Friday’s Five – Top reads to show jump a record number of clear rounds in 2017
Dropping a rail in show jumping is a quick way to drop down the leaderboard like a stone. Just the lightest tap of a rail can cost you a dream finish at an event. If you want to win events you need to be able to show jump double clears consistently. Winter is nearly here and, with harsher weather conditions, odds are you will not be able to cross-country school for much longer. Use this bitter time of year to master the art of show jumping. Here are five great reads that will get you and your horse show jumping like rockstars in no time…
1) Training Showjumpers by Anthony Paalman: This classic will give you a thorough understanding of show jumping. From tack choices to walking courses, this book covers all aspects of the sport. Although this book was published in 1998, horses have not changed and neither have the core principles of the sport. Add a copy of this book to your collection to become a better trainer and show jumper.
2) 101 Jumping Exercises: For Horse and Rider by Linda L. Allen: Every rider NEEDS this book. I have referred to this book countless times for jump school ideas to solve a variety of problems. You will never get bored in your indoor arena when you have 101 jumping exercises to get through this winter…
3) Anne Kursinski’s Riding & Jumping Clinic: A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings: Anne Kursinski is one of the most popular hunter/jumper coaches in North America. You can take multiple discounted lessons with this top coach by purchasing this helpful book. In her book, Anne shares the key elements of her riding techniques plus secrets to analyzing and tackling various show jumping courses. For the price of only under $30 CAD there are no excuses for not ordering this book.
4) Show Jumping for Fun or Glory: A Training Manual for Successful Show Jumping at All Levels by Ernest Dillon: Whether you want to win a four-star or smooth out your Beginner Novice rounds, this book is for you. This book covers everything from lunging your horse over jumps, to quickening up your turns in the show ring. No matter your level or goals you should own a copy of this book.
5) Celebrity Jumping Exercises by Caroline Orme: If you want to ride like the pros then you should practice the same exercises as them. All of the riders who contributed exercises to this book are either Olympians or top class eventers. Learn which exercises the likes of William Fox Pitt, Yogi Breisner, Pippa Funnel and Leslie Law use to train their horses and students. This book is an easy read featuring sequential photographs, notes as to when to use the exercises, when not to, and how to fix common problems. Show jump like the best by training like them with the help of this book.