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Hunter Over Fences

Hunter Over Fences

A. Hunter Over Fences may be run at a separate location and
concurrently with other classes. The Show Committee or
judge may designate a qualified person(s) over the age of
18 to judge the jumping classes. Judges cards MUST be
signed by the person judging the class. Two judges are
required for jumping at a Pony Rama.
B. Fence Heights
1. 9 & Under, Minimum 12” – Maximum 18”
(cross rails encouraged)
2. 10‐13 and 13 & Under, Minimum 18” – Maximum
24”
3. 14‐18 and 18 & Under, Minimum 24” – Maximum
30”. Jump heights to be measured at the center of
the jumps. Spreads shall not be greater than the
height for that age group.
C. Course Diagrams
1. Course diagrams shall be posted at least one hour
before scheduled time of classes. The diagram or
plan of the course must show the obstacles, which
must be taken in the order indicated by numbers.
Apart from the order and direction, the rider is not
bound to follow a certain track, except as in Rule
120.M. An arrow is used on the diagram to indicate
the direction in which each obstacle is to be taken.
No lines should be added by the Show Committee
showing a track to be taken.
D. Types of Obstacles
1. Obstacles must simulate those found in the hunting
field such as natural post and rail, brush, stone wall,
white board fence or gate, chicken coop, hedge,
oxer, etc. Obstacles should be minimum of 48’ apart.
2. Chicken coops hinged at the top and free at the
bottom, triple bars and hogs back, striped rails,
targets and spreads over 2’6” and square oxers are
prohibited.
3. Every course must have a minimum of eight
obstacles of four different types. All obstacles should
be 12’ in length and have wings or pole wings. One
change of direction should be included in the course.
Striped rails are discouraged.
4. The course should include one spread obstacle. In
spread obstacles the back element should be a
minimum of 3” higher than the front element and
not more than 6”. A ground line is required for the
take‐off side of each obstacle to be jumped.
5. The top element of all obstacles must be securely
placed so a slight rub will not cause a knockdown.
6. A ground line should be placed on each side from
which the obstacle is to be jumped.
E. Judging
1. All classes must be judged 60% on performance and
manners; 30% on type, conformation, quality and
substance; and 10% on appointments.
a. Judges must penalize unsafe jumping and bad
form over fences, whether touched or
untouched.
b. Circling once upon entering the ring (courtesy
circle) is permissible. The exit circle shall be
made once and shall begin with a canter, slow
to a jog and exit walking.
c. Upon completion of the course and prior to
leaving the arena, each pony competing for an
award shall trot a circle in front of the judge(s)
for soundness.
d. In cases of broken equipment, the competitor
may either continue without penalty or stop
and correct the difficulty, in which case he will
be penalized 3 faults. If a pony throws a shoe,
the rider may either continue without penalty
or voluntarily withdraw.
e. EXTREME SPEED SHALL BE PENALIZED.
F. Quality, substance and soundness. Judges must penalize
but not necessarily eliminate ponies with structural faults,
defects and blemishes (such as pin firing) in areas which
might impair their activity and durability.
G. Performance. An even hunting (cantering) pace, manners,
jumping style and way of moving over the course as well as
when being jogged for soundness. Manners and suitability
of pony for rider to be emphasized.
H. Disobediences. The following faults are scored according
to the judge’s discretion and depending on severity, may
be considered minor or major faults.
Faults
‐ Light touches or rubs against a jump
‐ Showing an obstacle to a pony
‐ Missing a lead change
‐ Switching leads
‐ Kicking out
‐ Spooking or shying
‐ Pinning ears or wringing tail
‐ Jumping out of form
‐ Not straight or in center of fence
‐ Poor presentation of pony or rider
‐ Knockdown of any part of an obstacle
‐ Refusals
‐ Trotting while on course when it is not specified
‐ Bucking
‐ Stopping for loss of shoe or broken equipment
‐ Circling and or pulling up at jump shall be considered a
refusal
‐ Dangerous jumping
Elimination
‐ 3 refusals
‐ Off course
‐ Jumping a fence before it is reset
‐ Jumping obstacles not included in the course
‐ Bolting from the ring
‐ Fall of pony or rider (see Rule 122 N).
‐ Failure to wear approved protective headgear or failure to
have headgear securely fastened under chin.
‐ Disqualifications as listed in Rule 102.

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