Jan 18, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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The 2014 show season is here!
Let's watch an English Hunter/Jumper riding competition. Save the date. More details as we get closer. Admission is free.
ATLANTA WINTER CLASSIC I
Week I is a USEF “A” show
What does hunter/jumper mean?
“Hunter/Jumper” refers to a specific equestrian discipline or style of riding where horses are ridden English style and jump over a series of obstacles, also called fences or jumps. A series of fences is called a "course." Equitation is a specialty area of the hunter/jumper discipline.
Within the discipline there are three distinct subdisciplines: hunters, jumpers and equitation. The two terms “hunter/jumper” are often used synonymously because today's horse shows offer classes in both subdisciplines to accommodate competitors, as well as the third less common subdiscpline, equitation.
In a nutshell, hunters show over simplified courses meant to mimic traditional hunt field obstacles and the judging is subjective. In general, judges are looking for horses that are well mannered, athletic and attractive to ride safely and smoothly over the fences.
On the other hand, jumpers ride over technically difficult courses that tend to twist and turn. The judging is objective and mathematical based on whether the horse knocks down a fence, stops at a fence or does not complete the course in a certain time limit. All of those mistakes incur "faults" or penalties. The horse with the fewest faults and the fastest time taken to complete the course wins the competition.
Equitation, is a hybrid between hunters and jumpers, where the rider’s abilities are judged subjectively over a more difficult jumper type