Judging Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation

A Comprehensive Guide for Exhibitors and Judges
Fourth Edition

Anna Jane White-Mullin



Your key to success in the hunter and equitation ring, from one of the sport’s classic judges and competitors, completely revised for today's rider.

Revised and updated with the most current USEF rules and tests, Judging Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation by Maclay winner and former "R" judge Anna Jane White-Mullin is the world’s favorite book on how to judge hunter show competitions, and understand exactly how they are judged. This must-have resource gives anyone competing in or judging hunter or equitation classes the edge, with professionally reviewed and approved sections that examine:

  • Conformation: structural composition; physical defects versus blemishes.
  • Hunters Under Saddle and Over Fences: length of stride, frame, and straightness; rhythm, transitions, impulsion, and bending; locomotion and form faults; honest and dishonest horses.
  • Equitation on the Flat and Over Fences: rider position; cadence, collection, and lengthening; approaching fences and in the air; USEF tests.

Written with both the aspiring judge and the avid competitor in mind, the book offers invaluable explanations of what judges look for as well as the training methods necessary to accomplish the desired results. More than 100 color photographs with top equestrians in the tack demonstrate correct and incorrect positions in both horses and riders, sharpening the reader's eyes while also providing an unparalleled foundation of knowledge that makes self-correction in the saddle possible. In addition, readers will find a primer on both understanding and completing the Judge's Card, with explanations of numerical scoring, terminology, abbreviations, symbols, comments, and general impressions. This remarkably complete two-in-one reference can be the difference in your success, whether in the ring or in the judge’s box.

Additional Information

Author: Anna Jane White-Mullin

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 176

Illustrations: 160 color photos & 58 diagrams

ISBN: 9781646011162

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.

Equitation Trainer Frank Madden Says:

"A valuable tool in the development of young horsemen today. The sport owes a great deal to Anna Jane for her contribution to our knowledge and understanding."