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Ask the Judge: hunter and equitation class expectations and more

How would you explain to an inexperienced onlooker (or bill-paying parent) what you are looking for in a hunter round? I came across this review that is a brief and helpful summary: “Hunter classes judge the horse. A hunter should have a long, low, ground-covering stride and jump the fences easily, smoothly and with consistent pace. Hunters are quiet, exhibit good manners both over fences and under saddle and jump courses that involve direct lines and straight-forward fences, usually designed with natural elements and colours. At the conclusion of over-fences classes, hunters are often asked to jog for soundness. They trot in a line in front of the judge before placings are made final. The judge will evaluate the horse’s conformation, health, and overall gait both during the class and in the jog. At the end of class, a judge will assign a hunter and its rider [whose job is…

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