Category Archives: Showjumping

This is the competitive sport of riding horses over a series of fences or hurdles in an arena, with competitors judged on their speed and accuracy around the course.

Elite Showjumping Stallion: Billy Congo


Billy Congo:  “I’m just in love with some of the young horses by Billy Congo” says William Funnel to the AES in January this year.

Billy Congo achieved Gold British Show Jumping Elite Stallion status in 2010 ridden by William Funnell. He was part of the Nations Cup winning team at Hickstead jumping a double clear round and was also selected for the British Team squad for Dublin. He was placed sixth in The Super League Grand Prix in Falsterbo Sweden again jumping a double clear round and was 2nd in the Derby Trial at Hickstead and won the International Bunn Leisure Tankard class.

His successes continued at Grand Prix through 2011 to last year and 2015 looks set to be a star year with Billy Congo already taking good placing’s in his 3* competitions this year.

By AES & Irish Horse Board Approved stallion Vechta, who is by the famous world class sire Voltaire. Vechta’s extended pedigree carries 3 crosses to influential TB stallions Lucky Boy, Cottage Son and Furioso and top level performance sports horses, these performers and progeny include the great For Pleasure, Heisman, Faust Z and Maximillian Voltucky, champion young stallion at the SHB (GB) stallion grading.

Billy Congo’s Dam Billy Autumn was herself and successful Grand Prix Showjumper and her sire, Animo, is among the elite jumping stallions in the world today.

Billy Congo’s young stock are now showing their potential.

In 2011, Billy Umbongo was joint winner of the Four Year Old Championships at the Addington, the following year he jumped clear everyday to pick up the bonus for the British bred 5yr olds. 2014 has seen Billy Umbongo go on his first sunshine tour to Spain and jumped numerous clear rounds in the 7yr old classes.

With his deep understanding of the breeding process, breeders should be assured by William Funnels responses to the Anglo European Stud Book when asked “Is Billy Congo the best?” and “Which stallion brought you the best horses?” his response was:

“Billy Congo is the best! No, I’m a modest man, but I’m just so in love with some of the young horses by Billy Congo. Some six and seven-year-olds in my stables. What I experience with Billy Congo is that he gives blood and produces careful sport types. There aren’t many stallions like that. For most stallions you need a blood mare. He doesn’t need that. I think most people don’t even realise how good he is because I think he is suited more to the European mares than the English blood types. He’s good on the typical continental mares, because he’s a strong horse with a good back and good hind end. That’s why I think we should sell more semen to Europe. There are not enough stallions with this type in Europe. Together with Kees Van Den Oetelaar I’m dividing the semen in Europe now. We have just finished another period of freezing his semen. His semen is better than any other, and his frozen is as good as the fresh.”

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The Billy Studs’ AES Stallion Billy Mexico is proving himself through his successful progeny


Congratulations to Pippa Funnel and Billy Walk On at Chatsworth International earlier this month.

Billy Mexico, a striking AES/AWR approved stallion, is a successful international showjumper with William Funnel has competed along side his stud duties.

Besides his own skills in the competitive arena at CSI3* CSIO5*, his progeny are also making their own mark in the performance horse world. In January, Horse Scout blogged about the successful line up for the Billy Stud at the Futurity awards where Billy Walk On took just one of the first places awarded to Billy Stud that day.

Billy Walk On is showing just why he was feted at the Futurity Awards. He is performing so well out in the competitive arena with three wins from three starts already this season. Billy Studs’ busy news reel reported in March that Billy Walk On, the lovely 6yr old by Billy Mexico, led from the front in both his novice events, firstly at Tweseldown where the section had over 60 starters, then at Aldon, Pippa rode a 24.3 dressage which then gave her breathing space in cross country to pick up 8 time faults but still finish victorious”.

He followed this by another win at Somerly Park Horse Trials. Then yesterday, the Billy Stud reports that Pippa and the Walkinshaw’s amazing 6yr old Billy Walk On have once again brought home the top honors! He won the CIC* at Chatworth international, this was his first time competing at this level. This lovely son of Billy Mexico will now have a holiday in the field before returning to competition in the autumn…. Deservedly so!

