I hear so many people are 'Going for a jumping lesson' when it's quite clear that they haven't got the basic flat work nailed. People don't seem to realise that 95% of the time they're in a jumpoing arena they are on the ground, only 5% of the time they're in the air. It is imperative that they can ride the horse properly, turn him, steer him & put him in the correct place so that he can do his job which is to jump the fence. From what I understand , in Germany riders have to reach a certain degree of proficiency at flatwork/dressage before they are allowed to jump. They have a lot of sucess so maybe there is something in how they do things.