Items

Forums
Show Jumping Refresher
 By Winniefield Park   •   29th Sep 2018   •   472 views   •   0 comments


I walked through our living room this past weekend and I could hear that there was some sort of sports on the TV. At our house, chances are if there are sports on TV itís either hockey or soccer, but most likely hockey. As I went through, I heard my husband groan, ďOh no! Four faults!Ē. Wait. What? I know more about hockey than Iíd like to, and am pretty sure, while there are lots of penalties, no one gets faults. And I know next to nothing about soccer, but Iím sure there are fouls but no faults. So I was quite surprised when I discovered he was watching the Spruce Meadows ĎMastersí show jumping tournament. So I had to sit down a few minutes and watch with him. Show jumping tends to be a favorite with non-horse people, because like racing, itís an easy sport to understand. And, with the WEG about to start, I thought Iíd do a little refresher primer on how show or stadium jumping is scored.

Unlike a lot of sports like dressage, figure skating and gymnastics, the scoring in show jumping is fairly non-subjective. A horse either knocks down a rail or doesnít. Refusals and falls are very well defined and scores arenít influenced by anyoneís opinion. Scoring is based on two things: how well the horse gets over the jumps and its speed.

The course is made of different styles of jumps. These may be vertical jumps or wide jumps, or a combination of both. The jumps might be quite plain, or they may be decorated with flowers or brightly painted figures. They are all made to test the versatility and courage of the horse. Sometimes there are combinations of two or more jumps that test the riderís control of the horse and broad jumps like water obstacles that test courage and power of the horse.



Youíll know youíre not watching a hunter course because the jumps will be brightly painted and in the upper levels of the sport, much higher than a hunter jump course. Unlike jumps used in cross-country jumping, stadium jumps are made to fall apart if the horse hits one. In many competitions there are two courses used. One is a long course that is jumped by all competitors and may be examined and memorized before riding. And there is a course used for the jump-off competitors that is shorter, more difficult and canít be walked before it is ridden. To get to this jump-off course, competitors must jump the first course with a few faults as possible while not getting any time penalties.

How do you get faults? Each time you knock down a rail, you get four faults. Now if the fence is made of four rails, you donít get sixteen faultsóonly four. You donít get penalized for knocking down the whole thing. And, if somehow a middle rail falls down, but the top one doesnít, you donít get any faults. If your horse splashes into a water jump with one or more hooves, four faults are given. Unless there is a fence in the middle of a water obstacle. Then, the horse is expected to jump out of the water, over the fence, and back into the water. Only if the horse knocks the top rail of the fence will there be a penalty.

Four faults are also given for refusals. A refusal is when a horse stops in front of a jump, runs out sideways or ploughs into and destroys the jump. At the upper levels of competition, a horse can do this twice for a total of eight faults before being excused from the competition. In the lower levels, there can be three refusals before elimination. If the refusal comes in the middle of a combination of jumps, the horse must start at the beginning of the combination, not just the jump it refused in front of.

Falls are another way to get eliminated. If either the horse or rider falls, they are eliminated. Horse falls are defined by certain body parts making a connection with the ground. A rider fall is when the rider parts company, even partially with the horse. Another way to get eliminated is to not go through the start or finish line so a time is not recorded.

Time plays a big part in show jumping. There is a time allowance for the main competition. Competitors that meet this time allowance and have the fewest faults move on to the jump off. The winner of the jump off round is the competitor with the fewest faults and fastest time. The jump off course can be shorter, but higher and trickier. If more than one competitor gets a fast time with no faults, the course may be made higher again. Again, the fewest faults and fastest time wins. Jump offs can be very exciting, again making them a spectator favorite.

For the fine details of all the FEI show jumping rules, you can check out the downloadable PDF of the most recent rules.

Horse News More In This Category:  Shows and Events      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 More News by Winniefield Park
Gaza Riders Back in the Saddle After COVID Lockdown
11th Jul 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The COVID19 lockdown meant many of us werenít able to ride, or were not able to ride as we normally would. Like many organizations around the world, the Palestine Equestrian Federation placed restrictions on the types of activitie ...
Kentucky Derby Horse Drugging Probe Ongoing
10th Jul 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Bob Baffert, trainer of five Kentucky Derby winning horses is going for a sixth win. But, his efforts are shadowed by reports of horses in his care are again testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Details are sparse as ...
RavenSide Stud TBS Home of Multiple Top Ranked Horses
5th Jul 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
RSS Break Even and RSS Identity Thief are both top ranked horses belonging to the same stables. RavenSide Stud TBS was established in 2017 and is ranked at 113 with 49,459,023 PB in earnings. Currently, there are three stallions s ...
Horse Dismounts Police in Protest Turned Ugly
4th Jul 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
During a peaceful protest that turned ugly in London, UK a police horse bolted after being pelted with debris by violent demonstrators. Flares, bottles and sticks flew as the crowd was pushed back by mounted police officers. One o ...
Horse That Survived Kentucky Horse Shooting Foals Healthy Pinto
3rd Jul 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
You might remember a story from early last winter about twenty horses in Eastern Kentucky that were shot and killed. The few survivors were taken to Kentucky Humane Societyís Willow Hope Farm to regain their health and eventually ...
Stop Petting Wild Horses
29th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Beach-goers to the Outer Banks are being asked to stay clear of the wild horses that live there after a photo of a woman appearing to pat a wild horse has surfaced. This is not an isolated incident as tourists visit the well known ...
Funny Horse Fruit Taste Test
28th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Some horses eat anything and will eat everything from anchovies to zucchini. And some are extremely picky and act like youíve poisoned them if you put anything but hay and grain in front of their noses. Have you ever tried a taste ...
Jim Gaffigan Horse Comedy
27th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Jim Gaffigan pokes fun at the Triple Crown, from the costumes and pageantry, to owners, jockeys and trainers. He then takes a humorous trek through the horse world, exploring horse breeds, horse people, horseshoes, riding and the ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
243 Members Online 267,654 Registered Members 2,737 News Articles 11,636,773 Unique News Article Views 276,914,518 Website Views