Ace the jump-off

Posted 8th May 2018

Master these key techniques for riding jump-offs and you’ll soon be bringing home a red rosette!

Jumping clear is super-exciting, but to be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to be quick and clear in the jump-off, too. Despite what you might think, it’s not just about going at lightening speed – you need to be able to ride accurately and skilfully to claim the top spot.

Practice makes perfect

Practising at home will make you and your pony feel a lot more confident when you ride a jump-off at a competition. There are three key skills you’ll need to master…

  1. riding tight turns
  2. changing your pony’s stride
  3. jumping on an angle

There are three main types of jump-off that you might come across at a competition…

  • single phase – this is where you jump the whole course, including the timed jump-off section, even if you have a fence down in the first part
  • two phase – this has two separate courses. If you go clear in the first part of the course, you continue straight into the timed jump-off section
  • jump-off class – all competitors jump a set course, then if you jump a clear round you’ll be called back to ride a shorter, timed jump-off course

To find out how you can brush up on your jump-off skills, get your copy of June PONY now!

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