Equitation is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship. More specifically, equitation may refer to a rider's position while mounted, and encompass a rider's ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated.. Judging criteria covers the rider's performance and control of the horse, use of riding aids, proper attire, correct form, and usually factor in rider poise and the cleanliness and polish of horse, rider and equipment. The performance of the horse is not judged per se, but a poorly performing horse is considered to reflect the ability of the rider. A good equitation rider is always in balance with the horse, maintains a correct position in every gait, movement, or over a fence, and possesses a commanding, but relaxed, presence, able to direct the horse with nearly invisible aids.
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Hogany Tops Farm is an established hunter jumper barn relocated in 2003 from Atlanta, Georgia to Aubrey, Texas. We offer full care training and boarding and host a large riding lesson and summer camp program. Hogany Tops Farm offers something for everyone, specializing in the training of young, green horses; reconditioning horses with a problem to get them back to the top; and in the teaching of equitation (the basic skills of all disciplines of riding, at all levels), hunter, and jumpers. Hogany Tops Farm's training program helps each horse and rider achieve their full potential. Hogany Tops Farm students, horses and ponies, that have the aspiration to compete, do so successfully at numerous horse shows throughout the year, both locally and nationally sanctioned. Hogany Tops Farm is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, USHJA, Texas Hunter Jumper Association, and the North Texas Hunter Jumper Club. Show horses with Hogany Tops Farm have qualified for the indoor circuit almost every year. Jo Beard, owner and trainer, has been involved in many disciplines of the horse world since childhood. As a professional, she has been actively involved in the fox hunting, steeplechase, breeding, and hunter jumper arenas. She began Hogany Tops Farm just outside of Atlanta, Georgia over 25 years ago. Jo sells a large number of horses and ponies all over the United States.
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HUNTERS AND JUMPERS Hunt seat is a style of forward seat riding commonly found in North American horse shows. Along with Dressage, it is one of the two classic forms of English riding. The Hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting. Hunt seat competition in North America includes both flat and over fences for show hunters, which judge the horse's movement and form, and equitation classes, which judge the rider's ability both on the flat and over fences. The term hunt seat may also refer to any form of forward seat riding, including the kind seen in show jumping and eventing. Hunt seat is a popular form of riding in the United States, recognized by the USHJA (United States Hunter/Jumper Association) and the United States Equestrian Federation, and in Canada. While hunt seat showing per se is not an Olympic discipline, many show jumping competitors began by riding in hunter and equitation classes before moving into the jumper divisions.
People unfamiliar with horse shows may be confused by the difference between hunter classes and jumper classes. Hunters are judged subjectively on the degree to which they meet an ideal standard of manners, style, and way of going. Conversely, jumper classes are scored objectively, based entirely on a numerical score determined only by whether the horse attempts the obstacle, clears it, and finishes the course in the allotted time. Jumper courses often are colorful, and at times, quite creatively designed. Jumper courses tend to be much more complex and technical than hunter courses, because riders and horses are not being judged on style. Hunters have meticulous turnout and tend toward very quiet, conservative horse tack and rider attire. Hunter bits, bridles, crops, spurs, and martingales are tightly regulated. Jumpers, while caring for their horses and grooming them well, are not scored on turnout, are allowed a wider range of equipment, and riders may wear less conservative attire, so long as it stays within the rules. Formal turnout always is preferred; however, a neat rider gives a good impression at shows. In addition to hunters and jumpers, there are equitation classes, sometimes called hunt seat equitation, which judges the ability of the rider. The equipment, clothing, and fence styles used in equitation more closely resemble hunter classes, although the technical difficulty of the courses may more closely resemble jumping events.