Monthly Archives: April 2011

What the Judge is Looking For

There are many things a Hunter Judge has to consider when judging a hunter over fences class. Take for example the form of the horse over fences. We all strive to get our horses to round over their fences and … Continue reading

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Hunt Seat Equitation – What is the Correct Stirrup Length?

photo credit: renrut When riding in the Hunter Jumper ring or in a hunt seat equitation class it is important to present the best picture possible. This can be helped with the proper stirrup length. Remember that in the hunt … Continue reading

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How Should I Ride in a Hunter Under Saddle?

This is one of the most popular questions that I get asked. As a Hunter Judge, in the Hunter Under Saddle class, we like to see a horse that has good performance, good movement and good manners. There are different … Continue reading

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Get the Judge’s Attention – Show Your Horse

HOw do I get the judges attention? This is another popular question! Get the judges attention by showing your horse to the judge. Make your entrance shine. If your horse has an excellent trot, show off your horse as soon … Continue reading

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What the Judge Is Looking For – Disobediences

Before the judge even starts to judge the horse’s form over the fence the horse has to jump 8 fences successfully. One of the biggest turn offs, for the judge, is a horse that misbehaves. This can be any sort … Continue reading

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What the Judge Is Looking For – Turnout Matters

As the old saying goes ‘you have one chance to make a first impression’. When you enter the arena at a hunter show, you are being judged the moment you set foot into the ring. When you present yourself as … Continue reading

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Show Preparation – Bathe That Horse

It is spring and with it comes horses that are shedding. The show season is ramping up and getting your horse clean and clipped is a priority for the competiton ring. If your horse is like mine they seem to … Continue reading

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Hunter Under Saddle – The Walk

A well established walk that is free and reaching will win you points in the dressage ring as well as in the hunter and hack divisions. To tell that a horse is walking properly it’s hind hooves should step infront … Continue reading

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Equitation Tips – What the Judge is Looking For

Get some tips and improve your position with these insights from a Senior Judge.

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Amusing Hunter Short Hand Notes

This was sent to me by a friend. Some Hunter Judge’s Shorthand. photo credit: queered IHOP(International House Of Pancakes) A horse that jumps as flat as a pancake CIA(Chair in the air) Rider is Left behind over a jump TYT(take … Continue reading

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