A “Working Hunter” is a hunter horse, over the age of four years, who, in addition to the qualities of a show hunter described above, has the ability to negotiate a jumping course of natural fences.

There are three phases involved in a Working Hunter Class.

Jumping Phase
A Working Hunter Class will comprise first of a Jumping Phase, which should include a minimum of 2 natural fences.
* 50% of the total marks for a Working Hunter Class will be awarded to the Jumping Phase.

Flatwork Phase
The second phase of a Working Hunter class is a work out on the flat, which should be similar to the workout asked in a Show Hunter Class.
* 30% of the total marks for a Working Hunter Class will be awarded to the Flatwork phase.

Conformation Phase
The final phase of a Working Hunter class is the Conformation phase, in which horses will be assessed on their conformation. It may be necessary for the horse to be stripped of its saddle for a judge to award an accurate conformation mark.
* 20% of the total marks of the class will be awarded to the Conformation phase.

 

(photo credit Allira Fontana Photography)

Click on the following links for information on Working Hunter Horses.

Judges and Competitors Guide to the Working Hunter
Working Hunter Scorecard