Billy Mexico has the breeding to stand by his own successful progeny through both his sire Cevin Z his sire who was was bred by the prestigious Zangersheide Stud, and carries double crosses in his pedigree of both Cor de la Bryere and Capitol I. Cevin Zs’ youngstock are achieving top class results – in both show jumping and eventing at international level. Bidorette, the mother of Billy Mexico, is a proven broodmare having produced numerous good foals, in particular the approved stallion Fervent, a proven sire who achieved over $2000.00 in winnings and also Libro who jumped to Foxhunter level, with BSJA winnings of £974.00. Libro also excels as a dressage horse with 250 points and is working at advanced medium level.

Billy Mexico is by the Billy Stud AES / AWR approved stallion Cevin Z. He is an exceptional young stallion starting his competitive career with William Funnell. He is showing huge ability, combined with an excellent temperament. His pedigree sets him apart and combined with his talent and temperament ha has proven to be an ideal producer of high class sports horses, especially show jumpers and eventers.

His first crop of young stock were placed first and second at the Young Horse Championships in 2006. He has competed successfully with William Funnell at International level. His youngstock are achieving top class results – in both show jumping and eventing at international level.

2008 was Billy Mexico’s first season at stud and as a 3yr old only covered six mares, but the crop have been outstanding. As this crop reached maturity, William said “From what we have seen of Mexico’s progeny so far we are very excited about him as a breeding stallion. Considering we only covered the six mares the first year, all the offspring have shown his super technique and great brain”.

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Horse Scout Stallion Review: For Pleasure


Select Stallions, For Pleasure, is a Show Jumping Stallion that will go down in history as a triple Gold Medal Winner accruing 1.8 million euros over his career. Not only a legend himself but he also has six progeny listing  in the top 7 placings in the WBFSH breeding Rankings 2015  and is 5th himself in theWBFSH sire rankings

Horse Scouts stallion listing profile page for For Pleasure shows that this amazing Select Stallions’ winnings include an incredible ten international Grand Prixs and sevenNations Cups with Germany.

For Pleasure was a Hanoverian Stallion who competed in international show jumping under riders Lars Nieburg and Marcus Ehning during his unusually long career, from which he was retired in 2006 at the age of 20.

For Pleasure was born at Robert Diestel’s stable in 1986. His dam’s line is a collection of prominent sires of show-jumpers and the breeding to Furioso II added sought after refining French blood. A breeding which matched. For Pleasure passed his performance test at Medingen as winner in the jumping test with 145.95 points. Afterwards he was trained by Hans-Jürgen Giebel. In 1993 the then seven-year-old celebrated his first win in an open jumper class and became Lower-Saxony Champion. With his new rider Lars Nieberg, For Pleasure’s spectacular international career began in 1994.

If For Pleasure was a phenomenon in the competitive jumping arena then, incredibly, it is not just his own amazing competitive record because now we are seeing his offspring coming through the ranks and showing dominance at every level.

After his victory at his performance test 15 foals were classified ” First Premium”, 8 colts were approved and 10 colts achieved the top-price at the Sales in Verden. Despite covering a limited number of mares For Pleasure was ranked tenth best sire by winnings in Germany in 2002.

In 2003, he had 8 progeny in the circuit for “Young Horses” for 7-8 years in the international classes (CSI***, CSI****, CSI WC and CSIO) : including; Forester winning twice and many places.1st Farina to Berlin, placed 8th in the World Cup of Dormund (to 8 years).

His son For Feeling won his 100 day test.

For Joy is winner of Grand Prix CSI in Ireland.

The excellent, For Fun: twice winning in Leipzig,

Spruce Meaddow (Canada ) numerous wins and 2nd and 5th east, wins to Berlin and 2nd Stuttgart also Frankfort, three times placed at Olympia in London.

For Keeps very often placed and Forsyth dominated world-wide in the 7-8 male years: 1st or placed in Bordeaux, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Berlin, Kiev (2 times 1st and 3rd).

In the 2015 Hanoverian Stallion Book, For Pleasure is recorded as having 394 competitors with 121 jumpers competing at Advanced level. Together they have won €2,138,334, with the highest money winner being Rene Tebbel’s Farina, who has won €262,806. Farina won the George V Cup at Hickstead. Christian Ahlmann’s Firth of Clyde is the winner of €227,659. Firth of Lorne has won €189,940, Forsyth has won €119,779, For Fun is the winner of €111,490, while For Germany has earned €83,722. There are 20 horses by For Pleasure that have won more than €15,000.

