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Event Report - BE100 Jump Training at BCA, 12th January 2014

13th January 2014
On Sunday 12th January 2014 Trad and I had our first outing of the year with a trip to BCA for our first ever attempt at the British Eventing Jump Training, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds.

I decided to have a go at the jump training after receiving some positive feedback from a few previous competitors and I felt it would be a handy way to start of my competition schedule in 2014. The end of 2013 was quiet with no competitive outings and just a few training sessions, so what better than combining a training session with a competitive one.

For those of you who haven't done jump training before it starts with a group course walk, led by one of two instructors. Then you get a jump warm up with one instructor, followed by two rounds of show jumping with the other instructor giving you some tips between each round and they also mark your performance (the competitive bit).

My half of the class walked the course with Jonathan Chapman (who also happens to be one of my regular trainers and I have known him about 20 years, not that he gave me an easy time). Jonathan led us around the course, discussing lines to take around the tighter and wider corners plus striding between jumps. One useful tip for walking doubles with an oxer as element a, was to walk the horses strides from the middle of the fence rather than the back rail as with an oxer horses will land slightly nearer to the back rail than if it was an upright.

After the course walk you wait for your time and then warm up as per usual on the flat. Then about 5-10 minutes before your jump time you get an instructor lead warm up over the jumps. For our class this was Linda De Matteo who was very nice and gave me a few helpful pointers, mainly about trying to get my upper body back, which is one of my biggest issues both when jumping and on the flat. After that I was into the ring and you can watch the video below to see what happened and what training I received from Jonathan:

Thanks to BE for permission to use headcam

Overall I was really pleased with how Trad jumped, particularly as neither of us have done any competitive SJ rounds since October! The pole down was my fault for not quite getting the engine running. In terms of the coaching both Linda and Jonathan highlighted the same issue re my upper body and controlling my position more and this is consistent with what I have been trying to work on but for some reason I totally forget when I get in the ring! However I'm going to really try and do something about this now and will focus on this when competing in the JAS at Bury Farm in a couple of weekends time.

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