About our XDerby Series

Our exciting XDerby events are held on all-weather footing to allow for competitions all year long! All rings will have cross country obstacles you would find on a typical competition course with show jump obstacles mixed in.

The objective is to establish a rhythm over solid jumps in reliable consistent footing. The course levels include logs and crossrails through Modified. There will be a schooling session to school over the competition jumps beforehand.

We will be starting with logs/crossrails and moving up to allow you to “move up” if desired.

landing from derby jump

Rules & Guidelines

The MDHT XDerby will follow USEF rules for Cross Country dress and tack. You must wear ASTM/SEI approved helmet, protective vests, and medical armband. Willful delay will be enforced. You may enter more than one level but would be expected not to enter your horses less than one level below which they are currently competing. No coaching during competition, but highly encouraged in our schooling sessions.

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 – 10 points
  • 1st Refusal – 10 points
  • 2nd Refusal – 20 points
  • 3rd refusal – 30 points
  • Fall of Competitor or Horse – Elimination
  • 4 Refusals on Whole Course – Elimination
  • Skipping or missing a fence – Elimination
  • Willful Delay, as defined by USEF rules – 8 points
  • A circle between fences will count as a refusal. A circle before Fence 1 after crossing the flags is allowed but will count against time. Crossing start flags a second time in this instance only is permitted if space is required.
  • Exceeding time limit – Elimination
  • Leaving course (arena) – Elimination
  • Not going through start or finish flags – Elimination
  • Unauthorized assistance – Elimination
  • Combinations numbered “AB” will be as per Stadium Rules, i.e., if “B” is refused, “A” must be re-jumped on second presentation.
Time Penalties Table  
 1 to 10 seconds under OPT – 1 point/sec1 to 10 seconds over OPT – 2 points/sec 
 11 to 20 seconds under OPT – 2 points/sec 11 to 20 seconds over OPT – 4 points/sec
 21 or more seconds under OPT – 3 points/sec 21 or more seconds over OPT – 6 points/sec
  • Optimum time (OPT) and course length will be posted for each division.
  • Time starts/ends when horse and rider go through the start/finish flags.
  • Any actions/events involving horse, rider or other persons not laid out herein are understood to be be governed by the 2020 USEF eventing rules.
  • We schedule at 2-minute intervals but please be ready before your time in case we move along faster.
  • 8 Ribbons per division (Prizes for 1st – 3rd)
  • Scoring: Penalties in jumping are added to the time penalties to determine placing for each division. Closest to optimum time with lowest jump and time penalties wins. Ties are broken by lowest jump penalties or, if jump penalties are equal, by being closest to optimum time without going over.

Please note – unsportsmanlike conduct directed towards anyone at any time will result in removal from the competition and show grounds. This applies to competitors, parents/guardians, and coaches.

 LevelJumping EffortsCourse Length (appx)Speed*
 Logs / Small Cross Rails***10 – 12** TBA 250 mpm (can be led)
 Elementary (2′ – 2’3″)12 – 15** TBA300 mpm
 Beginner Novice (2’7″ max)15 – 18** TBA 325 mpm*
 Novice (2’11” max)20 – 22** TBA 350 mpm*
 Training (3’3″ max)22+** TBA 375 mpm*
 Modified (3’5″ max)23+** TBA 400 mpm*

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

  • Compete as part of a team for a chance to win additional prizes.
  • Teams are made up of three or four riders.
  • If three riders, all scores count toward the team score.
  • If four riders, the lowest score is dropped.
  • Riders may ride multiple horses for one team.
  • Horse substitutions are allowed in the event of lameness, etc. Notify secretary of change in advance.
  • A rider’s elimination does not eliminate the team.
  • The top team gets prizes, including your names engraved on a perpetual trophy.
  • Team must participate in at least two XDerbies.
  • Scoring is the same as for Individual Series Awards. Highest cumulative score wins.
  • Logs/Crossrails Division is not eligible for team points.
  • All payments must be completed on Compete Easy.
  • No checks, no cash, no website or Venmo payment.
  • Certificate/vouchers holders, email the show office at [email protected] for entry instructions.
  • XDerby Refund Policy: Through closing day – full refund, less $25 office fee. After late closing – no refunds or credits. If there is a wait list, full refunds or credits will be issued to any scratch whose spot can be filled off the wait list.

  • Any returned check for extra rounds or other activities will be subject to a $50 returned check fee – no exceptions.

  • We must RECEIVE your entry and payment by closing date. Entries submitted or paid for after closing will pay a $25 late fee, if space is available. Compete Easy does not allow you to submit incomplete entries.

  • In the interest of horse and rider welfare and safety, the weather forecast will be taken into account at or after the closing date. A sufficiently unfavorable forecast will cancel the event. If we cancel the event, a full refund will be given minus a $10 office fee through Compete Easy.
  • LIMITED SPACE available. Sign up early! Our XDerbies frequently fill BEFORE the closing date!
    • We will be restricting the sizes for each schooling and division.
  • A schooling period will be offered before each division. There will be a short arena familiarization before the Logs/Crossrails division.
  • No unauthorized motor vehicles of any kind allowed on course.
  • Print pinny numbers from Compete Easy app. Please bring a pinny holder.
  • Ride times will be posted through the Compete Easy app.
    • You will get a schedule with the time you will be allowed on the grounds. When your ride is over you can get results in real-time on your phone. Download the COMPETE EASY app.
  • 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 or added to Compete Easy rider profile.
  • Loch Moy Farm Liability Waiver required with entry form. We do not keep waivers on file unless uploaded on website or added to Compete Easy rider profile.
  • NO unleashed dogs. Unleashed dogs will incur $100 fine and competitor elimination
  • Use standard bio security practices:
    • Don’t let horses touch or share equipment, drink out of the same bucket, etc.
    • If your horse has a fever, don’t come.
    • Don’t touch other people’s horses.
    • Wash your hands frequently if you must touch other horses e.g. a trainer with multiple students who don’t board in the same barn.
  • The EDCC recommends a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for out of state horses and a health declaration for all. We encourage people to take temps and do a self assessment. Safety for all. One wash stall open.
  • Check for the most recent outbreak reports at: equinediseasecc.org/alerts

The riders with the least accumulated points will win special prizes at the end of the series (December 3-4, January 7, March 18-19).

  • You must ride in at least two XDerbies.
  • Same horse and rider combination.
  • Can do different divisions.
  • Only one round per weekend counts toward scoring
  • Logs/Crossrails Division is not eligible for points.
  • Highest cumulative score wins.
  • Scoring calculation: Total penalties will be subtract from 100 for each round. For example: A rider who accumulates 10 total penalties during their round will have a score of 90 for that weekend’s derby.
  • Eliminations, falls, no-shows, etc. earn zero points. Penalties of more than 100 will also earn zero points.


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XDerby Dates

December 2024
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Xderby Entry

Introductory through Modified


Logs and Crossrails for green & leadline HORSES


Schooling between divisions ONLY - no competition


Initial bag of shavings included.

Muck Deposit

Returned if stall is stripped and swept clean. Check out at secretary’s stand. All refunds are done through Event Entries.

Extended Closing Late Fee

After closing date.


Non-refundable. Included in cost of entry.

Non-Compete Horse

Include Coggins of non-compete horse with Bridle number will be issued and must be worn while horse is on grounds. (Bring a used or universal bridle number tag - bridle numbers not provided). No jumping in warm-up or arenas

Returned Check

With electric hook-up.

Unleashed Dog