Specs Simplify Scoring Process, Ease Confusion with Grand Prix Hunter Derby

In an effort to ease some of the confusion surrounding the first and second round scoring process of the Grand Prix Hunter Derby, West Palms Events announces new rule changes which will take immediate effect.

Dale Harvey commented, “This new system will put a lot less emphasis on the clock and only the second round will receive bonus points.”

Jamie Taylor and Zarentina win the
USHJA International Grand Prix Hunter Derby
at the Paso Robles Horse Park
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

Per the revised specs, in the first round of the class, riders will no longer be able to gain points by coming in under the time allowed. They will still be penalized for exceeding the time allowed, however. In the second round, a shortened, more handy-type course, riders will still be able to gain bonus points for coming in under the time allowed, and incur penalties for being over the time allowed.

These changes will enable riders to ride their first rounds more accurately, with more precision and care taken to present a smooth, consistent hunter round. By eliminating bonus points for under time allowed in the first round, pressure is taken off riders to push for speed. This allows them to focus on setting up their horses to produce a brilliant jumping effort at each obstacle. Official wording of the new section of the specs is below:

New Grand Prix Hunter Derby Specs:

Round 1 will be a hunter derby course with a time allowed. The course will be measured at 375m per minute. JUDGING WILL BEGIN WHEN THE HORSE GOES THROUGH THE TIMERS.  HORSES STARTING BEFORE THE TONE WILL HAVE THE TIME ADDED.   The course designer will have the option of adjusting the time allowed within the first three competitors. There will be 1 point deducted for every second or fraction thereof, over the time allowed.

The second round will be a shortened course of 8- 10 jumps with a time allowed. For every second or fraction thereof above the time allowed, one (1) point will be deducted from the judge’s scores. Bonus points will be awarded for every second or fraction thereof under the time allowed.

Horses judged on performance, way of going, style and handiness. Horses will be severely penalized for excessive speed and dangerously leaving out strides. Judges scores to reflect jumping faults.

The second round is open to any horse/rider combination within 7 points of the leader.

Buddy Brown and Finally Ours
won the Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final
at the 2014 Del Mar International Horse Show
Photo By: McCool Photography

Stay up to date on all our exciting events, including special series! Please find the updated Grand Prix Hunter Derby Standings by clicking here and the full specs and calendar here! Get all the details about the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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Specs Simplify Scoring Process, Ease Confusion with Grand Prix Hunter Derby

In an effort to ease some of the confusion surrounding the first and second round scoring process of the Grand Prix Hunter Derby, West Palms Events announces new rule changes which will take immediate effect.

Dale Harvey commented, “This new system will put a lot less emphasis on the clock and only the second round will receive bonus points.”

Jamie Taylor and Zarentina win the
USHJA International Grand Prix Hunter Derby
at the Paso Robles Horse Park
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

Per the revised specs, in the first round of the class, riders will no longer be able to gain points by coming in under the time allowed. They will still be penalized for exceeding the time allowed, however. In the second round, a shortened, more handy-type course, riders will still be able to gain bonus points for coming in under the time allowed, and incur penalties for being over the time allowed.

These changes will enable riders to ride their first rounds more accurately, with more precision and care taken to present a smooth, consistent hunter round. By eliminating bonus points for under time allowed in the first round, pressure is taken off riders to push for speed. This allows them to focus on setting up their horses to produce a brilliant jumping effort at each obstacle. Official wording of the new section of the specs is below:

New Grand Prix Hunter Derby Specs:

Round 1 will be a hunter derby course with a time allowed. The course will be measured at 375m per minute. JUDGING WILL BEGIN WHEN THE HORSE GOES THROUGH THE TIMERS.  HORSES STARTING BEFORE THE TONE WILL HAVE THE TIME ADDED.   The course designer will have the option of adjusting the time allowed within the first three competitors. There will be 1 point deducted for every second or fraction thereof, over the time allowed.

The second round will be a shortened course of 8- 10 jumps with a time allowed. For every second or fraction thereof above the time allowed, one (1) point will be deducted from the judge’s scores. Bonus points will be awarded for every second or fraction thereof under the time allowed.

Horses judged on performance, way of going, style and handiness. Horses will be severely penalized for excessive speed and dangerously leaving out strides. Judges scores to reflect jumping faults.

The second round is open to any horse/rider combination within 7 points of the leader.

Buddy Brown and Finally Ours
won the Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final
at the 2014 Del Mar International Horse Show
Photo By: McCool Photography

Stay up to date on all our exciting events, including special series! Please find the updated Grand Prix Hunter Derby Standings by clicking here and the full specs and calendar here! Get all the details about the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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