Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA) Tasmania
Showjumping as we know it today originated in Italy around the beginning of the 20th Century. The Italians developed the forward riding position rather than leaning back in the saddle and this made it much easier for the horse and less tiring for the rider.
Glamour and excitement are two vital ingredients in any successful sport and showjumping is a sport full of action, excitement, dedication and glamour. It is a sport where men and women compete on equal terms and champions can be any age to achieve their goals.
Showjumping has emerged as a graceful and entertaining equestrian sport and is an excellent test of fitness, training and courage in a partnership between horse and rider.
It as an all round test of horse and rider and designing and building showjumping courses has become a specialist art. In each class, horse and rider combinations jump a series of obstacles that may include water jumps, simulated stone walls, parallel rails, triple bars and many other variations, all designed to test the rider's skill and the horse's jumping ability. Penalties are given for faults such as knocking down an obstacle (4 penalties), refusing an obstacle (3 penalties) and exceeding time limits.
The time allowed for a round is calculated according to a set speed for the event, which ranges between 300 and 400 metres per minute. Obstacles vary in height anywhere from 0.60cm to 1.6 metres with a maximum spread of oxers (parallel rails) at 2 metres.
Horses in Australia are graded according to their experience and talent - a young horse just beginning his jumping career will begin on 0 points (D Grade) and in every Official competition points will be awarded up to third place. As the horse progresses his points are tallied and once a certain level is attained then the horse reaches the next grade through to A Grade.
There are many different competitions in showjumping such as 6 bar (six jumps in a line and after each round the heights are raised), knockout stakes ( two competitors against each other over identical courses) and the puissance ( a brick wall that is raised after each clear round) and of course many other variations including speed, high jump and ride and drive.
In Tasmania the State governing body for Showjumping is the Tasmanian Showjumping Association. Through its zone clubs TSJA administrates and represents the sport at the EFA level. If you are interested in Showjumping and want to know more go to the contacts page and talk to someone at TSJA today!