Hunter, Knight - What is the difference?
Most importantly, the way they are assessed is the distinction between hunter and jumper. Experienced riders assess the hunter according to their own subjective judgement of the hunter's technique and movements, his body type (in some classes) and overall appearance as well as the qualitiy of the laps themselves. The Jumper Division's assessment is completely impartial, taking into account errors caused by rejections, exits, crashes, drops and seconds over the optimal period of use.
It' easy, the distinction between first and second place in a hunter's round is a judgement; the quickest and cleanest round always win in the basic round - regardless of age. The Hunter Class was initially developed to test the skills a military fighter needs: outstanding manner, effective and convenient movements and a good, confident show-Jumper.
Jumping tests for youngsters are the" spills-and-thrills" side of the branch, which require audacity and sportiness for both horse and rider - and rather a" jock" mentalitys. In order to make the hunter, one must be interested in the very detailled, artistical production of good achievements, and one must be interested to compete for one's own contentment.
Subservient tests for young showjumpers were regarded as the best start for both disciplines. Also the entry into show jumper is a very good choice these days, as the show jumper categories are also suitable for the smallest beginners. Equestrian department - which, like the hunter, is subjective but not assessed on the horse's ability - is also a good start.
Although some consider equestrianism to be an end in itself, it has been conceived to awaken a strong base and interest in equestrians and to enable them to successfully join the game. There is a misunderstanding that the jumper needs less meticulously ground abilities and styles than the hunter.
" However, show jumping requires a horse that is just as good, if not better, and a rider that is at least as demanding. Increasing TV presence and award funds have attracted the interest of the jumper in recent years, but the hunting categories are still flourishing. Today, more than five Hunter Classic contests in the country are offering $25,000 or more in prizes.
To learn more about these two disciplines, please contact the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association at www.ushja.org. I think George Morris' Hunter Seat Equitation is the best of all.