Hunters Do It For Show. Jumpers Do It For Dough!

by Katherine Wade-Easley October 4, 2011 in Member Article

If you’ve been to an “A” circuit horse show lately, you may have noticed a new phenomenon; large audiences surrounding the hunter ring. Hunters, not known for their spectator draw, have found a new niche – the Hunter Derbies, and, with exciting option jumps, beautiful fields to ride in and a lot of money to win, not only are some of our best hunters showing up to ride, they are performing in front of ever increasing audiences. So what happened to the jumper ring in our area? The classes known for excitement and drama are being out shown by their quieter cousin. So how do we put the splash back into the jumper rings?

Morgan Carr, the WSHJA Jumper rep and Owner of Encanto Valley Farms, in Auburn, WA pointed to the largest necessity in our jumper rings – sponsors. If we want to encourage an audience to come watch, we need to have something to show off, and the most exciting thing to show off is fantastic horses and riders competing over tough courses. In order to get those horses and riders, we need an incentive, and that incentive is money. However, in order to be able to put up cash that is competitive with the larger venues close by, we can’t rely solely on our local barns for sponsorship; we need to reach out to the surrounding community and shop our sport out to more sponsors. More...