07-21-2012, 12:29 PM
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The circle also establishes the pace and rythm for your jumping round. Where I ride there is no signal from the judge. You enter the ring, pick up the trot and then about 1/3 to 1/2 way around the circle, you canter at the pace you will want for jumping. After you finish your course, you will make sure you are on the correct lead and do a second circle about 2/3 to 1/2 the way around, and then finish it at a trot as you approach the gate. I've read the circle should be quite large (half the ring if the ring is small) but I have seen many riders do fairly small circle. Do whatever establishes a good forward canter and sets you up for jumping.