Dispatches from the H/J show

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I’ve been in Oklahoma City since Tuesday at the GO Hunter/Jumper Show with the tack trailer. Shows with the trailer are generally fairly boring- after getting everything set up for the day, I sit and wait for customers. At H/J shows, they trickle in throughout the day between classes. All the waiting means prime people watching, so when I’m not reading, that’s what I’m doing.

Stray observations

  • There’s so much longeing! Small children, grooms, trainers, riders- everyone longes indiscriminately! Some horses plod around the circle looking like they’re half-asleep, but I’ve seen a few wild buckers.
  • Every kid in the place seems to have a scooter, or a bike, or both. They whiz around at top speed; some kids last night were weaving in and out of my display until I gave them an ugly look.
  • Oklahoma City is just about the ugliest place I’ve ever been.
  • Hearing teenagers talk about their custom Samshield helmets while trying on GPAs never fails to make me feel poor.
  • A teen who looked like she was sucking on a lemon got super excited about some black glitter spur straps. She said, “I’m buying these! My trainer will hate them, but I don’t care, because I’m a jumper! I can wear crazy stuff now!” I told her I was an eventer, and she gave me a disgusted look and said, “Oh, that’s why everything in your trailer is so wild.” (For the record, we have black and navy coats, tan breeches, and mostly white show shirts…)
  • What’s up with kids in jods wearing shadbelly coats? Do they have some kind of miniature hunter derby?
  • Is longeing in double side reins a thing now?
  • Hunter readers, are you guys wearing black coats? Navy coats? Is anyone wearing colored shirts any more?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

13 thoughts on “Dispatches from the H/J show”

  1. I think I have a friend heading there this weekend!
    They may have a pony derby there, but the kids will also wear shadbelly’s for a classic.
    I’ve never seen double side reins! But people are crazy.
    I wear mostly black and navy coats. Hunter green is having a moment again though too. I just ordered a new green coat. (oops.) And not much on the colored shirts these days. I see them trying to come back with fancy new retailers like La Fash, but I don’t think it’s really happening. I’ve kept my colored shirts in the closet though… they’ll probably be back eventually.


    1. Little kids in jods and shads look very, very silly. But maybe that’s because I’m just used to seeing them on adults riding dressage?

      I saw someone in a hunter green coat- we have some ANCIENT ones at the store that I’ll have to load up on when I go home on Monday. 😉

      I kind of hope colored shirts make a comeback…

  2. DOUBLE side reins? What even in the what now? Also, what is the point of longeing a half-dead horse if you’re going to let it stumble around? Wake the damn thing up!

    Ah, hunters.

    1. I did a double take when I saw the double side reins! And my least favorite is when the half-dead horse is chased around by someone flapping a plastic bag at it to get it to go faster. *sigh*

  3. I’m a hunter and I have a blue and purple shirt to go with my brown jacket. I figure my horse is a boring color, so I get to be fun. 🙂 As for pony derbys/classic, dear load watch out for the drama!

  4. I watched the hunters at an A show around here last weekend and it was mostly navy and black jackets, and everyone had a white shirt. Which makes me sad because I used to love all my color combos and had so many shirts and jackets when I did the hunters. I also wore a shad with jodphurs on my pony way back when for M&S classics. So it’s probably for classics or for a pony derby. I kind of think it’s adorable. I do not miss all the lunging though….

  5. I have a pink show shirt and grey jacket I will wear when I return to hunter land. I wore a goddamned AQUA show shirt for dressage, color ain’t stoppin me!

  6. Ahhhh! In my show days, SO long ago, it was navy coat/white shirt! I finally have another horse that might make it to a show someday, I wanna wear a colored shirt!!!!

  7. I love the classic look of a navy coat + white shirt, not gonna lie. Colors are cute if you’re under the age of like 12, but I don’t think I could bring myself to do it.

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