Wolframm, I., & Micklewright, D. (2007). Rider mood state on equine showjumping and dressage performance. ACSM Annual Meeting New Orleans, Presentation Number 2260.

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The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of mood disturbances on competitive performance in student riders over four weeks in the disciplines of dressage and showjumping. Female university students (N = 64) were recruited during the BUSA South West region Equestrian competitions in February 2006. Ss competed in teams of four over four consecutive trials at each university teamís riding establishments. Each S completed a simple dressage test and a showjumping round over eight 90-cm fences using the same four horses for dressage and showjumping. Ss completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS) before each dressage and showjumping round. Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) and individual mood states were determined.

There was a significant difference on individual mood scores for tension between trials 1 and 2 as well as between trials 2 and 3, and for depression between trials 1 and 3 as well as between 3 and 4. There was no difference between disciplines. There was no effect on Total Mood Disturbance. No significant correlations were found between POMS scores and dressage or showjumping performance.

Implication. Mood states are not related to dressage or showjumping performance.

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