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Jump Training round-up from Hartpury College

PUBLISHED: 15:54 05 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

Young riders dominated at Hartpury College in British Eventing's Jump Training competition on Sunday, February 3

Jump Training round-up from Hartpury College

Young riders dominated at Hartpury College in British Eventings Jump Training competition on Sunday, February 3. This pre-season series, sponsored byBaileys Horse Feeds, is a unique training competition where competitors show jump under the watchful eye of a BE Accredited Coach, receive feedback on their round and then jump again.
The winner of the BE80 class, where 80 denotes the height of the fence in cms, was Hannah McCoubrie from Dursley in Gloucestershire, riding her appaloosa, Blueberry NJ. Eighteen-year-old Hannah rode the nine year old gelding to victory in a class of 18 starters, winning on her style mark of 18 with to a pitch perfect clear round in a class of 19.
Herefordshire-based rider Katie Thomas took the spoils in the BE90 class with her horse, Arzana Venture, who is a ten year old bay gelding. The 17 year old from Leominster, won the class of twenty three starters a clean six marks clear of the runner up, finishing on 12 points.
Isabel McKeeman from Fairford in Gloucestershire took the biggest height class of the day, the BE100 section, riding the bay nine year old gelding, Ruscai Little Arkansas, an impressive twelve points ahead of the second placed rider.
The BE Accredited Coaches who judged the competition were Caro Haynes (from Oxfordshire) and Joss Grey. Caro said of the competition: This competition is a wonderful opportunity for Coaches to be able to help riders improve whilst in a competitive environment. I hope we helped everyone that came to Hartpury; the standard was much improved from previous years which shows how important pre-season preparation is becoming.
Caros top tips for future riders taking part in Jump Training:

  • Be prepared for your round and visualise completing the round before you start

  • A positive responsive and active canter is imperative - don't focus on any one fence in particular

  • If you have a problem make sure you immediately repair your canter again and think ahead on to the rest of the course. Put what went wrong behind you and think positively for the rest of the fences

  • Keep soft, allowing hands and a good rhythm throughout

  • Ride like you would at home, the Coaches are there to put you right (in the class)

  • Use this opportunity to get help and advice

  • Bear in mind the advice you have been given by your Coach but make sureyou ride what you feel and adjust your riding to how your horse feels in the ring

The series continues on Saturday, February 9 at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire.For full information on the series visit


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