RDA Showjumping is taking off!
RDA Showjumping is offering an exciting and fulfilling challenge to our riders, as more and more Groups are assessed to be able to deliver Showjumping sessions.
“Can I still use trotting poles on the ground in my RDA riding sessions, without needing to be approved to deliver showjumping?”
The distinction between pole work for RDA sessions and RDA Showjumping
All Groups (even those who do not wish to take part in RDA Showjumping) can continue to use poles on the ground in their RDA sessions.
However, Level 1 Showjumping has been introduced as the transition from pole work; setting RDA riders on the Showjumping Pathway, with the rider being coached to ride a set course of poles and concentrating on refining their light seat position, in preparation for jumping over raised poles in the jumping position, at Level 2 and beyond.
It’s rewarding and fun!
The Showjumping Pathway also offers RDA riders the valuable opportunity to take part in RDA Showjumping Competition and the new RDA Showjumping Proficiency Tests. RDA Coaches can benefit from further developing their coaching skills and allows the them to gain the new Showjumping Coaching award.
What do Groups need to do?
We are aware that many Groups have been delivering entry-level RDA Showjumping – often without realising it – as part of their day to day sessions for some time. We really want you to be able to continue! In these cases, being assessed can often be just a simple formality, with the Regional Showjumping Coach visiting the Group at a convenient time and observing a session; checking the venue, horses or ponies, tack and assessing Coaches’ and Leaders’ techniques, to ensure that everything is in place and that RDA procedures are being followed safely. Please note that following the deadline of 31st December 2012, if your Group has not yet been approved to deliver RDA Showjumping, you will not be covered by RDA insurance to deliver Showjumping sessions to your riders without assessment by a Regional Showjumping Coach.
All of the current information relating to all aspects of RDA Showjumping can be downloaded from the sub-pages on this Showjumping homepage.
Please contact your Regional Showjumping Coach, or Marisa Bretherton-Mackay at National Office, for full details.