Hunters are judged on performance and soundness. Judges are looking for great jumping style, quality of both looks and movement, as well as willingness, manners, and suitability of horse and rider. The round over fences itself should be judged on evenness of pace, as well as consistency of distances. In over fences classes hunters are judged over fences that simulate fences found in the hunt field such as coops, walls, gates, etc. Some hunter classes over fences are what we call Handy Hunter classes. These classes emphasize tight turns, creative approaches, brilliance and pace. Hunters are also shown on the flat. These classes are called under saddle classes and are judged both directions at the walk, trot, canter, and sometimes the hand gallop. Movement, manners, and quality are judged at all gaits.

In Jumper competitions the combination of horse and rider is tested under various conditions over a course of obstacles. It is intended to demonstrate the horse’s freedom, energy, skill, accuracy, speed and obedience in jumping as well as the rider’s horsemanship. The competitor incurs penalties for exceeding the time allowed, for knocking down rails and/or refusing to jump an obstacle. The winner is the competitor who finished with the least number of penalties and fastest time.

Competitor Membership Requirements

OEF Membership Equine Canada
Sport License
Ontario Hunter/Jumper Association Membership
Trillium Hunter/Jumper Association Membership Passport
Equestrian Skills Development
Bronze Bronze
Silver Silver
Gold Gold
Platinum Platinum

Competition Rules

Equine Canada Rules – Section A General Regulations (Download)
Equine Canada Rules – Section G Hunter, Jumper, Equitation and Hack (Download)


Ontario Hunter/Jumper Association (OHJA)
Trillium Hunter/Jumper Association (THJA)
Jump Canada