Frequently Asked Questions: The Hamel Foundation NHS 3'3" Equitation Championship and the ASPCA Maclay Finals

  • Do I need to be a member of NHS to compete?
  • Can I show in the Maclay & the NHS 3’3” Medal at the same competition?
    • Yes, riders competing in the NHS 3’3” Medal may compete in any other class at the same competition for which they are eligible, including the ASPCA Maclay, USEF Medal, WIHS, USEF Talent Search.

  • Do I have to stop showing once I am qualified for the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship?
    • No, once qualified for the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship riders may continue to compete in the qualifying classes. There is no cap on number of points or number of shows in which a qualified rider may take part.

  • Can I qualify for both the Maclay Regionals, Maclay Finals and the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship?
    • Yes, a rider may qualify for the Maclay Regionals, Maclay Finals and the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship in the same year. That rider may then compete in their Regional competition. If they are qualified to compete in the Maclay finals, a decision must be made in which finals to compete. 

  • Can I show in both finals?
    • No, riders must choose in which finals they wish to compete. Riders may not compete in both the Maclay Finals and the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship.

  • If I am qualified for both finals, but want to compete in the Regionals before I decide in which finals to compete, should I enter the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship then switch if I decide to show in the Maclay Finals?
    • Yes, entered the NHS 3'3" Equitation Championship. Then after competing in the Regional class if you decide you want to show in the Maclay Finals, contact cindy@nhs.org to make the change. 

  • If I showed in any of the US Medal finals may I compete in the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship?
    • No, the NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship is open to riders who have never competed in any of the following National Equitation Finals with fences at 3’6”: ASPCA Maclay Finals, US Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search (East or West), WIHS Equitation Classic Finals, Jump Canada Medal Finals or the North American Equitation Championship.