Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
There is a tone more to a good jumper round that going like a speed demon and leaping over obstacles. Too many lower level jumpers seem to forget this point. Learning how to see your lines, balance your horse and adjust your tempo with finesse, which is required in the hunter ring, will serve you well in the jumper ring.
This is a very good point. That's not how I see jumpers but my horse wouldn't be able to keep a hunter form going around a course. A well ridden jumper course should still look smooth and easy from the spectator's perspective. I hate seeing riders go out with poorly trained horses, a low riding ability for that level, giant bits, three different gadgets to control the horse's head, giant spurs, a crop and a very bad, uncontrolled round. They may win for speed at that 2'9 level, if they manage to control their horse enough, but they'll never get past that level successfully.
As for the person saying hunters is super super easy, it's not. Just like dressage, it's supposed to look easy but there's a lot more to it than just a rider sitting on a well-trained horse. When a round looks smooth and perfect, it should be obvious that a good rider is on the horse's back. Just like when you see a flawless dressage round when a ride doesn't seem to move at all, the rider is doing much much more than one would think.