Jumping is the best known – and probably most readily understood – of all the FEI disciplines and is one of the three Olympic equestrian sports, along with Dressage and Eventing. As in all equestrian disciplines, men and women compete on equal terms in Jumping in both individual and team events.
Jumping is a spectacular mix of courage, control and technical ability that takes horse and rider over 10 to 13 “knockable” obstacles, some of which may be double or treble combinations, with penalties incurred for each obstacle knocked down or refused. Jumping has also produced some of equestrian sport’s most memorable Olympic moments.
At the World Equestrian Games, the Jumping event has a specific format, comprising three competitions plus a change-horse final for the top 4 riders. Two Championship titles are awarded: one for the Team Competition and one for the Individual Competition. Teams are made up of three or four riders and horses. If a nation is unable to enter a full team, it can enter one or two individual(s).