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INTERNATIONAL HUNTER FUTURITY CLASSES
International Hunter Futurity offers the typical "line" or
"conformation" classes for yearlings, 2 year olds, and 3
year olds, divided by filly versus colt/geldings.
addition, the IHF provides performance classes starting
with the 2 year old under saddle classes and then moving
onto "divisions" for the 3 year olds and 4 year olds.
These divisions will include over fence classes and
under saddle classes. See below for descriptions for
Two Year Old Under Saddle Program:
At the International Competition during the Kentucky National in
September, the IHF will offer a Two Year Old Under Saddle Class for any
two year old which has been nominated to the IHF Three Year Old Program.
They will be judged on performance and soundness at the walk, trot, and
canter both ways of the ring. They should move freely, be alert and will
not be eliminated for slight errors.
A trophy, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion ribbons will be
awarded as well as ribbons through tenth places, We intend to offer
substantial prize money, which will be provided through the generosity
of individual sponsors.
Three Year Old Program:
Class Specifications: The International Hunter Futurity events are open
to horses three years of age, which were sired by a nominated stallion
and have maintained their eligibility according to IHF Special
Conditions. At each location, three classes will be offered; one under
saddle, one over fences, and one over fences with 25% conformation.
Under Saddle: Hunters under saddle are to be shown at a walk, trot and
canter, both ways of the ring. light contact with horse s mouth is
required. Horses should be obedient, alert responsive, and move freely.
To be judged on performance, manners, way of moving and soundness. To
compete in the under saddle, it is not necessary to compete over fences.
Over Fences: In the over fences class, horses shall demonstrate an
even hunting pace. style of jumping, manners and way of moving. All
horses must be serviceably sound. To be shown over a course of eight
fences, no more than three feet in height.
Over Fences, 25% Conformation: In this case, performance (as defined
above) shall count 75%, and conformation. substance and suitability to
become a hunter shall count 25%.
Judging Method: Two or more judges, as determined by the Judges
Selection Committee, will officiate at each Competition. The judges will
select the top twelve horses in each class and bring them back in the
order of preference. From the top ten, the judges will select a first
(champion), a second (reserve champion). a third and a fourth. The
remaining six horses selected will receive equal points. The points will
be awarded in the following manner in each of the three classes:
2nd Place/Reserve Champion
Selected 6 Places
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles shall be awarded to the
horses accumulating The most points performing over fences. In addition,
the horses which are in the top four places in the over fences classes
will be awarded points for ribbons won in the under saddle class.
In the case of a tie for Grand Champion or Reserve, the horse with the
most points over fences will be declared the winner. Horses with equal
points over fences and under saddle which are tied for Grand Champion
will remain tied and the monies for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand
Champion will be added together and divided equally. In the case of a
tie for Reserve Grand Champion, the horse with the most points over
fences will be declared Reserve Grand Champion. Horses with equal points
over fences and under saddle which are tied for Reserve Grand Champion
will remain tied and the money for Reserve Grand Champion divided
Courses: Three courses will be drawn and made available well in
advance of the events to all owners of eligible horses. Two of the three
designated courses will be used in the competition. Fence heights will
be no higher than three feet, with the emphasis on simplicity.
Four Year Old Sweepstakes:
The IHF Four Year Old Sweepstakes was designed to showcase Four Year
Olds which were previously eligible to compete in the IHF Three Year Old
The Sweepstakes competition format will be similar to that of the IHF,
There will be three classes: one under saddle, one over fences, and one
over fences with 25% conformation. The height of the fences will not
Schooling time will be provided but there will not be schooling over the
exact courses for the Sweepstakes classes.
Points will be awarded in the following manner in each of the three
Money and ribbons will be awarded through tenth place.
Champion and Reserve Champion titles shall be awarded to the horses
accumulating the most points performing over fences In addition, the
horses which are in the top four places in the over fences class will be
awarded points for ribbons won in the under saddle class.
In the case of a tie for Champion or Reserve, the horse with the most
points over fences will be declared the winner. Horses with equal points
over fences and under saddle will remain tied.
Entries for the Sweepstakes must meet the following criteria:
Must have been completely
nominated to the IHF Three Year Old Performance program. A
nominated horse did not have to compete at three
years of age
Entry form for Sweepstakes completed and
returned to the IHF office one week prior to the competition.
Starting fee paid ($200) and returned to
the IHF office along with entry form Refundable only with veterinary
completed and returned to the horse show office prior to that shows
The Challenge Series was designed to promote hunter breeding and to give
hunter breeders an opportunity to showcase their young stock. Three
divisions were created to increase interest and enthusiasm in breeding
and showing quality line horses as future hunters. The divisions are
for IHF nominated yearlings, two year olds and three year olds. Classes
for yearlings, two year olds, and three year olds will be divided into
colts/geldings and fillies.
The Challenge Series classes are held in conjunction with the IHF
regionals and International competition. Purse money is distributed
through fourth place at each show and is based on the money brought in
to the Challenge Series program during the nominations each year.
The classes are judged on conformation, quality, substance, soundness,
and suitability to become hunters. All ages are asked to walk and jog.
Way of moving to be emphasized.
Entries for the IHF Challenge Series will only be considered completed
when the following conditions have been met:
Foal fully nominated to the IHF
Foal by stallion nominated to the
Challenge Series form completed and
returned to The IHF office along with IHF nomination.
Entry form for Challenge Series
completed and returned to The IHF office one week prior to show at
which young horse is to compete.
show entry form completed and returned to show office prior to that
show closing date.
A $50 starting fee will be required to
compete at the Regional competition, a $100 starting fee for the
Competition Entry Requirements:
IHF entry forms will be mailed to the owners of all nominated young
horses each year. Entrants will be charged a starting fee of $150 for
the Regional competitions and $300 for the International competition.
If you wish to enter only the under saddle class, the starting fee
will be $100 for the Regional competitions and $150 for the
International competition. This fee must be paid to the IHF office
when the entry form is returned. Refundable with veterinary
All entrants MUST also contact the HORSE SHOW
who is hosting the IHF event and COMPLETE their entry, stabling, and
drug forms prior to that show's CLOSING date. For information on
contacting each show please see calendar above.
The host shows will not charge any additional class fees for the IHF
competitions, but are entitled to their regular stabling and drug
The IHF is not responsible for entries that are returned to the horse
show offices after their respective closing dates.
All entrants must comply with the host show’s regulations for drugs
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