Having grown up in the show hunter arena, I have to echo Upnover. I loved the Eq courses and Hunter derbies, they added a challenge that you normally found in the s/j ring.
Hunters evolved into a whole discipline from it's roots and no longer even appeals to those that field hunt. It's unfortunate. However, this industry is a business and show committees had to appeal to their customers and now we have what we have.
I love that the derbies are catching on even at smaller shows. I had long switched from hunters to jumpers and now eventing... but I may just have to convince my eventer that he does like his mane braided and find a fitted pad. lol
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