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, Va. - On the final day of the Virginia Horse Trials, Colleen Rutledge and C Me Fly jumped a clear round in the third and final phase of the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship to claim the title. In the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship,...
Eventing Athletes Ready to Compete for the USEF CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR National Championship Titles at 2018 Virginia Horse Trials
Lexington, Va. – Competitors have arrived at the Virginia Horse Center for the Virginia Horse Trials, home to the USEF CCI1* and USEF CCI1*-JR/YR National Championships this weekend. The championships, at their new home at the Virginia CCI/CIC Horse Trials, will...
Thieriot Stutes Shines to Win The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Championship and USEF Developing Rider National Championship; Martin Victorious in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship on Final Day of 2018 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, Md. - Frankie Thieriot Stutes's trek from California to the 2018 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event proved to be worth every mile on Sunday as the amateur rider was crowned The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Champion. She is...
Elliot, Libby, Stutes and Smith Selected for Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition and Training Grants
Gladstone, N.J. - Oct. 4, 2018 - The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition and Training Grants: Sydney Conley Elliot, Emilee Libby, Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Tamra...
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