Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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If you are older (20+), you shouldn't worry so much about HAVING to start in the hunter ring and working your way up to the jumpers. There are some lower heights in jumping that you could start at.
Normally you would go through hunters to get to jumpers, because hunter starts at the bottom with cross-rails and short stirrup classes (aka teeny tiny jumps). Once you get to a certain height, then there are classes for both, with jumpers going above and beyond what a hunter would jump eventually.
Now, if you had never shown before ever, I would say it would be a good idea to do a few smaller shows in the hunter ring, even if you and your horse aren't suited for it. This way, it gets you into the ring, have a few rounds without super scary jumps, around a fairly "easy to learn" course. It would be a good confidence boost. Plus, you get the added bonus of getting your eq down, and getting the feel of a course and maintaining rhythm throughout.
On a more personal note...I started my first year of showing last year at 25, and did hunters. I still get super nervous, so if I had to memorize more then a few jumps, I would be SOL and fail every time. Since there is still stuff to work on, I would much rather stay at the hunters and get at least a year of solid showing in before moving up to jumpers....even though I feel I would be much better suited to the jumper ring then the hunter ring.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 06-22-2011 at 07:57 PM.