Monterrey to Offer $50,000 Challenge Cup for Young Horses in conjunction with IJF's new Young Jumper Championship Series

In October 1999, the Monterrey Young Horse Challenge for 5 and 6-year-old jumpers will be offered for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico. This very prestigious event, held as part of one of the world's finest competitions, will offer more than $50,000 in prize money for these young jumpers. In addition to inviting horses of both ages from the Americas and Europe, the event is offering free air transport for the leading 5 and 6-year-olds from two League Finals of a new U.S. Young Jumper Series.

Qualification for the Monterrey Challenge Cup will be based solely upon participation the new Young Jumper Championship Series which is designed to identify the most promising 5 and 6-year-old show jumping prospects competing here in the United States. Developed in cooperation with the International Jumper Futurity, the YJC is open to IJF 'graduates' as well as to all other horses in these age categories as long as they can present proof of identity, age and lineage. Entry will be denied to horses not able to produce either Breed Registry papers of Certificates from the International Jumper Futurity showing that the horse was nominated to this program prior to their 4-year-old year.

Qualifying Classes are being hosted throughout the year by some of America's most prestigious events. They are designed to provide exposure and invaluable experience as Owners, Breeders, and Riders endeavor to bring young horses along the road from farm to Grand Prix success.

League Finals

Two different locales will host League Finals in September of 1999. The Eastern League Finals are tentatively scheduled to take place in conjunction with the American Gold Cup in Devon, PA. While ShowPark of San Diego will play host to the Western League Finals on September 1-5. The League Finals will determine the Champions in each Age Division which will be eligible for free air transportation to compete for the more than $50,000 offered in the Monterrey Young Horse Challenge events. This Challenge will be held for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico during one of the finest show jumping tournaments in the world today. The YJC program has been designated the sole qualifying method for the Monterrey Young Horse Challenge for horses from the U.S.

For 1999, the ShowPark of San Diego series of events will also offer a special national series for 7-year-old horses under the same format as that used for 5 and 6-year-olds. To be eligible, 7-year-olds must never have placed in any open jumper event offering $25,000 or more in prize money.

Free Air Transport

Free transport by air from Los Angeles will be offered by the Organizing Committee to the best placed 5-year-old and the best placed 6-year-old in the US Western League Final. Free air transport from New York will also be offered by the Organizing Committee tot he best placed 5-year-old and the best placed 6-year-old in the US Eastern League Finals, provided a minimum of 25 horses participate in the Final for each age group. In addition, a discount on the full fare of air transport will be offered to additional qualified young horses if space is available on the plane from Los Angeles.

Free transport by air from Amsterdam will be offered by the Organizing Committee to the best placed 5-year-old and the best placed 6-year-old from the World Breeding Championships.

The Monterrey Young Horse Challenge will consist of two competitions offered October 1999, at the Monterrey CSI-A. A maximum of 45 horses 5 years of age, and 45 horses 6 years of age are expected to be invited to compete. All horses will jump on Wednesday and Thursday for purposes of qualifying for the best twenty of each age category for their Final to be held on Saturday.

For more information about the Young Horse Challenge Series, contact the International Jumper Futurity, PO Box 2830, Granite Bay, CA 95746, phone/fax (916) 791-3429, or via email: ijoffice@aol.com, or Steering Committe Chairman via email, Linda Allen at llallen@usa.net.

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Sport Horse Owners and Breeders Association
6753 Thomasville Rd., Suite 108-241 • Tallahassee, FL 32312
850-893-8532 • Fax: 850-893-8954 • Email: soba@sport-horse.org