About Show Hunter

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The show hunter is a type of show horse that is judged on its movement, manners, and way of going. The horses are shown in hunt seat riding, and are often of Warmblood or Thoroughbred.



"Showhunter is an excellent training ground for the young rider today. It teaches them about pace, striding and distance, skills that they need to learn to jump more technical Showjumping courses."

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Two-time Olympian, John Cottle

Movement & Frame

The show hunter has long and low movement, meaning its strides are long and ground covering, and there is not much flexion of the horse's joints as it moves (also known as 'flat kneed' movement).  More>>>



Jumping Form



A good show hunter must possess an excellent jumping form. The forearm should be parallel or higher with the ground, and the knees and lower legs should be even.  More>>>



​The Attitude



A good show hunter must possess an excellent jumping form. The forearm should be parallel or higher with the ground, and the knees and lower legs should be even.  More>>>



The Turn-Out



Show hunters should be extremely well turned-out. Their coat should gleam with good care, and they carry a bit more weight than an event or racehorse.  More>>>



The Course



The course of fences a show hunter must jump is usually made up of 8-12 obstacles of natural type material. The fences are not brightly-colored as in show jumping, instead they are mostly brown, green, white, beige, and other natural colors.  More>>>



The Show Hunter Vs The Field Hunter



Although the qualities of the show hunter are based on those of the field hunter, the modern show horse is slightly different from its more rugged counterpart in the field.  More>>>



Show Classes



There are several types of "hunter", or hunt seat, classes.  More>>>



Judging



The judging begins the moment the horse enters the ring and continues until they leave the ring. The rider makes an opening circle before the first jump.  More>>>