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What is a Joker?

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    11-07-2011, 12:44 PM
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Green Broke
What is a Joker?

We are competing in a fun show this weekend, and it says that there will be a Joker in the classes. I looked it up, and it says that a Joker is a "rustic" pole only, set up. That confused me. Is it like this: ? And why are they illegal in most shows?
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    11-07-2011, 11:50 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
We are competing in a fun show this weekend, and it says that there will be a Joker in the classes. I looked it up, and it says that a Joker is a "rustic" pole only, set up. That confused me. Is it like this: ? And why are they illegal in most shows?
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Thank you :)
I've never heard of a fence like that being called a "joker" but that might be the nickname for something like that in your area. What you're describing -a plain rail with no groundline- can a bit tricky for certain horses and certain riders. I've never heard of it being illegal at shows though. I've seen them in Eq classes and even a hunter derby.

There are certain jumper classes where there is no set course, just a bunch of jumps that are marked with a certain number of points. You go over the jump, you get those points. Whoever gets the most number of points within a certain allotted amount of time wins. There is always a "joker jump" which is often higher or more tricky that is worth more points. You always want to get the joker! That's the only time I've heard of anything referred to ask a "joker".
     
    11-08-2011, 01:25 AM
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Green Broke
Thank you very much for replying :) I looked it up, and this is what I found:

"A joker is known to be a difficult type of jump. It comprises only a rustic rail and two wings in which the lack of filler will make it tough for a horse to gauge their propinquity to the fence with the fence’s height. This type of jump is normally found in the upper divisions and in some competitions, joker jump is known to be illegal."
     

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