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Eras, Clubs & Leaderboards

An overview of how eras, breeder clubs, and leaderboards work.

All About Eras

What are eras and why do we need them?

Eras break up all the horses in the game into groups of peers. These groups track when the foundations of a line were first created. For example all foundation horses created during a set six month period and all their descendents would make up one era. The higher the era number the more recently the line was founded. In era breeder clubs horses only compete against horses of their own era. That means leaderboard competition is fair and accessible to everyone. Members who have only played for 6 months can compete on an even level with members who have played for 6 years. Having ever changing eras means that starting new lines is more than just fun, they can be competitive as well.

How often do eras change? 

New eras start on June first and December first to coincide with out winter and summer celebration events. 

What era is my horse?

Open up your horse’s page. Just below its age you will see what era that horse belongs to. It will also tell you in the search what era a horse is. All new foundation horses are created as members of the current era. The exception to this is exceptional creates. Exceptionals are created with a 5% bonus to their showing and/or breeding ability. This is roughly equivalent to one generation of good breeding. Since this is an unfair advantage, they receive a one era penalty at the time of creation. 

Should I use exceptionals in my era program?

Exceptional creates are great for jump starting your color leaderboard line but are not the best for era breeding programs. Because of the penalty they will be at best, the same breeding ability as the second gens of the era prior to the current one. At worst, if created just as a new era begins they can be two generations behind. While exceptionals can be used strategically and be a valuable asset to a era leaderboard program (particularly when working towards the 2nd generation points category) it is best to stick to normal creates while you get the hang of eras.

Breeding Eras

Two horses of the same era will always produce a foal of that era. If two horses of different eras are bred they will produce a foal of the era of the lower era parent. For example when breeding two Era 5 horses together the foal will be Era 5. When breeding an Era 1 and an Era 5 horse together the foal will be era 1. 

This is no reason not to cross horses of different eras. There is no penalty. However when breeding for an era leaderboard keeping the era of your lines as high (as recent) as possible will give you the best shot at the leaderboard. A foal from an era 5 horse probably can't compete with a foal from a pure Era 1 line, simply because the Era 1 line has had more time to develop. 

What era are we in now?

You can always see what the current era is by looking at the top right corner of the website next to the game server and year info.

What is the Primary Era?

There is a special era called the Primary Era. The primary era lags two real life years behind the current era. This era is a celebration of the hard work put in by players to produce some spectacular pedigreed horses. By this time herds of this era have obtained star and gold status. We celebrate this achievement by rewarding this era the largest trophies in the game and a significant increase in gene mode token awards, and giving them out through 5th place. 


A primary era trophy compared to a standard trophy.

Boosting, Maxing, and Cloning

Exploring Breeders Clubs and Leaderboards

What Breeders Clubs does my horse qualify for?

Horses can be entered in up to four Breeders Clubs. There are clubs for each era and and assortment of colors and patterns in the game. Some color clubs are phenotype specific like Black. A horse must have black in the name to be entered (smoky cremes don't count!). Some are gene specific like Tobiano. A horse must have the tobiano gene to be entered. It is not always immediately clear what the rules are for color clubs. When in doubt check "Entry rules for this club:" given for each club.

The Breeders Club Leaderboards

 At the end of a game year, the top ten horses of each leaderboard will receive an award. The leaderboard must have have a full 25 horses qualified to issue the awards. First place horses get a trophy. The other nine receive ribbons. Additionaly, the top three horses in each leaderboard receive gene mod tokens. Gene mod token prizes range from 5 tokens to 1 depending on the specific club. 

Awards for each year are handed out during the roll-over between the 27th and 28th of each month. Awards go out slightly early to allow for any issues to be fought before the end of the game year. 

Each Breeders Club has 6 leader boards horses compete for:

Note: Only the 10 best foals of a stud or 4 best foals of a mare count towards the leaderboard which means lower quality foals do not negatively impact their leaderboard standing. There is no reason to sell back lower quality foals to the game or ask other members to do so. 

Why Can't I Enter My Horse In This Club?

There are three reasons why you may not be able to enter your horse in a club.

  1. Horses can only enter up to 4 clubs at a time.
  2. Horses must be color/gene tested before they can be entered in a color club. 
  3. With color clubs double check the "Entry rules for this club:" section. You horse might not actually qualify for that club. 
There are Color Clubs, Why Not Breed Clubs?

Since upgraded players can have, and name, their own breed there are an infinite number of 'breeds' on Hunt And Jump. So we "limit" clubs to the genetics your horse carries and the era in which it was born. Eras are important for the leaderboards but have no other real effect on game play. People who established their herds a long time ago will mostly have high pointed horses in earlier eras. Using eras gives people with younger herds a chance to win awards on the more recent era boards. (See All About Eras.)

Can we get a club for...

New clubs are not created when a new gene is added. Clubs are added when there is the potential for that club to actually fill and run awards. Additional efforts are made to keep clubs at reasonable sizes. While every horse has color clubs they can enter, not every specific color has or needs a club.