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USEF  Pony Jumper
National Championships

American Junior
Paint Horse Association

Draft Cross Breeders
and Owners Association

Vieva Perrin
Memorial Award

Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award


USEF Pony Jumper National Championships

The 2011 USPC USEF Pony Finals Team!

USPC may take a team of the top three or four pony/rider combinations. Riders must be current members in good standing of USPC with a minimum D-3 certification and declare their intent to compete for USPC by March 15, 2016. Riders must be members of USEF and ponies must be recorded with USEF at the time of declaring their intent to compete for USPC. USPC declared riders will no longer be eligible to compete for their home Zone for the 2016 National Pony Jumper Championship qualifying period.

USPC Declaration: To declare your intent to qualify for the USPC team, please complete the declaration form. Submit the form to the Activities Director at the USPC National Office by March 15. A reminder that USPC declared riders will no longer be eligible to compete for their home Zone for that year's Pony Jumper Championship qualifying period.

Click here for full details on qualifying criteria,eligibility, declaration requirements and other information surrounding the selection of the USPC Team to send to the USEF Pony Finals National Championships.

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  Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award

The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level of Show Jumping at the Pony Club National Championships. The award will be in the form of a trophy.

Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA by July 1. Registration and Membership information may be found on the DCBOA website.

Any questions should be directed to the Activities Services Director or the Activities Assistant.

  American Junior Paint Horse Association Award

The American Junior Paint Horse Association (AJPHA) is pleased to sponsor the AJPHA/USPC Awards Program for Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club activities on their registered Paint Horses. The ASHA/USPC Awards focus on activities and competitions in which Pony Club members participate with their horse as well as emphasizing Horse Management and leadership skills. To be eligible for the AJPHA/USPC Awards Program the rider must be a current Pony Club member and the horse must be registered with the American Junior Paint Horse Association. Click here for the application. 

 Vieva Perrin Memorial Award for Horsemanship

This trophy is given in memory of one of the founders of Somerset Hills Pony Club and is awarded annually to the rider in the Regular Division who best exemplifies the classical principles of horsemanship and "the American jumping style."

A pair of spurs: presented to each competitor in the H3 division

A belt buckle: presented to each competitor in the H4 division


Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award

Established in 2014 in memory of Judy Thayer, this award is given to the person who best demonstrates the attributes of Judy’s coaching style. These ideals are the true measure of Judy Thayer’s character as demonstrated by her coaching, teaching, riding, and care of her horses. The coach will:

  1. Show respect for the rider and especially for the horse or pony during and after competition.
  2. Always encourage riders to focus on the positive in order to learn from each riding experience. 
  3. Recognize the simplest methods in coaching often create the best communication between riders and their horses or ponies.

2014 marked the first time in 30 years that Judy Thayer was not coaching riders from Eastern Pennsylvania and Delmarva Regions at Championships. Just a few days before heading to the event Judy passed away suddenly.  To honor Judy Thayer’s memory, the USPC Show Jumping Committee created this award in 2014 to be given annually during USPC Championships. Winners of the award will receive a lifetime membership to EquestrianCoach.com generously donated by the website’s founder, Bernie Traurig a graduate of Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club.

The 2014 winner was David "Skippy” Crawford of Elgin, IL, who was coaching for the North Central Prairie Region. Skippy is an Australia Pony Club graduate. 

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