JumpCross is the brainchild of Robin Dunlop, Grange Farm Equestrian Centre, Peterborough. After many years of building and observing cross-country courses and the manner in which they were ridden, Robin felt there must be a better way for both horse and rider to achieve a rhythmical, balanced style whilst developing a clean, accurate jumping technique.
JumpCross aims to provide all riders with a true cross-country sport with knock-down fences. It combines the excitement of cross-country with the accuracy of show jumping. Not as intimidating as solid fences for horse or rider, yet commanding balance, skill and respect in order to jump them cleanly. How often have you heard the rapping of hooves over cross-country fences? Is this what we want to teach our horses? JumpCross will help to teach riders to ride in rhythm and balance. By riding in balance with their horses they are much more likely to jump the fences cleanly.
The JumpCross course:
The patented design of the JumpCross course, enables the poles to fall away from the horse should he knock them. This vastly reduces the possibility of rider injury should the horse hit the fence, he will merely run through it.
The jumps are made from sturdy, shatter-proof, weather-proof plastic, and the 'patented' jump cups, with their round edges and unique design, poses less risk to both the horse and rider.
Who can do JumpCross?
Whether a seasoned competitor, nervous rider, coming back to jumping after injury, bringing on a young horse or just looking for something different?
Then JumpCross is for YOU!
JumpCross is an invaluable training medium, the benefits spilling over into all aspects of the horses work, not just jumping.
There is a definite riding style emerging and the successful JumpCross horse and rider ride with a true 'togetherness' in balance, rhythm and that all important, confidence!
Rules of JumpCross:
OUTLINE OF RULES OF JUMPCROSS
Minimum age for rider 4 years. Juniors 4 – 15 years (inclusive) Seniors 16 years and over.
Minimum age for horse/pony: 4 years (training) and 4 years (competition).
Minimum horse/pony height: no restriction.
Riders Dress Riding hats must conform to current Safety standards PAS015, 98/2011 No fixed peaks.
Body Protectors must confirm to safety standards.
Medical cards must be worn for both Training and competitions.
Horse/Pony Equipment No artifical aids or gadgets are permitted (draw reins, Market Harboroughs etc).
Running martingales only.
Bits – no current restrictions.
Cavesson, Flash, Drop or Grakle Nosebands only.
Competition Rules Summary All riders must be a member of JumpCross in order to train or compete at all venues.
Penalties > Knock-down 20 penalties for each knock-down. > Refusal 50 penalties for each refusal. (Two refusals at the same fence and you will be asked to move on to the next fence). > 6 refusals around the course - Elimiation > Rider fall - Elimiation > Horse fall - Elimiation
Course Design Courses will be approximately 1500m -2km in length and include up to 25 jumping obstacles, all of similar colour, but of variable style and technicality. The course will combine the thrill of cross-country, with the technicality of show jumping.
Normally, at the last fence, there is an option to jump the joker fence, this is approximately 6 inches higher than the rest of the course. If you clear the joker, 40 penalties will be taken off your score. If you knock it down, 40 penalties will be added to your final score.
Scoring Each riders score is calculated by taking their time to complete the complete course (in seconds) and adding on any penalties for knock-downs and refusals and penalties added or deducted for jumping the joker. The rider with the lowest score is the winner. For the team (2 horse/riders), the lowest combined score wins.
For the Pony Club/Riding Club team competitions , the best three scores from each team will be combined and the lowest combined score wins.
Please ensure that you are aware of these rules to avoid elimination.
No Rider Go Pro Cameras will be allowed on course during competition (this rule also applies to Training Sessions).
If you are wearing a cage body protector, can you please leave a key for this with the show secretary. It will enable our team to gain access should an accident occur and it requires removal.
If you are wearing a Point 2 Air Jacket, please note that you should also be wearing an up-to-date standard body protector beneath it.
Please ensure that your competitor number is visible at all times when mounted.
New course design concepts e.g. Joker Fences will be optional to the standard fence, with a maximum of three per course. If a rider opts to jump a Joker Fence and does so successfully, the rider time will be reduced by 40 seconds and, conversely, increased by 40 seconds if a knockdown occurs. Alternate (quick) routes and angles may also be incorporated on the course.