The THJA Board of Directors is currently reviewing several proposed division/class specifications changes for the 2018 Season. The proposals are listed here for you to consider. If you would like to provide feedback, please submit it in writing to your Zone Reps or complete the feedback form. Submissions must be received by October 23rd to be included in the discussion at the THJA Board Meeting.
2018 Spec Change Proposals – Vote at the Fall Meeting
Jumper Medal Wording Change
Would like the wording of the Jumper Medal opened up to let the judge choose who they test and how they test them. For example, sometimes the tie for placings is between 3rd and 4th, not for 1st. It would be nice to have the flexibility to avoid losing the winner where necessary.
Gay Ellen Dennis – Senior Hunter/Jumper Judge
Low/High Development Hunters Limitation
Low/High Development Hunters should have a maximum number of years for a horse to be eligible to show in this division - She proposes a two year limit.
Becky Nuth – Trainer/Horse Show Manager
Trillium Hunter Medals
Would like us to remove the flat phases from the Hunter Medals. It is too many classes for the horses.
Becky Nuth – Trainer/Horse Show Manager
Modified 2’9 Child/Adult
Would like the Modified 2’9 Child/Adults riders NOT be permitted to jump higher than 2’9.
Becky Nuth – Trainer/Horse Show Manager
Would like to revisit the 50% rule with regards to the Equitation Classes.
Becky Nuth – Trainer/Horse Show Manager
Should the riders of the 2’6 Adults/Children’s continue to be limited from showing in divisions higher than 2’6 (except for the Development Division). Need to clarify the reason behind why this is a closed division.
If you would like to submit your feedback on any of the proposed changes please do so in writing to your zone rep via email or by completing the attached feedback form. Submissions will only be accepted and considered from current THJA members.
If you wish to propose other changes (new submissions will be reviewed at the spring meeting for voting on at the fall meeting for implementation the following year) please complete a Specification Change Form and submit it to your zone reps or the THJA office by the deadline.
Trillium Championship Show Division Specs 2017
Equitation is judged on rider ability. The rider competes either over fences or on the flat and they are judged on both their position and their correct use of the aids to produce an accurate ride. Conservative, traditional attire is required. Gloves are expected. Black or brown smooth leather half chaps are permissible providing they match the boot color. Only approved helmets of a conservative colour are allowed. See Equestrian Canada Rules Section G Article G1003 for dress requirements.
In the 2017 EC Rule Book, the guide for junior ages is:
Junior “A” – a rider who is 15, 16, 17 on January 1st.
Junior “B” – a rider who is 12, 13, 14 on January 1st.
Junior “C” – a rider who is under 12 on January 1st.
Junior “A” Riders may not ride “B” or “C” ponies.
Junior “B” Riders may ride “A”, “B”, or “C” ponies.
Junior “C” Riders may ride “A”, “B”, or “C” ponies.
For show purposes, ponies are to be divided as follows:
“A” ponies – over 13.2 hands, but not to exceed 14.2 hands
“B” ponies – over 12.2 hands, but not to exceed 13.2 hands
“C” ponies – do not exceed 12.2 hands
- Trillium “A” Equitation Over Fences – Open to Large Pony Division riders with fences at 2’9”; Children’s Division riders with fences at 3’; and Trillium Low/High division riders with fences at 3’3”.
- Adult Equitation – Adult Equitation Riders must be Amateurs.
- A horse or pony ridden in an Equitation Class Over Fences, or in the Jumper Medal Class may only be ridden in that class by one rider.
- In the event that a rider competes in two different divisions requiring them to jump different heights, it will be their choice which height they will jump for the equitation over fences class.
Trillium Hunter Medals
Originally created in the image of the Jump Canada Medal, the Trillium Medal Class has evolved into a specialty class unique to the Trillium Circuit. Where a contradiction exists, these specifications supersede those of the Equestrian Canada Jump Canada Medal. These classes are open to Junior and Amateur riders only. Riders may walk the course. Eligibility as per individual hunter division specs for that particular medal.
First Phase - Over Fences: Figure eight course of not less than eight jumps. Class is judged in accordance to Article G1008 Class Routine Over Fences. No additional tests over fences are permitted.
Second Phase - On The Flat: All contestants, or a minimum of ten shall be called back to perform at a walk, trot and canter. From a maximum of four competitors, the judge may call for a minimum of two or more requirements from Article G1009 Tests (Equine Canada Rule Book Section G).
