The New Hunter! Good or Bad
I just returned from the Bluegrass Classic Show. I am a little frustrated with the judging in the hunter divisions. I am not a hunter person, but what I saw does not define the true hunter. I know that judging is an opinion, but it should be based on a set of standards. Okay, here’s what I saw. I saw horses that had their tails set, trotting level or above level (up and down), and were set like an English or Classic horse. These horses were winning! The horse that actually stood out, and looked “Hunter Pleasure” did not place even after a clean ride.
If a horse is that animated, why aren’t they showing in the English or Classic Pleasure divisions? Do we have that many riders in our discipline that are just not interested in riding Saddleseat?