HJDA Class Descriptions & General Show Information

Please note: We feel our shows offer a relaxed opportunity for both horses and riders. To keep things fun and fair, please enter only those divisions you are qualified to ride in. Professionals and those over-qualified are welcome to ride in the Warm Up or Open classes. Or you may school your horse in any of the other classes, but please indicate that you are riding hors' concours so you will not be placed. Thank you.

Order of Go:  All over fences classes will be run according to a random order of go, which can be found in the Show Program (received at rider check-in). In the event of a conflict between the dressage ring and the hunter/jumper ring, the dressage test must be ridden first as times are assigned to each ride. The conflicting class in the hunt ring will be held until the test is ridden.

Please enter consistent levels: Example: Intermediate over Fences with Intermediate on the Flat NOT Advanced over Fences and Intermediate on the Flat.  Keep in mind all classes & divisions are based on level and not age. Open, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner and Walk Trot are SKILL based divisions.  Basically, the idea is, if you're able to ride in an advanced jumping class, then your skill in the flat classes should also be advanced. 

In Hunter Classes, the Horse will be judged on manners, jumping style and way of moving. Extreme speeds will be penalized. Three refusals in any over fences class constitute disqualification. In Equitation classes, the Rider will be judged on correct position, seat, hands, guidance and control of mount and three refusals will also require disqualification.

Justamere Equestrian Centre Medal:

Payback class or Sweepstakes. The additional $5 entry fee in each class will go towards that class’s jackpot. WINNER TAKES ALL!!  Minimum of 4 entries per class for the class to run.

Equitation Class. Will contain a course of 8 fences 2’3” which is posted the morning of the show. Riders will ride the first course in the posted order of go. After all entrants have completed their individual rides, the judge will then make up another course "on the spot" which will be announced over the speakers twice and told directly to the riders in the ring.


Entrants will remain in the ring during the 2nd course and will ride according to reverse placing order i.e. the rider that came in last will ride first, the rider who came in second to last will ride next and so on until the first-place rider is last to complete the second course. The combined points of both rides will determine the placing of the class. Winner takes the jackpot.


The course may include a trot jump, halt, roll-back, or dismount. Judged on the rider’s ability to accurately guide the horse around the course of jumps and keep accurate and appropriate pace, stride, rhythm, balance, lead and to jump from an accurate and safe spot in front of the jump. Rider’s position- especially position across the jump- is a consideration in that it will affect an accurate performance.

Warm Up Over Fences: Hunter Judged Class
Warm Up High: Course of 6-8 fences with heights 2'3” to 2'6" Open for divisions Open & Advanced
Warm Up Low: Course of 6-8 fences with heights X-Rails to low verticals 2’. Open for divisions Intermediate & Beginner


Open Equitation:

Over Fences: Course of 6-8 fences. Up to 2'6" & may include in and out or change in direction.
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions & may include work without stirrups or a pattern at judge's discretion.


Advanced Equitation:
Over Fences: Course of 6-8 fences. Up to 2'3" & may include in and out or change in direction.
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions & may include work without stirrups or a pattern at judge's discretion.

Intermediate Equitation:
Over Fences: Course of 6-8 fences. Up to 2' consisting of lower verticals, straight poles etc.
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter in both directions

Beginner Equitation:
Over Fences: Course of 6-8 Cross rails (x-rails)
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions

Open Hunter: For all riders and may cross enter into Advanced
Over Fences: Course of 6-8 fences 2'6"
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions


Advanced Hunter: Riders may cross enter into Open or Beginner

​ Over Fences: Course of 6-8 fences 2'3"
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions


Beginner Hunter: For riders in their 1st or 2nd year of showing that have not jumped over 2'3" at any show. Riders may cross enter into Advanced.
Over Fences: Course of 6-8 Cross Rails (x-rails)
On the Flat: Walk/Trot/Canter both directions

Hunter Hack: Open to all levels. Walk/Trot/Canter both directions as a group. 2 fences (cross-rails or verticals) taken individually depending on which hack entered (High or Low).

Pole Piles: The Pole Piles class is designed for riders who are beginning jumpers. Riders compete over a course of "jumps" either trot or canter, that can be described as two standards with a pile of poles between them.  Both hunter & equitation classes offered.


Walk/Trot: Equitation and Hunter Divisions. For those horses/riders not able to canter in a group class.

