AN INVESTIGATION TO ESTABLISH THE EXISTENCE OF OPTIMAL STRATEGIES THROUGHOUT A SHOW JUMPING COURSE DURING A BRITISH EVENTING EVENT.
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Performance analysis is essential within understanding factors which can contribute to the success of a show jumping round. As the course builders increase the complexity of the courses, the importance of understanding optimal strategies throughout show jumping has become necessary. The purpose of this study was to identify if any strategies exist within a show jumping course. Seventy six competitors were recorded and analysed, the approach to the fence was observed focusing on the number of strides within the direct route before the fence along with the ground times between each fence. The results of each competitor were sorted into two groups of successful and unsuccessful. Patterns emerged showing that an increased number of directed strides before the fence improved the rate of successful clearance over the fence. The timings showed controversial evidence to the effectiveness on success, identifying that the time of the approach has a lesser impact on the success rate than other factors. Individual factors of the horse and rider combination were highlighted. The current study has allowed an insight into the strategies that could be developed to help competitors establish specific training methods to improve their individual rate of success to move through the levels of British Eventing,
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