Top Dressage Tips 1. Make sure you know your test.
2. Make sure your horse is warmed up within enough time in case something needs changing.
3. Remove boots, tail bandage and all the appropriate tack.
4. Give yourself enough time to trot around the arena so the horse can get used to it.
5. Wait for the horn or the bell.
6. Always acknowledge the judge/s with a smile or hello.
7. Try to watch other people in your arena before you go in.
8. Make sure whoever is helping you on the day takes the rule book, test sheet, fly spray, grooming kit and a drink for you along to the warm up arena.
9. Try to stay relaxed and present your horse to the best of your ability it might sound obvious but it is important to stay focused.
10. Get someone to video your test. Video analysis is a great tool to use as you can't always feel what the judge or a trainer is seeing.
11. Dress smartly and tie your hair back. It will automatically give the judge a good impression of you.
12. Enjoy it!!
1st gear…trot, occasionally used for ditches, steps and water with young horses.
2nd gear….’coffin canter’ , short stepping, high powered canter. Often used for fences where there is a suprise for the horse on the landing such as ditch or water and the horse may need an extra stride to read the question.
3rd gear….show jump type canter, often used for vertical rails or fences that are related to each other with a distance. The importance of this canter is that it is forward, well balanced and the rider has a soft hand.
4th gear….the gallop. This is the speed that most xc fences are jumped out of including brush tops, roll tops, spreads, tables, etc. This pace is NOT top speed but should be balanced with power and the hocks put more underneath four or five strides out.
5th gear….top speed that is not jumped out of.
Top Showjumping Tips 1.Walk the FULL course.
2.Make sure you know your horses stride length.
3.Do your homework and learn the jumping distances. (scroll down for competition distances)
4.If there is time to watch other people watch how the course rides including lines, distances in doubles and related distances and any 'bogey' jumps.
5.Be aware of the course time.
6.Know your horse and have a warm up plan.
7. Remember Red flags on your right White flags on your left.
8.Check the rule book that all your tack is legal.
9.If on grass fit your horse with studs.
10.Wait for the bell.
11.Get someone to video your round.
Top X-Country Tips 1. Remember to have some breakfast.
2. Keep horse and rider hydrated.
3. Ensure your horse is fit enough.
4. Arrive in plenty of time so you are not in a rush. Rushed=stressed=mistakes made!
5. Walk the XC course and look carefully at all possible options at each fence.
6. Make sure you understand the black flag alternative rule.
7. Red flag on the right and white flag on the left.
8. Take photos of each fence when walking the course and any turns you think you might miss and need a quick reminder of before you get on your horse.
9. You can walk the course as many times as you like!
10. Have a warm up plan.
11. Be aware of the time. Don't forget to set your stop watch. (If allowed)
12. Have your horse well protected with x-county boots and event grease on all 4 legs. 13. Fit an over girth. 14. Don't forget you have gears and to change up and down them according to which type of obstacle you are jumping. 15. Fit your horse with studs. 16. Keep your horse walking after finishing until it has stopped blowing. 17. There's always another day if thing's don't got to plan.
Moving Up A Level Top tips for a successful move-up to the next level
1. Build on the all important ‘confidence levels’ by not over facing your horse.
2. Don’t overlook anything in training. A small problem can turn into a big one if not corrected.
3. Make sure that you are established at the next level within your training before moving up.