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Pony stride question?

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  • Pony stride question?

    What footage do "A" shows use to measure for large and medium ponies?

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    From the rule book:

    HP109 Distances.
    1. The suggested distances for in and outs are 20’ for small, 22’ for medium and 24’ for
    large ponies. The in and out distance must be adjusted for each height section.
    2. If the distance between fences is less than 72’, the distance must be adjusted for each
    height section.
    3. In the line with an in and out there must not be any other fences (Local and “B” & “C”
    rated divisions only).
    This would imply to me that S, M, and L ponies strides are set on a 10, 11, and 12 foot step, respectively.

    Every show can do this differently, depending on various factors such as the footing, the level of competition, and the desired complexity of the course. Just like the 3' hunter, say, there is nowhere that says "every 5 stride must be 72' long," because sometimes you want it 74', and sometimes you want it 70'. The adage of "a 12-foot stride over 3' fences" is just a guideline.
    Originally posted by tidy rabbit
    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.


    • #3
      At the bigger A and AA shows, smalls are set on a 10 ft stride, mediums on 10 1/2 and larges on 11 to 11 1/2. So five strides for a small would be 60 ft, 63 for a medium, 66 to 69 for a large. Obviously this would be adjusted for indoors, footing, time of year (they tend to be kinder earlier in the year and make the lines shorter).
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      • #4
        The strides were just as listed above at the big KY Horse Park shows the two weeks after Pony Finals. I made a point of checking the courses to see how they were set. I know sometimes in Southern CA the Meds will be as long as 11 feet and Larges 12 feet.


        • #5
          Pony Hunter Distances

          The National Hunter/Jumper Association published a wallet sized card with suggested distances and guidelines for Pony Hunter Distances. They offer it free for a self addressed stamped envelope. Send request to: NHJA, 2 New England Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.


          • #6
            How does this compare to the children's hunter strides for smalls, mediums, and larges?


            • #7
              Below is the what the line where at Ocala HITS.

              The Green division 6 strided lines were down hill going towards the gate so they were longer than the Regular which were in a different ring going up hill.

              But the 5 strides were up hill for the Greens so they were shorter than the Regulars which were down hill towards the gate.

              There were no in & outs.

              .......................6 strides.............5 strides
              MEDIUM..............74’.......................64’6 ”

              GREEN PONIES............6 strides..............5 strides
              SMALL.......................70’................... ...59’
              MEDIUM....................75’..................... .63’6”
              LARGE......................81’ 6”...................68’