Compete vs. Complete

Compete vs. Complete

by Carol O’Meara
Rules and Specs

The definitions of Compete and Complete can often lead to confusion about which classes and championships count for points. Starting in 2016, CHJA Rules were changed to reflect changes in USEF Rules. A hunter or equitation class was considered completed if three or more horses/riders competed. A horse/rider was considered to have competed in an over fence class when the horse’s/rider’s entry number and a score for at least the first jump was recorded on the judge’s card. In under saddle/flat classes, a horse/rider had completed an under saddle class when the horse entered the ring.

An exception was in point counting for CHJA medal classes starting in 2018 when the rules changed to state that points were based on the number of entries completing the class, not to include entries who compete but do not complete. In the jumper division, a class was completed if three or more horses competed. A competitor was considered to have competed only after entering the ring and receiving a signal to start.

Effective December, 2019, USEF changed the definition of completed. The USEF Rules now state that a horse has completed an over fence class when the horse completes the posted course and a score is recorded on the judge’s card. A horse failing to complete the entire course is not eligible to receive points, awards or prize money, nor will it be counted in the number of entries necessary to fill a class or section. A horse has completed an under saddle class when the horse has executed all of the gaits required and remains in the ring until the class has lined up. Also effective December, 2019, a championship may not be offered in a section unless a minimum of two over fence classes and one under saddle class are held. A championship will not count for points unless a minimum of three entries complete at least two over fence and one under saddle class.

Pursuant to these rule changes by USEF, CHJA will adopt rule changes to be congruent with the USEF Rules. Over fence classes will be considered completed if three or more horses/riders complete the posted course and a score is recorded on the judge’s card. Under saddle or flat classes will be considered completed if three or more horses/riders execute all of the gaits required and remain in the ring until the class has lined up. A championship will not count for points unless a minimum of three entries complete at least two over fence classes and one flat class. Points for CHJA medals will continue to be based on the number of entries completing the class , not to include entries who compete but do not complete.

The definition of compete will remain the same. A horse/rider has competed in an over fence class when the horse/riders entry number and a score for the first jump has been recorded on the judge’s card. In under saddle/flat classes, a horse /rider has competed when the horse has entered the ring. In jumpers, a horse has competed after he has entered the ring and received a signal to start.

Whether or not a horse has competed is used to determine eligibility for cross entry, but not to meet the requirements for completion.