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sparky 03-04-2007 05:25 AM

First SJ Comp
Well, in a couple of weeks, i have my first SJ competition. It will only be around 75cm for me (and thats as high as they will make it lol). I am going to be riding one of the school horses - her name is Cilla. I rode her in my first dressgae comp and we came 3rd, with a score of 93 out of a possible 100 (but the judge - my instructor - wasn't a hard marker at all hehe).

So, my question is. What can i do, to keep the horse and myself, cool, controlled and balanced throughout the course?

3days3ways 03-05-2007 12:18 AM

remember to breathe!!!! simple.... but the most common problem in all shows haha (especially for me!)...
also during a jumping course (or a dressage test) have your trainer go over it with you. have little words or reminders at certain points. i.e. when you pass C make sure you are breathing, your seat is correct and you horse is balanced or at the turn to fence 3 make sure you take it at a small angle to get to the next fence correctly (hah i know ranodm examples, but you get what i mean...)
this way, you will have specific things to focus on instead of just going around and focusing on simply doing the course instead of doing hte course WELL .. hope i helped!!

sparky 03-06-2007 01:42 AM

thanks :D its just so nerve racking going into your first SJ comp! I'm lucky that (because we got to choose which school horse we wanted to ride) i got in at the front - so i could choose a horse that is not lazy, but one that wont go bolting off at the fences like my other choice (Gizmo) would have done lol.

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