Moving up a level showjumping

Posted 30th July 2018

Think you’re ready to take the leap to bigger showjumping courses? Follow PONY’s top tips


You’ve been working hard in your lessons and tackling lots of showjumping classes this summer – maybe you’ve even picked up a few rosettes along the way. But how do you know when you’re ready to move up to the next level?

Do you…

  • jump bigger fences in your lessons?
  • find your current courses small and, if you’re being honest, a little bit boring?
  • almost always have clear rounds at shows without having to try too hard?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s probably time to consider moving up.

Awesome planning

If you’ve been daydreaming about the next level, have a chat with your instructor. They’ll be able to help you figure out if you’re ready, pick a show for you to move up at, and plan your lessons to make sure you and your pony are perfectly prepped. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your goals – your instructor is there to help and they want you to succeed!

Top tip – remember to consider your pony’s experience. Although you might be ready for bigger things, if he’s inexperienced or not very confident, he might need more time before he’s ready to move up.

For more fab advice on how to step-up your jumping, grab a copy of September PONY, on sale 1 August.

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