Jumping canter for Judging




This class is the beginning of the over-fences classes. The purpose is to give horses an opportunity to show their expertise over low fences and on the flat.

The horse should move in the same style as a working hunter.


The class will be judged on these criteria:

  • Even hunting pace
  • Manners
  • Way of going
  • Jumping style

The class has two components:

  • Fence work, which represents 70% of the score (scored the same as working hunter)
  • Rail work, which represents 30% of the score
    • Horses are shown at the rail at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring with light contact (as mentioned in AQHA 2014 Rulebook).


  • Fence height is between 2 and 3 feet
  • Two fences set either 36, 48, or 60 feet apart (increments of 12 feet), but no shorter than 36 feet
  • There must be 3 to 5 strides between fencesĀ Hunter Hack Pattern


  • Scored on a basis of 0 to 100
  • Credited for:
    • Even strides to the fence and on the rail
    • Even cadence
    • Attentive look
    • Soft in the bridle
    • Quality shape over the fences
    • Easy way of going


  • Being on the wrong lead and/or diagonal at the trot
  • Excessive speed or slowness
  • Breaking gait
  • Failure to take gait when called
  • Head carried too low or too high
  • Nosing out or flexing behind the vertical
  • Opening mouth excessively
  • Stumbling


  • Penalties can range from Ā½, 1, 2, 3, 5, to 10-30 points
  • The most severe result from:
    • Hanging one leg down
    • Use of whip
    • Trading leads (after corner and more than two strides out)
    • Leaving off one leg
    • Trotting on course
    • Failure to obtain lead through corners and end
    • Refusal
    • Bucking


Jumping example for Judging






  • A total of three disobediences which can include:
    • refusal
    • stop
    • run out
    • extra circle
  • Jumping an obstacle before it is reset
  • Bolting from the arena
  • Off course
  • Deliberately addressing an obstacle