Getting Started

What is Jumping?

In jumping competitions, horse and rider are required to complete a course of 10 to 13 jumps, the objective of which is to test the combination’s skill, accuracy and training. The aim is always to jump the course in the designed sequence with no mistakes. If any part of an obstacle is knocked down or if the horse refuses a jump, penalties are accumulated. The winner of the competition is the horse and rider combination that incurs the least number of penalties, completes the course in the fastest time or gains the highest number of points depending on the type of competition.

Getting Started

To compete in official jumping events at any level, you must first become a member of Equestrian Western Australia. Becoming a member not only provides you with insurance, it also helps contribute towards the running of events and the training of officials without which these events could not take place.

  • If you are competing 1.04m and below, you are able to join as either a Competitor Member or a Participant Member.
  • If you are competing 1.05m and above you will need to join as a Competitor Member, register your horse, and obtain a Jumping 'Competition License' for your horse.

For more information on EWA membership click here.

It is also a good idea to have lessons before going to an event. There are a number of excellent NCAS EWA qualified and accredited coaches. A list of current NCAS registered coaches near you can be found on the Equestrian Australia Coach Search. Once you and your coach are confident that you are ready to attend an event, many clubs hold events that you can enter starting at the lowest height.  These are a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with a competition before progressing to the higher classes.

Dates / Events

Click here to see the upcoming jumping events in WA.

Jumping Rules

It is important for riders competing in jumping to be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern this sport. Click here to read the current Jumping Rules.