Horse Shows & Prize List
Each year the Club is home to a number of nationally and regionally recognized horse shows. They accommodate equitation, hunter and jumper classes for all skill levels, and are held throughout the year in both the Indoor and Outdoor Rings, and on the Grass Polo Field.
The largest and most celebrated event is the June Benefit Horse Show, which is rated a "Premiere" show by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). It's also been voted as the "Member's Choice" Horse Show for Zone 1 for the last three years...and recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as a Heritage Competition, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a horse show—a distinction reserved for horse shows not only dedicated to technical excellence but also philanthropy and community involvement. The June Show provides a wonderful opportunity to watch world class riders who are some of the best in sport.
The Club has been the host site of numerous National and Regional finals over the years - dating back to the first United States Pony Finals in 1967, and a number of subsequent years. The Hunt Club has been the host site of the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) Medal Finals since 1984. And has often hosted the Fairfield-Westchester Professional Horsemen's Association (FWPHA) Year-End Finals. The Hunt Club also had the honor of hosting the prestigious Zone 1 ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals from 2013-2015. The August Horse Show is a "National" rated show, and we hold monthly "Regional II" rated shows, all of which are recognized by the USEF, NEHC, CHJA, National PHA and FWPHA.
On a smaller scale, the very popular Summer schooling shows allow riders to get valuable showing experience in a less formal atmosphere. These show are managed by our junior riders. Throughout the summer, they work closely with our trainers to learn horsemanship, horse show management and course design.