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post #1 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Hunter show question

I was talking to my friend at the barn the other day about possibly trying some hunters shows this winter (I event now, but since I can't in the winter I thought I'd try something new!)

Well, another friend told me that I would only be able to do the schooling shows and not any rated shows, since my horse is technically a large pony (she's right on the edge, around 14.1hh or 14.2hh, I need to measure her again to be sure!). Apparently she said that at rated hunter shows, only children (under 18 yrs old) can ride ponies and they don't allow adults to!

I'm super bummed because I'm not getting another horse obviously, and I'm only 5'1" 110lbs, so geez I'm basically the size of a kid! So Sandie is perfect sized for me!! Does anyone know if this rule is true?? Are there any variations or exceptions or is hunters totally out for us? We'd be starting with schooling shows anyway so it's not a big deal this year, but what if I love it and end up really wanting to get into it?

Here's a pic of Sandie and I (and yes I know our tack is black but we are getting new tack that's dark brown which would be ok for hunters then):
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 05:44 PM
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Huh... I've never heard that before- maybe you could check on the US Hunter Jumper Association website? They might have a rulebook or something that might clear it up for you. I hope that's not the case because it's kind of unfair for adults who ride ponies :(.

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If you can't find it on there, under About USHJA there is a link that says "contact us" and maybe they could tell you...

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It's kind of true. Most pony classes are kids only (to give kids a chance). But there are a few classes you can do. The larger shows will have more classes, giving you more chances to find a class.

Modifieds, specials and I think lows will allow adults on ponies. Baby greens too, but that's 2'6" and is only for your first year showing, so you can only do that this year, not any other
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Well at least there's some hope! lol And this year would be my introduction to hunters anyway so it would only be schooling shows which is fine.

I'm going to re-measure Sandie...she's SO close to the pony/horse cusp that who knows, I might be able to pass her off as a horse anyway! She's either 14.1hh or 14.2hh, last we measured she was 14.1hh but who knows. I'll try someone else's stick and see!

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Honestly, you WANT her to be a pony. She's too small to make horse strides without running. a "hony" is the hunter world's nightmare. If a $30,000 dollar large pony grows an extra 1/4 inch and becomes as horse, it's worth squat in the hunter ring.
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oh my poor little "hony" LOL...oh well, the Eventing world loves her! haha

I'm just scared to death sometimes of cross country! Maybe I should just be a show jumper!

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Looking at pictures, she looks like a pony. the cut off is 14.2, she looks more like 14.1. If you are worried, schedule her hoof trim a few days before the show (if it's a rated and they measure her)
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so why do I want her to be considered a pony? do they set the fences differently, for pony strides, is that why?

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The Hunter world is too political for me, I cannot even start to sit down and try to follow all the etiquite's and rules and "fopaux's" of the world.

But - I know many Eventers in my area who ride the Hunter/Jumper Winter Series Shows all winter to keep in shape. I am one of them :)

It is a great way to ensure that you and your horse keep up to par with riding over fences. But I don't do any rated shows, just Schooling where things are low key and fun and not so cliquey or political. I enjoy the Winter LMHJA Winter Series because they are so low key and anyone can do them whether they are on a QH, Pie Bald Face Appaloosa, Standardbred or Arab.

I enjoy the LMHJA winter series as well because you don't have to wear show clothes for any of the comps at all - it is in the middle of winter, and it is much too cold for any of that - so you can ride in your winter coat, winter boots, winter tights, ear muffs and you don't have to braid.

It's a great way to be amonst many other riders who collect together to have fun without the stress of serious competition, and a great way to keep both you and your horse comfortable and familiar with fences, while your real sport is retired until next season.

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I would say you want her a pony, because she'll have to run to get in the striding of a "horse". We have a horse/large pony and he goes REALLY fast jumping, as a habit, because he is 14.3 & shows in "horse" divisions, so he is used to trying to squeeze in as many strides as he can get in.
I show hunters at non-rated shows, so I don't know much about the rated shows.

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