About the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA)

Formed in 1963, the COLORADO HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION (CHJA) is a competitionbased sport organization that serves its members through educational programs, awards and recognition, member communication, and the development and administration of competition rules. Affiliated with both the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association, CHJA strives to deliver the very best in programs, competitions and educational opportunities for all levels of hunter/jumper horses and riders - from beginner to professional.

Our competition schedule features dozens of shows with a range of classes that support, challenge and grow both riders and horses. Our educational programs are second to none and include a highly popular members-only riding clinic conducted annually by some of the nation’s leading clinicians. Our Medal Finals competition and Year-end Awards Banquet and Recognition Ceremony celebrate the state’s best hunter/jumper riders and horses.

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CHJA realized the need to have a way to meaningfully give back to the community thus in 2010, the Colorado Hunter Jumper Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The CHJF is organized exclusively for charitable purposes including awarding educational scholarships, supporting equine charities, providing achievement opportunities, and offering emergency financial support to individuals and families in the hunter/ jumper sport.


Joining CHJA is simple. You can log onto chja.org or sign up at the next CHJA approved show you attend. Individual membership starts at just $60 per year. In the meantime, be sure to look for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For further information about CHJA, CHJF or the benefits of membership, please email communications@chja.org.




CHJA Mission

The Colorado Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper Affiliate of United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association, is a competition based sport organization that serves our members through its Four Cornerstones:  educational programs, awards and recognition, communication and rules. We provide a wide array of programs for all levels of the hunter/jumper sport, and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners.  We are committed to preserving the history of our sport and the association. Through our Colorado Hunter Jumper Foundation, CHJA supports chartitable and benevolent services.

CHJA Vision

Our vision is to increase awareness and participation in our programs and services for all involved in the hunter/jumper competitive sport. We strive to provide value to our members, as well as strengthen the positive image of CHJA both within and outside the hunter/jumper sphere.

Strategic Intent

Anyone participating in hunter/jumper competitive sport within the state of Colorado or its nearby contiguous areas will be aware of the existence of CHJA and will be partaking in or benefitting from at least one of its programs, services or offerings.

CHJA Core Value

Our core value is the creation of member satisfaction through the delivery of excellent programs, competitions, and educational opportunities based on the four cornerstones.

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CHJA is Special to Me Because...

CHJA is special because it creates a lifelong community of friends who love the same sport and animal - horses! CHJA is also special because it connects people of all ages within our state and on a competitive level that many people can achieve. I see my mom still friends with the kids she rode with as a CHJA junior and I love to think that I can have the same kind of lifelong friends!

CHJA is special because it brings such a community to the horse world. I think it's important for all the riders to have a sense of connection and CHJA really gives this opportunity.

Great sense of community and really challenges riders to be better. Also, celebrates riders in many ways, like the year end banquet!



CHJF provides educational scholarships, support equine charities, achievement opportunities, and emergency financial support to individuals and families in the Hunter-Jumper Sport.

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