Show Hunter Standard of Excellence

General Character:


The Show Hunter is a quality type with substance, bone and movement that is sound in wind and limb and has the constitution to carry its rider on a days hunting across various terrain. The Show Hunter should demonstrate the ability to provide a smooth, even ride and a reliable temperament. The Show Hunter must be free from any hereditary defects or unsoundness.
The Show Hunter does not have to prove that it can jump however the ridden workout should include a gallop.




Straight colour preferred.




Not to exceed 14.2hh.



A neat head in proportion to the body, with a flat forehead. Tapering muzzle with large open nostrils. Jawbone clean, open under the throat joining the neck with a flowing curve. Eyes, large, bold and dark set well to the sides of the head. Ears well shaped and in proportion, carried alertly.



A good length, supple and well carried. The head set with a natural turn at the pole.



Strong and sloping with a well defined wither.



Set square and true not too wide apart or too close together. Hard flat bone with substance. Short well defined cannons to support the body with sufficient forearm for the height of the animal. Feet well shaped and sound.

Back and Loins:


Short and well coupled.






Well sprung.

Hind Quarters:



Lengthy, deep and rounded with the tail well set on. Hindquarters giving an impression of strength and correctness with great impulsion and sufficient second thigh for the height of the animal.



The Show Hunter must cover the ground in all paces, with a well balanced gallop moving from the shoulders, with the hind legs well under. A small amount of knee action is acceptable.