The equestrian grassroots offer the broader public an experience of horses in the modern world. Novice show jumping can help fulfill this unique role by delivering a great horsemanship experience that meets the needs of participants today.
Show jumping is especially suited to grassroots sports, and has important advantages to help grow and serve the public interest through participation.
Today new forms of interaction engage public participation and support for horse activities. Developing a welcoming grassroots for education and experience is one of the most important challenges to preserving a future for humane horsemanship and the keeping of horses.
In the old days, yet only a few decades past, horses were common in daily life … there was little reason to pay much attention to how riders might first come into the sport. Education and experience in horses were gained through daily life, and there were many natural avenues to becoming qualified for equestrian competition.
Show jumping is a excellent challenge for learning good horsemanship, for it rewards quality care and training, and offers a legitimate, humane test of the horse/rider partnership.
The grassroots represent the new form of horsemanship, serving horses and riders of many different backgrounds and goals. Low level jumping competition offers several benefits to help address the phenomenon of unwanted horses.
Rescue operations and sanctuaries are important and compassionate ways to cope with unfortunate circumstances. Even so, charitable care facilities are overwhelmed, and ongoing funding is stretched. Solving the unwanted horse problem requires a more sustainable solution. It requires less unwanted horses to begin with.
Welcome to the official blog for the ASJL … future posts will explain the concept and rules of the grassroots league, and offer analysis of the sport and its future.