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Hunter Jumper

Hunter jumpers are often talked about together, but they are actually two different divisions, although using the phrases together could just refer to horses who jump in competition. Hunters, also known as working hunters or show hunters, are judged on their conformation, manners, movement, and his ability to jump smoothly and consistently.

In show jumping, the horse must get around a jump course cleanly, without penalties, under a certain time limit. The horse with the least amount of jump penalties for knocking down rails and time penalties for going over the allotted time wins. Most horses do not show in both divisions at the upper levels.

Horse Illustrated covers news and publishes features on how to get started, how to improve yours and your horse’s skills, exercises to do for practice, tack and gear options, stories from participants in these disciplines, and more.

Perfect Your Two-Point Position

Excerpt from The Athletic Equestrian, by Sally Batton and Christina Keim When your two-point seat is correct, you will have…

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Canter Quality for Jumping

Many times, I have seen riders canter to the first jump of a course and have it be less than…

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Correcting Leg-Yield Errors with Your Horse

Last month I discussed how the leg-yield is a useful suppling and training tool for both horse and rider, how…

2 years ago

Jumping Practice Courses

There is often a misconception among jumping riders that in order for a practice course to be interesting or beneficial,…

2 years ago

Upgrade Your Horse’s Mane Braids

Have you ever tried to braid your horse's mane for a show and gotten so frustrated that you begged a…

2 years ago

What Happened to the Central Park Horse Show?

A horse show inside one of the most densely populated urban landscapes in the country doesn’t happen often. But the…

2 years ago

International Modern Pentathlon Committee Removes Show Jumping

Last winter, the International Modern Pentathlon Union (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, or UIPM) decided to remove equestrian show jumping…

2 years ago

Improve Your Rollback Turns

Courses for jumper and equitation riders include tests that are more difficult than those found on the average hunter course.…

2 years ago

Shine on the Flat in the Under Saddle Hunter Flat Class

Horse shows are filled with excitement. You eagerly await a weekend show day or an even more exciting overnight horse…

3 years ago

Latest News from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Horse Illustrated presents the latest information and daily updates from the Tokyo Olympics on equestrian sport for the three disciplines…

3 years ago