It should be no shock to ya’ll that I think us hunter/jumper folks tend to get a bit of a bad rep. I use the term “hunter princess” in this blog pretty tongue in cheek, because the good hunter/jumper riders I know are far from princesses. They work hard, and they take excellent care of their horses.
Something I’ve heard before from riders who show in other disciplines is that hunter/jumper riders never get out of the ring or that a hunter show horse could never be a field hunter. While I know there are exceptions, most h/j riders I know looooooooove to get out of the ring and hack in the field.
Just because we don’t gallop around cross country as part of our discipline, doesn’t mean our horses are fire breathing monsters who can’t go on a trail ride 🙂 In fact, the reason I thought to write this post in the first place is from all the WEF pictures I’m seeing on Instagram. I’ve blogged before about Grand Prix Village and the bridlepaths throughout Wellington, and lately I see so many “ear pictures” of people trail riding to and from the horse show.
Tons of people warm up/cool down to and from the show or use the bridlepaths as a trail ride for their daily hack. With bikes, golf carts, and tons of activity… how is that much different than trail riding? Sure there are no massive cliffs or rocky paths, but you can’t deny this is very “out of the ring”.
Where do you fall in this argument?