Working Hunter


These classes are open to ponies (mares or geldings) four years old and over that have not been graded for show jumping above D grade.

The classes have two phases. First the ponies must jump a course of not less that six natural looking fences of a maximum height according to the class. Following this they are judged on conformation , action, ride, etc. As in a  Show Hunter Pony class.

The suggested classes are:-

13 hands and under. Height of fences not to exceed 762 cm (2’6”).

Class over 13 hands and not exceeding 14.2 hands. Height of fences not to exceed 914 cm (3’ 0”).

Generally the type required is much the same as the Show Hunter Pony but may exhibit slightly less quality with more substance, and obviously able to carry a child on a cross country ride, where small fences, logs and ditches would be jumped. It is up to the judge to decide how much emphasis should be placed on type and how much on performance. However, the pony must exhibit an ability ti jump and be fit enough to go a distance. Overfat ponies should be scored down

The jumping phase is always judged first and there are 50 marks for jumping and 10 for style and manners while jumping. Knocking down a fence incurs 10 penalties: the first refusal costs 15 penalties, the second 20 and the third disqualification. A complete turn in the front of the fence counts as a refusal. A fall of horse or rider incurs 20 penalties. In the jumping phase judges expect the ponies to jump the course fluently and smoothly, neither going right into the bottom of the fences, nor standing too far off. As manners are taken into account, pulling, jibbing or a disobedience of any kind will be penalised.

The second phase is judged as a Show Hunter class but with definite points allotted. Conformation and freedom of action carry a maximum of 30 marks and manners 10 marks. Included in the second round are at least all ponies which have jumped a clear round or had only 10 faults plus whatever others the judges chooses to include apart from those eliminated in the first phase. Competitors are not permitted to change saddlery between the first and second phases. It is not necessary to use a jumping saddle, in fact some judges believe they cover up too much of the shoulder and neck to make a proper assessment, so the type of saddle that is acceptable for Show Hunter classes will suffice. A standing martingale can be used.

Example of Working Hunter Fences