AS the country starts opening up more over the next few weeks, we will finally be allowed to get back on the competition field. We need to explore the new skills we have had time to develop over the course of lockdown in order to be prepared.

In showjumping training we have to lean heavily on our rider responsibilities; look and plan (know where you are going), speed (including rhythm and impulsion), direction (including suppleness and straightness) and balance (including rider position, contact and collection). Any weak link in this chain can lead to dropped poles, lost time or errors of course.