Show jumping classes are held over a course of show jumping obstacles, including verticals, spreads, double and triple combinations, usually with many turns and changes of direction. The intent is to jump cleanly over a set course within an allotted time. Time faults are assessed for exceeding the time allowance. Jumping faults are incurred for […]

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Eventing (also known as horse trials) is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. This event has its roots in a comprehensive cavalry test requiring mastery of several types of riding. The competition may be run as a one-day event (ODE), […]

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Endurance Riding is an equestrian sport based on controlled long-distance races. It is one of the international competitions recognized by the FEI. There are endurance rides worldwide. There are two main types of long-distance riding, competitive trail riding and endurance rides. In an endurance ride the winning horse is the first one to cross the finish […]

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Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse and is played by two teams on horseback on an outdoor field. A team consists of six players, divided into two sections of three who play 3 – 4 alternate chukkas of six minutes (eight minutes in international games). A match comprises six or eight chukkas. The three players […]

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Equitation is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship. More specifically, equitation may refer to a rider’s position while mounted, and encompass a rider’s ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated. Such classes go by different names including equitation classes, rider […]

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Equestrian Vaulting or simply Vaulting, is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, which can be practised both competitively or non-competitively. Vaulting has a history as an equestrian act at circuses, but its origins stretch back at least two-thousand years. It is open to both men and women, and is one of ten equestrian disciplines recognized […]

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Saddle Seat is a style of horseback riding that is designed to show off the high trotting action of certain horse breeds. The style developed into its modern form in the United States, and is also seen in Canada and South Africa. To a much lesser extent, it is ridden with American action horse breeds […]

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Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) as “the highest expression of horse training”, where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.” Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through […]

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