Planning to enter a showjumping competition with your fave pony later this year? Well, we’ve got loads of great tips that’ll give you the best chance of achieving an awesome clear round!
Right on schedule
Once you’ve found a show you’d like to go to, have a look at the schedule and choose a class to enter. Most are based on the height of the fences, so in a 70cm class that’s the maximum height the jumps will be in the first round. If you’re new to showjumping or you haven’t competed for a while, it’s best to begin at a lower height than you’re practicing at home. Then the fences will seem super-easy, so you’ll feel way more confident.
Practice makes perfect
Anyone can enter a showjumping class, but it’s a really good idea to make sure you and your pony are ready first. Then, you’re much more likely to have a fun, confidence-building experience! Before you look at any show schedules, your pony should be happily jumping different types of fences, such as uprights, oxers and doubles, and have seen a few brightly coloured fillers, too! It’s also important that he’s fit enough to jump a few fences one after the other – competition courses can be made up of 8–15 fences!
Ask your parents if you can book some extra lessons to help you prepare and try to hire different arenas locally to get your pony used to being ridden in new places over a variety of fences.
Find out all you need to know about entering a showjumping comp, in Spring PONY, on sale 10 February 2021.