Show Jumping

What is Show Jumping?

Show Jumping is where a horse and rider combination are tested over a course of colourful obstacles, known as fences, which can be easily knocked down if they are hit. The goal is to complete the course in the fastest time without getting any faults.

Faults are gained when a fence is knocked down, the horse stops at a fence (refuse) or the horse runs around a fence (run out).

Show Jumping can take place both indoors and outdoors, so is perfect to enjoy all year round.

Intended to demonstrate the horse and rider’s courage, athletic ability, precision, speed and partnership, your aim is to jump a clear round. If you manage to jump clear, you will go through to the second stage which is called a “jump-off”. A jump-off is a shortened course which is timed. The winner is the horse and rider with the least faults and the fastest time in the jump-off.

There are various levels you can jump at and you can go on to compete as an individual or as part of a team.

How Do I Progress Further?

If you want to take your buzz for Show Jumping one step further, there is an array of competitions that you can compete in. These include:

  • Area Competitions
  • National Championships
  • Regional Championships
  • The Pony Club Spring Festival
  • Royal Windsor Show Jumping
  • The Pony Club Mini Major International Show Jumping Class (London International Horse Show)

How Do I Get Involved?

Many Pony Club rallies usually include jumping, so this is a good place to see if you and your pony like it. Your Branch or Centre might hold a variety of competitions throughout the year which will include Show Jumping. When you feel confident enough, you can try your first Show Jumping Competition which are held all over the country at all different levels to suit you and your pony.


Key Competitions & Events

Show Jumping Championships

The Show Jumping Championships are the top event in The Pony Club’s show jumping calendar. They form part of The Pony Club Championships and see the top Pony Club show jumpers from across the UK competing across multiple classes. Where members can qualify through high placings at their respective Area Competitions.

Elite Individual Show Jumping Competition

Test out your next level training in a Championship environment, but without the pressure of having it on your record. Where members do not have to qualify for this event. This competition will have a Max Height 1.20m, Max spread 1.25m. Two upright fences in the second half of the course at 1.25m, all are criteria are for the first round.

PCIA Jumping

We are pleased to be a part of an exciting opportunity for members to take part in an International Virtual Show Jumping Competition alongside other members from Pony Club International Alliance (PCIA) countries.

Feature Events

Mini Major

Each year The London International Horse Show invites eight lucky members of The Pony Club to take part in the Mini Major Show Jumping class at the show which is held at Christmas time. Each Pony Club Member will be paired with one of the senior International riders competing at the show and the competition is a pair relay with the time of the Pony Club member deciding the winner. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 128cm pony riders to compete at an FEI 5 star International show. Some of the previous winners have gone on to great success in international Show Jumping and Eventing.

The eight Pony Club Members are selected by means of qualifying competitions held throughout the UK at Pony Club events. Subject to proof of eligibility, the top two competitors of each qualifying competition will be invited to compete at The London International Horse Show.

The competition is open to any pony not exceeding 128cms to be ridden by registered members of The Pony Club up to the end of the calendar year in which the rider reaches the age of 12. Members should attend at least two rallies with their Branch/Centre between 1st July 2023 and the date of the qualifier in which they placed 1st or 2nd.

First Round max height 90cm. Table A7.

Qualifier Competitions:

  • 1st April @ Morris Equestrian, KA3 6AY
  • 8th July @ The Meadows Equestrian Centre, BT66 6FD
  • 15th August @ the JCB Championships, Offchurch Bury, CV33 9AW
  • 24th August @ Rectory Farm Arena, GL7 7JW

Royal Windsor Horse Show

A fantastic opportunity for members to compete at one of the world’s most prestigious 5* shows. Members from Areas 8, 11, 12, and 13 are invited to compete against each other. This competition runs alongside other Pony Club events at this venue, including Mounted Games, Dressage and Tetrathlon.


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Laura Armstrong

Lead Sports Officer
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Hannah Jackson

Show Jumping Chairman (Volunteer)