I'm gearing up to make some more fillers for my show jumping courses and would like some input from everyone.
I have lots of planks (playing cards, farm name, geometric, Easter colors) multiple gates in varying sizes and a couple of panels (a Picasso like panel and another with large, varying, multi-colored drips), a Liverpool, the odd assortment of flower boxes.
I am planning on two more panels (a coral reef and a Tony-the-Tiger as I have tiger standards) and a roll top (to replace the one that sacrificed itself to green horse hits) and a stone wall with arches.
What else would you like to see? The majority of my show attendees are BN and down, though I get Novice- Prelim as well.
Other ideas I've seen (but not necessarily liked) are dice cubes, fake styrofoam pumpkins or a fence of stuffed animals (lions, tigers and bears, oh my) the stuffed animal jump had striped rails that lined up, looked like bars of a cage.
Maybe I'm prejudiced but I have to admit, I'm a fan of more simple clean jumps. I love the courses that have used colorful rails mixed with small natural bushes underneath. the prettiest course I've ever jumped, had masses of flowers and shrubs all wrapped with burlap bottoms that were sold at the end of the day (but it was also mother's day so it was easy to sell.)
I hope you get all the ideas you need and get exactly the course you desire.
On a panel, the designs that seem to cause the most trouble for LL horses --based on watching what happens at the schooling jumper shows at my barn -- are anything bright and repeated on either a white or very dark background. We have a white panel with pumpkins painted on it and a lot of horses want to give it a good hard look. UNH has a dark green panel with big orange, yellow, and red fall leaves painted on it and that gets a lot of looks, too
Fake rocks, easy to use but not cheap. I was at a barn the other day that had archery targets that were square foam blocks that looked like they would make neat filler for jumps. I have some corrugated driveway pipe that was cut in half lengthwise and holes drilled in it for flowers, simple, light and weatherproof. I'm going to try indoor outdoor carpet on the pipe to see if I can make a rolltop.
1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
My BO and I had fun making jumps a few years ago. We now have 6 panels, painted to be as spooky as possible : a huge sunburst, a stop sign and yield and other street signs, a brick wall, a stone wall, a vine, and a 'abstract' colorful thing in squares and rectangles. We have barrels to fill in oxers. We have a tube jump that is pretty neat, 2 hollow "tubes" that are the length of a standard rail, and about 20" (?) in diameter. You can stack them up and add rails on top for height.
Another filler that I like but haven't tried at home since we have to store the jumps away for the winter (no indoor) is old Christmas trees.
At the event barn where I sometimes board my horse for the winter, they use the usual stuff (panels, boxes, roll tops, lattice) but also old snowboards, swimming noodles etc. They're very creative!