Hunter vs. Eventing/Jumpers
So I have been a hunter for the past 5 years, but recently I switched to Eventing and Jumpers. I don’t want to stop doing hunters, but I also don’t want to stop Eventing. I treat hunter shows as practice rounds, but my pony always does well, and more often than not we bring home a few ribbons. We have been to a few Eventing shows, and my pony always did well, and when we went to our first Jumper show last week, we took 4th out of 50 riders. Do you think I could do hunter, jumpers, and Eventing?
If youve got the money to do it all, more power to you! Thats an awesome example of what I consider cross-discipline training to be all about. Eventing is a perfect mixture of everything (i may just be bias considering I am an eventer!) and hunter/jumpers definitely complement each other I think. You might want to look into having some good dressage lesson though, makes a HUGE difference in your tests at the eventing shows. I ride with a dressage trainer and we always get the higher scores on the dressage then many people there.
That's funny, I just started getting serious about my dressage training! For hunters I learned basic bending and correct transitions and things like that, but since starting eventing I really got into it. The only problem is that I really don't have the money... I work around the barn and for my various trainers/coaches though!
Thank you so much! I am trying to decide if I need to stop doing one, and you really helped me! (I don't think I will :-))
I see no reason to MAKE yourself be a 1-discipline rider! I have been Eventing the past 3 years, and this summer am going to get into Hunters, and possibly a combo of both sports. Or maybe just portions of Eventing like Hunter Paces (xc) or just Jumpers here and there, who knows! I have also dabbled in Fox Hunting which was a BLAST! No reason not to have a well-rounded horse, and besides, I bet they won't become bored as easily if you're doing both :-)
I agree, it will keep you and your horse on your toes and it will keep things interesting. I usually do quite a few schooling h/j shows through the spring, fall, and summer and since I'm starting eventing I'll probably do one event each month with some schooling h/j shows thrown in for good measure :) At least until my horse makes the final transition into eventing, but even still I'll probably go to the schooling shows here and there.
A well-schooled obedient horse should have no problem moving between the disciplines and being successful.
There is one risk, though it's a small one - if your horses decides they really like eventing or jumping and gets excited by speed events, she/he may lose the relaxed, laid back attitude of a good hunter. However, if you keep *your* excitement and "go" in check; your horse probably will too.
Good luck, and have fun!
Thank you all so much! It's nice to see that I'm not the only multi-dicipline person out there :wink: (My barn is full of strict eventers)
I came from the hunter/jumper world before switching to full-time Dressage & Eventing. I used to have a lot of friends who could do both hunter classes and timed jumpers... there are plenty of horses out there that are great at both! But finding a good hunter and good eventer may be more difficult... as you move up the levels in eventing, the dressage phases grows increasingly more challenging (obviously) and judges are far more picky than in novice levels. Advanced hunters tend to look for more fluent, straight-legged movers with weight on the forehand. Advanced dressage, however, requires an incredible amount of weight on the hind end, with lots of engagement and impulsion (weight-baring hind leg bends). If done correctly, the poll should be the highest point, and the front legs should be very light and prancy... something that hunters HIGHLY frown upon.
So, at lower levels horses can be good at both hunter/jumpers and eventing, but once you get to higher levels, the dressage phases will FORCE you to pick between the two if you want to continue placing.
Good luck! :)
I came from 20 years of riding hunters to eventing... we still enjoy the local hunter shows. Like you I treat them as a schooling round and a chance to get off the farm since the hunter shows are much closer than any events. Usually cheaper too. A couple times a year we dig out the barrel saddle and have some fun gaming.
If you have a horse that can do multiple disciplines and you're having fun, I say do whatever you want.
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