Jump construction question- Keyhole? UPDATE post 11 Finished Jump
Wondering what most people call a jump you jump "through", like a covered jump. Also wondering if anyone can suggest a somewhat standard measurement for the height of one. We are estimating between 9' and 11' opening, but unsure of overhead required for a prelim or training level jump. Does anyone have any good pictures?
Last edited by Lucyjane; Jan. 25, 2010 at 09:40 AM.
The height of the hole should not be less than 1.80 m and the width not less than 1.60 m.
Any surface that can be touched by the horse must always be soft (not susceptible to hurt the horse or the rider).
The spread should not be more than 50% of that permitted for the level. The comment about double brushes (see above) applies.
Fences with roof
The roof should not be placed at less than 2.20 m from the top of the fence.
It is not recommended to use roofs at water complexes where the horse has to jump into the roofed area (e.g. where there is a roofed bank in the water).
If you are aiming towards a Training/Prelim level jump, I think you may be thinking more of a "picture frame" rather than a keyhole. That is the name I have always used to refer to jumps with a "roof" or any type of structure that the horse must jump through. According to the USEA Eventing Rulebook:
d. Any roof, or other fixed and solid barrier over an obstacle, must not be less than 3.36 meters (11 feet) above the ground.
My silly horse "ducked" his head down between his knees the first time he jumped one of these. I wish I had a picture because it felt hilarious and my friends watching could not stop laughing!!
yeah, those FEI guidelines were published in August 2009. I remember in the '92 or '96 Olympics there was an option to trot through a tricky maze or to jump a brush "hole" just barely big enough for horse and rider to fit through. Most chose the slower maze, and many of those who attempted the hole jump took a spill! That hole was definitely not built to these newer FEI standards, either
Virginia HT and Paradise Farm have both had Prelim keyholes in the past 5 or 8 years. Emailing Penny Ross or/and Lellie Ward might get you some info. Pine Top Farm has also had something in between a big ol picture frame and a keyhole - they have had Prelim jump into/through a western bar facade sort of thing.
Thanks so much everyone, what a fantastic help! Will post pictures when we get it finished.
We're doing a pretty simple, Asian inspired shape. If the ground ever dries up we would like to try constructing an Irish bank also...it's starting to sound like the Epcot cross country course.
Found Denny's Rolex keyhole. Looks like it really required ducking...and nerves of steel
Last edited by Lucyjane; Jan. 7, 2010 at 08:40 PM.
Just thought I would post the finished jump... When the weather is better we will probably build a flower box or plant a hedge in front of the picture frame jump to make it more ascending. Bad part is that its too wet and muddy to jump it.... hurry up spring