SHOWING - Sport Horse Hunters

SHOWING - Hunter classes

In the following articles we list the Hunter classes' definition and describe what type of horse is typical of the class. The rules and definitions are quoted from the Sport Horse Breeding Association which is the governing body of these classes, should you choose to start at unaffiliated local shows these definitions are still valid. The more professional you and your horse are prepared, the more chance of success and the possibility of progressing to County level.
We have added the desired dress codes for the disciplines; however the obvious rule is to always be smart, respectful and functional. The higher the level at which you compete the more detailed and precise the rules become, these are covered in our dress code articles.
heavyweighthunterSome key points to consider are to never wear brand new tack on the day of the show as neither you nor your horse will be comfortable in it and the tension will show.

Think about the size and style of your bridle, a wide cheek piece on a small head looks equally as poor as a fine bridle on a strong broad head, the same goes for nosebands, try a few different widths and designs to see which enhances your horse's face, you may be surprised.

Well fitted saddles are essential with clean lines; you are showing as much of the horse as possible not hindering the overall picture with a large saddle with high pommel and cantle and wide forward fitting flaps. 
Hunter Classes
Hunter (both for Ridden and in-hand) A mare or gelding capable or likely to be capable of carrying its designated weight (as listed below) for a full day's hunting. It should have substance, quality and a calm, bold temperament and should have the conformation to produce high performance with sustained soundness. It should be alert, and when ridden have four athletic natural paces.