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Hunter Jumper Shows – Do you want to show?

If you have never entered a horse show before your first show can be a daunting experience. First thing you should do is discuss the possibility of going to a show with your coach or trainer. They will be able to assist you in deciding which classes to enter.

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Show Ring Hunter – Why Getting the Correct Striding Is Important

If you are riding a show ring hunter or showing in the hunter jumpers then getting the correct strides between fences is important. Most horse shows have the strides between the fences set at 12 feet. This means that when you are cantering the number of canter strides between the fences will be a multiple of 12, PLUS the distance for a correct take off and landing. Continue reading

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Major Hunter Jumper Faults

Hunters are judged on their jumping style, manners and way of going in the competition ring. Usually judges score hunters on a percentage basis and assign horses a score that reflects the way the hunter round was presented in the ring.

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What the Judge is Looking For – Two Point Position

When you are in a hunter jumper class your two point position is critical. Find the 3 things that a perfect 2 point position should have. Continue reading

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Show Ring Hunters – First Impressions are Important

A judge has very little time to decide on a winner. If there are 20 horses in the ring you have to make your horse stand out. Make your horse stand out by following these tips from a Senior judge. Continue reading

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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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