WIHS Equitation

WIHS Equitation

WIHS Equitation Finals

The WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals are highlights of WIHS show week for junior riders, and a proving ground for future grand prix and Olympic riders. Riders compete throughout the year to qualify for the finals. The qualifying period for 2020 runs Sept. 1, 2019, through Aug, 31, 2020.   

Riders must be WIHS members for points to count toward the finals. If you're not already a member, sign up and start earning points for the 2020 WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.  > Membership Application > Upcoming  Qualifying Events 

See current WIHS Equitation Standings.

 Left: Sam Walker, 2019 WIHS Equitation Champion
Shawn McMillen Photography


2020 WIHS Equitation Finals

  • WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, Friday, Oct. 23
  • WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase, Saturday, Oct. 24                   
  • WIHS Equitation Final Work-Off, Saturday, Oct. 24

2020 WIHS Pony Equitation Finals

  • WIHS Pony Equitation, Sunday, Oct. 25

Qualifying

  • 40 riders will be invited to compete in the finals based on points earned in the WIHS Equitation classes held during the qualifying period (30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 from the West Coast League). 
  • 25 riders will be invited to compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.
  • The qualifying period for 2020 runs from shows starting on or after Sept. 1, 2019, through shows starting on or before Aug. 31, 2020. See list of upcoming shows.
  • More than 600 shows across the US hold qualifying events, including Tryon,  BlenheimGLEF and WEF
  • WIHS Equitation competitors must be WIHS members in order for points to count toward the Finals. Sign up now!

WIHS Equitation Finals

Eligibility: Invitations will be extended to the top 40 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period in the East Coast and West Coast Leagues as follows: 30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 riders will be invited from the West Coast League. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September. The same horse must be used in all phases of the class. No exceptions will be made. Riders competing in the WIHS Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.

Format: The class will be conducted as a two-phase competition (a hunter course and a jumper course) followed by a final work-off. Horses to jump 3'6" in hunter and jumper phases. The order for the first round will be drawn. The order of go for the Jumper Phase will be in reverse standing order of the Hunter Phase with the winner of the Hunter Phase competing last. See detailed Procedures for WIHS Equitation Finals.

WIHS Pony Equitation Finals

Eligibility:  Invitations will be extended to the top 25 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September.

Format: Ponies to jump 2'3" (small), 2'6" (medium) and 3'0" (large). The same pony must be used throughout the class. Each pony may be ridden by one rider only, unless the judges request a change. Conventional tack per USEF rules. Riders competing in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals. This class will be conducted as a one-phase competition and a work-off.