Showjumping Courses: Riding the Right Track 2020-03-16T00:00:00+01:00

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.


You will learn in this video:

  • What Table C competitions are
  • What the prerequisites are for designing Jumps-offs
  • The responsibilities behind designing courses

Olaf Petersen

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.

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