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Show jumping enjoys its place, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most popular and perhaps most recognizable equestrian events, aside from Thoroughbred horse racing. At its highest competitive level, show jumping is recognized as one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines alongside both dressage and eventing. Essentially, what pole vaulting, high jump and hurdles are to track and field, show jumping is to equestrian sport.

Spectator friendly and easy to understand, the object for the show jumper is to negotiate a series of obstacles, where emphasis is placed on height and width, and to do so without lowering the height (knocking down) or refusing to jump any of the obstacles. The time taken to complete the course is also a factor. The show jumping course tests a horse’s athleticism, agility and tractability while simultaneously testing a rider’s precision, accuracy and responsiveness. While its actual origins remain somewhat unclear, competitive show jumping has nonetheless enjoyed immense popularity worldwide since the early 1900s, and the discipline continues to enjoy growth and prosperity. In today’s show ring, horses and ponies of all sizes and breeds compete in classes representing varying levels of challenge. Likewise, classes exist for virtually every level of rider from the novice amateur to the seasoned international professional.

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Show Jumping Headlines

U.S. Ladies Capture First All-Female Dublin Nations Cup Victory

Team USA secured a definitive victory in the eighth and last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Europe Division 1 League in Dublin (IRL) today when producing the only zero score in a hard-fought competition. On level pegging with the Irish at the halfway stage...

Farrington and Uceko Capture North Rhine-Westphalia Victory

Aachen, Germany – July 21, 2017 – World #1 Kent Farrington rode R.C.G. Farm’s 16 year-old gelding, Uceko, to a double-clear finish to win the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia, approaching the final weekend of CHIO Aachen. Farrington flew through the second round of...

Team USA Ties for Silver in Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen

Aachen, Germany – July 20, 2017 – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team tied for the silver medal with Switzerland in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup CSIO5* at CHIO Aachen, behind gold medal home team, Germany. The United States team consisted of Kent Farrington, Beezie...

USA Pips Netherlands in Nations Cup Thriller at Sopot

Laura Kraut clinched victory for Team USA at the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 2 series in Sopot, Poland today. But the 51-year-old double-Olympian had to ride for her life in the edge-of-the-seat third-round jump-off to beat Dutch teenager...

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