Okay so everyone (mostly everyone?) knows that the origins of show hunters was to show off your field hunter in the off season where you were showcasing their movement, easy of ride, style, and class.
I've never been a show hunter fan, however the more i've been riding with a foxhunt (i pace aggressively and road/cub and cap from time to time), the more I understand and appreciate show hunters, and the more I get annoyed when I see the change of the sport as so often these days the horses inside the show ring are quite different than those I see in the field.
So what's your experience with either or both? I personally am a huge fan of the hunter derbys because I feel it brings an element of the field back to the ring and salutes the origin of the tradition. What do you guys think?
I also wanted to share this article from the Wall Street Journal that featured my hunt i'm incredibly proud, as me and my TB Sky won both hunt cups last year and were the first pair in history to win both the same season!!! After years of panic attacks at shows, schooling 4'+ at home to never make it over more than 2'6" when being judged at a show, i'm just thrilled we found our calling and are learning about the history of it to boot!
Upstate Fox Hunting: More British Than Britain - WSJ.com
Can't wait to hear from you guys on your experiences of show v. Field hunters!