Jumping in a show - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,217
• Horses: 1
Jumping in a show

There's a schooling show coming up in April and I'm entering my horse in the flat classes, but I would also kinda like to do the 18" cross rail class. He's jumped 2'6", but I've just done cross rails, like this would be, but I haven't jumped a course. I'm pretty confident over them and would really like to try it at the show, but I just don't want to get out there and make a fool of myself. I'm going to practice between now and then, but I don't know how much time I'll be able to devote to trying a full course. Do you think I would still be able to do the class? Has anyone else been in a cross rail class? Is it easy enough?
howrsegirl123 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:21 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 139
• Horses: 1
I just competed in my first schooling show. I entered in the walk/trot class and 18" jumps. The only concern I had going in was how to figure out the jump course, but fortunately my trainer coached me through it. I'm so glad I did the jump class!
aeosborne2002 is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,217
• Horses: 1
Was the course hard?
howrsegirl123 is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:38 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 337
• Horses: 0
I say go for it! As long as you are confident and feel safe. Don't worry about what other people think, just have fun with your horse! My friend and I went to our first schooling show, it was also a first for our horses and we showed with 7 & 8 years olds...haha, we had a blast!

A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it.
IquitosARG10 is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,634
• Horses: 2
As long as you know the course, it is not that difficult to get around it. I have a show in April too!
jumanji321 is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 03-20-2012, 08:51 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 139
• Horses: 1
No, the course wasn't hard once my trainer told me which direction to go! :) I had 4 jumps to get over, and planned to do all of them at the trot. However, the last two were in a line, and I ended up cantering the final jump. Since it was a hunter show, that's one of the reasons I placed 5th. Overall, a really good experience though!
aeosborne2002 is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 03-21-2012, 01:12 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
Posts: 410
• Horses: 0
If you want to do it and have jumped the height of the course, then I say go for it!

Even if you can not work on an actual jump courses at home very often between now and the show, you can work on "trotting-pole courses" instead, or drawing different courses out (or looking some up online) to practice remembering just so you get an idea of what is going to be expected in terms of needing to remember your course for the show, etc.

I am not sure what you ride, but when I rode hunters, while it was always a little nerve-racking, the lower level hunter courses were pretty easy if you pick them apart and really concentrate.

I always try to remember the courses by numbers and sometimes short descriptions: 1, 2-3 line, 4-5 diagonal, etc. Or if they are decorated or XC, 1 pumpkin, 2 log, 3 christmas tree, etc. Then, once you are going over a fence, cross it off your mental check list and focus on the next fence.
aeosborne2002 likes this.
LostDragonflyWings is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 03-21-2012, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,220
• Horses: 0
Usually the courses at the crossbar level are pretty simple. I say DO IT!! ;)
upnover is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 03-23-2012, 03:34 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 16
• Horses: 0
I say do it if you feel confident, because after all its a schooling show so everyones there to learn anyway, and enjoy themselfs! have fun x
ilovemyponies is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 03-25-2012, 10:02 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 674
• Horses: 2
Schooling shows are there for a reason... to school.

I def would recommend trying to make a course of poles. It gives you an idea of how to think of a course as a whole without having to jump too.

Typically a x-rail class course is 4-8 fences around the outside or maybe a figure eight pattern. It's generally very beginner (and memory) friendly.

If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or asked the question wrong

And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse
MudPaint is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Show jumping bit? SunnysMum Horse Training 5 01-29-2012 10:36 PM
Show me your show jumping pictures! :) lululuvshorses Horse Pictures 3 09-22-2011 05:22 PM
Horse Show Jumping Photography (Usk Show) TralissaAndalusians Horse Pictures 23 10-07-2009 11:27 AM
show jumping show a few weeks ago Babyrowz Horse Pictures 3 01-27-2009 07:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome