The Hunter Jumper judges don't care how high you jump, or how fast you do it. You and the horse just have to look good in the process.
Beautiful sunny day today, it only got up into the 60s, but the humidity was low enough to make 60° perfectly comfortable.
The better weather caused me to watch the Hunter Jumpers compete. It's kind of a mystery to me why people get involved with the whole Hunter Jumper competition, and the first thing I don't understand is, I know men do this, but I've never seen a man at these competitions. Of course, they could be separate; maybe there's men's competition and women's competition, but for whatever reason, I've never seen men in person doing this.
I read on the Internet about how this contest is scored because it seemed odd that the jumps are so low that a horse could step over them, so that can't be used for scoring. They don't appear to be in a hurry, so speed doesn't seem to matter. So from what I could tell... It's all about looks.
The judge is watching how the horse moves; are his feet in the right position as they're walking and jumping, is the horse going at the proper speed? And visual things like that. And the same for the rider. Are they in the appropriate position? Are they doing the right thing? Are they dressed properly? Does the judge like their attitude?!!
You and the horse start with a certain number of points, and as you go around the course, the judge is taking points away for everything you do that doesn't look right... Including you and the horse's attitude.
As a spectator, I think the judge should consider my attitude after watching this for a couple of hours.
It sounds like there's a lot of subjective scoring going on here, and subjective scoring can and does lead to problems. It seems to me this competition would be a lot more interesting if you combined barrel racing with jumping, so you had the speed of barrel racing, but instead of barrels, you had five or six jumps they had to go over, and the first one to the finish line wins... Wait a minute, that's steeplechase, and they're already doing that.... Nevermind.
I like to see Arab horses, there pretty to look at, but horse people tell me their hard to deal with.
This rather small lady looks a little long in the tooth to be riding a horse. I guess riding is not so hard, but at her age falling off might be a life-changing experience.
This is a professional horse photographer, I see her at all the horse shows at the Pima County Fairgrounds.
It's an Arab horse again, their small face gives them away.
All the riders dress the same, it's the law. I don't know how they ever got females to join a sport where everybody has to dress exactly the same all the time