Oh, show jumping.
I said to my trainer the following statements this past Sunday at our local jumper show:
“Ok, here’s my plan. Keep Georgie in an uphill frame while still going forward and not lacking impulsion.” Before my first round.
” I need to feel more comfortable show jumping.” After my second round.
“I hate show jumping.” At the end of the day.
I envy those of you who grew up doing Hunter/Jumpers. Or had any formal show jumping experience. I grew up foxhunting and hunter pacing, which was AMAZING, but makes me far more comfortable xc jumping, and didn’t give me a great base for what to do in an arena.
And while I will stick to my first two comments, I will retract the third. I don’t hate show jumping. I don’t LOVE it. Which is weird, because I love dressage and love cross country jumping, so why don’t I love show jumping? Probably because of statement number two. I don’t feel comfortable doing it.
Which has been the same thing I have been saying for a year. Jumping the same height. Which is really frustrating and annoying. It has nothing to do with jump height. I would have happily jumped 3’6. But it wouldn’t have been fair to Georgie to jump 3’6 when I can’t even get 3’3 right.
I need to be a quicker thinker and more effective rider. Georgie has so much heart. But she isn’t exactly dying to go jump around stadium either. It’s a completely different ride than out on xc. I let her get behind the leg, veer through corners, and I don’t do anything about it. Until my third round. The third round I meant business. And it went much better.
So here’s to practice practice practice. Feeling comfortable at what pace we need to achieve a 12ft stride. Figuring out how to keep Georgie uphill and forward. Homework. Lots and lots of homework.