8 top tips to help you look like a pro over a jump

Do you yearn to look as laid-back over a fence as some of the world’s greatest riders? It is such a hard aspect of jumping to achieve, but here are some top tips to help you improve your jumping position.

Five-star event rider Georgie Strang (pictured) has some helpful advice to get you on your way with improving your position. Then, don’t miss our selection of competitions for you to showcase what you’ve learnt…

1. Your approach to a fence is vital for ensuring you get a smooth jump. Straightness, balance and impulsion is key.

2. You need to make sure the saddle fits both the horse and rider correctly. Every rider is individual in what they need from a saddle so make sure you’ve done your research.

3. Ensure you have the correct stirrup length — they need to be short enough so you can achieve a half seat in the air over the fence, but not so short you get propelled into orbit!

4. A secure lower leg is vital; make sure your calf is in contact with the horse, and your weight is pushed down into the heel into the ball of the foot and through the stirrup.

5. Always go with the horse’s movement, but make sure you don’t get ahead of them — wait until the horse has taken off before you bring your shoulders forward.

6. Your jumping position should be the result of your horse’s jumping effort. Follow the horse’s movement, for example, the more the horse bascules, the more you will need to fold at the hip.

7. Try not to grip with the knee. Although this is always tempting and feels natural to do, it can cause the lower leg to slip back.

8. Tucking a couple of fingers into a neck strap can help make sure you don’t catch the horse in the mouth over a fence. It can also offer a feeling of security and added confidence to help you relax.

Now you’ve got that advice in mind, take a look at these events and competitions available to enter where you can show off what you’ve learnt…

Unaffiliated showjumping

Date: 30 November
Venue: Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre, near Bridgwater
Details: “This show features a range of classes from 70cm to 1.20m with prize money on offer.”
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Arena eventing

Date: 30 November
Venue: Newbold Verdon Competition Centre, Leicester
Details: “This competition has classes from 70cm up to 1.05m with prize money. The competition will include a variety of showjumps, which will be run as a single round competition with two phases. The first phase will be showjumping and the second phase the cross-country, which will be timed.”
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Arena eventing

Date: 1 December
Venue: Todburn Equestrian Centre, Morpeth
Details: “This competition has classes from 55cm to 90cm, with dressage and good prizes on offer.”
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Eventers’ challenge

Date: 8 December
Venue: Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, Cam
Details: “This unaffiliated competition has classes ranging from 30cm to 80cm. There is the option to only compete in showjumping too. The showjumping is on an all-weather surface, and the eventers’ challenge is over natural fences on our all-weather loops in the field adjacent to the arena.”
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Eventers’ challenge

Date: 14 December
Venue: Dorset Showground, Gillingham
Details: “This unaffiliated competition has classes from 70cm to 1.10m.”
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Power X show

Date: 14 December
Venue: Inchcoonans Competition & Livery Yard
Details: “This competition has classes ranging between 30cm (poles on the ground and cross-poles) up to 95cm.”
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Visit equo.co.uk for full competition and training listings