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    09-29-2010, 07:23 AM
Hunter Classes

I'm Australian and I have no experience with the word hunter, other than that it's a horseriding dicipline thing, and that they are people with guns.
What is a Hunter Class? Hack Class? Working Hunter? Hunter under saddle?
I just have no idea.
But it looks so fun.
I need education.
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    09-30-2010, 06:47 PM
Hunter classes are usually over fences (although sometimes in hand or on the flat) and it's judged mostly on movement and manners.
    09-30-2010, 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by SophieLee    
What is a Hunter Class?
In today's American lexicon, a "hunter class" usually refers to a jumping class where "manners" and the "way of go" are emphasised. No crazy, psycho horses allowed. Form is as important as a nice, steady "hunter pace". The jumps are usually composed of natural looking poles. I say usually because you will get the backyard show where you'll see crazy stripped poles and wild-looking panels. The jump course is usually something simple with no sharp turns or roll backs. Many people would consider a "hunter class" the same as a "working hunter" class.

Originally Posted by SophieLee    
Hack Class?
These are conducted on the rail only, no jumps.

Originally Posted by SophieLee    
Hunter under saddle?
Also known as a "hack" class. No fences. And don't expect a USEF "hunter under saddle" class to look the same as an AQHA (breed) show HUS classes. They're two different animals, although they should really be the same. Sigh. One day....


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