Whether you are having fun in the back yard, training for the World Show, or using them in the show ring, safe, professional quality jump standards are key. Although they can be built elaborately, as seen in many “big” horse competitions, simple jumps serve the same purpose. Standards made from PVC are cost effective, easy to transport, safe and easy to build.
To begin building your jump standards, you will need the following materials and tools:
2- 1 ½ inch 10 foot PVC ($5.89 each)
2- 1 ½ inch 5 foot PVC ($3.42 each)
12 (or more)- 2 inch J-hook Pipe Hangers ($.60 each)
6-1 ½ inch PVC caps ($.97 each)
2- 1 ½ inch Tee-Joints ($1.72 each)
4- 90 degree Elbow Joints ($1.72 each)
3/32 Drill Bit
To begin, first take your two 10- foot pieces of PVC and lay them parallel on your saw horses. These two pieces will make up the entirety of your jump, so be careful when you are cutting- you will need every inch! On each pole measure 4 feet and mark your measurements, then begin to cut with your hacksaw . Set your two four foot poles aside.
Using the remaining 6 feet of PVC, measure another Four feet, two inches, mark and cut. When finished, you should have two- 4’2” poles, two 4’ poles and two 1’10” poles. Cut the 1’10” poles in half.