Scoring: Medal classes will be judged 60% over fences and 40% on the flat.
Tack & Equipment: All tack and equipment remains the same for both phases. Restrictions as per Equestrian Canada Article G1003 through G1005.
My First Trillium Medal Class - Short Stirrup: Fences 21”
Modified Children's Trillium Hunter Medal: Fences 2’9”
Modified Adult Amateur Trillium Hunter Medal: Fences 2’9”
Children's Trillium Hunter Medal: Fences 3’0”
A hunter is judged on performance, style of jumping and movement. Judges are looking for the athletic ability of the animal both over fences and under saddle.
Short Stirrup Division: Fences not to exceed 21”
Open to “C” riders. Fences will not exceed 21 inches and the course will be comprised of a maximum of eight fences. Course to consist of verticals only, no oxers. Short stirrup riders may not enter any other classes except for “C” Equitation on the flat and My First Medal. Open to both horses and ponies, but lines (distances) will not be adjusted. Ideally, horse and rider combination are able to ride all lines with the same consistency in rhythm and pace. In the event that a Short Stirrup rider has two mounts, the second mount must be jogged and flatted by another rider who is eligible for the Short Stirrup division. Attire as per Equestrian Canada Article G109.
Small Pony Hunter Division: Fences 2’3”
Open to ponies not exceeding 12.2hh. Small pony riders must be 14 years of age and under as of January 1st of the competition year. Judges look for a rider to be suitably mounted.
Medium Pony Hunter Division: Fences 2’6”
Open to ponies exceeding 12.2hh, but not exceeding 13.2hh. Medium pony riders must be 14 years of age and under as of January 1st of the competition year. Judges look for a rider to be suitably mounted.
Large Pony Hunter Division: Fences 2’9”
Open to ponies exceeding 13.2hh, but not exceeding 14.2hh. Large pony riders must be under 18 years of age as of January 1st of the competition year. Judges look for a rider to be suitably mounted.
Modified Pony Hunter Division: Fences 2’-2’6”
Open to all ponies. Ponies will jump 3” below their regular pony hunter division height and distances will be adjusted according to pony size as per EC Rules G306.6.A. Age restrictions as per EC Rules G306.1. Pony/rider combinations may not cross enter into any other classes or divisions requiring them to jump.
Small – Not to exceed 2’
Medium – Not to exceed 2’3”
Large – Not to exceed 2’6”
Low/High Hunter Development Division: Fences 2’6” and 2’9”
This division is open to all horses. No ponies are permitted. Horse and rider combinations may only cross enter to the 2’6 Children’s or 2’6” Amateur Hunter divisions, the 2’9 Modified Child or Adult Hunter Division, the Hack Division, and their age appropriate Equitation on the Flat. Competitors may move both up and down in heights between shows, but competitors may not change heights once the division has started.
2’6” Children’s Division
Open to juniors riding horses. Riders are not eligible to compete in any division with a height over 2’6”, except for the Low/High Hunter Development Division. Horse/rider combinations are permitted to cross enter into the Hack Division, the Low/High Hunter Development Division, and their age appropriate Equitation on the Flat class.
2’6” Amateur Division
Open to adult amateurs riding horses. Riders are not eligible to compete in any division with a height over 2’6”, except for the Low/High Hunter Development Division. Horse/rider combinations are permitted to cross enter into the Hack Division, the Low/High Hunter Development and their age appropriate Equitation on the Flat class.
Modified Child Hunter Division: Fences 2’9”
Open to juniors riding horses. A horse/rider combination may only cross enter into the Hack Division, the Low/High Hunter Development Division, the Modified Children’s Trillium Medal, and their age appropriate Equitation on the Flat class. The rider may enter any other division or class at that show on another horse or pony. The horse may be shown in another class/division with another rider. This division may be combined with the Modified Adult Hunter Division throughout the season, but will be split at the Championship Show.
Modified Adult Amateur Hunter Division: Fences 2’9”
Riders in this division must hold a current Amateur card. A horse/rider combination may only cross enter into the Hack Division, the Low/High Hunter Development Division, the Modified Adult Trillium Medal, and their age appropriate Equitation on the Flat class. The rider may enter in any other division or class at that show on another horse or pony. The horse may be shown in another class/division with another rider. This division may be combined with the Modified Child Hunter Division throughout the season, but will be split at Championship Show.
