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Cross Derby

MDHT Cross Derby March 15-16, 2014

Get an early jump on spring with the Cross Derby! (closing date March 8)

Schooling is available to Cross Derby entrants for a fee of $25. March 15 from 9 to 12 only. Must register with your Cross Derby entry.

Description of MDHT Cross Derby courses: There will be a few show jumps to get you going, then several cross country obstacles you would find on a typical competition course. The objective is to establish a rhythm over solid jumps in reliable consistent footing. Optimum times will be posted.


Jumping Efforts

Course Length


Elementary           18’ – 2’3”

12 - 15

800 m

300 mpm

Beg. Novice         2’7” max

15 - 18

1,500 m

350 mpm*

Novice                  2’11” max

20 - 22

1,600 m

350 mpm*

Training               3’ 3” max


1,740 m

375 mpm*

Prelim                   3’ 7” max
(if entries warrant) 


1,880+ m

400 mpm*

*The derby speeds are slightly higher than regular SJ to incorporate a better flow over the cross country jumps.

Rules: The MDHT Cross Derby will follow the USEA/USEF Jumping phase rules. USEF rules for Cross Country dress and tack will be followed. All Riders must wear ASTM/SEI approved helmet, protective vests, and medical armband. Willful delay will be enforced. Competitors may enter more than one level but would be expected not to enter their horses less than one level than they are currently competing. Coaching at this derby is not permitted on course but highly encouraged on our Monday schooling day.

There will be an audible signal to start. No schooling of course permitted on day of event. Circles on course will be scored as refusals, EXCEPT at the Introductory and Elementary level, you may circle in the open to slow, but not once you have approached a fence. Fall of horse during jumping phase is immediate elimination and you must leave the course. Fall of rider while jumping (during approach or landing of a fence) is elimination and you must leave the course.

  • Knock Down -- 4 points
  • 1st Refusal -- 4 points
  • 2nd Refusal at same fence -- 8 points
  • 3rd refusal same fence – Elimination
  • Fall of Competitor -- Elimination
  • Fall of Horse -- Elimination
  • 4 Refusals in Whole Course – Elimination
  • Exceeding optimum time (per second) – 1 point
  • Exceeding time limit -- Elimination
  • Leaving course (arena) -- Elimination
  • Riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet and body protector as well as a medical armband.

Combinations numbered "AB" will be as per Stadium Rules, i.e., if "B" is refused, "A" must be re-jumped on second presentation.

Scoring: Penalties in jumping are added to determine placing for each division. Closest to optimum time and Lowest Score wins.  Ties will be broken by the better time

All horses must have a current negative Coggins submitted with entry.

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Ride the 2013 Cross Derby with Sunny Smiles

Here are Livia and her mare, Sunny Smiles, riding the Beginner Novice level of the March 16 Cross Derby. Thanks to Livia for sharing!

Please feel free to submit your photos and or videos of our events. We will try to include them where we can!


Ride the 2012 Cross Derby with Finders Keepers

Enjoy this helmet cam video of Yvette Seger and her horse, Finders Keepers, doing the novice level Cross Derby. Thanks to Yvette for sharing!

Please feel free to submit your photos and or videos of our events. We will try to include them where we can!


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