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
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.
Our shows offer a wide range of classes for:
- Ponies (14.2 hands and under).
- Flat classes (to be judged at the walk, trot and
- Over fences classes (fence heights start at 18" for
and can go to 3'3" for more experienced riders)
classes through more advanced levels, adults and children will find a
division that suits them best.