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Show Jumping

The facts about competitive show jumping

Elizabeth Creurer

on 18 February 2011

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Transcript of Show Jumping

Showjumping Also known as "stadium jumping",
"open jumping" or "jumpers" History It is a relatively new sport and started in England in the 18th century. Events Showjumping has been gaining popularity and is now an Olympic
Sport. Spruce Meadows in Calgary
hosts some of the most
important showjumping
competitions bringing top
rider from around the world. Rules Showjumping is based on speed However, there are many rules
that come into play. Here are
a few of the main rules of the
sport: Faults:
1) Jumping Penalties: refusals
or knocking down a fence
results in 4 seconds for
every refusal and/or every
jump knockdowns 2) Time Penalties: every
second over the time
limit allowed for the
course results in 4
seconds added to your
final time.

3) Tack and attire: there are also specific
rules and regulations for both the rider
attire as well as the tack required for the
horses in these competitions. Inaproppriate
use of tack or attire can result in elimination
from the entire competition. The Horses The majority of the horse breeds can be used for
showjumping at the lower levels of competition. At the highest levels of competitions,
the breeds mainly used are thoroughbreds
and warmbloods and most of the top level
horses are at least 16 hands, however,
some horses used in the Olympics were no
taller than 14.1 hands! This is an appendix quarter horse which is
a cross between a quarter horse and a
thoroughbred. Her name is Morning Glory and
as mentioned earlier, the thoroughbred in her
allows her to be a great jumper with great speed,
which are both required for showjumping! Showjumping takes skill and teamwork and
of all the sports I have played, i must
say that horseback riding is the one that
requires the most will and skill due to
the teamwork that is required between both
the rider and the horse working in unison. Showjumping IS
a Sport! And for those who don't think
it is a sport, this video shows
a little bit of the thrills and
spills or showjumping and the
effort and talent that is required
to be a successful showjumper...
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