Riders in this class may not enter into any other classes except Pole Piles and Introductory Level Dressage.



Classes follow current USDF/USEF rules and standards for tack

Tests: All dressage are current 2019 USEF/USDF test. NO hard copies of tests will be provided to riders.

Ride Times: Every consideration is given when assigning ride times with regards to rider's entry in the hunter/jumper classes. Depending on show size, conflicts may be unavoidable. In the event of a conflict between the dressage ring and the hunter/jumper ring, the dressage will be done first as times are assigned to each ride in the dressage class. The conflicting class in the hunt ring will be held until the test is ridden, without penalty to the rider.

Test of Choice: First level & Above: Please specify the Level and Test you would like to ride on your entry form. Each horse/rider combination may enter up to 3 tests at each show. We follow USEF/USDF rules regarding showing consecutive levels.




Tack: USEF/USDF rules apply to all classes.

Riding Attire: Coat, traditional button show shirt, tall or paddock boots and breeches. Riders under 10 years old have the option of full show attire OR may wear white "polo" shirt, tan breeches and paddock boots.


Schooling: Available in dressage & jump rings the day before the show only. Rings are closed for final dragging at 7:00 p.m. NO schooling permitted in the rings on the day of the show. Sand warm up ring and 2nd dressage ring are available on the day of the show.


Lunging: Lunging permitted on show morning until 7:00 a.m. in the warm up area. After 7:00 a.m. lunging is permitted on the grass area north of the show ring. Safety first for all riders!


Fees: All fees MUST accompany entry form or it will not be accepted. The only exception is for Justamere Lesson Students (see below). Class fees are listed on the entry form.

Closing Date: All entries must be received by 7:00 p.m. on closing date. Please contact show secretary if your entry will be late

Post Entry Fee: Entries not received by closing date will be assessed post entry fee. Please pay close attention to the closing dates listed. Hate to be cranky about this, but seriously, help me out here....get your entries in on time!!


Stabling: Stalls are $35 with the 1st bag of bedding included. Additional bags of bedding are available at $8 per bag. Please specify on entry if stall is needed overnight or just for the day of the show. You may also include on your entry form if you have a preference to be stabled with your barn and/or next to another rider. Tack stalls are based on availability. 10 x 10 permanent stalls with door are in the barn and 10 x 10 wooden temp stalls with door in the indoor ring. STALL FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON. Stalls will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Refunds: Refunds on CLASS FEES ONLY will be granted prior to the closing date. Refunds after the closing date for class fees only will be provided with a valid vet certificate and proper notification to the show secretary. ABSOLUTELY NOT REFUNDS ON STALL FEES OR OFFICE FEES. Refunds will NOT be given due to weather related conditions unless the entire show has been cancelled by management. There are no refunds for scratched classes the day of the show. 


Justamere Lessons for Students Only: Student registration form & $20 deposit (applied toward your show fees) MUST be received by show closing date. Classes will be selected by your trainer & emailed to you (if email on file) prior to the show. If registration form is not turned in by closing date, rider will not be entered in the show.


  •  This should be a no-brainer, but there is NO SMOKING anywhere inside the barn or aisle ways

  •  A processing fee of $35 plus collection fees are charged for any bounced check

  •  All riders must wear a helmet while mounted

  •  All horses brought to our barn (whether showing or not) must provide a negative Coggins per Michigan law

  •  Dogs must be leashed


  •  The Public is always welcome and there is no charge to watch the show!

Management: The horse show management reserves the right to refuse, accept conditionally or to cancel any entries, disqualify any riders or exhibitors and to prohibit exhibition of entries, without claim for damages, to change any course, to cancel or combine classes if insufficient entries warrant or to reschedule classes after due notice to exhibitors; to change judges, to change specifications in jumper classes as competition warrants.

Under the Michigan Equine Activity Liability Act, an Equine Professional is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of the equine activity. Management will not be responsible for any damage to a person, animal, or property at Justamere Equestrian Centre, nor will Management be responsible for any property lost or destroyed. Each exhibitor shall indemnify and hold harmless from all claims and demands of any kind or nature arising from exhibitor, his/her employees, guests, children, animals, or property exhibiting on or in the show grounds. This is a condition of entry.

Questions: Please contact the show secretary at Justamereshows@gmail.com