Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In my horses stall, feeding him cheez-its
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In a hunter class, the goal is to have good form, both you and your horse, and to get around a set course at a collected pace. My coach describes them as "Sitting Pretty". You usually have an Equitation over fences and a Under Saddle class.
In Jumpers, there are two rounds. You have a single jump course, then if you get under a certain time you are called back to the jump off. The point of jumpers isn't equuitaion, but to get around a course, usually full of sharp turns, as fast as you can getting a clean round (meaning, no poles down or chipping, or off course). Basically, get over all the jumps as fast and as precisely as you can.
The attire is a little different too. In Hunters you wear a show shirt and a hunt coat, and in jumpers you can wear just a show shirt, or a polo depending on the show.
The horses in Jumpers are usually alot more high strung than those in hunters. The hunters are usually more pretty movers.