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Mckellar 04-22-2012 09:06 AM

Jumper Medal Melt Down
I would really appreciate any information anyone has for me. This may be a rant, I’ve been holding this in for the past 5 weeks. The first show in a week from Friday. In the past 7years I was showing hunters, no big classes. Med. Pony and hi/low nothing to spectacular I was always okay, never the consistent winner, champion or reserve I went along and did okay. I was out of riding for about a year and have been back in it since last May-ish. Anyway got my new show horse, she’s an amazing jumper. Had the year all planned then my coach throws in “ You should do the medals”. I have a secret love for hunters, equitation and hunt seat. I have a huge respect for the riders and horses that do it and especially the people who stick with it and make a career out of it. I was just never thought realistically I would get anywhere doing it.

I know the best way to have a shot at doing well is to practice practice practice and I do. 2 lessons a week and other days I constantly work on things and practice what my coach and I have gone over. I can do all the USEF tests 1-19 ( except the on and off from the ground. not gonna happen) I have come a long way with my horses and no one at the barn really can believe how far we’ve come and I just love learning and pushing myself to ride better. I am a very serious rider and I want to give myself the best shot at being successful ( That does not mean ribbons). I know its just about too late to go and change my ride but anything that can help us look the part! LOL!

Anyway, I am so nervous about this class, when I think of equitation I think of Maclay and NO in-between. Just if you do an eq. class you must be like a Mayclay rider. It’s a jumper medal we are doing. So does anyone have any tips/ advice for the class? I’m thinking go around with the best eq. I can pull out of myself and I should be okay, but people are saying “it’s a jumper medal go around like a jumper” My frame of mind is good eq. is good eq. and doesn’t matter is your in jumpers of hunters.

Also, in that show I will do a 1 or two 3’3 warm up classes. But those goes right before the medal class. So I was thinking bring double of everything? Do the jumper classes is my “at home tack” and one of my less fancy show jackets and then do a complete swap in-between? In case I get slobbered on, to make sure the important class has the cleanest tack. Should I ride her in the figure 8 or reg. bridle (She goes in both just fine). I have Sheepskin open front boots, is that okay for the jumper medal or should I go with a leather open front boot (PS: Due to finances I don’t have any but I could probably borrow from a friend) But since this is a very important class to me I would like my grooms to be on point. (That is NOT to sound rude) The grooms are all volunteers and love horses, so should I maybe offer to pay so I can trust I will have someone to help me who will take it as seriously as I do? I believe in a hunter class the bottom of your boots should be just as clean as the top and sides. And I know that may sound crazy but I actually take showing very very seriously. I want to give my horse and I the best shot we can.. even if I do get funny looks now and again.

I hope this makes sense and wasn’t just a big ramble…Any extra details I that you have that would benefit me, information, what’s expected and how you get ready for an important class I would really appreciate it!!! ** sorry it's long **

maura 04-22-2012 09:30 AM

Not sure exactly what your questions are.

How to ride your round? Differently from hunter eq?

And how is tack and turnout different from a regular eq class?

What, exactly, is the name of the Jumper Medal class? Do you have a prize list?

Mckellar 04-22-2012 09:40 AM

I guess it did turn into a big ramble.

Yes, should this be ridden any differently than a regular hunter eq. class, and what kind of tack is appropriate. I'm going to braid no matter what but I don't know if I should put on my horses hunter tack or jumper tack. These are things I talk to my coach about but she's out of town for a while and I like to really really plan ahead.

Its similar to the CET medal so we have our jumping, flat and then the final test.

Prize List/Class info:
Open to Junior and Amateur riders. To be judged over a 3’9” (max)
jumper course which requires at least three tests on course from the
following list: bank, grob, water with a rail, Liverpool, and gymnastics.
Individual testing of the top 4-6 riders (at judge’s discretion).

Mckellar 04-22-2012 10:14 AM

Nevermind... I'm just going to call my coach. Thats what shes there for.. No need to respond! Sorry, if i could delete the whole post I would but I don't think I can :s

maura 04-22-2012 10:44 AM


Just typed out a long response and lost it.

I completely understand that you're nervous, and of course asking your coach is always a good idea.

Your attire is exactly the same as for regular eq; and reserving a clean jacket and shirt is a great idea - that way you'll feel fresh and polished when you ride in.

With jumper type fences, your horse can wear boots, and the sheepskin lined ones are appropriate. You have a little more latitude with bits and nosebands in this type of class; but I would go with the most conservative bridling that still allows you to be effective.

This is still an equiatation class, and it does not appear to be timed; so you ride it exactly the same way you'd ride a regular hunter seat eq. course; it's just that the problems and questions asked on course are different, and more difficult. I would expect to see a more active ride than in regular hunter seat eq; because the course will reguire it.

Effective should been over pretty; but effective plus pretty is always a winning combination. Your coach will cover specifics about how to ride the course problems during your course walk.

Good luck and please post back and let us know how it went.

Mckellar 04-30-2012 09:46 AM

Thanks, sorry late reply , the class is this Friday so I'll let you know how it goes. I will have it on video too so I can post that up too. Thanks for the advise, my coach tells me not to worry but worrying and planning ahead actually calms me down. I like to be prepared

Mckellar 05-04-2012 09:41 PM

For anyone following this, today I got 2nd in the medal!!!!!!!!! Yaaaayyyy . It was the best round of the day( first test) I put myself in hunter type ride pretty yet practical mode. Flat was great, has a counter canter issue but I was 2nd going in so I had room, I was 3rd into the final test but one jump was on a counter canter and we got it that was the same direction I had issues with getting it before and every jump was great. I'm so proud my my horse and myself. I also got a 5th in a speed class... I'm not on a speed horse. And a 6th in another class. This really shows that the hours and hours of preparing does pay off :D

maura 05-04-2012 09:59 PM

Awesome! Congrats!

equiniphile 05-04-2012 11:01 PM

That's excellent, congrats!

jody111 05-05-2012 04:48 AM

Well done - did you end up getting it on video - would love to see what it entailed. Sounds like a great day all round...

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