Watch hunter trainer and judge Danny Robertshaw analyze mistakes and how they happen, from the point of view of both rider and judge.

About This Video

USEF “R” licensed judge Danny Robertshaw says that what the judge watches and what the rider fears will happen are often the same thing, and mistakes happen to every rider at some point. In this video, Robertshaw has compiled some examples of errors from hunter competitions, analyzing them and what they mean for scoring.

Key Principles:

  • Entrance mistakes
  • Jumping mistakes
  • Swapping leads and lead changes
  • Refusals
  • Between the fences

For more about hunters and hunter seat equitation, please visit the United States Hunter Jumper Association and US Equestrian’s hunter and hunter/jumping seat equitation pages.

About The Expert

Danny Robertshaw
Danny Robertshaw
Hunter Seat Trainer and Judge

Danny Robertshaw is a United States Equestrian Federation “R” licensed judge and serves as a committee member for both US Equestrian and the United States Hunter Jumper Association. As a trainer and rider, Robertshaw piloted some of his era’s most celebrated show hunters to championships. In 1989, riding Protocol, Robertshaw became the first rider to earn championships in the Regular Working Hunters at Devon, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, the National Horse Show, and the Royal Winter Fair in a single season season. He also earned championships at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington, and/or the National Horse Show with such hunters as Lestat, Parody, Silent Runner, and numerous others.

In 2001, Robertshaw received the USEF’s Emerson Burr Trophy as the year’s Equestrian of Honor for the Hunter division, and in 2010 the United States Hunter Jumper Association gave him Lifetime Achievement Award. Robertshaw and fellow hunter trainer Ron Danta operate Beaver River Farm in Camden, South Carolina, and also train out of Wellington, Florida. For more about Danny Robertshaw, please see this USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award video about him.