Turn up for some great tips and advice on your show jumping rounds and get pointers from professional instructors. Improve your style and technique by jumping 2 rounds so you can improve from the first.
What do you have to do?
What I really like about this series is that you have an aided warm up with a BE accredited coach. I find my warm ups can get stressful, so having someone on the ground to help not only with the fences but to give you the little pointers you need to relax and get the most from your horse before the important round works wonders.
You go in as normal to jump your first round, they have different heights you can do BE80, BE100 and BE Novice. Once you have jumped you receive feedback straight away from the coach. They will tell you what they liked, what they thought you could improve and what would make your round better for next time. After the discussion you go and jump the same course for a second time remembering all the little things that will improve the round.
While you jump both rounds the coach will judge you on many things out of 10 which then adds up to give you a style score. A lower score is better, and there will also be written feedback about your rounds at the bottom of the score card. Any show jumping faults from both rounds get noted and added to your final score, so even if you have a unlucky pole you can still be placed higher then someone who jumps clear but didn't ride the round as stylish. You don't have to worry about getting it perfect because that is the reason you are here. Your marks can dramatically increase should you listen and take in the feedback given from the first round.
The BE Winter series is sponsored by Baileys horse feeds, which means they are offering some great prizes to be won. Not only do you receive Baileys feed vouchers, you also win BE training vouchers which can be used at any BE training day. In the final you also have the chance to win a training day with a BE accredited course or Elite rider, as well as more training and feed vouchers.
A winning round
I went to Bishop Burton to do the BE100 with Lady, as I thought it would be the perfect competition to get us back into the swing of things with help on the ground and advice from an instructor’s point of view. I received great feedback from top Event rider Gary Parsonage who really liked Lady's technique and how I got her to sit and wait for the fences. I was really pleased when I looked at the other style scores to find Lady has won. Below is our score card. I am hoping we can improve on our 4th place which we came at the final last year.
1. Course walk with BE accredited coach
2. Guided warming up session with BE accredited coach
3. First round of jumping
4. Feedback from first round from BE accredited coach
5. Second round of jumping taking on board the feedback
1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s why you have a second round to put into practice ways you can improve
2. Listen to the feedback from the coach
3. Smile and enjoy it
Getting to the final
Top 25% in each section go through to the final held in March at Moreton Morrell.
JAS stands for Jumping and Style and it is a great Pre-Event season warm up.
What do you have to do?
The JAS involves a testing course over a series of about 16 fences which includes a show jumping course first followed by a set of cross country type portable fences. The idea is to jump round in the most stylish way, clear and within the optimum time to ensure you get a low style mark.
For qualifying rounds prize money varies from £40 to £25. There are great prizes on offer for the final, training vouchers to the value of £500, £250 & £150 to 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed riders respectively. Special prizes will also be provided by title sponsor Bailey’s.
Top 10 from each section will guarantee a place at the finals held at the end of February at Bury Farm (2014)
How do you get marked?
You are judged on many things whilst riding your round from rider position, style, contact, aids and arena craft. Your horse will also be marked on technique, attitude and the quality of the round. There is also a section for the horse and rider combination for rhythm and balance. You receive a helpful score sheet to show the marks separately as well as feedback. Any faults are then added to your style score.
A qualifying round
It was Lady’s first attempted at JAS when I headed to Arena UK for our qualifying round. I had entered her in the BE100 and BE Novice classes. Lady coped really well with the test as I found many of the distances were testing and short which meant you had to be extra careful not to knock any fences and having an optimum time to aim for plays a part in having faults. A medium canter is key to a good round. Lady jumped two clear round finishing on the same style score for each class and placing 4th in the BE100 and 5th in the Novice.
1. Know your course inside out.
2. Establish a good medium canter
3. Take your time in the Show Jumping to set you up well for the cross country section.