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kathryn 09-11-2011 11:37 AM

First Jumper Show
Hey, so I just started riding my friend's jumper, and we are going to a small schooling show next weekend. I will be doing 2'6 jumper and hunter classes. I am not so worried about the hunter classes, because that's what I've done my whole life. But jumpers will be new to me.

What can I do to make the transition easier?

equestriian 09-15-2011 09:11 AM

It's great that you are now going to be able to do hunters and jumpers! The best thing to do is prepare. Make sure you know the horse really well, and know her strengths and weaknesses. As soon as the course is posted, start to memorize it, and make sure you know it really well. Plan where you can cut corners and shave off seconds, and then stick with the plan. When you get into the arena, remain calm like you do in your hunter courses. Follow your plan, and don't get too caught up in the speed to the point that you have no control. Also , if you notice your horse tripping up after turns or losing balance, make a little bit wider turns. Although, I'm sure with her being a jumper horse she'll be fine! Good luck at the show!

kathryn 09-18-2011 11:09 PM

So I had the show today, and I went clear in both rounds but I was waaaayyyyy too slow haha. But I am proud of myself for going clear, apparently I rode the course like a hunter course haha, so next time I'll work on being more jumpery haha

equestriian 09-19-2011 05:57 AM

Well it's good that you had some good rounds and seemed to have a great show! Your speed will get better in time, as you make the transition from Hunters to Jumpers, or both. Good luck!

Corporal 09-19-2011 02:06 PM

2 things:
1) Praise your horse after each class, no matter how well the performance goes. (I've seen people get angry at their horse's performance in a class and it's vulgar.) I don't believe you'd do this anyway, but somebody should mention it.
2) Take a notebook and assess your horse's performance and your own, so you remember how you did and what you'll want to work on before the next show.
Have fun, and Please have somebody take LOTS OF PICTURES to show us!!

kathryn 09-19-2011 07:21 PM

Thanks guys! That's good advice. Belle was an absolute perfect beginner babysitter jumper, I just need to work on my confidence. I had a few booboos, but that was because I got nervous and stared at the jump or threw myself up her neck. But that is stuff I need to work on in hunters as well.

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