What is Jumping?

Jumping is probably the best known of the equestrian disciplines recognised by the FEI where men and women compete as equals in both individual and team events. In modern 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, accuracd and training.

The aim is always to jump the course in the designed sequence with no mistakes – a clear round. 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.

Jumping Rules & Regulations

FEI World Cup Jumping

The FEI World Cup Jumping Series comprises of 13 leagues across all continents. The top placed rider from each series is invited to attend the World Cup Jumping final.

FEI World Cup Jumping 


For most competitions two types of scoring table are used: Table A and Table C. The most frequently used scoring table is Table A. Each fault is penalised with a certain number of penalties. Each bar knocked down draws a sanction of 4 penalties, as does the first refusal (this is when the horse stops short in front of the jump or goes around it). The second baulking or refusal, as well as any fall, will eliminate the horse and rider.

The classification is established according to the penalties obtained. Often, several riders succeed in jumping a clear round. In this case, there are two possibilities: if the competition does not include a Jump-off, the competitor with the fastest time wins. If the competition does include a Jump-off, those tied for first place jump a new shorter round against the clock. The winner is the one with the fewest penalties accumulated over the reduced course, and in the event of a tied score, the time will be the deciding factor.

Competitions judged according to Table C are called speed competitions as the classification is established only according to time. Faults incurred are converted into seconds and added the time taken to complete the round. In Table A competitions, there is a time allowed; riders who do not complete their round in the time allowed are penalised by 1 fault per four seconds of excess time. Whatever the type of Table, there is a time limit during which the round must be completed; exceeding the time limit incurs elimination.

National Young Rider Selection Series

In 2016 Equestrian Australia will again run the National Young Rider Selection Series. The series will take place across all states and use a standardised course designed by one of Australia's leading course designers. 

Young Rider Series

Imported horses

Owners of foreign horses imported into Australia must provide documentation on the previous jumping performances of the horse to the relevant EA State Branch. There will be an appeal system if the automatic allocation is not appropriate for the imported horse. Imported horses ages will be determined as at 1st January for horses born in the northern hemisphere, and as at 1st August for horses born in the southern hemisphere. Imported horses must be assessed by the Points Panel within 3 months of their importation.

·       5 year old  and below- 0 points

·       6 year old – 16 points

·       7 year old - 40 points

·       8 year old and above - 80 points

Owners wishing to have an imported horse rated differently to the age rule above must provide the following information on the Application form - grading of imported horses.doc to Sara Latham at the National Office on [email protected]

  • Horse name and description details
  • Written request stating the number of points that they wish the horse to be allocated on import.
  • Full record of jumping results the horse has achieved in the last 3 years (preferably from the National Federation of the country from which the horse originated)

This information will be assessed by the Imported Horse Points Panel and a decision on the horse’s points will be advised within 5 working days provided all of the correct information has been submitted.

The following criteria will be applied by the Points Panel when allocating points for imported horses:

  • Junior or YR classes - Performances in these events will NOT attract points
  • Young Horse classes - A1 (clear rounds share prize money) classes below 1.15m in height will NOT attract points or A1 (clear rounds share prize money) classes 1.15m and above in height WILL attract points where there were 5 or less clear rounds.
  • Open classes - 1st-3rd placing’s in classes above 1.05m WILL attract points 

National Jumping Committee

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