Janet

Dec. 27, 2007, 03:46 PM

In the article about the annual convnetion says "The jump from training to preliminary demands not only the most substantial increase in height and speed but technical difficulty as well."

This statement was repeated several times during the convention.

But that just isn't the case.

The jump from Training to Prelim is 4 inches- the same as the jump from Beginner Novice to Novice, and the same as the jump from Novice to Training. So it is not "the most substantial increase"

If you look at the top end of the speed range,

the jump from BN to N is 50 mpm

the jump from N to T is 70 mpm

the jump from T to P is 50 mpm.

So it isn't "the most substantial increase" there either.

If you look at the bottom end of the speed range,

the jump from BN to N is 50 mpm

the jump from N to T is 70 mpm

the jump from T to P is 100 mpm.

So there it IS "most substantial". But I would expect any rider planning to move up to Prelim would be riding their training courses at 470, not 420.

It IS true that Prelim is the first level at which your cross country speed is significanly higher than your show jumping speed, so you DO need to learn to "jump at speed". But it isn't the "biggest increase". And most people who move up to Prelim are not trying to "make time" on their first ouiting.

The bit about being more technical IS very true.

But to say "The jump from training to preliminary demands not only the most substantial increase in height and speed..." is just plain NOT TRUE.

This statement was repeated several times during the convention.

But that just isn't the case.

The jump from Training to Prelim is 4 inches- the same as the jump from Beginner Novice to Novice, and the same as the jump from Novice to Training. So it is not "the most substantial increase"

If you look at the top end of the speed range,

the jump from BN to N is 50 mpm

the jump from N to T is 70 mpm

the jump from T to P is 50 mpm.

So it isn't "the most substantial increase" there either.

If you look at the bottom end of the speed range,

the jump from BN to N is 50 mpm

the jump from N to T is 70 mpm

the jump from T to P is 100 mpm.

So there it IS "most substantial". But I would expect any rider planning to move up to Prelim would be riding their training courses at 470, not 420.

It IS true that Prelim is the first level at which your cross country speed is significanly higher than your show jumping speed, so you DO need to learn to "jump at speed". But it isn't the "biggest increase". And most people who move up to Prelim are not trying to "make time" on their first ouiting.

The bit about being more technical IS very true.

But to say "The jump from training to preliminary demands not only the most substantial increase in height and speed..." is just plain NOT TRUE.