Horse Competition Types Explained

For thousands of years, humans have been riding horses in competition, and over the centuries many different horse competition types have emerged. 


Horse Racing

Horse racing has been taking place for thousands of years, and this test of speed is still as popular today as it was in ancient times.

Show Jumping

Showjumping is a competition where a horse and rider must jump through obstacles, normally in an enclosed arena or field. 


Dressage is one of the most beautiful and intricate equestrian sports, and at the top level, it is a joy to behold. 


Eventing is the equine version of the human triathlon. During this competition, the horse and rider compete in three different activities – dressage, show jumping, and a cross country round. 

Western Horse Competition Types

Reining – where the horse and rider complete a pattern of movements at high speed.  Cutting – this is a sport where the horse and rider need to separate, or cut, an individual cow from a herd. Barrel Racing – this rodeo sport requires the horse and rider to navigate around three barrels ...

Team Horse Competition Types

Horse Polo – the best way to describe polo is to imagine hockey on horseback!  Team Chasing – this equestrian sport involves a team of riders racing around a cross-country course.

Specialized Types Of Horse Riding Competition

Showing – this horse competition judges horses on their looks, movement, and confirmation.  Endurance – a long-distance horse race, which can cover up to 100 miles in one day. Gymkhana – this sport is traditionally associated with fun games for children ... Equestrian Vaulting ...

So, as we have learned, there are many different types of horse competition to suit all riders and horses. Horses are incredibly athletic animals and when partnered with a talented rider they can achieve great things.


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