On the WBFSH 2015 sires rankings, he is in 5th place.

In the WBFSH Rankings 2015 rankings he has six progeny stallions in he top 7 placings.

This phenomenal stallion died a the age of 25 at his long time home but through modern technologies his straws are available through Select Stallions. £800 + VAT for 1 Straw or £2,200 + VAT for 3 Straws (Multiple foals can be registered)

Put forward by Select Stallions whose other stallions can be found on our stallion listings profiles on you can find For Pleasure by clicking here

Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion Billy Congo gets to wear a bit of British Bling.


Stallions with Grade A performance winnings and having represented their country on either an Olympic/World/European Championship Team, Nations Cup Team and/or won an individual Championship medal at senior level are entitled to wear Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion Discs on their bridles.

Billy Congo stands at The Billy Stud, a unique joint venture between William Funnell, Pippa Funnell and Donal Barnwell a team that brings together all their experience in showjumping, eventing and breeding.

Their knowledge has created a winning formula for consistently breeding and producing champion sports horses for the future.

Horse Scout has all the Billy Stallions listed on its pages.

But the horse who wears the bling is Billy Congo.

“Billy Congo is one of the most exciting young stallions I have seen. His bloodlines and the ability he is showing in the international arena makes him an ideal choice for my mares.”

John Whitaker

This hugely successful 16.2hh KWPN/Dutch Warmblold black stallion, Billy congo, is by AES & Irish Horse Board Approved stallion Vechta, who is by the famous world class sire Voltaire. Vechta’s extended pedigree carries 3 crosses to influential TB stallions Lucky Boy, Cottage Son and Furioso and top level performance sports horses, these performers and progeny include the great For Pleasure, Heisman, Faust Z and Maximillian Voltucky, Champion young stallion at the SHB (GB) stallion grading.

Billy Congo’s young stock are now showing their potential. In 2011 Billy Umbongo was joint winner of the Four Year Old Championships at the Addington, the Following year he jumped clear everyday to pick up the bonus for the british bred 5yr olds. 2014 has seen Billy Umbongo go on his first sunshine tour to Spain and jumped numerous clear rounds in the 7yr old classes. Billy Cool is a Black mare by Billy Congo, as a six year old she was clear everyday in the 6yr old championship at the Welsh masters, and in 2014 she finished on the spainish sunshine tour by coming 4th in the 7yr old final. Billy Onslow is now an 8yr old and has gone from strength to strength, in 2013 he was double clear in a 1.40m jump off class at the Royal Windsor horse show, he was 3rd in the 7yr old final in Maubage, and jumped clear rounds in the 1.45m classes at the CSI5* show in Hickstead which was a big test for a 7yr old. At The Burghley Young Event Horse Competition in 2010 Billy Pastime ridden by Pippa Funnell was 5th in the 4 year old section, and is now competing at CIC2* Level.

His successful progeny and as a Grade A show jumper himself, Billy Congo’s own competition results show that he a sound choice for breeding performace. Billy Congo was bred, trained and produced by Britain’s William Funnell at The Billy Stud. He won the 7 Year Old Championship at the British Young Horse Championships in 2008. In 2007, as a 6-year-old he was 2nd in the Young Horse Championships and in 2006, aged five, he was 3rd. Billy Congo and Funnell and accumulated a many Grand Prix successes and key Nations Cup performances. In 2013, the pair won a European Team Gold medal. By the end of 2012, Billy Congo is estimated to have won in excess of £100,000.  In the 2013 season € 175,540  and the 2012 season € 13,380 His total purse is somewhere in the region of £500,000

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A Warm Reception for Freezing Rain: the only British Stallion to have approved status by the KWPN Studbook


Freezing Rain is a young stallion on the way up.  Born in 2010 this 16.2hh handsome bay AES Stallion was bred at Paddock Woods Stud with Select Stallions, where international event rider Emily Llewellyn and Polo player and show jumper Max Routledge are based. This stud with second to none facilities is a family run stud near Godalming in Surrey where the Grand Prix show jumper Typhoon’s son Freezing Rain was bred in 2010.

