Turning Jumpers into Hunters with Bobbie Reber

These days it is not uncommon to hear, “oh, he used to be a jumper” when asking about the latest superstar in the hunter ring. With increasing frequency, buyers are looking to Europe not only for jumpers, but also hunter prospects that may be currently competing in the jumper rings. European horse dealers appreciate the North American market for attractive, beautifully-moving jumping horses and bring prospects over to the winter circuits for top hunter trainers to try and buy. It is no longer a case of hunters imported from Europe being considered “jumper ring rejects.” “Most of what we find these days for the hunter ring comes from Europe,” admits Bobbie Reber of Langley, BC. Having judged at the most prestigious shows in North America and trained countless national champions, she has seen the increase in European hunter imports from the jumper ring first-hand. She explains that shopping in Europe…

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