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post #1 of 14 Old 04-01-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter or Jumper?

What's the difference between a hunter course and a jumper course? I'm kinda confused... Thanks!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-01-2011, 12:31 PM
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Jumper is based on speed, hunter is judged on you and your horses movement, if you keep a consistent rhythm as well.
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Oh. Okay! That makes more sense now! Thanks!
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Also jumper courses have big colorful jumps, with sharp turns, broken lines and roll backs. While hunter fences are more natural.. brown, green and white colors with bushes, flowers and shrubs. Hunter courses flow together more, with big wide turns and smooth lines. ALso jumper fences go higher than hunter fences...jumper fences can go up to 5'6" sometimes 7 feet, while hunter fences only go up to 4'6". Also in equitation classes the fences only go up to 3'6" in the highest levels.
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I know of no hunter classes with heights of over 4'. Regular Working Hunter divisions in A rated USEF shows top out at 4'.

Jumpers are judged on whether on not they clear the fences and how quickly they complete the course.

Hunter *horses* are judged on jumping form, style, manners and way of going.
Correct striding and lead changes are also considered.

Hunter seat equitation *riders* are judged on their position, form, control of the horse and the overall trip. Jumping form of the horse is not considered.
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FYI, There is a division called "High Performance Working Hunter" and the fences go up to 4'6"
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My bad, the USEF rule book says Regular Working has a minimum height of 4' for AA divisions, and a maximum height of 4' 6". Minimum height is 3" lower in lower rated sections.

I just have to say that I've never really seen a lot of 4' 6" fences in the Regular Working division, not even at the big hunter derbies, but you are right, the rule book lists a 4' 6" maximum.

Not familiar with USHJA rules, but I'm guessing they're the same? (High Performance Working Hunter is a USHJA division, not a USEF.)
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I think the rules are the same. I also think the High Performance Working Hunter division is newer.
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It doesn't have to be very new to be new to me -

The last time I showed in a rated division it was still called the AHSA. ROFL.
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:) don't date yourself Maura!!! :)

I don't think the High Performance division is all that new, but I don't think it's all that common. Most of the shows I go to the typical working hunters (4") are the highest you see.

To the OP, on top of what everyone else has said... hunter courses can be fairly simple, esp when compared to a jumper course. You would not believe how many shows I've been to where the course is (regardless of height of division or prestige of the AA show): single on the quarter line, outside, diagonal, outside diagonal. OR... single on the quarter line, diagonal, outside, diagonal, outside.
Jumper courses will NOT have that kind of predictability! I can memorize 3 hunter courses in a second and jump one after the other without a blink of an eye. Jumper courses? Take some more time! The older I get the more important a course walk is to remember the course, not just figuring out how to ride it! Yikes!

(FYI Maura... I remember when it was AHSA as well ;) )
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