Which sport is best for me - hunter, jumper, eventer??

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Which sport is best for me - hunter, jumper, eventer??

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View Poll Results: Which are you?
Hunter 14 66.67%
Jumper 3 14.29%
Eventer 1 4.76%
Other 3 14.29%
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    12-23-2008, 10:42 PM
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Which sport is best for me - hunter, jumper, eventer??

I just started riding 2 1/2 yrs ago and I have never showed (yet!)...I just got my horse about 5 weeks ago (before her, I rode my trainer's horses), and we are getting the basics down first. But eventually, I would love to train her to jump. And I'd love for us to go to our first show together too! But here's my question...I've read and heard a lot about hunters, jumpers, eventers, etc. but I'm not completely convinced which is best for me.

I'm a beginner jumper with a horse who's going to be a beginner jumper as well. I love jumping but since I am a beginner I like the smaller jumps for now My trainer is an eventer so I've been doing a lot of dressage work, but honestly it's not my fave thing...neither is stadium jumping really, so the only part of eventing I think I'd enjoy is the cross country portion...

Which do you think is best for me?? If I was a hunter, I wouldn't have to deal with stadium/dressage, but I have heard that the judges critique hunters based on style and all that, which sounds as picky as dressage to me! So I'm stuck in between hunter/jumper and eventing...give me your advice!
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    12-23-2008, 11:41 PM
Actually, dressage is very good to learn in order to jump better. And yes hunter/jumper is all about style. You focus on the amount of strides before a jump, lead changes, etc. There isn't a time limit ... basically you just want to jump through your routine flawlessly. For jumpers, its all about time and getting through as fast as you can, which might be more of what you want to do ... but jumpers is always harder. People usually do hunter/jumper before they go up to jumper. I would suggest doing basic hunter/jumper. If you really want to show, just do a low-level basic flat class and get used to the show arena. There's lots of novice hunter/jumper courses as well, that you could always do. Good luck!
    12-23-2008, 11:43 PM
I agree with JR.
    12-24-2008, 12:37 AM
You've already decided that jumping is something that you want to do and dressage is always something that you are going to be working regardless of the official discipline you decide to compete in. Hunter classes I find are an excellent stepping stone for anything. It will teach you the fine art of jumping while doing it at your pace and level of riding. Everything you learn in those shows, you will be able to take with you in anything else you might choose to do in the future.
Good Luck :)
    12-24-2008, 11:59 AM
I think you should start out with Equitation... that's what I do! You can enter flat classes and jumping classes, and you're judged on your form. It's fun. XD
    12-24-2008, 07:40 PM
You should start with low hunter showing and some equitation....hunter may be judge critiques, but take them as helpful tips from a expert in the field. Equitation is something that is good for the rider and the horse. It teaches the horse not to anticipate the normal hunter pattern and to listen to the rider better and the advice from judges will help you as a rider improve yourself and your horse. My horse came to me knowing english and western and I taught her from there, starting with better ground control and pole work moving to crossrails and up in the hunter and equitation ring, and now I have done hunter equitation and jumper on her. She is calm with low jumps for even beginners and tucks like a pro for high hunter rounds, but is awsome with tight turns, rocking back and launching, and speed for the jumper ring. She even went undefeted in the jumper ring for 4 shows in a row last year. And once you have moved through all of the levels then you can decide if you like it or want to move into eventing or not.
    12-26-2008, 02:01 PM
If I were you, I would choose hunters. It takes less out of your horse and is much safer and slower-paced than jumpers. The jumps start out smaller too.
In whichever decision you make, I wish you good luck and to have fun.

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