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post #1 of 13 Old 03-06-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter classes~ What would be better for me?

Hi! So I'm thinking about entering a show for next weekend. It'll be my first show. Well I've been to a clear round thing but that doesn't count in my mind haha. So, my horse can go up to 3ft but I'd like to stay in the range of 2' to 2'9. I'm not sure what all the class names mean and what is expected out of them. What is like a 2'6 hunter under saddle class? Below is the link to the show I'd like to go to. No one really jumps in my family so I really need some help. Thanks for helping if you comment!

Http://www.texasrosehorsepark.com/pdf/Prizelist_Benefit_2013.pdf
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I haven't jumped in a looong time, but I think that a good idea is that you go smaller than you can.

Though your mare can jump 3', maybe consider doing your first show at 2'. Then, since its your first show, you can be a lot more confident about you and your mare, and have a really good time, and not be super stressed out.

My show team does the same thing. First show of the year, we do a level lower than we are planning on doing. For example, I am planning on doing third this year, but I am riding 2-2, and 2-3 at the first show, just to get our showing brains back. :)

Good luck at your show!! Do let us know how you do.
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Each division is made up of 3 classes...2 over fences, and one under saddle aka a flat class. In the flat class, you will be asked to walk, trot and canter each way. Each class will ribbon individually, and then the division will have a champion and a reserve champion.

Like you have asked about in other threads, a hunter needs to go around the course in a balanced canter, getting the desired strides per line, while having style over the fences.

Since you are saying you haven't shown before, you should maybe try the pre-greens. That division is for horses that are still new to the whole deal, and would be a good way to get the experience in the hunter ring, without the jumps being too big.
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I haven't jumped in a looong time, but I think that a good idea is that you go smaller than you can.

Though your mare can jump 3', maybe consider doing your first show at 2'. Then, since its your first show, you can be a lot more confident about you and your mare, and have a really good time, and not be super stressed out.

My show team does the same thing. First show of the year, we do a level lower than we are planning on doing. For example, I am planning on doing third this year, but I am riding 2-2, and 2-3 at the first show, just to get our showing brains back. :)

Good luck at your show!! Do let us know how you do.
That's a good idea. The only problem though is sometimes my horse gets lazy on small jump ( even 2 footers sometimes) anything you know of that can help that?
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Each division is made up of 3 classes...2 over fences, and one under saddle aka a flat class. In the flat class, you will be asked to walk, trot and canter each way. Each class will ribbon individually, and then the division will have a champion and a reserve champion.

Like you have asked about in other threads, a hunter needs to go around the course in a balanced canter, getting the desired strides per line, while having style over the fences.

Since you are saying you haven't shown before, you should maybe try the pre-greens. That division is for horses that are still new to the whole deal, and would be a good way to get the experience in the hunter ring, without the jumps being too big.
Ok. I was thinking about that class being the one I would do. Thanks so much for all the help on my forums haha it' seems like you always comment on them haha :)
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Agreed, the PreGreens would be an excellent place to start since you'll be showing against other horses that don't have show experience. Your schedule would be this...

Saturday- I'd start off with the warm up. Basically it's a class to let you in the ring and jump a set course that technically is judged but doesn't count for points towards champion or reserve in your division. Then you'd have class 22, our pregreen hunter, which is a jumping class.. I think they made a mistake because I'm not seeing a pregreen u/s (undersaddle, a flat class judging your horse's movement) but it looks like most of the U/S's in the big ring are on the first day so I'm assuming it's on Saturday. Derby if you should decide to do it.

Sunday- Another warm up (warm ups are wonderful) and then class 23, your next jumping class. And you're done!
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Agreed, the PreGreens would be an excellent place to start since you'll be showing against other horses that don't have show experience. Your schedule would be this...

Saturday- I'd start off with the warm up. Basically it's a class to let you in the ring and jump a set course that technically is judged but doesn't count for points towards champion or reserve in your division. Then you'd have class 22, our pregreen hunter, which is a jumping class.. I think they made a mistake because I'm not seeing a pregreen u/s (undersaddle, a flat class judging your horse's movement) but it looks like most of the U/S's in the big ring are on the first day so I'm assuming it's on Saturday. Derby if you should decide to do it.

Sunday- Another warm up (warm ups are wonderful) and then class 23, your next jumping class. And you're done!
Thanks!!! Now it's time to present the show info to my parents haha! I have every detail planned out. Thanks for your help!!
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Agreed, the PreGreens would be an excellent place to start since you'll be showing against other horses that don't have show experience. Your schedule would be this...

Saturday- I'd start off with the warm up. Basically it's a class to let you in the ring and jump a set course that technically is judged but doesn't count for points towards champion or reserve in your division. Then you'd have class 22, our pregreen hunter, which is a jumping class.. I think they made a mistake because I'm not seeing a pregreen u/s (undersaddle, a flat class judging your horse's movement) but it looks like most of the U/S's in the big ring are on the first day so I'm assuming it's on Saturday. Derby if you should decide to do it.

Sunday- Another warm up (warm ups are wonderful) and then class 23, your next jumping class. And you're done!
Oh and U/S is the first thing saturday
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Under saddle means you will be doing the 3 gaits to be judged walk,trot,canter. 2'6 means over fences but in that class division 2"6 undersaddle is your flat class

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Did you end up showing? How did it go?? I heard it was a great show with lots of exhibitors!
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