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Description of MDHT Cross Derby courses: All rings will have 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. $85 per division, Elementary through Modified. $25 per poles division.



Jumping Efforts

Course Length


Poles/Small Xrails

10-12 **


225 mpm
(can be led)

Elementary           2’ – 2’3”

12 - 15 **


275 mpm

Beg. Novice         2’7” max

15 - 18 **


325 mpm*

Novice                  2’11” max

20 - 22 **


350 mpm*

Training               3’3” max

22+ **


375 mpm*

Modified              3'5"  max

23+ **


400 mpm*

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

Rules: The MDHT 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 below which they are currently competing. No coaching during competition, but highly encouraged on our schooling days.

There will be an audible signal to start. Fall of horse or rider during jumping phase is immediate 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 on Whole Course – Elimination
  • Circle will count as a refusal
  • Time Penalty – 1 Per Second Under Optimum Time; 2 Per Second Over Optimum Time
  • 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.

Closing Date: Entries must be received by November 25, 2019

  • LIMITED SPACE available. Sign up early!
  • Schooling periods will be offered before division. There will be no schooling before the poles division. Schedule to be posted in advance.
  • $25 late fee will be charged after closing date, November 25. BUT entries sent after closing may not be accepted
  • A competitor may pay $25 and sign up for EXTRA Derby rounds on the day of the show if space is available. Check in with the starter, then pay in the office.
  • Competition Cancellation – No refund.
  • No unauthorized motor vehicles of any kind allowed on course.
  • We will issue paper pinnies, please bring pinny holder
  • $50 returned check fee.
  • NO unleashed dogs. Unleashed dogs will incur $100 fine and competitor elimination.
  • Ride times will be posted on the THURSDAY before the show at: www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.
  • Vet and Farrier will be on call.
  • Current Negative Coggins required with entry form. We do not keep coggins on file unless uploaded on website
  • Loch Moy Farm Liability Waiver (below) required with entry form. We do not keep waivers on file unless uploaded on website.
  • In the interest of horse and rider welfare and safety, the weather forecast will be taken into account at or after the closing date. An inclement forecast will cancel the event.


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