I started as a hunter, hated the repetitiveness of it. I needed something new and exciting, and jumpers definitely brings it. Lol! There are several "main" courses in jumpers, however I cannot remember the specific classifications, heres what they encompass: Timed first round (you go in, do a jump off ONLY and leave, whoever is fastest and cleanest wins), Optimum time (kind of like an EQ class, you have to get closest to the set time eg. 73seconds, you would have to ride a full course and try and hit 73seconds exactly, closest person wins), First round-jump off (You go in and do a timed fist round, if you have any rails you are out of the jump off, if you go clear you stay in the ring and do the jump off, person who is fastest and goes clear in the jump off wins), Power and speed (my favorite, you go in and do a timed first round NOT fast, if you go clear, you continue the course without stopping and enter immediately into the jump off phase eg. Power THEN speed, fastest person with no faults wins), and finally there are First round then jump off (you enter the ring and do the first round, then leave the ring and wait for other competitors to go, then re-enter, IF you went clear the first round, and do your jump off, fastest person who goes clear wins). Its all fairly straight forward. Smooth and tight turns is always faster than running around and acting like a rocket on steroids. Lol! Most important is to go clear! Since you own a hunter, and hunters don't generally hit rails, id say you have better chances than some. Roll backs are vital, if you can turn smooth and fast, you can beat the rocket crotch riders out there. There is a 45 second count down then a buzzer sounds, if a buzzer sounds twice while on course then you are disqualified, if you circle while on course you will get 4 faults, you know that stuff, faults are straight forward- one rail is 4 faults, 4 faults for stopping out at a jump, 2 stops and you are out, time faults are 1 point per second over time, and 4 faults for circling, if you have a problem jump that is bothering you after youve been disqualified you may ASK the judge for a courtesy jump- you MUST ASK. Don't get caught up in being a rocket crotch, theres enough loons out there blazing around. Lol! You can wear basically whatever you want. They arent strict on uniforms. I wear a blinged out belt, polo, my tan show breeches, and clean tall boots. You can wear anything from casual colored polos and fancy belts, to formal hunter wear, to a white button up with a collar. Nobody cares. Pads can be any color, any size, any make. Again, nobody cares. You can wear whatever you want as long as its not jewelry. Bracelets are aloud if they are secure and have no dangles, no earrings, no necklaces, no neck pins in shirts. Any other questions, just ask! Welcome, and enjoy the sport!!
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