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  • Two questions...

    First, is the Adult Equitation division common at rated shows?
    Second, can I show an Irish Draught in that division and be competitive, assuming that the training and athleticism and my performance are all there?
    I'm usually in dressage land, but I went fox hunting last year and I think I could get back in to some jumping. Just want to have a goal.

  • #2
    Adult equitation is something that is pretty popular in some areas, and less so in others. (See the thread on small hunters for a similar discussion.) So you might want to think of shows that interest you, and then check the prize list and results from previous years to see if it is offered, and if it actually runs there.

    The equitation is theoretically judged solely on the rider, so if the horse can do the job well, it should be fine. That being said, if the horse looks like a Sherman tank walking into the ring, some people may look twice at you. But so what?


    • #3
      It's popular in California. We have medal classes.


      • #4
        It's pretty location dependent. At least here in Zone 3, it basically only runs at HITS Culpeper and IIRC at some of the Tryon shows, sadly. Most of the rated shows have some kind medal, like Ariat or a state 3' Adult medal, which DO usually fill. In my experience doing mostly eq stuff, you're more likely to see it fill at the bigger circuits, or at some of the nicer local series where there also tends to be a 2'6" Adult/Junior eq division which might be a good starter for you if you don't have a lot of experience in hunterland.
        A Year In the Saddle


        • #5
          The 3' adult equitation is reasonably popular where I am. I don't think it is unreasonably to think that an ID could do that division. However, don't be naive--equitation divisions are absolutely judged on the horse--the horse is a huge part of any equitation pair. The good news is that the horse does not necessarily have to be a perfect "hunter" type. An ID type I think could quite reasonably fit in, possibly very nicely. However, if you are showing a horse that is keen, looky, klutzy, lacks length of stride, tends to touch/knock rails, or has imperfect lead changes, etc., you as the rider will be blamed for those flaws as an extension of your riding.


          • Original Poster

            Thank you all for the good info. The breed is traditionally not clipped, other than cleaning up the face and jaw. I assume I would need to clip legs and ears, just like any other horse in the division?


            • #7
              Originally posted by jonem004 View Post
              Thank you all for the good info. The breed is traditionally not clipped, other than cleaning up the face and jaw. I assume I would need to clip legs and ears, just like any other horse in the division?
              It certainly would not do you favors to show a horse with feathers. I don't think there's a rule but much of what flies is unspoken.
              Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
              you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


              • #8
                The 3'0 adult eq varies in popularity year by year in the Chicagoland area but it's offered at every A show and can range from 3 entries to 30 entries. We used to periodically see a 3'6 adult eq o/f that would get some entries, too. We usually also have a state, Ariat, and Farnam medals that fill. It can be pretty competitive in summertime with recently aged-out juniors and excellent ammies competing in it. Adult Medal Finals here at the A level are downright tough.

                We fully body clip all of our horses for the A shows. Breed doesn't matter as long as horse does his job and rider answers the questions being presented to them.