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Newbie Hunter Question :)

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        09-30-2012, 11:28 AM
    Newbie Hunter Question :)

    Ok so in October I will be taking my gelding to our first hunter show!
    I have a question about entering though, can you enter two different divisions? For example could I enter in "Easy Does It" to get him warmed up and used to the ring, then do the Schooling Hunters (2'3")?
    Here is a pic of the class list for the show we are going to.

    Sorry if this is a super dumb newbie question!

    Another question: would it be complete nonsense for me to want to enter the hunter derby? This is a pretty lax show, but i've never done one before...maybe wait till i've got a couple hunter shows under my belt?
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        09-30-2012, 11:34 AM
    It should say on the show prizelist whether or not it's legal to do the "Easy Does It" & 2'3" Schooling Hunters. Here you would be able to do both, but it just depends on the show rules. I'd say go ahead & try the derby, if it's only a $100 class & only 2'3", then it isn't really a big deal..The fences might be alittle more natural(although also depends on the show) and the courses will be longer. You'll have 2 rounds that you will hear the scores out of 100 at the end of your round, the scores of both rounds will be combined for final placings. Generally, the first round is a normal hunter course, and the 2nd round is in a handy round.
        09-30-2012, 12:20 PM
    Thanks for your response :)

    I looked at the rules on the class list, and it didn't say anything about it, should I assume that its ok to enter both?

    I think I know what a handy round is but...?
        09-30-2012, 12:30 PM
    Yes, I would assume it's okay to enter both if nothing is stated on the rules.

    A handy round is a more challenging course to show off your horse's "handiness" or ease. You try to make the most technical, but clean turns, and there is usually a handgallop & trot fence.
        09-30-2012, 12:47 PM
    Wow! That's a lot of classes. As a dressagy person, I always find the class list for hunter shows mystifying. Anyway, best of luck in your show.
        10-01-2012, 03:53 PM
    Haha I know! I'm new to the world of hunters as well, I was quite perplexed at first by all the classes! Thank you :)
        10-01-2012, 05:27 PM
    I would call the organizer/secretary to double check, as the hunters stables I've shown at have a cross-entering rule. I'd hate for you to finish your Easy Does It rounds only to be told you can't enter in any other divisions!
        10-01-2012, 07:16 PM
    I would actually suggest not doing the hunter derby, especially if it's your first show with your horse. Hunter derbies tend to have more difficult courses and can be a lot to take, even as an experienced pair. I'd suggest getting a little more experience showing and going to watch one first.

    As for cross-entering you should check with the show office. It doesn't look like it'll be an issue, but it's always good to check.

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