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Horse Articles :: Show Jumping Horse
Show Jumping Horse
The term "Show jumper" is a word used to describe a horse
or pony used in the sport Show jumping. A Show jumper can
be any type of horse or pony any colour and any height.
Show jumping competitions are staged at different standards
to cater for various levels of riding. The abilty of the rider
will reflect in the standard and type of horse or pony that
Show jumping competitions are held over a course of elaborate
coloured fences, often with turns and changes of direction.
The intention is to complete the course within a set time
without any faults; this is called a clear round. Competitors
with a clear round usually qualify for the jump off, this
is a shortened course that has been increased in height, the
fastest clear round wins.
Horses and ponies used for show jumping
Show jumpers vary in ability. A novice rider would need
a show jumper of an average ability, which is experienced
at show jumping at a novice level that is calm and patient
and will be a confidence giving ride which will teach the
rider and improve their riding ability over fences. A more
experienced rider will need a horse of greater ability to
compete on a more serious level. An advanced show jumper must
be accurate and brave to jump large obstacles as well as having
the physical ability to complete demanding courses; these
talented horses need superior riders.
Many different types of horses and ponies have been successful
at show jumping; there is no link between the horse or pony's
size and their ability to jump fences. Many great show jumpers
have had uncertain breeding, but there are certain breeds
that do excel in show jumping.
The Connemara pony has been recognised as the world's leading
sports pony. The Connemara pony is extremely athletic and
has masses of jumping ability.
Continental Warmblood horses are hugely popular. Warmblood
horses are bred for performance and excel at show jumping.
Warmblood horses dominate the top levels of show jumping.
Thoroughbred horses are also seen at the highest levels of
show jumping; they are extremely athletic and strong, and
have plenty of jumping prowess.
About the Author
Paul Simms is the author of this article about Show
Jumping Horses for Sale