What is hunter jumping?

There are two basic divisions of over-fence classes at horse shows. Hunters must clear the fences with correct form, at steady pace, with correct lead changes and obedience to the rider's commands.

Jumpers is a timed event. Horse and rider have to negotiate a series of jumps, usually higher than in the Hunter dividsion. They have a time limit, taking too much time to finsh the course and fault points are added. If they finish the course too fast, more fault points. Unlike Hunters, Jumpers don't have to be picture perfect. No points are added for a 'rub' or banging a pole. Faults are added if the pole comes down. The point is to get around the course with the fewest faults and the best time.