A “show hunter” is a hunter horse which is shown only on the flat - either in hand or under saddle.

A show hunter horse is not required to demonstrate an ability to jump, however, he should nonetheless prove himself to be a versatile horse, which is well conformed and has the ability to carry weight for extended periods of time on the hunt field.

Show hunters are judged on type, manners and style. Whilst an attractive horse is desirable, a plain horse which is of true hunter type should always win over a horse of obvious hack type.

Both riders and horses should be neatly turned out to a standard which would be expected in any show ring, however, equipment must be workmanlike. For example, ribboned browbands, lapel pins, white girths and/or excessive make up are not acceptable in the hunter ring.