Class List

Class 1 – Open Amateur Adult Equitation 46 & Over
For amateur adults who are 46 years of age or older. Minimum of eight fences not to exceed 3’0”.

Entry Fee: $85.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons

Class 2 – Open Amateur Adult Equitation Finals 46 & Over
For adult members of the NEHC who have qualified at a member show after the first Sunday of October in the past show season through midnight on the first Sunday of October for the current show season. All contestants will be required to perform over approximately ten fences not to exceed 3’0”. A minimum of 25% of the riders from the first round will be required to return for a second round. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges. Tests 1-19.

Entry Fee: $200.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons

Class 3 – The New England Horsemen’s Council Amateur Adult Medal Open 23-45
For amateur adults who have reached their 23rd birthday, but are not over 45 years of age.  Minimum of eight fences not to exceed 3’0″.

Entry Fee: $85.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons

Class 4 – The New England Horsemen’s Council Amateur Adult Medal Finals 23-45
For adult members of the NEHC who have qualified at a member show after the first Sunday of October in the past show season through midnight on the first Sunday of October for the current show season. All contestants will be required to perform over approximately ten fences not to exceed 3’0”. A minimum of 25% of the riders from the first round will be required to return for a second round. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges. Tests 1-19.

Entry Fee: $200.00 • Trophy, cooler and ten ribbons

Class 5 – Open Amateur Adult Equitation 18-22
For amateur adults who have reached their 18th birthday, but are not over twenty-two years. Minimum of eight fences not to exceed 3’0”.

Entry Fee: $85.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons

Class 6 – The New England Horsemen’s Council Amateur Adult Medal Finals 18-22
For adult members of the NEHC who have qualified at a member show after the first Sunday of October in the past show season through midnight on the first Sunday of October for the current show season. All contestants will be required to perform over approximately ten fences not to exceed 3’0”. A minimum of 25% of the riders from the first round will be required to return for a second round. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges. Tests 1-19.

Entry Fee: $200.00 • Trophy, cooler and ten ribbons

Class 7 – Open Equitation 15-17 Years
For Juniors who have reached their 15th, but not their 18th birthday. Minimum of eight fences not to exceed 3’3”.

Entry Fee: $85.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons in each section

Class 8 – The NEEC Junior Horsemanship Class
Junior Horsemanship ClassOpen to all junior exhibitors competing in the New England Horsemen’s Council Hunt Seat Medal Finals. This award is intended to identify from among our many competitors the all-around horseperson; those who can “do it all.” Young horsemen who not only ride well, but understand the great importance of quality horse care. The top ribbon winners will be determined by adding together scores in the three competition areas; a written test, followed by a “hands on” practicum in the stable area officiated by three judges and the average first round in the New England Finals. All practicum finalists are required to provide a grooming box. The written test will be on Friday, October 19 starting at 6:00 pm at the Marriott Hotel in West Springfield. There will be no admittance after 6:45 pm. Those taking the test will not be able to leave the testing room before 6:45 pm.

Entry Fee: $75.00 • Trophy and eight ribbons

Class 9 – Open Equitation Under 15
For Juniors who have not reached their 15th birthday, minimum of eight fences not to exceed 3’.

Entry Fee: $85.00 • Trophy and ten ribbons in each section

Class 10 – Challenge Of The States Invitational

Challenge of the StatesOpen to Junior riders, who will represent their state, with the top six scores from the open equitation classes.  The top five riders with the highest scores will ride and the sixth highest score will be the chef d’equipe. It will be the chef’s responsibility to give the events in-gate starter the teams order of go. Riders must have a minimum score of 55 to make a team. The top four scores will count for the team total. Number of teams for each state will be determined as follows:

  • 1-25 riders will be 1 team
  • 26-50 riders will be 2 teams
  • 51-75 riders will be 3 teams
  • 76 and more riders will be 4 teams

States with fewer than five riders will be combined, as the All American Team where the top six scores from these states will become the Team. If there are not five of these riders they may then compete as individuals. Teams work together, without the help of trainers, walking the course and working out their strategies. Only the Chef and one rider from the team will be allowed in the schooling area to help its rider school.  Once a horse has gone it can go back to the barn, there is no further testing. Riders must be NEHC Medal qualified riders or past winners of the New England Finals in or order to qualify for this class. Horse must be unbraided.

Education and philanthropy is very important to the New England Equation Championships.  In an effort to expand the mission through our young people, we have added a philanthropic component to the Challenge of the States.  Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Medal winning teams will each donate a minimum of $1,500 (Gold Team – $750, Silver Team – $500 and Bronze Team – $250) to the top three charities that will be chosen by the riders before the start of the class.  There will be additional opportunities to donate to these charities during the horse show.

Costume Rules - Teams may dress up their riders and horses in costume. Costumes must be safe in manner. Costumes may not obstruct the vision of either horse or rider and must not impede movement on course. No objects may be placed in horses’ tail or on or around horses’ face that could potentially spook or distract the horse. Competition management will be the deciding factor should a team’s costume be in question.

There will be 8-10 jumps, not to exceed 3’0”. Two tests (1-19) will be built into the course.  The Steward will supervise the schooling area. Jumps cannot be higher than 3’ and they will be flagged. Trainers are not allowed in the schooling area.
No Entry Fee

Class 11 – The New England Horsemen’s Council Hunt Seat Medal Finals
For Junior members of the New England Horsemen’s Council who have won one New England Medal Class at a member show after the first Sunday of October in the past show season through midnight on the first Sunday of October for the current show season. All contestants will be required to perform over a course of approximately ten fences not to exceed 3’3”. A minimum of 25 riders will be asked to return for a second round after a preparation time. At least two individual tests of the top contestants will also be required. Tests 1-19. Further testing is at the option of the judges.
*Special note: Riders must wear back numbers for the course walk of this class.

Entry Fee: $200.00 • Trophy, cooler and ribbons