19yo rider from Finland🇫🇮 Training hard everyday to make my way in top🏆
What age and skill level is considered a junior rider?
Junior rider is from 14 to 18 years old. I think international junior classes go up to 145cm? But at least in my country you don't have to jump that high, if your age is between 14-18 you are considered as a junior rider :)
Bit suggestions for a strong jumper? I typically use a French linked 3 ring but I need more for shows, especially on the first day.
I personally really like Pelham bits and they work really well with a lot of horses, or a gag bit if the horse needs more lifting up since Pelham kinda tries to bring the neck down. Or if you need just a bit more effect I would try a double noseband! According to my experience it adds a little more power to the bit.
Any tips to become more confident at jumping ? I am confident at 2'9 and under but I start to get panicky at anything bigger.
Try to take deep breaths and just slow down your heart rate so it would be easier to stay calm, focus on good rhythm at the turn and always keep your contact and don't rush to the distance, just wait and sit. Also you can try putting ground poles before the fence maybe like three because to some people it might be difficult to find a distance to a pole before a fence but with three poles (one stride between each) it's doesn't cause brutal situations if the distance isn't perfect. Also with poles the bigger jump just "comes" to you. Bigger fences can also be trained with combinations, regular or triple, by putting the last jump higher. Just by jumping bigger you become more confident to jump higher, after every bigger jump you get more used to them and it becomes easier every time! :) But don't push yourself to fast or hard and try to jump bigger with a confident jumper!