Each month during the summer Justamere has a horse show! Justamere lesson students are encouraged to participate in our shows, which also include riders from other barns who “haul-in” for the weekend to be in the show.
Our first show of the season is our Welcome Spring Show, traditionally held in May. The last show of the year is our Halloween Fun Show, held in October. In the summer months, we offer the Hunter/Jumper/Dressage Association (HJDA) series of shows.
Our HJDA shows are a series of four shows that combine both the Hunter/Jumper discipline, as well as Dressage. As in the spring show, lesson students will compete against other Justamere riders, as well as riders from outside barns. Riders compete in their division(s) to earn points towards our Year-End Championships, which are awarded at the last HJDA show of the season.
The divisions are organized according to skill level and/or age of the
rider and/or horse, and riders can qualify for more than one division:
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Equitation divisions: This division is based on the skill level of the rider: either beginner, intermediate or advanced. Equitation is a division judged on the ability and style of the rider, their “equitation”. A rider can enter both an over fences equitation class and on the flat equitation class in this division. In the over fences equitation class, each rider will individually ride a jump course of 6-8 jumps, ranging in height of low verticals and cross-rails for beginner riders, up to a height of 2’9” for the advanced equitation riders. In the flat class, riders walk/trot/canter in both directions as a group.
Junior, Beginner, Open and Green Hunter divisions : Hunter divisions originated from the hunt field, and many of the rules and judging criteria are based on the tradition of fox hunting. As a result, both the horse and rider are judged individually and as a team in the ring. Horses are judged on hunting pace, movement, style of jumping, and manners. Riders are judged on their position, ability to communicate and control their mount with invisible aids, and ability to execute the course. A rider can enter both an over fences class and a flat class in this division. In the over fences class, each rider will individually ride a jump course of 6-8 jumps, ranging in height of low verticals and x-rails for Beginner and Green hunters, up to a height of 2’6” for Junior and Open hunters. Also included in this division is the Hunter Hack class, which is a combination of both a jumping and a flat class. Riders walk/trot/canter in both directions as a group and then line up to individually complete 2 jumps (or vice-versa, depending on the judge)
Walk/Trot division: As the name implies, riders in this division will only walk/trot, no cantering or jumping. There are multiple classes offered in this division:
Introductory and Training Level Dressage Divisions : The actual word "dressage" is French and evolved from the verb dresseur meaning to train. Dressage is a discipline, or type of riding. Many liken it to horse “ballet”. In a dressage, horse and rider are judged on how well they can perform a series of movements, which is called a Test, and these Tests are the same throughout the world. When watching an Olympic rider and horse perform a Grand Prix test (the highest level and a simply beautiful sight to behold), know that they started out by riding the Introductory/Training level tests our students ride in the shows.
Year End Awards : Riders earn points based on how they place in their classes at the HJDA shows. 1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 8 points and so on. At the end of the season, we award Champion and Reserve Champion in each of the above divisions. The most important thing to remember about year-end championships: a rider must ride in 3 of the 4 HJDA shows and must be entered in the last show, typically in late August, to qualify for year-end championships. We keep track of a rider’s points during the season and post those points on our website: www.justamere.info. We have an awards ceremony at the last show, handing out prizes and ribbons to our champion and reserve champions, it really is quite exciting!
Show BasicsShowing for the first time can be exciting, but also nerve wracking, especially if you’re new to the sport. Never fear, it’s not as confusing as it seems and we’ll guide you through. You’ll soon come to find that horse show days are the best! With that in mind, here are some showing basics:
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