The sport of eventing is the most complete combined competition discipline recognised by the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale). Eventing is often known as the triathlon of the equestrian world.
Eventing originated as a military competition which tested officers and horses in challenges that could occur on or off duty. It also provided a basis to compare training standards between the cavalries of different countries.
The modern competition is a combination of cross-country, jumping and dressage. The competitor rides the same horse throughout the three phases.
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 25 and 45 specially constructed jumps over solid obstacles such as logs, woodpiles and stone walls, with water and ditches increasing the technical difficulty.