That is what most people go by but in hunters each judge has a different opinion so you may do amazing in one show with that attire and "piano hands" as I call them because that judge for some odd reason found it good....don't know why anyone would think that though...
Well technically hunters are based on the horse, not the rider. So if a horse goes around and has a nice course or moves well on the flat chances are it's going to get a good ribbon regardless of position faults from the rider. Remember too its based on what the judge sees in comparison to everyone else. Maybe the judge hated to pin her as first (or whatever) looking the way she did but no one else did better.
And this may be getting off topic but I have to say... I often hear on this forum the idea that hunter judging is based on nothing but opinion, as if it's just a whim of what he/she liked that day or something. PICK UP A BOOK CALLED "JUDGING HUNTERS AND HUNTER SEAT EQUITATION" BY JANE WHITE-MULLIN. Despite what some people may think, the judges don't just point to the shiny bay and decide it's prettier then everyone else. Every round is given a numerical score out of 100 and most judges would describe a course in the 70s, 80's, 90's pretty similarly. Yes, some judges will think that getting the lead change is more important then 8 perfect distances and others will think vice versa. But either way, you knock a rail down and your score is an automatic 50. Go to quality shows with reputable judges and you'll find that judging is a lot more consistent then you'd think.
*gets off her soapbox and returns to original topic*