Eight Judges Ensure The Best Hunter Wins At The AHJF Hunter Classic
the American Hunter Jumper Foundation created its now annual Hunter
Classic its directors wanted to experiment with a different type
of judging system. So, they increased the traditional number of
judges who judge the class and teamed them together in pairs of
two. In 2000 there were six judges. In 2001 that was increased to
eight judges, which is a tradition that continues on into this years
judges are positioned on all sides of the arena because the view
of a horses performance may differ when seen from different
locations in the ring. What one judge can see another may not be
able to see because of the angle and how far the fence is from the
judge. By positioning judges around the arena it ensures that nothing
will be missed and the best hunter of the day wins the class.
2003 Hunter Classic will be judged by Ann Braswell, Robert Braswell,
Karen Healey, Randy Henry, Mark Jungherr, Randy Mullens, Tammy Provost,
and Steve Wall. The course will be designed by Michael Rheinheimer.
The eight judges are looking for style and a horse which can carry
a rider smoothly, comfortably and safely over a course of natural
style jumps. The horses should be both elegant and agile as they
negotiate obstacles similar to those encountered on a foxhunt.
team of judges presents a single numerical score (0-100) and the
four scores are averaged for a single round score. After the second
round, the two scores are averaged for a final two round score.
Roughly, twenty-five horses compete in the first round and the top
eight highest performers come back for a second round. The height
of the fences varies from 36 to 4. The winner
of the class is the horse with the highest two-round score.
AHJF was formed in 1992 out of the need for support of show hunter
riders. It is a member-supported non-profit organization. The AHJF
began the idea of offering big money Hunter Classics
and a National Championships, which culminates each year at the
Capital Challenge Horse Show in early October. At all of their events
they make an effort to educate the audience about Hunters. Show
Hunters are judged on style. They should look as if they could carry
a rider smoothly, comfortably and safely over a hunt course. They
are both elegant and agile as they negotiate obstacles similar to
those encountered on a foxhunt.
AHJF supports its own by offering a Retired Equine Placement Resource,
an Emergency Relief Fund, Educational and Member Programs, Industry
Seminars and Forums and a Business Support Association for its members.
a membership organization, the dues go towards all of the above,
but in the end it is fundraisers like the Hunter Classic, which
raises the funds, allowing the AHJF to provide the hunter industry
with the support and rewards it deserves.
2003 AHJF Hunter Classic is Saturday, February 15, 2003, at 7:30
pm. For information about purchasing tables for the fundraising
dinner call the Winter Equestrian Festival Special Event Office
at 561-753-3389. For information about the Hunter Classic contact
the AHJF at 335 Lancaster Street, West Boylston, MA 01583-0369,
call 508-835-8813, fax 508-835-6124 or email AHJF@aol.com.
For point standings: http://www.ryegate.com/AHJF/2002/stand/standing.htm.
Winter Equestrian Festival Results and informations go to www.stadiumjumping.com.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Gold Coast Classic - January 29 - February 2
Wellington Dressage January 30 February 2
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale February 5 9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13