Olympic Show Jumping – Tokyo 2020

If you’re a keen follower of equestrian sport you’ll probably agree that watching Nick Skelton win a gold medal on Big Star, was truly unforgettable. We’re hoping there will be even more memories made at Tokyo! Will you be watching our team in action? Over the past two years we’ve seen countless events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. One such event was of course, the Olympics. As life slowly starts to return back to ‘normal’ we’re very excited to be able to say that the count down is back on! Proceedings are expected to be getting back underway on 23rd July with the games taking place until 8th August. As equestrian’s one of the events we’re most excited about is the Olympic Show Jumping!

Show Jumping

How It Works…

While there are loads of equestrian disciplines, only 3 are part of the Olympics: Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. Here’s a little bit more information about what you can expect from the Show Jumping Discipline.

Show Jumping

Olympic Show Jumping requires competitors to complete a course of obstacles. It’s a true test of accuracy, control, scope and communication. The aim is to get around the course, as quickly as possible, without being eliminated or incurring any penalties.

Competitors will receive ‘faults’ for the following:

Faults
  • Knocking poles: 4 penalties.
  • Refusals: 1st refusal, 4 penalties.
  • Time: 1 penalty for every 4 seconds over the time.
Elimination
  • Horse or rider fall.
  • More than one refusal.
  • Incorrect Course (getting lost).

Show Jumping – Tokyo 2020

Lots of changes have been made to how the events will be scored this time round, making it more challenging for riders and easier to follow at home. The Olympic show jumping competitions will take place over four days, split into team and individual events. The courses have been created by Spanish course designer, Santiago Verla. Take a look at what to expect:

Individual Olympic Show Jumping

Day One: Individual Qualifier

The individual qualifier is open to 75 combinations. A maximum of 3 competitors can start per nation. The qualifying round will determine who will ride in the final.

The individual qualifier course will be between 500m – 650m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 17 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2).
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.

Day Two – Individual Final

Riders who place within the top 30 in the qualifier will compete in the individual final. Scores are set back to 0 penalties at the start of the round. The individual final course will be between 500m – 700m long, containing 12 to 15 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 19 jumps in total. Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2) .
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Riders will start in reverse order based on their penalties and time in the qualifier.

Individual Final Jump Off

Combinations which are tied at the end of the final will go into a ‘jump off’. The jump off will have a minimum of 6 obstacles, some of them may increase in height and width from the previous round. During the jump off, the time limit set will be based on 400m per minute. The jump off will run in reverse order, with the fastest rider from the previous round riding last. At the end of the jump off, the fastest clear or low scoring round wins!

Team Olympic Show Jumping

Day Three: Team Qualifier

Individual scores are wiped back to 0 at the start of the team competition. The team qualifier is open to 20 nations. Each nations team will consist of 3 horse and rider combinations.

The team qualifier course will be between 500m – 650m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 17 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2) .
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Team scores at the end of the round will be decided by adding together the penalties for all of the riders.

Day Four: Team Final

The top 10 teams of 3 will compete in the final. At the start of the final all scores will be wiped back to 0. The 2 combinations with the most penalty’s from each team will ride first. These athletes will ride in reverse order. After the first 2 riders for each team have ridden, the order will be changed to reflect the current standing. So, the last riders to go will be representing their teams fighting for the medals!

The team final course will be between 500m – 700m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 18 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2).
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Team Individual Final Jump Off

If the teams are tied at the end, there will be another jump off! All 3 combinations in each tied team must compete. The jump off is against the clock , the time limit set will be based on 400m per minute. The course will have at least 6 obstacles, including a combination. The team with the fewest combined penalties and the fastest time will win!

Save The Date – Show Jumping

Don’t miss out on any of the action! Take a look at when each event will be happening:

Tue 3 Aug – 19:00 to 22:45
  • Jumping Individual Qualifier
Wed 4 Aug – 19:00 to 21:40
  • Jumping Individual Final
  • Jumping Individual Victory Ceremony
Fri 6 Aug – 19:00 to 22:05
  • Jumping Team Qualifier
Sat 7 Aug – 19:00 to 21:30
  • Jumping Team Final
  • Jumping Team Victory Ceremony

Will you be watching at home, cheering on our British riders? We’d love to know who you’ll be rooting for! Let us know in the comments!

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