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    07-12-2010, 11:38 AM
Hunter Hack Question

So I am going to be showing in an open youth show at the end of the month and I plan on riding in the Hunter Hack Class. Now from my experience regular hunter class judges are very picky on horse type, they like their thoroughbreds and other breeds similar, but I plan on riding a spunky little arabian. Now my question is, will the judges criticise me on my mount choice? Of course if we ride it the best then whatever, but will I not place because he's an arabian instead of how well we ride the course? I'm not really sure about hunter hack that's why I'm asking. And I'm not bashing hunters, I rode hunters for several years, but they tend to like what they like and that's all, ya know?
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    07-12-2010, 11:42 AM
I think it will all depend on the actual judge. I've had judges who won't place Arabs and will only place arabs, I've had judges who won't place a paint at all or will only place paints, etc etc. Your best bet is just to go do your best and know that you are paying for someone's opinion and they gave it. I have an APHA horse that I show h/j and I have to carefully choose where to take him since so many places won't even look at a paint in the arena. It's a shame and shouldn't be that way but that's just how it is unfortunatly.
    07-12-2010, 11:43 AM
If you ride correctly with few mistakes, the breed shouldn't matter.

Of course, judges are human and everyone has preferences and prejudices. Let's just hope they don't have anything against Arabians.

A friend of mine used to show her Arabian stallion in Hunter Hack. They won quite a few ribbons, even in the open shows. They were a lovely pair.
    07-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Ya I mean it shouldn't be that way but it sometimes is. I personally am not out to win, just to have a good time. I always wanted to show and only had my first chance this summer so I am just looking to gain experience. I'm sure that me and this little Arabian will make a statement, he's just....special......LOL. In a good way haha he just has the "I'm better than everyone else becasue I'm and Arabian!" he's so darn cute :)
    07-12-2010, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by wintec    
he just has the "I'm better than everyone else because I'm and Arabian!" he's so darn cute :)
My heart horse was like that. I often thought he expected everyone to stop and acknowledge him when he stepped off the trailer somewhere. The interesting part is that they usually did. He was a gorgeous horse, and had the attitude to match!
    07-12-2010, 06:03 PM
I used to have an arabian, they do have the I'm better than everyone else attitude! I LOVE arabs, so it was fine by me! Lol In theory, the judge should judge you on how you ride, not the breed of horse you are riding.
    07-12-2010, 07:46 PM
Really depends on the type of show. Is it an Arab show, or an open show? A 4-H show? Will there be a variety of breeds?

Speaking from the background of hunter shows, or local schooling shows with a variety of types and breeds, Hunter Hack is usually judged on suitability to be a field hunter, with more emphasis on manners than movement or type. (Hunter Under Saddle has more emphasis on movement and typey-ness, some judges use the Hunter Hack as an opportunity to pin the solid citizens and good do-bes that aren't fancy enough to win in the under saddle.)

Calm, obedient, forward movement with prompt transitions and no resistance are the keys.

If your Arab tends to move with a lot of knee action, or travel with their nose behind the vertical, that will work against him. If he shows with a lot of the fire and animation typical of the breed, that may work against him as well.

Bottom line? If there are 6 perfectly well broken typey TBs in the class with flat knee action that don't make a mistake, you probably won't pin. If there's a mix of horses, types, behaviors and temperments and your Arab looks well broken and pleasant to ride, you probably will.

Go and have fun and let us know how it goes.
    07-12-2010, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the responses every. Its an open youth show, probably alot of 4-H'ers will be there cause it's kinda small. I do know going into it that we are the underdogs, but again I'm just in it for experience and to have a good time. Duke is a real character and I'm sure we'll make an impression, whether it's good or bad is yet to be determined haha. He's pretty obedient but he's got that "lets go!" that comes with arabs. But he's a good time. I'd much rather take the challenging school horse rather then one that will carry me around the ring with out any effort on my part. Nah either way I think it will be a good time.

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