When building showjumping courses, there are three important things to keep in mind. Firstly, the arena should be fully used, the course should offer some chances for really galloping and alternatives for possible turns should be offered.
Especially when it comes to competitions where time is the determining factor, such as Table C or Jumps-Offs, the course should give the rider a chance to take a short cut as well as longer, safer alternatives. Jumping ability and responsiveness of the horse, as well as precision of the rider, should be tested while offering the opportunity for less experienced couples to successfully clear the course without taking risks they are not prepared for.
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Olaf Petersen is one of the most successful showjumping course designers in the history of the sport. With his individual style, he revolutionized the way individual jumps and entire courses are put together. He is also known for being the only person to be responsible for designing the showjumping course at two Olympic Games.> more
Riding related lines is part of showjumping training, with the distance between two jumps influencing how to ride those jumps correctly. In this video, you will see how to measure related distances and what should be taken into consideration when deciding on the appropriate number of strides to ride between those two jumps.
Duration: 00:10:27 Minutes
Riding a jumping course requires a lot of practice and fine-tuning until the tempo changes, the tight turns, the different tasks and jump combinations are mastered safely. In this video, several horses are shown as an example of the way to a good course.
Duration: 00:16:17 Minutes
In this video, jumping expert Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst explains typical mistakes and corrections while riding jumping using three example horses. Targeted exercises based on a training course according to the training scale lead to stress-free and successful jumping training.
Duration: 00:10:10 Minutes
To be fit for showjumping competition, it's important to walk the course properly. Walking the line you intend to ride, the distances and anticipating what could be challenging for your horse is the first step in preparing for a successful round.
Duration: 00:16:39 Minutes
As you progress in your showjumping training, advanced obstacles will be introduced. Liverpool jump, planks, open or narrow jumps are more challenging for the horse and require technical competence and precision from the rider.
Duration: 00:07:17 Minutes