These are the graceful and elegant horses of the horse show. The tradition of hunters comes from fox hunting. These horses are judged on their style of jump, ability to jump, manners and evenness of pace. The horse and rider must exhibit these qualities on the course, over jumps, between jumps, and through the turns.
Hunters are judged on their style and athletic ability to jump a course of obstacles in a safe and careful manner. A hunter type horse can be of any breed, but generally exemplifies the correct conformation or body type for that breed. (see Guide to Show Jumpers and Hunters for more information)