Handy Rounds

QUESTION: Handy classes – Describe a round with a high mark for handiness. What attributes make a good handy hunter?

Handy hunter over fences classes are often part divisions of rated sections at horse shows and a component of hunter derbies. Obstacles in a handy hunter round often simulate those found in hunting country. The course can include a hand gallop to a jump, rollback turns, a fence at the end (width) of the arena, trotting an obstacle or even opening a gate while mounted. Judges place emphasis on promptness, tight turns. Handiness is defined as time and ground saving movement without adversely affecting performance or style.

The judges explain their objectives when judging a handy hunter class.

Judges’ Answers to this question:

Pat Boyle:

Steve Wall:

Leo Conroy:

Sue Ashe:

Mike Rosser:

Jumping Clinic: