Somewhat comparable to a human triathlon, the discipline of eventing was historically developed to test the skills required of the working military mount – athleticism, agility, bravery, speed and endurance. In modern time, eventing has evolved into an exciting spectator sport and competitive endeavor attracting enthusiasts of all levels – from weekend amateur riders to international professionals. At its highest level, eventing is recognized as one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, but it also offers activities and competitions for riders and horses of all levels.
Eventing is divided into three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. These phases of the competition are usually held over the course of three days, hence the other popular term for this discipline, the three-day event. Dressage is held the first day to demonstrate the level of communication between horse and rider and showcase the horse’s power, balance, rhythm and suppleness which are tested further in the following two phases. The second day of the event entails the crosscountry test in which the endurance, jumping ability and speed is tested as horse and rider negotiate a course of fixed obstacles set on varied terrain usually measuring between 2.75 to 4 miles. The third and final phase, show jumping, tests the horse’s suppleness, obedience and stamina after two prior days of exertion, and also the rider’s precision and accuracy as the horse/rider team negotiate a set course of strategically placed obstacles within the confines of an arena.
High Performance Athletes
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the final list of athletes named to the 2020 USEF Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete Program, following four program Assessment Sessions hosted during the month of January in Ocala, Fla., Aiken, S.C., and Temecula,...
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the 2020 competitions for the USEF Futures Team Challenge, which will continue to offer eventing athletes the experience of competing in a team environment in the program’s second year. The USEF Futures Team...
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the list of athletes who have been named to participate in an assessment of their skills prior to the 2020 USEF Eventing 25 Program selection. The USEF Eventing 25 Program offers athletes 25 years of age and under...
Lexington, KY - November 26, 2019 - US Equestrian has announced updates to the Elite, Pre-Elite and Development Training Lists of U.S. Performance Director Erik Duvander’s U.S. Eventing Pathway Program. Full details on the Pathway Program, including selection criteria...
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