Ben Maher MBE
The main characteristics of jumping are speed, agility and accuracy of both the rider and the horse. Within an arena riders jump a set number of obstacles in each round of the competition; penalties are incurred for being over the alloted time or having a fence down.
To learn more about the sport of showjumping visit the UK Governing Body, British Showjumping's website
More information about how showjumping is competed at a Nations Cup, European & World Championships and Olympic Games can be found here