Complete Guide to Hunter Seat Training, Showing, and Judging

On the Flat and Over Fences

Anna Jane White-Mullin



The USEF and USPC have both listed this title as recommended reading.

Never before has such a complete text on the American hunt seat and equitation disciplines been compiled! Based on Anna Jane White-Mullin’s now out–of–print bestseller Winning and chock full of gorgeous, full–color photographs taken at Beacon Hill Show Stables owned by Stacia Madden, The Complete Guide to Hunter Seat Training, Showing, and Judging provides every aspiring equestrian the means for achieving greatness in the show ring.

Beginning with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of horsemanship—recently re–emphasized as compulsory by such luminaries of the sport as George Morris— and progressing through essential schooling exercises in the development of the hunter or equitation mount, as well as advanced concepts applicable to upper–level competition, Part One lays the amateur’s riding and training foundation.

You’ll find:

  • Discussion of collection and lengthening—long, medium, and short frames.
  • Flatwork for improving the basic gaits—cadence, pace, and transitions.
  • Training and showing tips for USEF Tests 1–19—patterns and how to prepare for them.
  • Introduction to hunter and equitation jump courses—basic, intermediate, and advanced.

As an added bonus, the education of the rider is made complete with the inclusion of White–Mullin’s famous text on judging hunters and equitation. Offering a complete discussion of the USEF rules, requirements, and tests, the second part of the book explains what judges look for and the training methods necessary to achieve the desired results.

Additional Information

Author: Anna Jane White-Mullin

Format: eBook

Page Count: 384

Illustrations: 288 color photos and diagrams

ISBN: 9781570765636

By Anna Jane White-Mullin

Anna Jane White-Mullin started riding in Atlanta, Georgia, when she was five years old. At age thirteen, she began competing in large horse shows on the East Coast, winning the junior hunter and equitation championships at many noteworthy shows, including Ox Ridge, Fairfield, North Shore, Piping Rock, Harrisburg, Washington, Madison Square Garden, and the Florida Circuit shows. In 1971, she won the Alfred B. Maclay Finals on her horse, Rivet, and was awarded a gold medal for winning twenty USEF Talent Search classes. Her instructors include the equestrian luminaries Gordon Wright, George Morris, Ronnie Mutch, and Bertalan de Nemethy.

After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Ms. White-Mullin pursued a career in broadcasting, but kept her equestrian ties through teaching, judging, and writing. In 1984, her first book, Judging Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation, became a best-selling equestrian work. Endorsed by the USEF, Judging Hunters is now in its fourth edition. Ms. White-Mullin is also the author of two other books: Winning: A Training and Showing Guide for Hunter Seat Riders and The Complete Guide to Hunter Seat Training, Showing and Judging, which was recently listed as recommended reading by both the USEF and United States Pony Clubs.

A “Big R” judge for thirty years, she has served as a panelist for the USEF Judges’ Clinic program, and her PowerPoint presentation is part of the permanent instructional files for the USEF. Currently, Ms. White-Mullin resides in Gadsden, AL. She gives riding clinics and lectures at private barns and educational institutions throughout the United States.

The Chronicle of the Horse Says:

“Were I still teaching I would gift wrap a copy for every parent before his or her child’s first competition.... A great guide for anyone with an interest in the hunters or equitation.”

The Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar Says:

“Covers a great number of topics which will help riders both in the schooling ring and in the show ring.”