I used to compete in modern pentathlon, and yes it is show jumping.
However the showjumping secction is patheticly low and easy, not realy timed (other than having a silly long max time) and people learn to just about hang on to a horse for it.
If you watched it at the last olympics the standard of riding from everyone except the UK and some of the european teams was a joke. I could have done better. I've seen better riding at the local ponyclub rallys
There were shed loads of falls, refusals, run outs etc.
And got absolutly no time for anything else even a social life
I only competed to university level but training normaly took the form of an early morning run or swim for an hour before uni/work. Get home from uni/work, head straight for the gym for an hour then either a fencing class or an hour on the range on some eveninigs I'd go for a riding lesson before going to the gym.
Weekends consisted of monster sessions in the gym or pool and riding lessons.
The problem with non-riders is that when they see upper level dressage and olympic level show jumping ... it LOOKS easy. People that don't ride have NO idea how much skill is involved in MAKING IT LOOK THAT EFFORTLESS...
I've seen modern pentathalon and I have to agree with Faye. I think the fences are about 3', and competitors draw horses from a pool, and are given a very limited time to warm up on the horses before competing.
Since it's a combined score of all 5 sports, and there's no extra points for riding well or having a good trip over fences, just deductions for falls, rails and refusals, the focus of pentathalon competitors is surviving the riding portion, not excelling.
Maura, you have 5 mins and 2 practice jumps (one upright one oxer) that you arre allowed to jump twice each maximum, to get to know the horse.
My last competition I was eliminated in the Showjumping phase because I got put on an ex BSJA pony with no breaks, no steering and very little self preservation. I turned her for the oxer practice jump and lost control of her (ears up my nose fighting every step, even tried to turn her away from the jump as we were very very wrong for it but she wouldnt turn) resulting in a fall for both of us and a fracture dislocated little finger for me.
After my fall (I was the first to ride this horse that day and I am a good rider) they removed the horse from the pool and reassigned everyone who was supposed to ride her to anouther horse. I later found out the horse was extremely difficult to ride over jumps in a pelham, grackle and martingale, they had put her in a snaffle for the competition.
I decided at that competition that it was litteraly killing me to do the sport and it wasnt worth it.