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SMHJA (Southwest Missouri Hunter Jumper Association) was established as a non-profit organization in 1978 to promote the training and showing of hunters and jumpers in the Ozarks. SMHJA is based in Springfield, MO and encompasses the outlying areas. Since its conception, the SMHJA membership has increased greatly, as has the enthusiasm and participation in hunter/jumper competitions and clinics.
What is a Hunter/Jumper?
A HUNTER is a horse of any breed who jumps a series of obstacles, called a course, and is judged on his way of moving and his form over the fences. The jumps found on a hunter course simulate natural obstacles that are encountered while out fox-hunting.The hunter must have a long, ground covering stride, jump smoothly and neatly, and have a temperament that enables him to be manageable, quiet, and tractable as he performs.
A JUMPER is a horse of any breed who is judged strictly on the height of the obstacles he has jumped and the speed it has taken him to complete the course. The jumper course is constructed of a number of brightly colored fences and tight turns. The jumper must be athletic, attentive, and adjustable to the rider as well as agile and quick.