Showjumping is one of the many equestrian disciplines and competitions that you can do with your horse. It involves a horse and rider combination navigating over a series of jumping obstacles in an arena. The winner is the combination with the least amount of faults and the fastest time.
For every rail that you knock down, you recieve 4 faults
The time starts once you go through the starting flags and finishes once you go through the finishing flags
If you fall off your horse, you are eliminated
There are many types of jumps including verticals, oxers, triple bars, walls, water jumps and combinations.
Showjumping horses can vary in breed, size and colour. Many people pupose breed showjumpers to be the most competitive that they can be. Warmbloods are one of the most popular breeds for performance jumping horses, however other horses such as thoroughbreds, pintos, clydestale crosses, welsh cobs, standard breds and appaloosas are all very capable at showjumping.
Showjumping is available at many different heights and levels. Young children, beginner riders and novice horses can begin jumping at low heights, such as cross rails or 45cm. Professional riders can jump big courses such as 1.65m high and up to 2m wide! Other competitions such as the puisannce or high jump can reach over 2 meters!
Did you know that showjumping is an Olympic sport? It is! Equestrian is one of the only sports where males and females compete against each other at the Olympics (the others are sailing and doubles tennis). Equestrian athletes at the Olympics are also among the oldest competitors - competing well into their 70's!!
Showjumping is great fun and a fantastic way to grow in both skill and trust with your horse. It is always important to remember to wear a helmet and riding boots for your safety. Some riders choose to wear body protectors for extra safety. Showjumping horses wear special boots themselves to protect their legs from injury and sometimes wear special girths to protect their bellies. Sometimes when the ground is slippery, showjumping horses wear 'studs' in their shoes to help them grip the grass a bit easier. They are similar in purpose to football studs.
Showjumping at Forest Park Riding School
Showjumping is loved by many at Forest Park Riding and Equitation School. One of the owners and instructors of Forest Park, Grant Hughes is well known showjumper in Australia. Grant began jumping at a young age and has gone on to compete at the top level in Australia. He has