If you are showing in the Hunter Jumper circuit there are some points that should be considered to improve your placings. When preparing to show in the hunter jumpers the judge is looking for a particular style and the hunter jumper must perform in a certain fashion.
As a judge, the hunter jumper entry must catch my eye as soon as it enters in the ring. Remember the judging of a hunter ring begins as soon as the horse steps into the ring.
The hunter must appear to float across the ground I call it the WOW factor. As you approach the first fence the ideal hunter should have a fluid long relaxed stride. The hunter should have little knee action and a graceful long reaching step. Top hunters will carry themselves in a relaxed, rounded frame with a pleasant expression and ears ‘pricked’ forward.
As the horse jumps he should leave the ground in a rhythmic stride and fold his legs up neatly. The horse’s shoulders should move up freely as well to help raise up the forelegs of the horse. The horse should keep a round bascule –nose to tail – and keep that bascule over the jumps.
When you enter the ring the judge is looking for a thoughtful planned ride and that the ride is executed according to the plan of the rider. Riders have to have a soft forward and rhythmic ride. If the rider has a plan and executes the plan the ride will be workman like ride that will, hopefully, be in the ribbons.