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Major League Show Jumping 2021: Everything You Need to Know

Sydney Shulman and Villamoura / Andrew Ryback Photography / MLSJ 2021

Major League Show Jumping has begun! The action kicked off last week at Traverse City Horse Shows. Premier Equestrian is proud to be the Official Footing Partner of Major League Show Jumping. We provided Premier ProTex® Footing to many of MLSJ’s competition arenas located throughout North America.  

Week two of MLSJ at Traverse City starts this week (July 23–25) and features the CSI 5* $72,900 Premier Equestrian 1.45m and CSI 5* $230,000 MLSJ Grand Prix on Sunday, July 25. Want to follow along and get in on the action? We’ve gathered everything you need to know about Major League Show Jumping below!  

Arturo Parada Vallejo and Wisconsin PS / Andrew Ryback Photography / MLSJ 2021

WHAT IS MAJOR LEAGUE SHOWJUMPING?  

Debuting this year, Major League Show Jumping—known as “The League”—is taking the sport of show jumping to the next level. Major League Show Jumping features 10 incredible 5* events taking place at different venues throughout North America. The events will highlight some of the world’s best equestrian athletes in an exciting and new team concept.   

There are 8 teams with 6 riders per team. Meet the teams and learn more about the riders on the MLSJ website. All the teams compete for more than $7,000,000 in prize money over the course of 10 events at North America’s top venues, including Thunderbird Horse Park, Traverse City Horse Shows, Angelstone Tournaments, Desert International Horse Park, and more. Check out the full schedule of events for more info.  

HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?  

Each MLSJ event includes one round and two jump-offs over a shortened course. The first jump-off will include the top four placed teams in round 1 and will determine qualifying for the second jump-off. The second jump-off will determine podium placings; no rider will jump-off twice. Initial round and subsequent jump-offs will take place in one day, with no horse or rider jumping more than one round and one jump-off. (The team competition will not count towards the Longines Rankings.) 

Round 1: All teams compete in a team style format, with three riders per team, all three scores to count. The top four teams qualify for the First Jump-Off by staying above the cut-off line in round 1. The combined penalties and time of all three athletes will determine placings. 

First Jump-Off (Shortened course): In this round, teams will choose two of the three riders to ride over a jump-off course.  

Podium Jump-Off (Same shortened course as First Jump-Off): The rider for each team that did not compete in the First Jump-Off will compete in the Podium jump off 1st and 3rd place Showdown, competing in a heads-up format over the same jump-off course. The team with the fastest time in the Podium Jump-Off first place showdown will win the competition and the team with the fastest time in the Podium Jump Off third place showdown will be placed third. 

Read more about the MLSJ team competition, rules, and regulations.  

HOW CAN I FOLLOW ALONG AND PARTICIPATE?  

There are four ways you can join the fun and catch all the MLSJ action:    

  1. Watch all the team competitions live on the MLSJ website: Click here for MLSJ Livestream  
  1. Catch the replay on YouTube: Click here for MLSJ on YouTube 
  1. Download the MLSJ app for updates and livestreams: Click here to get the MLSJ app 
  1. Follow along on social media:   

Follow MLSJ on Instagram 

Follow MLSJ on Facebook 

Follow Premier Equestrian on Instagram  

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