Freezing Rains listing on Horse Scout’s Stallion pages has some fabulous pictures of Freezing Rain and his sire Typhoon S. Freezing rain was assessed in the UK by the KWPN inspectors and was allowed to attend the two KWPN stallion grading shows in Holland in 2012 and early 2013. From the 500 3 year old stallions assessed by the KWPN  only a few, whose confirmation and jumping ability and veterinary assessment were of sufficient quality were invited to attend the  50 day performance testing in the autumn of 2013 where Freezing Rain he was made ‘Approved’ by the Studbook!

This has made Freezing the first British bred stallion ever to reach this level. We are justifiably proud of this achievement. Ricky is only a 5 year old Stallion but he is already making a name for himself. His first foal born on the stud has been named Mr Rainmaker he and paddocks Woods say “ He is a beautiful stamp of foal and is really bright and bold in his temperament”.

Freezing Rain is out of Tiandra (a Heartbreaker mare) and by Typhoon S Paddock Woods top breeding and competition stallion.

You can find out more about him on his Horse Scout listing page by clicking this link

Horse Scout Stallion Listing review: Select Stallions’ Showjumping Super Star Cornet Obolensky.


World No3 Show Jumper Daniel Deusser wins the Rolex Gran Prix on Coronet Obolensky Offspring Cornet D’Amour.

Proving exactly why Cornet Obolensky is a deservedly sought after show jumping stallion. His Horse Scout listing shows his first class. A Grey Belgian Warmblood born in 1999 standing at 17hh. A proven performance horse he competed at the 2008 Olympics and was on the winning team at the European Championships in Madrid in 2011 finishing 11th individually. His agents Select Stallions are based in Newbury.  His Horse Scout listing on its stallion listing page (Cornet Obolenskys’ page).  This beautifully bred top class showjumping stallion is by ‘Clinton’ (Dirk Demeersman) who was individually 4th at the Athens Olympics 2004 and 2nd in the Aachen Grand Prix 2005 and is a proven top sire, having also bred the superb ‘Via Vola’ (Beezie Madden). His grandsire ‘Corrado I’ (Franke Sloothaak) was also a top level competitor and sire, His dam and grand dam both jumped to advanced levels and his dam’s half brother (also by Clinton) is ‘Vivaldo van het Costersveld’ jumping successfully at international 1m60 level under Roger Yves Bost. His dam’s sire ‘Heartbreaker’ was himself 4th in the Aachen Grand Prix under Peter Geerink and is a top jumper sire of the likes of ‘Action Breaker’ (Sergio Alvarez Moya) etc

He was 13th at the World Cup final at S-Hertogenbosch in 2012, won the 5 star Grand Prix at Zurich, and was 2nd in the Global Champions Tour Final Grand Prix in Doha 2012. He also won the Nations Cup at Rotterdam in 2011 and 2012, in Rome 2012 and 2nd in Aachen in 2012.

Global Stallions note his WBFSH Stallion Ranking as 6th , his records show 43 offspring with international rankings and 2 In the  top 100 world rankings with Cornet d’Amour (11th) on international points won. His GF German breeding index score is 166 (.96)

Cornet Obolensky competed at the 2008 Olympics and was on the winning team at the European Championships in Madrid in 2011 and finished 11th individually…..He finished 13th at the World Cup final at S-Hertogenbosch 2012, won the 5 star Grand Prix at Zurich, was 2nd in the Global Champions Tour Final Grand Prix in Doha 2012….. He also won the Nations Cup at Rotterdam in 2011 and 2012, in Rome 2012 and 2nd in Aachen 2012.

Cornet Obolensky accrued an overall score of 8.33 at his 30 day test coming ranking him third on the day in his field. He lead the field in show jumping with the score of 9.24. He was gained the top score of 10 for loose jumping.

