Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
I really haven't noticed this at all at the shows I'm at.
I've seen a paint x TB beat out some of the WB's in a 3' hunter class simply because it had a nicer round. A hunter judge should be looking at how the horse mvoes and jumps, not discrimate based on breed.
Of course the imported $70,000 warmbloods are going to place higher in hunters than the average TB or QH. Bottom line is the nice, expensive warmbloods are flashier, usually better trained and move/jump nicer. In hunters you need to have a horse that stands out to the judge, they get bored with watching bay TB after bay TB. As horrible as it sounds, hunters is all about the look. A lot of times I see that for hunter horses, you get what you pay for. You pay for the movement, the size, the jump, the overall hunter look. Unfortunately that's just how the politics fot he hutner world work. You can however, find some real hunter gems that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for haha.
If you feel your being discriminated against because your horse isn't as flashy or moves as nice as the expensive warmbloods, maybe try jumpers! Just as fun and the only thing judging you is the clock. :)