Quick Tips with Sally Sainsbury – How NOT to mess it all up in Stadium

Take the time to walk the stadium jumping course and understand what questions the course designer is asking, and how to answer them. Some eventers will walk a cross-country course three times and plan their ride in great detail, but walk the stadium course quickly. Plan your speed and how to get straight to the jumps; how you are going to use the corners and which ones you'll go wide at; how you will ride a diagonal line. Look at the terrain and surroundings. If you're jumping on grass early in the morning, make sure you use large enough studs - the grass is shorter than on cross-country and can be slick. If the jumps are big, bright and more intimidating, they are going to ride much larger than they are. In the warm-up, most riders just jump whatever is there at whatever height and don't have a plan. There…

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