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Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping

Does Your Horse Have What it takes to do Eventing?

Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping

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MyHorse Daily Managing Editor Amy Herdy

MyHorse Daily Managing Editor Amy Herdy

Have you ever considered horse eventing?

For most folks, that’s like saying, “Have you ever considered running a marathon?” when the most they’ve ever done is walk a 5-K, but as athletically demanding as horse eventing is, 3-day eventing has become a sport that attracts all levels of riders.

So if you’re interested in dressage, show jumping and cross country, or your horse seems like he has a talent for jumping and endurance and you’re a confident rider, you may want to look into horse eventing.

In this guide, called Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping, the editors of Practical Horseman and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) break down the three elements of eventing and explain what is required in each one.

In the first section, the meaning and purpose of the dressage portion of 3-eventing is detailed, and you’ll learn why dressage is important to the fitness of the 3-day eventing horse.

In the second section, “Cross Country/Endurance,” you’ll learn that “cross country” applies to an equestrian sport (not just high school long-distance runners) and what’s required in terms of your horse’s fitness.

In equestrian cross country, a horse and rider will cover a distanced that typically ranges from 2.75 to 4 miles and that features 20 to 40 solid and fixed obstacles.

The cross country/endurance portion of eventing is done at a gallop, making it one of the most exciting equestrian sports to watch.

The Triathlon of Equestrian Competition

Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping

Eventing brings together the courage, style and athleticism of its three elements dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Learn about these basics in our FREE guide Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.

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The final part of eventing is the show jumping, and the guide, Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping, points out its purpose from the Federation Equestrian Internationa, or FEI rule book,

“The test on the third day is not an ordinary show jumping competition … its sole object is to demonstrate that, on the day after a severe test of endurance, the horses have retained the suppleness, energy and obedience necessary for them to continue in service.”

So does your horse have what it takes to do eventing? Or are you thinking of buying your first eventing horse?

Renown clinician and Olympic rider Jim Wofford takes you through the process of evaluating your first event horse in the free guide, Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.

Jim Wofford has represented the U.S. in eventing at three Olympics and two World Championships; he has won the U.S. National Championship five times on five different horses. As a coach, he has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship and Pan American team since 1978. He is a regular columnist for Practical Horseman magazine and the author of four books.

What Does it Take to be the Best?

Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping

Finesse, endurance and speed. You need these abilities and more to succeed at three-day eventing. Learn how you can get started when you download our FREE guide Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.

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Jim Wofford is very clear on explaining what a beginning eventing rider should look for in their first eventing horse, and what kind of horse to steer away from.

He’s clear and precise, and it’s obvious that Jim Wofford has a passion for eventing and horses.

He also has a very down-to-earth, friendly style, as demonstrated by this reassuring excerpt about the intimidating discipline of dressage, from the guide Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping:

“In addition to three good gaits, if your horse takes both leads, steers well (turning easily in both directions), accepts the bit well, and maintains a consistent head and neck position with the front of his face just ahead of the vertical, he has the basic ingredients you need for the entry-level dressage tests.”

Amy Herdy

Amy Herdy

MyHorse Daily Managing Editor

Try Your Hand at Three-Day Eventing

Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping

What do you get when you combine dressage, cross-country and show jumping? You get the paramount test of a versatile English horse: three-day eventing. Learn about eventing and the elements that make it one of the toughest equestrian sports of today in our FREE guide Eventing: A Guide to the Three-Day Eventing Elements of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.

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