the Presentation as a PowerPoint File HERE

by Dina Mazzola
So what is a show ring hunter?
What’s the difference between hunters and
From the USEF Rule Book:
• “Even hunting pace, manners, jumping style
together with. . .
• Faults and way of moving over the course”
Appearance, Quality and Performance
 Neat, clean and organized, with high quality turnout
 Horse that moves well, jumps great, and looks beautiful
 Even hunting pace, equal distances, and smooth!!
Rox Dene
Winter Rose – Thermal
Excellent. Great performance and exceptional quality
Very Good. Solid Performance and good quality
Good. Quality horse or rider with perhaps and minor error
Fairly Good. An average horse or rider with a minor error, or
a high quality horse or rider with a couple of minor errors
Sufficient. A bit below average horse or rider with a few
minor errors or mistakes
Insufficient. Poor performance with one or more serious
errors or poor quality
Fairly Bad. Very poor performance, making serious errors,
adding strides, bad jumping style
Below 60
Bad. Bolting, bucking, running off, trotting, stopping, refusals,
knockdowns (hunters only), losing stirrup or reins,
Judges Scorecard
Even Hunting Pace
 One speed
 Pace should match around the whole course
 Pace should work for the course and horse
 SMOOTH with equal distances
Common Faults
 Uneven pace or major pace changes
 Extreme pace
 Adding a stride in a related line, leaving one out
 Trotting or breaking stride
 Pleasant well trained horse
 Horse responds to the rider in a willing and pleasant fashion
Common Faults
 Bucking or playing
 Spooking
 Kicking out or up
 Wrong lead on courtesy circle
 Late lead changes
 Missing lead changes
 Refusal
Jumping Style
 Scopey, round jump
 Forearms parallel to the ground, or better, forelegs tucked,
good expression in the air
Common Faults
Jumping out of form
Rubbing the jump
Jumping off the center line of the jump
Dangerous jumping
Beautiful Style - Rounds in the 90s
Winner of International Hunter Derby Finals
In Disguise
Scored 100 at the Capital Challenge Horse Show
with Shachine Belle in 2004
Way of Moving
 Speaks to quality of canter, track, expression, relaxation
Common Faults
Poor expression – ears, wringing tail, sour
Poor track
Tenseness – up against martingale, open mouth, hollow
Poor quality of gaits – short-strided, poundy
Swapping leads in the line or in front of the jump
Compare These 3
Jumping Styles
C Coast Z
Cha Cha
Horses that Produced Rounds in the 80’s
… in the 70’s
… in the 60’s and 50’s
• Winter Rose – Harrisburg
• Winter Rose – Thermal
• Performance, Performance, Performance
 If you ride a great hunter round, chances are you are going to get a great
• Track, Pace, Position and Distances
• Show me you can ride an accurate, effective
round that answers the track, pace and distance
questions posed by the course
• Accuracy first, style second
• Position and style are the “tie breakers” or how I
order the accurate rounds.
Soft, supple, still, strong
Invisible aids
Appropriate use of various seats and rein aids
Eye level
Correct body and arm angles
Correct hands
How rider position affects quality of horse’s jump
and general shape
Most Common Position Mistakes
Inappropriate release and bad hands
Flopping on the neck
Loose lower leg and generally loose in the tack
Stiff, posed, perched
Most Common Riding Mistake
 Missing the distance 
Beautiful Equitation
• Lillie Keenan on Clearway - USEF Medal Finals
• Sarah Milliren - 2011 USEF Medal Finals
• Simple changes are equal to flying changes
• Use of the stick
 USEF rules using the stick is incorrect, score of 60
 IEA rules cannot use the stick outside of the ring, so…
 Never on the shoulder
• Suitability
• Try to account for relative difficulty of horse
• Strides don’t count, but. . .
 Has to match and be up to pace for that horse
• Leads!!!
 Inability to perform a correct simple change of lead
 Not correcting a cross canter
 Picking up the wrong lead on the entrance
• Poor track to the jump and on landing
• No plan for strides in the lines
 Have a plan depending on the stride length of the horse
and how the warm up rider rode the horse
The Judge is Back by Randy Roy (Amazon)
You Be the Judge by Randy Roy (Amazon)
Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris (Amazon)
USEF Rule Book (
The Judge’s Eye by Linda Andrisani (
Form Follows Function with Cynthia Hankins
The American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System by
Bernie Traurig (
Get Connected (featuring USEF Tests 1-19) (

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