14th May 2007, 01:35 AM
This so going to sound soo funny but I show hunter/jumper with my mare and I don't even know what the types of classes that I'm entering in even mean haha.
So whats the difference between Equitation and Hunter under saddle?
And also what's the "Short stirrup division"?
Sorry if I sound like a total ditz haha.
14th May 2007, 02:04 AM
You probably need to have a good read of the show schedule for eligibility into each division. Roughly though ..... each division has three classes - two of them are 'Over fences' where each rider goes in, jumps their round and leaves, then the thrid class in the division is the flat class - or 'Hunter Under Saddle' class where you are judged on the flat for way of going, etc.
Ok, so each division has these three classes ... now, there will be many divisions at a single show. Some divisions are judged on the horse, some on the rider (your 'equitation' divisions), some on both. Divisions can be restricted on the experience or novicey-ness of the horse (like mini-hunter) or the rider, ... or by age of the rider (short stirrup is a young rider's - children's division).
Basically, they divide and subdivide into as many divisions as you could possibly imagine, so as to get people to enter time and time again. You can often watch the same half dozen little girls jump the same course 20 times over and over. Once judged on the horse, once on the rider, once on the horse but against more open competition. Heck, even if they enter some of the divisions where the height of teh jumps has gone up 3 inches the course stays exactly the same ! I can't figure why they can't jump the darn course once, get a score, then simply hand out ribbons for the best blonde rider under 4ft 8, and the best child on a skewbald pony that has been showing less than a year etc etc.
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