August 15, 2020 – Entries are now OPEN for the USHJA Digital Pony Challenge, powered by DigitalHorseShow.com (DHS). The USHJA Digital Pony Challenge hosts competition delivered digitally through DigitalHorseShow.com, the official sanctioned online horse show of the USHJA.
COMPETITION – Gives You the Edge!
The USHJA Digital Pony Challenge is a true competition where each entry is judged and scored. Results are tallied, and the top 10 receive digital ribbons, while the winners receive prizes from our awesome sponsors. Those with the most points in the hunter divisions win championships and more prizes! But competition isn’t limited to those who were going to Pony Finals or those who have a pony now. You can upload any over fences video from the past 12 months of competition, plus upload videos of you riding at home for the under saddle and presenting your pony in the model.
Want to see how our judges will mark the model classes? Watch our video here to see the best way to present your pony!
The USHJA Digital Pony Challenge is open to any rider eligible to show in respective pony divisions under USEF rules, and offers a variety of divisions and classes including regular pony hunters, green pony hunters, children’s pony hunters, pony equitation, and pony derby, plus fun classes like Playful Pony Pranks, Costume Class, and Pony Hunt Teams.
EDUCATION – You’re Always Learning with Horses (and Ponies!)
Educational opportunities are available through judge’s comments from our officials, Rachel Kennedy and Troy Hendricks, on every video submitted. When you enter the show, you can see every video in the show and the comments from the judges.
Not competing? You can watch all of the Digital Pony Challenge videos for FREE! Just sign up with a USHJA membership (also free!) and start learning.
Was there a round you had with a major hiccup that you wanted to fix? Or a minor issue that keeps happening? Get advice on identifying and fixing those concerns in the special “Review My Ride” class, a mini clinic opportunity where 11-time Pony Finals-winning trainer Patricia Griffith of Heritage Farm will give riders tips and feedback on uploaded videos through written and audio comments on the DHS platform to help them learn and improve their performance.
ENTERTAINMENT – Watch Ponies, Chat Ponies, It’s All Ponies All The Time
Anyone can register and watch the USHJA Digital Pony Challenge for free to get their pony fix. But in addition to watching, you can chat with other pony fans on the Digital Horse Show site!
Stay tuned for news about watching full classes live plus our awards broadcast with winner interviews, discussion with judges, and more!
AFFORDABILITY – Showing From Home and Your Phone Has Its Benefits
Full show package: $150 for entry in six classes (a $95 savings) – a hunter division (over fences, under saddle, model), the pony derby, an equitation class, and Review My Ride mini clinic
Hunter package: $75 for a hunter division ($30 savings)
Individual classes: $35 per class per pony.
FREE! The Playful Pony Pranks (what tricks can your pony do?), Costume Class, and Hunt Team Class are all free to enter.
PRIZES – Everybody Loves Prizes
Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we have a list of amazing prizes, including:
While these prizes go to the class winners, division champions, and grand champions, stay tuned for announcements about other BIG items and experiences that anyone can be drawn to win next week!
Meet the Judges:
Rachel began riding at the age of three outside of Philadelphia at Jack Trainor’s Here and There Farm. She was a successful junior rider and as a professional rider for Trainor, she rode to seven AHSA Horse of the Year Titles. In 1995 Rachel moved to Maryland and started her own business ESP Farm.
Rachel has trained and shown numerous hunters and jumpers to championships on the USEF “AA” Circuit at shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Capital Challenge, Devon, Washington International, and more. Rachel has won multiple National and International Hunter Derbies.
A USEF Licensed Hunter and Equitation Judge since 1995, Rachel judges a number of major horse shows each year including the 2016 ASPCA Maclay Championships, the USEF Pony Finals, USEF Pony Medal Finals, the USEF Junior Hunter Finals, and the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Finals. In 2020, Rachel is slated to judge the Dover USEF Medal Finals.
Rachel has served on the Board of Directors of the MHSA and PHSA, and as a member of the USHJA Zone III Jumper Committee.
Troy grew up on his family farm in Pennsylvania and spent his junior career showing hunters and jumpers at the local level. Troy spent the first 15 years of his professional career working for and learning from top professionals such as Ray Francis, Ralph Caristo, Louise Serio, Glenn Moody, Claiborne Bishop, and Shelby French. He attends the top horse shows on the East Coast, training hunters and jumpers. Despite the busy horse show schedule, Troy never lost focus of his strong interest in judging. He received his ‘R’ license in Hunt Seat and Hunt Seat Equitation in 2010.
Patricia Griffith first arrived at Heritage Farm in 1997 as a working student, and that year rode to the Reserve Championship at the USET Talent Search Finals. In the show ring, she has won four USHJA International Derbies, won multiple Leading Hunter Rider titles, was the winner of the World Champion Hunter Rider Professional Challenge at Capital Challenge Horse Show, won the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, and received top ribbons in grand prix classes such as the Pfizer Million, the Harrisburg Big Jump, and World Cup Qualifier in Southampton.
In her work as a trainer, Patricia has coached 11 USEF Pony Finals champions, five USEF Pony Medal Finals winners, and has won the Emerson Burr Perpetual Trainer’s Award five times. Patricia holds her USEF “R” judges license and judges a handful of shows each year.
DigitalHorseShow.com is a full horse show experience delivered digitally, offering competitors and viewers alike a way to share, connect, and learn through videos, chats, judge’s feedback, and a live broadcast show with knowledgeable guests and fun awards.
DHS competitions are run using the basic principles and rules for competition of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), while holding horse welfare of the utmost importance. To learn more about the rules and regulations for DigitalHorseShow.com, please read the Terms of Service and Competition Rules and Regulations.
DigitalHorseShow.com: Horse Sports for the New Normal. Founded in 2020 by a group of industry leaders with experience in video, show management, entry systems, sales, and marketing, DHS offers a place for equestrians to maintain their competitive edge and receive thoughtful feedback for themselves and their horses. Providing participants with the most affordable way to compete in front of USEF-Licensed Officials, DHS is the official sanctioned online horse show competition of the USHJA and also welcomes a variety of opportunities for other facets of the equestrian community.