In this week’s edition of “What’s in Your Arena?” presented by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, let’s take a walk around the Intermediate-Preliminary show jumping course at Jump Start Horse Trials, taking place this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Here’s a look at the course map, thoughtfully designed by Nori Scheffel.
It’s always fun to see an option, and the Prelim/Intermediate riders have the choice of a liverpool or a skinny at fence #3. The liverpool is the more efficient route, is slightly lower and has a better groundline. But if your horse isn’t into them you have an out with the skinny.
We’re seeing more and more artistically painted show jumps at events these days. How pretty is this flower themed fence?
And this shout-out to Keeneland Pony Club, for which Jump Start H.T. is its annual fundraiser. Their membership is 41 Pony Clubbers strong, with an age range of 6 to 24.
Here’s a gallery of jumps #1-10:
Local eventer and Rood & Riddle partner Dr. Chris Newton leads the IP division with Good Measure. Here’s the leaderboard after show jumping:
The Training through Intermediate levels completed dressage and show jumping today and will go cross country tomorrow, which also sees the kick-off of Starter through Novice level divisions. Best of luck to all competitors!