What do the Junior and Young Rider Jumping Squads offer?
Jumping Victoria offers Showjumping training for Junior and Young Rider members, with our State Squad and Development Squads.
The Equestrian Victoria Jumping Squad program is the longest running and most successful jumping training program not only in Victoria, but across Australia.
Many of our riders continue jumping into their senior years on a state, national, international and Olympic level.
The Squads offer professional show jumping coaches to improve both horse and rider jumping technique. The program offers a friendly atmosphere with a jumping community spirit.
Each squad training weekend also provides guest speakers on a range of topics, including nutrition, horse health and management, sports psychology and horse & rider fitness.
Being a State Squad member offers opportunities to represent Victoria in Junior and Young Rider Teams. These teams events include the Trans-Tasman challenge, SA State Championships and the Victorian State Championships.
Training weekends are held at Werribee Park NEC generally from May to July.
What is the difference between the squads?
The State Squad comprises of approximately 20 riders. This squad receives sponsored apparel by Black Horse Clothing and is eligible for State team selection.
There are 3 development squads which are grouped according to rider/horse experience. In total there are around 100 riders involved.
In conjunction with the Squads we also have a ‘Squadettes’ program for riders 12 years as of 1st January and under who enjoy jumping.
How do I become a Jumping Squad member?
Firstly, be a member of Equestrian Victoria.
Complete the ‘Junior and Young Rider Jumping Squad’ or ‘Squadettes’ nomination form and submit to Jumping Victoria.
Primarily, the selection is based on performances, so recording your results for the season is important.
A panel of selectors decides on the Squad members for the year. This process is conducted in March to early April and the official announcement is made once the squad members are finalised with the first Squad training in May.