SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is accepting applications for the 2019 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships.

"We are excited to once again offer an exciting and unique team and individual championship experience for Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter riders," said Tobey McWilliams, chair of the USHJA Hunter Working Group Children's Adult Task Force. "Thank you to SmartPak for their continued support of this program, and to our 2019 Championship hosts who no doubt will make this a memorable competition for our members."

The Championships, organized by zone, provide exciting team and individual competition for Children and Adult Amateur Hunter riders. Interested riders may apply at www.ushja.org/chaahunter to have their points count toward qualifying.

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The championships for Zones 1 & 2 will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at HITS on the Hudson VII, in Saugerties, N.Y.

The qualifying period runs July 1, 2018 to June 29, 2019

Applications close on June 29.

The structure of the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships changed to a zone-based geography in 2018. Championships are selected based on applications received and which dates and locations work best for members in the zone. The structure aligns with that of the popular USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships. The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships are not available to Zone 8 riders this year.

The USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and the opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year championship points in their respective Children's or Adult Amateur Hunter section

Riders compete over two days of team and individual competition. Team competition takes place on day one of the Championships and includes an under saddle and two classic hunter over fences classes. Individual champions are crowned on day two after completing an under saddle, a classic hunter derby-style course and a handy hunter course.

For more information about the Championships, visit www.ushja.org/chaahunter.

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