Show Hunter Ponies and Intermediate Show Hunters
There are both inhand and ridden classes for Hunter ponies.
The Hunter Pony should have substance, bone, quality and presence.
Show Hunter Ponies are divided into five height sections and each section has a rider age limit.
Ponies not to exceed 122cms - riders not to have attained their 8th birthday
before 1st January in the current year
The Intermediate Show Hunter Type (SHT) classes are for ponies/horses exceeding 148cms but not exceeding 158cms and are for riders up to the age of 25, and these too have proved very popular with many top class Small Hunters competing with their younger riders.
Ridden classes are open to mares and geldings aged four or over, and a snaffle, double or pelham bridle is normal. In ridden classes, the pony should have a good relaxed but powerful walk. He/she should move on in the trot with a little bend at the knee while powering from the shoulder, not from the elbow. The canter should be ongoing, free moving and not stilted like a slow moving rocking horse. The gallop is the pace with shows the judge freedom of movement, BUT should not be carried out like a battle charge, just a nice controlled extension.
In Hand Classes
Youngstock, stallions are broodmares are shown inhand.
A Hunter pony broodmare can be shown without a foal at foot as long as there is a certificate of service.
The hunter pony should be shown in a plain but complimentary inhand bridle and a plain browband is more suited. Colts can be shown in a brass-decorated browband. Yearling fillies may be shown in a filly slip i.e. no bit.
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