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post #1 of 3 Old 07-28-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Post Short Stirrup, Easy Does It, Hunter Hack, WHATTTT?!

Alright so next summer I am planning on entering the realm of the local hunter/jumper shows! I have only showing in local "fun" shows so far, but I moved to a new barn and they have an awesome h/j trainer, and I recently bought a new horse who has h/j experience and I have always wanted to ride h/j so things kind of just fell into place! :)
So, I was looking at the class list of a local h/j show that i would go to next year if I'm ready, and there are so many different classes with not so explanatory names!!!!! I was wondering if someone could help with what is in each class and the fence heights, and what classes I would enter for my first couple of shows!
Thanks in advance!
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hm thats weird that the whole link didnt highlight, but it works if you copy and paste it!
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First thing I would do is get your hands on the organizing associatioins rule book.

Some general guidelines -

There are three types of classes, hunters, where the *horse* is judged on style, manners, jumping form and way of going, equitation, where the *rider* is judged on position, form, effectiveness and control of the horse, and jumpers, where the judging is objective and strictly on time and jumping faults.

Short stirrup is usually an equitation class for very young riders, and there is usually an upper age limit of 10. Some organizations have adult beginner equitation called "long stirrup" to make the matter more confusing.

"Easy Does It" is hunter class at lower than recognized heights, in this case 18". Other names you'll see at other shows for classes of this type are Pre-Green, Baby Green, Schooling, Special, etc. If it has Hunter in the title, and not Equitation, it means the horse is being judged by hunter conventions.

Hunter Hack is a hunter class where the horses may be asked to hand gallop and jump 1 or 2 individual fences. Perfect for a horse not jumping full courses or with a questionable lead change.

A "Stake" class is one with a monetray prize, usually a set percentage of the entry fees returned to the winners. In some show organziations, Stake classes are more formal - you may see stock ties or even shadbellies.

HTH, and good luck!
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