The MOHJO Rule book contains all the important details of how we run the association, and describes the requirements for the Year End Awards. The Rule book generally follows the governing practices of our national bodies, but since there are some specific divisions and age groups that are not defined by USHJA, it's a good idea to be familiar with the MOHJO rules.
In addition, show managers should use the Rule book as the guide to determining which classes to offer that will provide MOHJO points for the competitors, and name classes accordingly.
You can download the the Official Rule Book here.
New in 2020
We hope all the MOHJO members, and anyone who competes in a MOHJO recognized show, will take the time to read the recently updated MOHJO rulebook. Here are the highlights of the additions and changes you will find:
New divisions recognized: we’ve added the following divisions for recognition with a Year End Award (page in the rule book with the class specifications)
- Intro Jumper: jumper division open to any horse and rider, with fences .75m - .85m
- Intermediate Child/Adult Hunter: a renaming of the Low Child/Adult Hunter division, with the same specifications
The USHJA Tack Trunk Mini Medal will hold a Finals at/near the end of each show year at a regularly scheduled MOHJO rated show. Qualifiers for the Finals will be determined by points accumulated in the Tack Trunk Mini Medal classes held at MOHJO shows during the regular show year. Qualifiers will be invited to participate in the Finals for special recognition/prizes. In 2020, the Finals will be held at the September Happenstance Farms show.
Beginner Rider Jumper has been dropped from the end of year of awards due to lack of interest, but the 2’ Jumper classes may still be offered by member shows.
Novice Rider Hunter has also been dropped from end of year awards due to lack of interest, but most shows offer Child/Adult II, for members interested in competing at the 2’9” height.
To provide more consistency across the age related 2’ divisions, a restriction has been added to the Long Stirrup division: to be eligible for points at a show, competitors may not show over fences higher than 2’ at the same show.
The eligibility criteria for the MOHJO Mini Derby has been slightly refined. Once a competitor has shown at fences higher than 2’3” in a particular show season, eligibility to compete in the Mini Derby will be lost for the remainder of that season (and show seasons run December 1 – November 30).
Also, please note: while not a new rule, we do want to emphasize that to be eligible for the MOHJO Junior/Adult Medal (sometimes known as the Mini Maclay), the rider must return for the flat phase of the class.