Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Well obviously you would need english style tack. There is no reason why you can't do multiple things, and can't be successful at multiple disciplines.
Although actual jumping is sort of the last part of showjumping. To be successful and safe you'll need to get at least basic dressage down pat. Work on collection, extension, rhythm, flying changes, distances etc. It can take a while to develop this.
When you watch jumpers it looks like they just go around a ring jumping over jumps, but like all horse sports, there is more happening behind the scenes. Some people rush around a course with an almost out of control horse, armed with martingales, gag bits, spurs, whips etc, fighting the horse all the way, but to be honest it's not a great look and as they get higher the lack of training and communication between horse and rider really can let them down. Not saying that you are like this - just pointing out that there is more work than just jumping.