Since his first crops began appearing at stallion liecensing’s and at the German Bundeschampionships it has become apparent that Cornet Obolensky has passed on his stamp to his progeny, their superb type, movement and jumping ability is now being confirmed by the large numbers of his offspring appearing on the international jumping circuit…. These include ‘Cocoshynsky’ (Emanuele Gaudiano) 4th Weisbaden 5 star Grand Prix and 9th Helsinki World Cup Qualifier 2012 plus numerous wins at 1m50 level

‘Cornet d’Amour’ (Daniel Deusser) winner of the World Cup Final Lyon 2014, winner of the 5 star GPw at Wellington 2013 and winner of the Nations Cup Calgary 2012 & 5th individually in the European Championships 2013,

Cornado I’ (Marcus Ehning) 4th World Cup Final Lyon 2014, winner 5 star GPw Bordeaux 2013 & 5 star GP Paris 2014,

‘Contifex’ (Denis Lynch) placed in many 5 star Grand Prix including 3rd in

Helsinki and 4th in Bordeaux,

‘Charlie’ (Katharina Offel) 5th 5 star Grand Prix of Gottenburg,

‘Colestus’ (Marco Kutscher) winner 1m60 at 5 star Paris 2014,

‘Comme Il Faut’ (Franz Josef Dahlman) 2nd in the 5yr olds World Young Horse Final 2010

Horse Scout Bloggers Stallion Listing Review: The Stallion Company & Kannan World Number #1 Ranking Stallion


Kannan Offspring Molly Malone & Bertram Allen win Longines GP Lummen

Horse Scout has some fantastic stallions listed on its Stallion Profile pages and is proud to review the outstanding stallion Kannan and his world ranked offspring. Top international Grand Prix power jumper, and a mainstay of the French Super League winning teams of his time. He now produces huge numbers of international level jumpers. He also produces some good eventers. With progeny taking top honours he’s hugely popular with breeders.

The 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas gave Kanan offspring a clean sweep of victories. Molly Malone ridden by 19 year old Bertram Allen (ranked #10) won the opening days speed leg followed on by Albfuehrens Paille and Steve Guerdat winning on day 2 and taking the overall lead. It was down to the final day to see if Kannans offspring could continue their dominance – They did not disappoint!

Albfuehrens Paille took top spot on the podium while Molly Malone finished third overall. These horses are at the top of their sport but they showed that fighting spirit that Kannan passes to so many of his offspring. They have the heart and a willingness to work with you. In modern day sport your horse must be the full package – Kannan proves yet again why he is World Number 1! Kannan is the 2011 WBFSH number 1 jumping stallion. WBFSH number 8 eventing stallion stands at stud for The Stallion Company in Rodez, France

This amazing dark bay KWPN / Dutch Warmblood Stallion is 16.3hh.Bred by G Kramer van de Meer, Kannan is a tall rangey Stallion. Kannan has power, movement and scope;a horse who stands out from the crowd with presence style and a confirmation that brings with it an easy and elastic balance. WBFSH Stallion Rankings  #1 with 70 offspring with International ranking points with 2 in the top 100  and top ranked offspring on basis of international points won is Nino des Buissonnets (31st)

On Global Stallions his GF Germany Breeding Index for Jumping is SF +28 (.94) , KWPN 151 (.75) “His progeny are on course for the Olympics – a sure bet” Paul Schockemöhle in 2010 well he has certainly been proved right!

Kannan’s exemplary competition successes have included winning the Belgian Classic Circuit at the age of 6 in 1998, becoming 7 year old Belgian Champion in 1999. In 2000 Kannan made his International debut by finishing 5th in a Grand Prix. In 2003 Kannan won the Deauville Grand Prix and In 2004 Kannan won at Paris Bercy and Jardy as well as many other competition successes. He was a ragular member of the French Show Jumping Team which won the Samsung Super League in 2003 & 2004. In 2005 he became French National Champion.

The Stallion Company sell Kannan’s semen as live foal guarantee (The fee is 2050€ is + VAT @ 10%)

