Show jumping is a popular horseback riding discipline where riders and horses must complete a course made with a variety of jumping obstacles. The winner has the fastest time and the lowest number of faults.
What Does a Show Jumping Competition Look Like?
The first thing you need to do is register for an event within your ability range. There are many levels of experience in show jumping and you don’t want to get in over your head. The course map will be provided to you after registration so you have time to memorize the path and the roll top horse jumps you will come across. Make sure you understand the fault system before you begin. Faults can occur when you knock down a pole, go over the required time limit, go off course or the horse refuses to jump. These deduct points from your overall score.
Common Show Jumping Obstacles
A crossrail is a common obstacle that is perfect for beginner jumpers and is usually included in low-level competitions. This jump involves rails in the shape of an “X” that riders need to jump over. One of the most common water obstacles is the liverpool, which involves a blue tray filled with water that is placed below the jump. The wall jump looks like a brick wall but is made out of lightweight material.
Gear Needed For Show Jumping
A close contact saddle can increase the mobility of your horse to help with positioning for obstacles. To prevent your saddle from sliding back, you’ll want to purchase a breastcollar. Sports boots or bell boots can be fitted onto your horse to prevent injuries and bruising.
Show jumping can be an exciting discipline to practice with your horse. Take your time and be patient with yourself as you learn how to communicate with your horse through any obstacle.