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New career goal: Working Hunter riding judge in Ireland

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  • New career goal: Working Hunter riding judge in Ireland

    I'm sorry if I sound like I'm bragging, but I wanted to share this.
    I had the privilege of attending the Dublin Horse Show since I moved to Dublin earlier this year. I've been living in the Netherlands, so I was very excited to see hunters at horse shows again. I did not expect to find my new career goal, however!

    I was thrilled to see very natural fences and the horses carrying more pace than American hunters. It was more like a hunter derby (without the height options).

    I absolutely loved the hack. It is not run as a separate class. It was shorter than hacks in the US, though at the end of one of the classes, they galloped down the long side one at a time.

    At the end, they all line up and the riding judge spends a few minutes hacking each horse. That 'rideability' portion counts for 20% of their overall score (if I recall correctly). I want to become a riding judge so badly! I would have given my right arm (and probably my left as well) to have the chance to ride those incredible horses.

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    I am slightly confused by the use of the word 'hack' in the above post. Can anyone kindly make sure that I haven't misunderstood?

    I am from the UK (for clarity).

    Here a 'hack' is a body type of show horse. A small, elegant riding horse of lightweight build (photo attached).
    To 'hack' means riding your horse out and about (video attached), so the equivalent of trail ride (I believe) but normally with more roadwork (unless you are lucky enough to live near a bridleway network that doesn't require going on the roads).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2Bxxhe7r_A

    So does a 'hack' mean a short ridden show, going through your horse's paces in an arena in America?

    Gleesbid - it is great to read that you enjoyed the Working Hunter classes. They are one of my favourites to watch too. I hope that you achieve your goal of becoming a ride judge. If you are able to pop over to England in the autumn I highly recommend going to Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). https://hoys.co.uk/

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      In the US, the hack is the under saddle class within the division. Typically 4 classes over fences and 1 under saddle aka "hack"
      Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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        Yes, my apologies, I meant the under saddle class. Thanks for clarifying, DMK!

        I'm glad I've not gotten too out of touch with common terminology while my show clothes have gotten dusty.
        Much like having to learn Dutch and then 'horse' Dutch, I met a gentleman whose son rides race horses. That's a whole new language for me as well (other than 'Thoroughbred,' since they were my first hunters back in the 80s and 90s!).

        I appreciate the kind words and advice, Kaspercat. I've been to the Royal Windsor a few years back, but definitely have to HOYS. It's an easier trip over now than it used to be! I feel very lucky.

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          We have some “Hunter Hacks” that aren’t just WTC but actually include additional tests and a line of 2 fences. Typically seen at non-rated shows - but sounds a tad like what you experienced where the horses move over fences then might be tested under saddle as a second half of the class - might have to show a hand gallop, halt and back, etc. the true “fox hunter” tests of old!

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            There are direct flights, on budget and other airlines, from Dublin to Birmingham where HOYS is held. You could probably do flight, show, flight in a day.
            "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths

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