That makes a little more sense. While I agree that incomplete changes and crossfiring indicate a poor foundation and poor schooling, in a jumper class, it has absolutely no effect on scoring. I'm surprised that a horse with incomplete changes or that cross fires is fast enough to place in a jumper class, but since the scoring is just on faults and time, the attitude may be if they're fast enough to win, who cares about going back and fixing the changes? Unfortunate, but probably the attitude.
Perhaps we're having a failure to communicate over the term hunter/jumper, which I've always disliked, and with separating the two very distinct disciplines? I'm talking about hunters over fences and on the flat, NOT jumpers.
Nhra, I can only conclude from what you've said that either you're refering to jumpers, not hunters and/or that the OHJA and MHJA are not terribly competitive circuits.
A Gypsy Vanner pinning in a hunter class is a good indication that's the case. While technically a hunter can be any breed, Vanners are certainly not "to type" and do not have the style and way of going expected. I can't imagine one pinning in this area, no matter how cute a jumper, except perhaps in an unrated division like Schooling Hunter with a sympathetic judge.