His progeny have proved immensely successful. One of the worlds top producers of showjumpers in recent years with a hugely impressive numbers of ranked progeny. Progeny include’ ‘Nino des Buissonnets’(Steve Guerdat) winner of the individual gold at the London Olympics 2012 and the sensation of the 2011-2012 world cup series, finishing 2nd in the qualifier at Stuttgart and 3rd in the qualifier at Lyon 2011 and going on to finish closely 2nd in the final in S. Hertogenbosch, was 2nd again the following year in Gothenburg and 5th in the final in Lyon 2014……, ‘Bridget’ (Bernardo Alves) indiv bronze medal and team silver at the 2011 Pan American Games, previously winner of the Monaco GCT GP, ‘Oh d’Eole’(Maclain Ward) winner of Palm Beach Grand Prix 2012 and with Ml Robert won the 4 star GP of Bourg en Bresse & 2nd in 4 star GP of Franconville 2013, ‘Molly Malone’ (Bertram Allen) in 2014 was 5th in 5 star GP of sHertogenbosch and in 2013 was 2nd individually in the European Junior Championships, won the 3 star GP of Leszno and 1m50 classes at 5 star Barcelona & Gijon, ‘Albfuehren’s Paille’ (Alesandra Fricker) in 5 star GPs was 4th in Rome CSIO & 6th in Basel, 4th in the 4 star GP of Braunschweig, 3rd in the 3 star GP of Hannover& won the 2 star GP of Ebreichsdorf all in 2013, ‘Quannan-R’ (Marc Bettinger) in 3 star GPs won at San Giovanni & 2nd Vilamoura,in 2014 while he won a 1m50 at 5 star Fontainebleau, ‘Kismet’ (Candice King), ‘Kavanagh IV’ (Matthew Sampson), ‘A Pikachu de Muze’(David McPherson) 6yr old world champion Lanaken 2006…. Continuously among the leading producers of good young showjumpers at the French young horse championships in Fontainebleau.   Also ranked amongst the top producers of eventing horses in the world with 9 ranked progeny. To find out more about Kannan follow this link to his Stallion Profile on

Picture perfect pony stallion standing at End House Stud


Thursden Vallye Raphael a striking son of Graded Sports Pony Stallion Aimbry Chester out of a classically bred SPSS graded Yealand Nightowl mare.

This elegant pony has an exquisite head, fabulous athletic paces and superb temperament.

He has very correct conformation with a fabulous front, length of rein and the ability to inject quality into all types of mares, continually producing his own stamp over and over again. He does not carry the red gene so therefore has never produced a chestnut foal even to chestnut mares.

This attractive talented pony stallion shows a careful jump over poles, loose jumping up to 1.25m and is bold and brave across country water, ditches, banks etc hacking out alone and in company.

He has been fully vetted and licensed with the National Pony Society, & Graded with the Sports Pony Stud book he is regularly ridden and handled by children which must surely be test ament to his outstanding manners and temperament, he is the perfect Childs pony – the type mothers dreams are made of. Thuesden Vallye Rahael stands in Gisburn, Lancs at End House Stud

End House Stud are delighted to introduce as part of their team Mr Brendan Ramshaw, Competition rider, trainer and producer. Now taking all types of horses and ponies inclusive of stallions and colts for breaking, schooling, grading, show and sale preparation. Problem horses and ponies welcome as are full and holiday liveries. Facilities include indoor arena, horse walker, turnout paddocks and full time supervision

Keep those Show Jumps Standing- 7 steps to jump a perfect round.


To jump a horse successfully a rider can break each stage in the process down into seven separate steps. the seven stages need to be ridden accurately. With the rider remaining in balance and able to help the horse both before during and after the jump.

The 7 stages to jumping:

1. Turn.

2. Approach.

3. Take off.

4. Jump.

5. Landing.

6. Get away.

7. Turn.

1) The Turn

The turn to the jump needs to be ridden accurately so that it lines you up with the centre of the jump being straight ahead. The rider needs to be sitting up and looking ahead to the jump that they are going to do, with the horse being ridden from the riders leg up into the hand, to keep the horse in a balanced rhythm which has plenty of impulsion.

2) Approach

The approach needs to lead you directly to the centre of the jump which you are planning to jump. The rider needs to be sitting up, looking ahead and channeling the horse forward, between their hand and their legs enabling the rider to maintain a straight line, with the horse maintaining the impulsion and balance that is required.

3) Take Off

This is the point at which the horse begins to gather his hindlegs underneath his body and starts to lift up the forehand. The rider needs to keep their lower leg securely wrapped around, to maintain the horses energy and forward momentum.The riders hands need to follow the movement of the horses head and neck and still maintain a contact through the rein to the bit. At the point of takeoff the rider should still be looking ahead, up and over the jump.

