Our expert: Joe Stockdale is a young showjumping star who’s already competed for his country on Youth Nations Cup teams. In our photos he’s riding Tornado des Monts (Teddy).
The most important thing you need for a successful showjumping round is rhythm. Your pony should stay in an even, consistent canter all the way around a course, to help him meet every fence on a perfect stride. It’ll give you the best chance of leaving all the poles in the cups and achieving an awesome clear round!
While lots of riders practise canter in schooling sessions, they don’t always get it quite right. This means that when they ride into the ring at a show, their pony’s canter is either too slow or too forward for jumping. It’s really important to spend time developing that all-important jumping canter at home, so you can keep it around a course from start to finish!
Did you know?
Working your pony in the correct canter at home will help him develop the muscles he needs for jumping.
Check out Joe Stockdale’s steps to success in September PONY, on sale 29 July 2020.