English Jumping

For most people, right now is a time to be thinking about Halloween. As for me, I am thinking about horses! On Sunday I had my first jumping lesson with Jeeper so that I will be ready for fox hunting season. There was so much to learn.

Step one: how to put an English saddle on a horse. I have only ever ridden western and Australian (for polocrosse). The English saddle has some differences.

Step two: Learn how to walk, trot, and canter in an English saddle. At the beginning of my lesson Jeeper told me that the English saddle is very unforgiving. Bad posture and bad form is very easy to see. I had to focus on really keeping my heels down and shoulders back. We worked on finding my balance and proper two-point position.

Step three: Picking up the right lead. Growing up barrel racing, I know how important being on the right lead is when going around a barrel. It is just as important in jumping.

Step four: Jumping. I was so excited that Jeeper was going to let me jump on my first day. We started by trotting over ground poles then moved up to some small jumps. I had so much fun! I can’t wait to look like some of our campers do when they’re out there jumping at Camp Stewart.

Jeeper is such a great instructor. I learned so much in our first lesson alone. With many more lessons to come I hope for continued growing and improving!
<3 Meghan

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Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.


  1. Now you can go jumping with us!!! Polocrosse and jumping with the horseback girls… What are you going to do with yourself!

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