In situations where Junior and Amateur divisions run combined throughout the season, points may only be collected for either the Junior OR the Amateur division. For example: A junior may not show a horse to collect points for an adult to compete at the Championship Show.
Children’s Hunter: Fences 3’0”
Open to horses ridden by a junior. As per Equestrian Canada Rules Article G307.
Low Hunter: Fences 3’
Open to all horses.
Adult Amateur Hunter: Fences 3’0”
All adults competing in amateur classes at EC-sanctioned competitions must possess a current EC amateur card, which is purchased annually at the price listed in the Equestrian Canada Schedule of Fees. Adult Amateur riders may enter the Low Option of the Trillium Hunter Division and compete at 3’3”. As per Equestrian Canada Rules Article G309.
Trillium Hunter – Low/High: Fences 3’3” and 3’6”
The low option of this division is open to all riders. The high option of this division is not open to Children’s or Adult Amateur Division riders.
Horses showing in the hack division may be of any breed or combination of breeds. Ponies are not permitted in this division. The division shall consist of Road, Show and Pleasure Hack. Additional requirement for the Road Hack class will be the demonstration of a strong trot. Additional requirements for the Show Hack class will be collected and extended gaits. Both Road and Show hack classes may be required to Hand Gallop (never more than 8 horses at one time). Pleasure hack will never be required to Hand Gallop. Martingales, breastplates, boots of any kind and/or bandages are not permitted. Drop and flash nose bands are prohibited. Brow bands shall be leather of any description but not solid white, colored or sequined. Whips are not permitted in any hack class. In the event of a tie for Champion or Reserve Champion, horses shall be shown in hand and judged on conformation. Classes to be conducted as per Equestrian Canada Rules Article G1201 through G1303.
Hacking Eligibility – In the event that a competitor opts not to ride their horse in the under saddle class of their division, that horse must be ridden by a division eligible rider.
Horses are to be judged only on performance over a pre-designated course. The competition management must ensure that a plan giving precise detail of the course is posted at least 30 minutes before start of competition. Jumper tack as per Equestrian Canada Rules.
0.90m Training Jumper Division
Open to all horses and ponies. Maximum height of fences .90m. Run under Table A & FEI Article 238.2.2.
1m. Jumper Division
Open to all horses, and to ponies who are ridden by juniors. Adults are not permitted to ride ponies in this division. Maximum height of fences 1 Metre. Run under Table A & FEI Article 238.2.2.
1.10m. – Trillium Jumper Division
Standing Martingales, German martingales and draw reins are not allowed for any competitor in this division. Junior/Amateurs may cross enter into this division. Run under Table A & FEI Article 238.2.2.
Trillium Jumper Medal Class: Fences not to exceed 3’3”
Originally created on the image of the CET Medal, the Trillium Jumper Medal has evolved into a specialty class unique to the Trillium Circuit. These specifications supersede those of the Equine Canada CET medal. The class will have both a jumping phase and a flat phase. This class is open to Junior and Amateur riders only. It is judged as an equitation class with both a jumping and flat phase. Jumping phase to be ridden first.
Tack & Equipment: All tack and equipment remains the same for both phases. Only running martingales used in the conventional manner are permitted. No standing martingales, draw reins or restricted running martingales are permitted. Conservative coloured headgear (As per Article G1109) with no additional adornment. Stirrups are restricted as per Article G1109-G)
Judging: Jumping phase to be conducted under current Equestrian Canada jumper rules. In addition, the class will be judged on seat, hand, guidance and control. Jumper Medal to be judged 60% over fences and 40% on the flat.
Jumping Phase: The jumping phase should be over a course of at least nine (9) fences. Fences will not exceed 3’3” in height with a spread not to exceed the height. The course must contain at least one double or triple combination with at least one spread fence. Other spread fences are required elsewhere on the course. A Liverpool is optional.
Flat Phase - All riders, or a maximum of twelve who complete the Jumping Phase, shall be called back to perform on the flat. During the flat phase, riders will show a working walk, the working trot sitting, the working trot rising, and showing a lengthening of stride, the working canter and the working canter showing a lengthening of stride. The working canter on the counter lead must be demonstrated for at least one full revolution of the ring in each direction. The top four riders in the flat phase may be asked to complete a short test determined by the judge. When this test is being ridden, the riders will turn their backs so they cannot watch the other competitors.