Jumper courses are very demanding, calling for technical accuracy
on the part of the rider and absolute obedience from the horse.
Connecting with the horse from the hind legs, through the back to
the bit will prevent most of resistance problems that horses have
with jumping. As the riders head toward the jump, they focus on
the rhythm of your horse's strides.
Elements of successful show jumping include riding lines, related
distances, bending lines, and jumping off of turns. Competitors
in jumper classes are judged on number of faults caused by knocking
down or refusing to jump obstacles and on speed. A typical jumper
course is 8-12 fences consisting of natural as well as brightly
colored jumps. Most jumper classes consist of a first round (or
two rounds) followed by a jump-off among all riders with clear first
rounds. A jump-off course has fewer fences than the jumper class.
Penalty points are assessed if the horse refuses a jump, or brings
down the highest element of an obstacle. Additionally in the jumper
ring penalty points are added if the allowed time limit for the
course is exceeded. Riders near the end of the starting order have
the advantage of seeing how the first riders complete the course.
Classes are broken into a variety of sub-groupings. Amateur owner
jumpers must be ridden by amateur owners only. Adult amateur jumpers
must be ridden by amateur rider, but do not have to actually own
the horse. While Junior jumpers must be ridden by riders under the
age of 18. Schooling jumpers may be ridden by anyone.
In the jumper show ring, style does not count; jumper classes are
purely athletic tests of speed and strength. Competitors in jumper
classes are judged on number of faults caused by knocking down or
refusing to jump obstacles and on speed. In addition to the faster
speed of jumper class competition, courses in jumper classes are
also composed of more varied obstacles.
The dynamics and beauty of horse and rider soaring over fences
makes jumping a thrilling sight.
About the Author:
Rob Daniels has been an equestrian rider for 25 years. He has studied
various disciplines additional articles are available at: Riding
Stable - http://www.riding-stable.com
and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net
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Dean Erickson. Journalist,
and web site builder Dean Erickson lives in Texas. He is the owner
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find a longer, more detailed version of this article.