4) Jump

This is the point at which the horse will bascule in the air,the forehand is well lifted, and the back well rounded, with their forelegs tucked up in the front and the hind legs tucked up at the back allowing the horse to clear the jump. When the horse is in the air the the rider folds into the jumping position. To achieve a good fold the riders upper body is lowered, with the seat being slipped to the back of the saddle, the riders hand position allows the horse to stretch through their neck, back and body, giving the horse the freedom of movement they require, while still maintaining a light contact through the rein. The riders lower leg needs to stay securely wrapped around the horse to help maintain balance when in the fold or jumping position. The riders position needs to fold straight so that they can still look ahead through the horses ears and on to the next fence, any deviation of the riders position by going off to the side or twisting of the position will unbalance not only the horse but ultimately the rider as well.

5) Landing

The horse now starts to stretch out and extend their front legs ready for landing. Depending on the cater lead that is required, the horse will land with one foreleg landing first then quickly followed by the other foreleg, and the hindquarters following through from behind. The rider will start by bringing their upper body back up into a upright position, while still allowing their hands to remain in contact through the rein to the bit in the horses mouth, but without interfering with the horses balance and movement, this is especially important as horses use their necks for most of their balance. The riders lower leg should remain in position, still on the girth area of the horse, with the rider looking ahead to the next fence.

6) Get Away

The horse is now moving away from the jump and on to the next. The rider needs to make sure that the horse is in balance with plenty of energy and impulsion still being generated and that the horse is on the correct canter lead to enable it to turn in balance to the next fence. The rider should check that their position is still accurate, with reins the correct length, and lower leg secure and with the upper body sitting tall and the rider focused on the next jump.

7) Turn

This is where the rider turns away from one fence and on to the other, and the seven stages start all over again.

Are you looking for a jumping horse.  Horse Scout has some great horses and ponies advertised on its pages.  Take a look.

Aim for the stars – Like Michael Whitaker


Are you aiming for the top too? Show Jumping legend Michael Whitaker Takes Double Victory in Hong Kong.

Pony Club Hero John Whitaker’s Double scoop at the Hong Kong Masers last weekend has to be so inspiring for every show jumper but when you have such a long and remarkably successful career you begin to have a fan club base and many of them are in The Pony Club. For so many who take part in grass roots competitions every weekend (rain or shine) its wins like these that make children want to do well.  After all every show jumper started off exactly where they are now, didn’t they?

I have to say that if you make it to the top the rewards are certainly enormous with prize pots standing at $700,000 in the Langines Grand Prix alone.  But its not just about he money for these top riders its about their fantastic horses.  After his winning round in the jump off in 42.54 seconds Whitaker said as he gave the credit to his horse. “I think Argento likes Hong Kong. He is certainly in really good form.” “He jumped three days and he did not touch a fence,” We all dram about owning a horse that is as good as that….one day.

However, we all have to start somewhere and Horse Scout has a couple of great little jumping ponies on its list for the right aspiring show jumper.

Norbet  (brilliant name by the way!) a 14.2 Irish Sports bred pony with over £300 winnings (registered grade 3) is near Blandford Forum, at £26,000 has the potential to be a “big track pony” with the right rider. Norbet will always try his hardest. He will go off any stride. He is very scopey and  loves his job. A Serious contender for Newcomers / Foxhunter 2nd rounds and Winter JC for 2015 with scope to go on to jump JA & EuropeansFantastic opportunity to acquire such a lovely pony as rider moving onto horses Extremely fast against the clock and very careful Winnings of £794 and 383 points Norbet has the heart of a lion – he is brave and bold and totally honestGreat to shoe, clip, load etc…Please note: Norbet can be sharp so 5* professional home needed Will be available after EHPI. So serious enquiries only

Another talented contender might be Robe Duster – whose record speaks for itself Actual winnings are £4050, Points 2336 Qualified HOYS Foxhunter final 2011 and 2012 Qualified HOYS Pony Show Jumper final 2014 2nd in the RIHS Winter JC championship 2012.  He has been in the same home for 41.2 years and they are looking for a competitive 5* home. With a pony this good you can understand that they only want serious enquires only, please no time wasters.