I test drove the app in a big field tonight. It has some really neat features! When you start you enter the name of the event, the level, optimum speed (in mpm). There's a record button to start, a little jump button to mark where the jumps are, you can number them and use letters for combos and take a picture. There's a pause feature so you can walk around the jump without adding to the distance. Once you're done you can view the track. The orange numbers show the jumps, the blue numbers are minute markers (so cool!!).
I have used other tracking apps like motion x, but this one is way easier to use, and everything is in meters and mpm. And it was way cheaper than a wheel I can't wait to try it at Marborough this weekend!
I downloaded it over the weekend and played with it on my cross country course at the house. It is awesome!!! I love that I can mark where the jumps are and if they are ABC combinations. Plus it providing my minute marks, heaven! LOL. Also, it has a link to all the USEA dressage tests.
I think there was some combination of user error and the GPS not being quite as accurate as it should be. It added 500-600 meters to the course. However, I was rushing big time. I think if I gave the GPS more time to catch up and figure out where I was it would have been more accurate. The app itself is really cool.
I'll give it another shot in a few weeks. Meanwhile, I'll keep using it to measure distances at home for gallop sets
For those with problems re: adding meters for waling around the jumps... I guess the solution would be to climb the jump! I used to do that all the time when I was a teenager - now, 5 years later at my first BN back, and I looked at that 2'6" log and said "no way josé" haha
Really excited to try this!
“They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy