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post #11 of 13 Old 04-30-2009, 03:12 PM
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Not much more i can say about hunter vs jumping but i will add that hunters generally ride more out of their tack and in a half seat. This allows the horse/pony's movement to be judged more. Just to add and make it a little more confusing there is Equatation or Eq which is based on the rider. The jumps are generally more colorfully and the horses are ridden in more of a frame. The courses are also more challenging with rollbacks, slices, bending lines, combinations, etc. Hunter courses are generally just outside line to diagonal line to outside line to diagonal line. My trainer has all of his kids do both divisions and are lessons are always "Equey" courses so when we do the hunter stuff its really easy!
Short Stirrup or "SS" is great for beginners. All the girls at my barn start with SS or Long Stirrup. The jumps may not be higher then 18 inches. At most barns they are just x-rails and at finals they are verticals. There is normally a hunter an eq division with in the SS division.
I wen to a show this past weekend and it had the cutest white small pony with a mohawk mane. The girl was like 6 and had HUGE pink bows. She rode really well and placed great. It was the cutest thing to watch! She had this huge grin the whole time! :)
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-30-2009, 05:15 PM
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Yes, the "Stirrup" classes are dependent on age. We have a medium stirrup class for the teenagers and the long is mostly adults. At some shows there is also a Rusty Stirrup class for a little older age group. There is also a crossrails class for children and adults that aren't comfortable at 2 feet yet, which is what the stirrup classes are.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-08-2009, 12:42 AM
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In our circuit we have 3 different classes at that level.

Short Stirrup Pony
- beginner riders on ponies (they're usually under 10)
- jumps are 2'3 with no oxers

Short Stirrup
- beginner riders (juniors - 18 and under)
- jumps are 2'3 with oxers

Long Stirrup
- beginner riders (amateurs - over 18 )
- jumps are 2'3 with oxers

The distances are also set shorter than they would be in regular divisions.

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