Dear SAHJA Members,
We realize that the recent show cancellations and postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been frustrating and stressful. Many of you likely had your riding goals planned out for the year, assuming that you would be able to compete over the past couple of months.
With the SAHJA Medal Finals on the horizon, the SAHJA Board has voted to make a change to the qualifying parameters for all three SAHJA Medals. For the 2020 Medal Finals only, riders will need three (3) points to be qualified to compete in the Medal Finals. Our hope is that in doing this, we have relieved some pressure off those individuals who already had points and were trying to qualify for the Finals in June. In addition, by lowering the qualifying criteria by two points, we hope to allow for more riders to qualify who currently do not have any points.
Though the show calendar is ever-changing at the minute, it currently looks like the Brookside Splash will be the remaining opportunity to qualify. The show will feature two separate opportunities to qualify for all three medals. All qualifiers will be pinned in sections separating qualified riders from non-qualified riders in an effort to help everyone try to acquire the points that they need.
With so many things constantly changing in the world and our local community, we want our members to rest assured that we are striving for a Medal Finals event that will remind us all what we’ve been missing over the past few months. If you have any questions about the changes we have made, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We hope to see everyone in June at the SAHJA Medal Finals.
The SAHJA Board
We are heartbroken by recent events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing impact to those who rely on the equestrian industry for their livelihoods. The health and safety of our SAHJA members is our utmost concern.
In keeping with recommendations from all major sporting organizations, USEF, USHJA, PCHA, NorCal and associations across the country, the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association will suspend the sanctioning of all SAHJA classes for the next 30-days, beginning at midnight, March 16, 2020 and will remain in alignment with USEF timelines. Things remain very fluid and SAHJA will continue to monitor USEF guidelines.
We understand that this decision might come as a disappointment to some, however, many of our members are impacted for various reasons, including “Shelter in Place” orders. Because of this, circumstances no longer provide our members fair and equal access to competitions. SAHJA will partner with impacted show managers to evaluate opportunities to recover shows later in the season, if possible. We have seen the SAHJA community band together in miraculous ways and we hope to see the same in the coming weeks.
The SAHJA Board
New Division - Beginning Low Hunters 2'3"
Open to horse and ponies ridden by a junior or adult amateur rider, over a course of hunter type fences at the 2'3 height
Split the Low Child/Adult Division- May be combined if lack of entries, but will be pointed separately for SAHJA year end awards
Low Hunter - Child
Open to horses and ponies ridden by a junior 17&U rider, over a course of hunter type fences 2'6 in height.
Low Hunter - Adult
Open to horses and ponies ridden by an adult amateur 18 & Over rider, over a course of hunter type fences 2'6 in height
Height Change for Modified/Performance Hunter Division
This is an open division with horse or ponies to show over a course of hunter type fences 2’9” to 3’0” in height. Horse and rider may cross enter into any other division for which they are eligible
Splitting of Mini Stirrup Flat Class- See Bold for Changes
Mini Stirrup - Child/Adult
Change Competitor height LIMITATION for Short & Long Stirrup from 3'0" to 2'6"
Short Stirrup – 11 & Under
Long Stirrup – 12 & Over
Hunter Breeding and Pony Hunter Breeding are no longer SAHJA Divisions