01-03-2011, 02:21 PM
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Hunters are usually separated, in shows, by "under saddle", or flat, classes, and "over fences" classes. Over fences the judges are combining the factors of the rails you knock down and your and your horse's form over the fences. Mostly subjective, some objective grading.
Jumpers are where your objective is to get around a class as fast as you can without knocking down poles or having refusals. Purely an objectively scored class.
Eventing is a whole other discipline that judges your horse's versatiliy in dressage, show jumping, and cross country. It's objectively scored and the score is the combined score from all three portions of the event.
Hope this helps!