The Jump for Joy course focusses on taking you from cross poles to oxers and beyond. This course will benefit you if you can already jump from trot, need improvement, lack the confidence to progress or have never seen a raised cross pole before.
This course is also suitable for advanced and experienced riders with plenty of jumping experience who would like improvement in a specific area. The course consists of 3 intensive lessons per day on a range of horses, covering a vast range of jumping scenarios.
Lessons will include pole and flat work, raised pole work, cross and raised cross poles, jumping on sand as well as grass, oxers, all of various heights, solid fences, show jumps with and without fillers, and some more strange objects like mounting blocks and barrels.
The expectation of progress is based on 7 days for relatively fit and healthy individuals. Our aim is for the rider to have gained a considerable amount of confidence, ability, knowledge and experience of jumping by the end of the course. You will learn position, rhythm, balance, straightness, and confidence building. The speed of your progress will entirely depend on previous experience. There is a substantial difference between being capable but having previously lost confidence while jumping and being confident but never having jumped before. It is, therefore, almost impossible to judge a rider’s progress expectation prior to the first lesson on the course.
Progress is specific to each individual, and confidence is as, if not more, important than capability. Although we have had many individuals who have achieved all of the above, that does not mean that you have to. We are always ready to alter the course programme to suit the rider to ensure that you achieve as much as your body will allow.
You will need to be confident in walk, trot and canter.
We do offer this course to those who have not yet learnt to canter, although you will need to contact us prior to booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
The minimum age requirement is 17 years, there is no maximum age limit.
The weight limit is 16 stone.
We do consider exceptions to the above requirements. Please contact us to discuss the options.
Boots with a small, flat heel.
Comfortable "old" clothing.
Weather relative clothing.
High Visibility Jacket / Tabbard
Jump for Joy courses run in half day sessions, please choose either morning or afternoon for your course.
This programme is subject to variations and purely to give you an idea of what to expect. We may make changes depending on weather conditions, rider progress, the length of your course, and/or unexpected circumstances.
There is a break during the day which is not stated in the programme as the times of these will vary and depend entirely on the riders on the course.
We are located 4.5 miles from Ross on Wye, and 5.5 miles from Newhunt Horses tack shop. If you are unable to acquire any of the following equipment, it will certainly be possible to do so while you are here. If you are not bringing your own transport, there is a reliable bus service to Ross on Wye from the bus stop opposite the yard, and we would be more than happy to take you to Newhunt Horses.