Hunt Seat EquitationA. General. Rider should have a workmanlike appearance,
seat and hands light and supple, conveying the impression
of complete control should any emergency arise.
B. Hand Position. Hands should be over and in front of pony’s
withers, knuckles 30 degrees inside the vertical, hands
slightly apart and making a straight line from the pony’s
mouth to the rider’s elbow. The method of holding reins is
optional and the bight of the reins may fall on either side.
However, all reins must be picked up at the same time.
C. Basic Position. The eyes should be up and shoulders back.
Toes should be at an angle best suited to rider’s
conformation: ankles flexed in, heels down, calf of leg in
contact with pony and slightly behind girth. Iron should be
on the ball of the foot and must not be tied to the girth.
D. Position in Motion. At the walk, the body should be
vertical; sitting trot and canter, body slightly in front of the
vertical; posting trot, inclined forward 20 degrees; hand
galloping and jumping, inclination should be 30 degrees,
with only the legs in contact with the saddle (two‐point
E. Mounting and Dismounting. To mount, take up reins in
left hand and place hand on withers. Grasp stirrup leather
with right hand and insert left foot in stirrup, toe in girth
and mount. To dismount, rider may either step down or
slide down. The size of the rider must be taken into
F. Class Routine. At the option of the judge, exhibitors may
be asked to work patterns individually, and then the judge
may recall either all of the exhibitors or only the finalists
for rail work.
G. Additional Tests. Tests may be performed either
collectively or individually. Instructions must be publicly
announced. All exhibitors in the age division of 13 & Under
or 18 & Under shall run the same pattern posted for that
9 & Under Hunt Seat Equitation may use only tests 1 and 3.
1. Halt (4 to 6 seconds) and/or back.
2. Hand gallop with or without a halt.
3. Figure 8 at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals.
At left diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle
when left front leg is on the ground; at right
diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when
right front leg is on the ground; when circling
clockwise at a trot, rider should be on left diagonal;
when circling counterclockwise, rider should be on
the right diagonal.
4. Figure 8 at canter on correct lead, demonstrating
simple change of lead. (This is a change whereby the
pony is brought back into a walk or trot and
restarted into a canter on the opposite lead.) Figures
to be commenced in the center of two circles so that
one change of lead is shown.
5. Ride without stirrups (dropped irons should be
crossed over front of saddle), or drop and pick up
6. Dismount and mount individually.
7. Figure 8 at canter on the correct lead demonstrating
flying change of lead.
8. Execute a serpentine at a trot on the correct
diagonal and/or canter on the correct lead
demonstrating simple or flying changes of lead. (A
series of left and right half circles off the center of
9. Change leads on a line demonstrating a simple or
flying change of lead.
H. 9 & Under Hunt Seat Equitation is walk‐trot only. If the
Show Committee desires the canter, it must be specified in
advance on the entry form and show bill.