What are training days?
Club training days are conducted around 5 times during the year. The format of the day varies slightly each time, a standard training day would usually see two showjumping courses and a cross rails ring built and made available to riders. The heights and related distances of each course are adjusted, as appropriate, to meet the needs of the riders and their mounts. Riders are then able to school their horses over the fences, with advice available upon request from other club members. The club owns a large range of professional showjumping equipment and the training days provide an ideal opportunity to school horses over the types of visually 'spooky' fences they are likely to encounter in a competitive situation.
Training days are invariably informal, with an atmosphere of friendly camaraderie fostered amongst the riders. A non-judgemental attitude prevails and riders are encouraged to participate at the height and speed with which they feel comfortable.
All participants at the training days are expected to help in the running of the day - pole picking, gate marshalling
Where are the training days held?
Training days are held at Equestrian Park, Cotter Road, Yarralumla. There are yards available for Club members at no cost and on the basis on first come, first served.
What to wear at our training days:
As these days are not competitions, competition attire is not required. Neat dress - plain coloured jodphurs and polo shirt. All riders must wear an EA approved helmet and appropriate footwear at all times when mounted.
Who can participate at our training days?
Because of a change in EA insurance cover, all participants riding at our club days need to be ACT Showjumping Club members in order to be covered by club insurances. Club membership will be available at the time of entry on the day.
Participation on training days costs:
$20 per horse/rider combination to a maximum of $80 per family or per rider with more than one horse.
There is a $4.00 per horse levy included in the entry fee which is paid to the ACT Equestrian Federation and is used for maintenance and improvement of Equestrian Park.
The ACT Showjumping Club conducts formal competition days, both official and unofficial, on a regular basis. Most competitions are held at Equestrian Park, Cotter Road, Yarralumla. The same location as the Training Days.
Events are advertised in the club's newsletter, Related Line, and on this website. Major events such as the ACT Showjumping Cup are also advertised on the Jumping NSW website.
Each year, the club runs two competitions - The Melissa McPherson & Eric Haltiner - in memory of past club members.
In the past, the club has hosted the National Showjumping Championships here in Canberra (2008, 2009, 2010) and numerous World Cup qualifiers.
As well as conducting showjumping competitions on its own behalf, the ACT Showjumping Club assists other equestrian organisations to conduct competitions. The club regularly assists the National Capital Horse Trials Association to run the showjumping phase of One Day Events held in the region. The club also assists the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society by running the showjumping program at the Canberra Royal Show.
ACT Showjumping Club is dedicated to promoting the sport of showjumping through developing the skill and committment of its members. We regularly host clinics with experienced and highly qualified instructors and coaches.
Some of the coaches we have invited to coach for us in the past include:
Jenny Sheppard - NSW State Junior Coach & NSW Selector
Leeson Sirett - FEI World Cup course designer, EA NCAS level 1 coach
Guy Creighton - Previous Australian Champion, World Cup winner & Australian Olympic Representative
Gavin Chester - Previous Australian Olympic Representative & World Cup Winner
David Dobson - Australian representative & 19x World Cup Quallifier Winner
Grant Hughes - Local member & rider. Owner of Forest Park Riding & Equitation School and Emmaville Performance Horses. World Cup Qualifier Winner.
Stephen Dingwall - Local members & rider. Owner of Cavalier Performance Horses. Australian representative.