Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
Jumpers are not judged so color pattern does not matter squat. If the horse can clear the course fastest it wins.
I know that, I compete in Jumpers. I was referring more to discrimination by other competitors in that case, not by the judges themselves. Verbally hearing that your horse isn't worthy just because he's a different colour isn't any fun either. I've heard people make comments such as, "What, you're going to jump that thing?" or "That's a funny looking Thoroughbred!" when we've brought "coloured" ponies to Jumper shows. I realise they meant nothing malicious by those comments, and were just trying to be funny, but it still goes to show that people definitely take a second look & sometimes think it's "strange" to see a non-plain coloured horse step into the arena.