Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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Adding to Drew's post...
Short Stirrup is for kids under 12. They do not wear tall boots but paddock boots and garters. Most wear their hair in pig tails with big bows as well.
Hunter judges the horse. Hunter Equitation judges the rider. Hunters should be well mannered, have a nice flowing canter, hit the center of each jump, get the correct striding (no chipping in or taking off long)... Jumps are of a natural look...stone walls, brushy jumps, gates. In an Eq class you might have to halt somewhere in the course or take a fence at a trot.
Jumpers are jumpers are jumpers no matter where you are in the world. :) Speed and faults. The only difference between countries is how people ride. Normally, North Americans ride in a more forward seat where Europeans are in a full seat. Jumps are bright and colourful.
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