Catching interesting jumping positions of "professional" riders

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    10-19-2012, 02:32 PM
Catching interesting jumping positions of "professional" riders

I went to an agricultural show this year and there was a showjumping ring that I spent half the day at
I took some snaps of random riders, hoping to get a good action, mid air shot, and this is one of the ones I snapped!

Have you caught any ... interesting riding shots at big shows?
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    10-19-2012, 08:49 PM
I believe there is a rule on this forum that you can only post pics of yourself.
    10-19-2012, 08:55 PM
I see no problem posting it the riders face is not visible....
    10-19-2012, 09:20 PM
Id think if you took the photo it shouldnt matter. I've seen tons of people post pix of others horses.
    10-19-2012, 09:32 PM
Shoot, if I was faced with a jump like that, id have my arms wrapped around the horses neck and eyes squeezed shut.
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    10-20-2012, 02:38 AM
I'm sure everyone here is familiar with this, but I recently learned about a stadium jumping height test wherein a horse/rider pair must jump the same vertical over and over, with the exception to each round being the judges raising the height of the jump after each participant clears....they go again and again until no one is able to go clear (its on YouTube but I don't know how to cut and paste with my phone!)...I BELIEVE the most recent winner's final clear round was 7'7"!! If someone can find & cut/paste it, it's KIND of fitting with this OP's thread topic... ;0)
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    10-20-2012, 02:53 AM
Know what, until one is jumping that height successfully, I don't think that one has much room to complain about another's position over a mighty big jump.
Ian Miller (as an example I pulled off the top of my head) is certainly NOT a quiet rider... but he gets the job done. There are many jumper riders that have rather unconventional styles... but *I* have absolutely NO room to even start complaining about their way of riding.
    10-20-2012, 06:36 AM
I was DEFINITELY NOT COMPLAINING...I am assuming that yours, JDI, was just a general statement, and not directed at me/anyone else on the thread??

I think the OP (not to speak for her, but she didn't comment yet, so please pardon if I'm out of bounds) was trying to start a thread about interesting jumping photo angles captured, which led ME to think about the "HOLY-COW"-HEIGHTS those particular jumpers in the competition I saw were SOARING TO!!

I, @ least, would NEVER COMPLAIN about JUMPING positiin; except to MAYBE complain that I am not a good enough jumper anymore to hold a decent 2-point position(!) let ALONE manage 18" crossrails with grace or ease!

Hoping your comment was not coming from that point of view, cause mine sure wasn't! :0)
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    10-20-2012, 07:04 AM
I also think that as jumps get HUGE, jumper's positions change somewhat to accommodate the tremendous height and relative body position-changes a horse must make to propel itself over that size fence. I reread the OP's original post, & perhaps it does seem a bit snarky, but...until they comment, I'm choosing to believe they were just pointing out what I (tried) to describe above...if otherwise, here's my response:

I follow this particular rider/trainer on YouTube. She's MAYBE 20, & has done phenomenal work with her very young, very previously abused, and VERY forward horse...she's recorded it ALL...the start thru where she is now, after 2 years, & I think her gelding was 4 when she acquired him...wild, nearly dangerous, and has in such a short time turned him into the envy of all YouTube horse-enthusiasts!

Despite this, some people have had the nerve to very rudely comment on her slightly "unorthodox" hand position (nothing she does with her hands is rough, or severe in ANY WAY) she simply holds them slightly less forward and a bit (A BIT) lower than many riders...rather than near his withers and shoulder length apart, they are slightly further back, nearer her upper thighs and behind the wither an inch or so...

Who knows why, but who cares? She doesn't show him so where she holds her hands to me, and to probably 32,000 of her 32,050 subscribers is not of any consequence. Her very kind response, given how a few have "spoken" to her about it, is, "My horse is happy, in lovely condition, in excellent form, and we have an amazing please leave my hand position to me, thanks!" :0)

Same goes for AWESOME JUMPERS! If they can get their happy and well-conditioned teammates around the course clear, sound, & excited about their jobs (& manage to WIN on top of that) who cares if they have a slightly unorthodox position!

***I'm not a jumper now and at my highest, in my extreme youth, I was lucky if my schoolmasters and I cleared 3" routinely. I can hardly remember that time in my life, so I don't speak for/as the many amazing, extremely well-educated jumpers here! These are only the opinions of a slightly over-the-hill woman with barely 5 months under my belt of relearning to ride on the FLAT after 15 years out of saddle!! ;0)
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    10-20-2012, 10:46 AM
No, my comment was not directed at you, B2HB.
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