The BSJA National Course Builders Seminar at Hartpury College on Saturday 22 March and will provide an ideal introduction to the principles of constructing show jumping courses, both in and outdoors.

The course is aimed at novice and established course builders, judges, trainers and riders, as well as those considering taking up course building at either affiliated or unaffiliated level.

The course directors are Jon Doney and Steve Williams – topics for discussion will include:

  • Establishing the BSJA aims in designing courses safely for novice horses and ponies
  • How obstacles are constructed and how to set out angles and turns between fences
  • The appropriate related distances and how to decide on distances for combination fences
  • How horses jumpdifferent types of obstacles and how these different jumping styles effect related distances
  • How the nature and slope of an outdoor arena should influence the design of a course

Steve Williams, chairman of the BSJA course builders committee, said: “We are hoping to establish a training medium for course designers that will provide good quality training at grass roots level.

“We want to encourage the sport right from the word go, whether it is designing courses at club level or affiliated.”

The course costs £17 for BSJA members and £22 for non-members.

Anyone interested in attending should complete and application form available from the BSJA website. Click here for more information and to download the form.