The video you posted is neither fish nor fowl. That is a QH breed show; the giveaway is the horse's headset, the big false tail and the horse's very slow jog. QH hunt seat doesn't really look like USEF or any other hunt seat, because it's about meeting the breed standard first, and hunt seat second. More about that later.
The vid title says equitation, so it does mean the rider is being judged.
To make this more confusing:
Traditional hunters and USEF hunters have *one* class on the flat per division; usualy 2 -3 classes over fences, one class on the flat. Most show organizations have rules that you must show in at least one class over fences to be allowed to show on the flat. Usually the flat class, or hack, is held after the over fences portion, and frequently only the competitors at the top of the class show in the hack as it can decide placings in the division. In a division of 25 horses, you might only have 10 elect to the show on the flat.
Breed shows usually have entire flat divisions, as do some schooling shows, wihich is why you'll hear Hunter/Jumper more often in those venues. In USEF and USHJA hunters, you *have* to show over fences to show, so the Hunter/Jumper designatioin doesn't make much sense.
There are some lovely QH hunters, but usually the focus in QH shows is the Western and performance divisions; with horses crossing over to the English divisions to gain points. So QH hunters often look a lot more like Western Pleasure horses in English tack than USEF or USHJA hunters.
The vid of the hunter derby posted above is an excellent representation of the discipline.
Okay! That makes sense. I did notice the horse was rather long and low kind of like a western rider, makes sense that it was a breeding show. I didn't even notice the false tail :P
So what you're saying is, in SOME divisions, there is a flat portion, but it's usually at the end and only the top competitors get to that class? And that's decided by how they do over the hunt fences?
Alright, that makes sense.
Thanks for putting up with my questions maura :)
I used to show in Hunters as a teen (a looooong long time ago :) I felt safe because the jumps were lower, and I loved the equitation shows. I had a lot of fun with it!
Yeah it seems like a lot of fun! Especially for a newbie like myself to showing. A little less intense than a full blown dressage test as my first show.
What do they look for in the hunt equitation portion? And the hunt portion?