Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Lots of Pony Club kids will do heaps of stuff on a gymkhana day. I remember when I was a kid you would start your day with hack classes, then have dressage, then showjumping, bareback and pairs in there somewhere. Then after lunch you would do barrel-racing, bending etc. There might even be some camp-drafting in there. Then people with the highest scores across the board would win.
I mean none of that is high level, but horse confusion was never a problem. Realistically, most people/horses don't compete at high levels either. A high level barrel racer or showjumper likely wouldn't be brilliant at the other sport, but I'm think that you could be jumping over 1m rounds a barrel racer, and competing in local little barrel racing things with a jumper.
To be honest I'd probably go for a good barrel racer and then jump it sometimes, rather than the other way around. Unless you realistically plan to get to high levels in jumping.