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Built for the Job

Linda Allen is one of the world’s uniquely talented Open International FEI show jumping course designers, FEI steward, technical delegate, USEF judge, clinician and author. A former competitor herself with a background in sport horse breeding, Linda’s resumé is chock full of global accreditations, affiliations, consultancies, publications and awards. Horse Sport asked her how hunter/jumper conformation has changed over the years, what has remained consistent, and what to look for in a prospect. Hunters: Not Just a Pretty Face “One thing is certainly true of both disciplines – breeding,” Allen acknowledged. “As sport horse breeding has become a global industry in recent decades, horses that may have been seen as jumping, dressage, or eventing cast-offs were reborn as hunters. This trend has inspired more breeders to re-educate themselves and look at this discipline as a legitimate marketplace, especially in North America.” But while the breeding has changed, the goals remain…

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