Eventing is the most complete combined competition discipline recognised by the FEI. Sometimes described as an equestrian triathlon, Eventing demands considerable experience in all branches of equitation since the competitor rides the same horse throughout the three phases:
- DRESSAGE, which requires a high level of concentration, as well as total harmony between horse and rider, to produce a calm and pleasing performance;
- CROSS-COUNTRY, which calls for stamina, experience and courage;
- JUMPING, where precision, agility and technique are essential for success.
Cross-country is the highlight, testing the speed, stamina and jumping ability of the horse, as well as the rider’s knowledge of pace and the use of his horse. The course will have between 30 and 40 specially constructed jumps over solid obstacles such as logs, woodpiles and stone walls, with water and ditches increasing the technical difficulty.