Originally Posted by RadHenry09
I have seen some with age restrictions for the horse 4 & 5 yr olds or 1st & 2nd year of showing.
^^This is what I meant. They are green to showing, not neccesarily (sp?) green broke. Wikipedia (under Hunt Seat):
Pony hunter divisions may also be specified as Green Pony Hunter divisions. Green Pony Hunter divisions are for those ponies who are in their first year of rated showing. In Green Pony Hunter classes, small ponies jump 2', medium ponies jump 2'3", and large ponies jump 2'9".
- Green Hunter: Green hunter divisions are for horses that are beginning their showing careers. At the local level and at C-rated horse shows, Baby Green and Pre-Green Hunter divisions are often held. The heights depend on local rules. However, most Baby Green Hunter fences are set at 2'6" and most Pre-Green Hunter fences are set at 2'9"/3'.
First and Second Year Green Hunters are shown under USEF
rules. According to these rules, First Year Green Hunters are in their first year of showing fences at 3'6". Therefore, fences in their classes are set at 3'6". Second Year Green Hunters are in their second year of showing fences at 3'6". Fences in their classes are set at 3'9".
First and Second Year Green Hunters may also show in Green Conformation Hunter divisions. These divisions are the same as the previous divisions with one important difference. In conformation hunter classes, horses are judged 60% on their movement and performance and 40% on their conformation. I couldn't find anything on what Open means though...