Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
14hh Working hunter ponies in the UK are required to jump 1m20 (3ft11) at the finals and 1m10 at qualifiers.
Intermediates (15hh) are required to jump 1m35 at champs (4ft5 if my conversions are correct)
Working hunter is about jumping natural looking jumps (so brushes and owl holes and water jumps plenty normal) whilst looking very stylish, flowing and at a good hunting canter. Style of jumping is very important, but you also then do an individual show where you are judged on the horses manners, schooling, conformation and way of going which as said before should be as though it is doing an Elementary dressage test
I have no idea what the championships were that the documentry was about but all the horses were 16hh+ and whilst the riders could look pretty whilst sitting on a horse they were about as useful as a chocolate teapot and the horses were pootling. They also never put thier arse in the saddle at the canter.
My sister can sit on a horse and look pretty but she is not an effective rider and unless the horse does it all for her she hasnt got a hope, she got the easy super schooled push button ponies as a child. I on the other hand got the unholy terror ponies, the quirky little beasts who you actualy had to ride every second of or you were going eat dirt painfully. I'm far from a pretty rider normaly but I'm a **** effective one and very hard to unseat.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT