Riders who are interested in competing in the sport of JumpCross, but have been put off by the need to find a team partner, can now enjoy the sport as individuals.
The decision to run classes for individual riders across all levels of competition has been taken following requests from competitors, explains the sport’s founder Robin Dunlop.
“Some riders were having problems finding a partner of a similar standard who wanted to compete in the same JumpCross group, so we have decided to introduce individual classes to help the sport continue to grow,” he says.
Individual classes over 80cm, 1m and 1.10m knockdown fences on natural terrain against the clock will be held at venues around the country, with the first at JumpCross HQ at Grange Farm, near Peterborough on 1 May.
New classes for individual riders is just one of the ways in which the relatively new sport of JumpCross is continuing to evolve.
The original licencing scheme has been included as part of a new annual JumpCross membership, which allows riders to compete at JumpCross competitions around the country. Other benefits for members include a quarterly magazine, a monthly prize draw, JumpCross car sticker and free Verm-x herbal wormer for the first 300 members.
The first “Intro” level competitions for less experienced, or less brave, riders have taken place at venues in Scotland and Hertfordshire and have attracted good levels of support.
While the JumpCross team are committed to the sport’s ongoing development and are keen to receive feedback from competitors, they are adamant that the original team concept remains the backbone of the sport.
“Once more individual riders are taking part, it should become easier for riders to partner up for the team competitions, which will have greater prize money on offer,” explains Robin. “JumpCross is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities, from seven to 70, and with an increasing number of Pony Clubs getting involved the future of the sport looks healthy.”
For all the latest information on JumpCross visit: www.jumpcross.com