How Are Hunter Trials Judged? Pics Added Post #6
Hello wonderful COTH!
Recently, I have been taking my green bean thoroughbred gelding to some of the local hunter trials in my area. At the trials I have gone to, there are judges at each of the 10-14 fences throughout the course. I know that each judge gives a score for each fence and then all of their scores are tallied up to give a grand total. However, I want to know what the judges like to see. A more forward pace to the fence, galloping in between? Or a more relaxed canter to the jumps and in between. Any tips that you can offer would be greatly appreciated! I am new to this out of hunter land and this is far more fun! Hopefully we will be joining a local fox hunting organization next year if all goes as planned :D
Pics from our two trials added!!!
Thank you all for your replies, they are very helpful! So far we have done two Hunter Trials this season! He has been a perfect gentleman both times, brave, and doesn't hesitate or look at anything I point him at. Can't wait to put your tips to use at the next hunter trial this Sunday.
For anyone who may be interested, here are some pictures from our last two trials. We have learned a lot at each one, and I look forward to continuing the learning process. These are so much fun! Enjoy! :winkgrin:
Our First Hunter Trial
Hunter Trial 10-21-12