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Course Design (Jumping)

Show JumpingThis week teaching the Cert. II class has been focused on the rules of jumping and different types of jumps and it got me thinking about the knowledge behind those that design such courses for competitive events.

If you have a love of jumping and an interest in how courses are built, put together and the specifications, then perhaps course design is for you.

Before designing a course, it would be expected that one is familiar with riding courses themselves, after all, how difficult would it be to make something that you’ve never been through before?  The same person would also need to be familiar with different types of jumps.

The Wikipedia Show Jumping page takes a look at this equestrian sport and lists a number of different jumps.

The Equestrian Federation of Australia website has a .pdf file stipulating rules for FEI jumping and requirements for being an accredited jumping course designer.  These can be found from page 6 and state:

Level 1 Course Designers must have:
– Competed at 6 shows / year for at least 4 years or acted as assistant on 4 occasions over past 2 years with Level 2 or higher Course Designer and
– Must have passed open book theory exam at seminar or been nominated by 2 Course Designers of Level 2 or higher level

Level 2 Course Designers must have:
– Acted as a Level 1 Course Designer on at least 6 occasions over the past 2 years and
– Worked as an assistant at a minimum of 2 separate shows (one at least 2 days in length) in the past 2 years with a Level 3 or higher Course Designer and
– Attended an Official Seminar endorsed by the EFA within the previous 2 years and
– Satisfactorily completed a theory exam at said seminar

Applicants will be listed as a Level 3 Course Designer if they have:
– Acted as a Level 2 Course Designer on at least 6 occasions in the past 2 years and
– Worked as an assistant, on a minimum of 2 occasions in the past 2 years with a Candidate International or International Course Designer and
– Attended an official seminar, both for judging and course design endorsed by the EFA within previous 2 years and
– Satisfactorily completed a theory examination at said seminar

If you’re interested in course design, becoming a member of the Equestrian Federation of Australia or Internationally and working with other course designers would be the way to go.

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