Show Jump



Poles and Standards:

  • All show poles and standards are in the jump shed 

  • All paints and brushes are also in the jump shed

  • If poles need to be repainted or touched up, make sure the committee knows

  • Ensure that the committee knows that the paint brushes should be thoroughly washed out at the wash stalls, not in a sink, and use soap!


Getting Started:

  • Choose 10-12 jumps you’d like to use in the show

  • All combinations must match in colors

  • Choose 5-6 jumps that can be made into oxers for versatility

    • One oxer requires 4 rails or 3 rails and 1 plank,

    • Top rails should be round

    • Be sure to have at least 1-2 extra poles per jump- in case one happens to break at the show

  • Gather plenty of jump cups

    • It's best to count out the amount you will need so there is less things to worry about leaving at the arena

    • *Note- Oxers must have safety cups for the back rail



  • “Cupped” jump cups:

    •  For use of all poles (round and square)

    • All fit either side of standards

  • Flat jump cups:

    • For use of planks, panels, gates

    • All fit either side of standards

  • Safety jump cups:

    • Mandatory for back rails of oxers

    • They are directional, the pin will only fasten in one direction so pair sets for each jump

    • Cup separates from the attachment site


Painting and Supplies Inventory:

  • Know how much paint is needed for the selected jumps

  • Make a list of paints that are needed (if not enough) and send to Liz ASAP

  • Make sure there are plenty of useable paint brushes, painters tape, rags, and other materials needed before getting started

  • Take an initial inventory of all paints and supplies before getting started because you will need to take inventory once you are done

    • This keeps things in line, and informs show management of what is needed for the next show

  •  When the poles have finished being painted, they should look professional

Painting Work Days:

  • Coordinate work days with your team


      Before painting, poles and standards will most likely need to be washed or cleaned using a combination of brushes and rags to remove dirt. Committee chairs should prepare a pole beforehand that is cleaned to the degree you want to see and leave it out as an example for committee members to reference.


      Include a deadline of when jumps should be completed and DRY
    • Jumps will likely be loaded the Thursday before the show

  • Use old standards available to prop up poles that need to be painted

    • Remember the entire pole should be painted

  • On sunny days, painting poles outside of the shed will be beneficial but needs time to dry before it gets dark

  • For each set of poles, decide what color to start with and create stripes using the painters tape for clean lines

    • Paint needs to be dry before removing the tape

  • Paint brushes are to be thoroughly cleaned out at the wash stalls of the Equine Center


      Give committe members quick tips on painting, including not dipping the the brush all the way down to the handle. Dip only to 1/2 way up the bristles, it makes it easier to clean.

      NO sinks! The paint will clog the pipes
  • Poles that are completely dry can be carefully stacked and stored in the jump shed until load day

  • Play some music, make this fun!


Set Up:

  • Stake and Rope perimeters 

    • Stakes and rope are found in the jump shed

    • Mallets will be needed for staking

    • Use rope for roping and then use surveyors tape to tie to the rope so it is more visable to the horses

  • Standards will be lined up on the side closest to UNH stables for roping and then use stakes for the rest of the area

    • Wrap the rope around the standards to make a barrier

    • The white fence from the trailer to the judge's booth will be part of the perimeter

  • Stakes must be set from white fencing behind the judges booth to the in and out gates of the arena

  • It is critical to make sure the stakes are in the ground ; double-check them the day of the show


Loading the Wagon:


  • Jump poles and standards should be 100% dry at this point

  • The more people to help out, the easier and quicker this will be

  • Have the cart fully loaded by Wednesday night before the show because the course set up begins Thursday afternoon

  • It may take multiple trips using the pole cart

  • Square rails and plank fill can lay flat on the bottom

  • Wagons can be loaded with standards and all of the other materials

    • Brick walls, coops, lattice, numbers, flags, staking and roping, start and finish markers, jump cups, measuring utensils

    • If it is windy, bring sandbags (make them out of grain bags, sand, and tie them with baling twine)


Once the jump course is set up:

  • You will need a course map; this will likely be provided

  • Add white and red markers to each standard on the correct side (red=right)

  • Place jump numbers in a consistent and highly visible locations

  • Post directional signs that lead to the ring so visitors know where the stadium jump course is


Checklist for the final course

  • Jumps numbered

  • Correct direction of cup pins

  • Safety cups on the back rail of oxers

  • Top rails are round

  • Red flag on right, white on left (each oxer will need 4 flags)

  • Standards should be matching and facing the same way

  • *On the morning of the show, the arena may need to be dragged. In this case, remove poles from jumps so the tractor can go between. When replacing poles, make sure that they are placed correctly, and not wedged too tightly or off-center

Warm Up:

  • Outdoor arena, make sure there are signs

  • Remove all schooling equipment, clear the entire arena

  • One oxer, one vertical, one cross rail

  • Flag the jumps to be jumped in one direction only

  • Safety cups are used for the back rail of the oxer

  • Set and change jump heights according to each level


Course Walking:

  • Use a wheel to measure distances

  • Walk as if you are riding the course; middle to middle

  • Start the measurement at start posts

  • Walk to the middle of the front pole of the jump, lift the wheel, walk to the back side of the jump, place the wheel at the middle of the pole, and walk to the next jump

    • Use the same process for oxers

  • Assess whether the jumps are straight or not and double check all heights and distances of both jumps and oxers


Jump Duty Pre-assign

  • Pre assign to committee members

  • Need a jump crew for the day of the show

    • Give an approximate position so they are spread out along the ring

    • On the day of the show, have the jump crew decide what jumps they want to be responsible for; all jumps should be covered

    • They will also be in charge of changing jump heights between levels and should be given height sticks. (Double check the sticks with a tape measure beforehand as they have previously been an inch off)

    • This is all hands on deck! Whoever can help between levels should