What is showjumping?

Showjumping involves jumping a horse over a course of fences set out in number order.

Jumping classes are held over a course of showjumping obstacles, including verticals, spreads, double and triple combinations, usually with many turns and changes of direction; the intent is to jump cleanly over a set course within an allotted time.

Time faults are accrued for exceeding the time allowance, with jumping faults incurred for knockdowns and refusals (when the horse stops before a fence or 'runs out'). The fence height varies depending on your experience and the level you compete at; this can range anywhere from 70cm to over 1.60 metres.

British Showjumping is the governing body for the sport in the UK. They formulate the rules and codes of practice under which all affiliated competitions are held.

British Showjumping manage more than 4,200 shows each year providing in excess of 4,350 days of show jumping for members riding registered horses and ponies. They provide classes to cater for all levels of ability whether you simply want to compete occasionally at weekends over a 70cm course or aim eventually for top class competitions at the Royal International Horse Show, Horse of the Year Show or Olympia.

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