. No combinations are allowed at this height.
Silver Medal: 2'6" - Riders may not cross-enter into any class exceeding 3’ at the same competition. No combinations are allowed at this height. Riders may not have competed in a national medal class at 3’ or higher.
Gold Medal: 3' - Riders may not cross-enter into any class exceeding 3'3". Combinations and further testing are encouraged.
Platinum Medal: 3'3" – Combinations and further testing are encouraged.

Outreach Medal Class Awards

USHJA Medals will be presented at the USHJA Annual Meeting to the competitor with the highest point total per state at each level at the end of the competition year (September 16 to September 15). 

Outreach Hunter Challenge

USHJA Outreach Hunter Challenge classes are held only at USHJA Outreach Competitions. Outreach Hunter classes consist of two phases. Phase I tests a rider's ability to navigate a course consisting of eight obstacles and two changes of directions. Phase II tests a rider's ability to best display his horse's talents and style. This phase requires a horse and rider to navigate a course consisting of a minimum of six obstacles and replicate skills required by a rider on a hunt. Classes are offered at a variety of heights ranging from 2' to 3'3".

Levels

Bronze: 2' to 2'3" - Riders may not cross-enter into any class exceeding 2'6" at the same competition. No combinations are allowed at this height.
Silver: 2'6" - Riders may not cross-enter into any class exceeding 3' at the same competition. No combinations are allowed at this height. 
Gold: 3' - Riders may not cross enter into any class exceeding 3'3".
Platinum: - 3'3"

Phases

Phase I: Consists of eight hunter-style obstacles. Obstacle height will be determined according to the specifications of each level (i.e., Bronze 2' to 2'3", et cetera) Courses must contain two changes of direction. The top six competitors from Phase I will be called back to compete in Phase II.

Phase II: Tests the rider's ability to best display his horse's talents and style. It will require the horse and rider to navigate a minimum of six obstacles and replicate skills required by a rider on a hunt. Skills may include but are not limited to a halt, change of lead, hand gallop or trot jump. Riders may be asked to perform a test selected by competition officials or to create their own test to best display the talents of their mounts.

Outreach Hunter Challenge Awards

USHJA Hunter Challenge year end high-point awards will be presented at the USHJA Annual Meeting to the top six horses per region in each level at the end of each competition year (September 16 to September 15).


ChicagoEquestrian.com Hunter Derby Series 

In addition to the Outreach and Thoroughbred programs, Showplace Productions is also hosting the Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby Series. The Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby Series will be a class of two rounds, a classic round and a handy round.  Fences will be huntfield type jumps set at 2'6" with three 3' options for bonus points. Compete in three Derby classes to qualify for the spectacular finals with great prize money and fabulous prizes!

 Don't miss these opportunites to compete in these special classes! For more information and a "B" Show prizelist - go to Showplaceproductions.com.