I just came back from three straight days of watching clinics with top US riders. I watched every clinic that involved jumping. Some were hunter/jumper and some were for eventers. The first part of all them involved warming the horses up and getting them responsive to their rider's legs. In ALL cases, they used dressage. Shoulder-fore, haunches-in, leg yield and counter canter. With the more advanced riders, they even did canter pirouettes. By far the most effective riders were the ones with strong dressage backgrounds. They were able to rate their horse's speed between the fences, adjust stride when necessary and could stop on a dime. The riders who could barely do a leg yeild struggled most of the time once they moved onto jumping. For those of you who still think jumping is just pointing a horse at a fence, please attend a clinic or watch a lesson with an advanced rider. It really is all about dressage.