If you want some great jumping tips from the best of the best, then you'll need to check out these tips from David O'Connor.
When you want to become a better jumper, then you want to learn from top riders who are masters of their art. David O'Connor is one of them.
O'Connor represented the United States in eventing, competing in the Olympics twice, the 1999 Pan American Games, and the 2002 World Equestrian Games, as well as in many other prestigious competitions. O'Connor also served as president of the United States Equestrian Federation for eight years. Today he continues to train young riders in eventing and riding.
The video below includes tips directly from David O'Connor that you can put to work in your riding. There is always room to improve as a rider, and jumping is a particularly challenging discipline. Here, O'Connor goes over some of the fundamentals of jumping, shows examples of a horse and rider, and gives you tips to improve your own riding. Check it out!
If you're serious about improving your jumping skills, then be sure to focus on your flatwork, too. Flatwork is essential to being able to effectively navigate a course, and an excellent command of your flatwork allows you and your horse to better communicate. Stride control, rhythm, balance, collection, and more all come from your time spent on the flat. Additionally, flatwork is a low-impact activity - by spending time working on the flat, you're saving your horse's joints, ligaments, and tendons from the added strain of jumping.
Want more riding advice from top trainers and riders? While training one-on-one with David O'Connor himself might not be a practical option, you can still access training from top riders.
Consider riding in or auditing a clinic offered locally. If you're truly serious about your riding career, then a working student position with a top rider may be a good option. And don't forget that many trainers are now releasing books and DVDs of their own training methods, so you can easily access information on their riding approaches and theories.
Have fun jumping your next course!