Lexington, KY-July 15, 2014-The United States Hunter Jumper Association, along with the International Hunter Futurity, is pleased to announce a new bonus award to be given to the top placing IHF horse in the 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship on August 12-14 in Lexington, KY.
"It is so fitting that these two groups form an alliance to continue to promote the development of Hunters in this country," said Colleen McQuay, chair of the Hunter Development Task Force. "We are very grateful for the support of the International Hunter Futurity, and I am very excited about the opportunities we have together in the future."
The International Hunter Futurity Bonus Award will reward the IHF nominated horse with the highest cumulative score from the first and second rounds of the Pre-Green Incentive Championship with $2,500. Only horses that have been nominated to participate in the International Hunter Futurity are eligible to receive this bonus award.
"The International Hunter Futurity is excited about our new association with the Pre-Green Incentive Program," said Ernie Shook, president of the International Hunter Futurity. "The IHF bonus will offer an opportunity for nominated horses to further benefit from their nomination to the IHF program."
The International Hunter Futurity Incentive Bonus Award will be presented on August 14 during the Opening Ceremonies prior to the Pre-Green Incentive Championship Round.
The Pre-Green Incentive Program debuted in December 2012, and has garnered praise from members across the country for its encouragement of the development of young horses.The Pre-Green Incentive Program is open to horses of any age that are eligible to compete as a pre-green hunter under USEF rules. Horses must be enrolled in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program to participate in the Pre-Green Stake classes and to be eligible for the Pre-Green Championship. In 2013, prize money for the Pre-Green Incentive Championship topped $157,000 with 65 percent of Pre-Green Incentive Program enrollment fees and 50 percent of Championship entry fees contributing to the purse.
About the International Hunter Futurity
Over many years, the IHF has become an established and prestigious part of the hunter show world. The organization provides a continuum of shows from hunter breeding through performance under saddle and over fences. Many successful "line" horses have gone on to compete in performance within the futurity and in open competition. The recognition owners and breeders receive through this program has increased value for both their nominated stallions and nominated offspring.
Please complete the registration form and remit to USHJA no later than August 1, 2014 to be eligible for the IHF Bonus Award during the 2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championships. The registration form for the IHF Bonus Award can be found on the Pre-Green Championships webpage.