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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.

Ridden Classes


143cm SHP - Chiddock Spot On

Show Hunter Ponies are divided into five height sections and each section has a rider age limit.

Lead Rein Ponies not to exceed 122cms - riders not to have attained their 8th birthday before 1st January in the current year
First Ridden Ponies not to exceed 122 cms - riders not to have attained their 10th birthday before 1st January in the current year
Ponies not to exceed 122cms riders not to have attained their 12th birthday before 1st January in the current year
Ponies not to exceed 133cms riders not to have attained their 14th birthday before 1st January in the current year
Ponies not to exceed 143cms riders not to have attained their 17th birthday before 1st January in the current year
Ponies not to exceed 153cms riders not to have attained their 20th birthday before 1st January in the current year
Intermediate Show Hunter Type are horses exceeding 148cms but not exceeding 158cms - riders not to have attained their 25th 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.

 

Conformation
Nice clean feet free of cracks
Flat bone
Short pasterns and cannon bones
A deep forearm
Nice length of rein
Well set tail, Nice rounded quarters
Hocks nicely set apart
Deep girth

Faults
Hocks too big, cow hocked or placed too far apart
Curbs false or not
Spavins
Thoroughpins
Swollen tendons
Splints
Capped hocks
Side bone
Ringbone
Windgalls
Dipped back
Low set tail
Twisted feet
Back at the knee
Over at the knee

     
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