Horse Sport Examples
Some Popular Riding Sports Include:
Hunter Jumper shows are divided into hunters, equitation, and jumpers. Hunters are judged on manners, way of going, and conformation. Jumpers have more power and energy than hunters and are judged on jumping ability over a timed course. Equitation classes judge the rider’s position and overall effectiveness.
Polo is a team sport played on a grass field that consists of four riders. The objective is to score goals by hitting a small ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet
Eventing is an Olympic sport where a horse and rider teams compete over three days in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
Dressage means training in French. It is an Olympic sport where a horse responds to subtle aides from the rider to perform a series of movements in a standard arena.
Equestrian vaulting incorporates gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse, and can be competitive or recreational. The horse is controlled by a person in the center of a circle called a lunger, and it moves around that person on a long rope called a lunge line. Riders learn the moves on equipment on the ground before they try it on the back of a horse. Large, sturdy horses that are even tempered and have consistent and rhythmic gaits make for good vaulting partners.
Saddle Seat riding is an English riding sport with energetic and high-stepping horses that are smooth and comfortable to ride. The rider sits toward the back in the saddle and carries the hands higher than in other riding sports.
Western Pleasure is a western style competition where the horses appear to be a pleasure to ride and very smooth and collected with minimal rein contact.
Fox hunting has a long tradition of hunting a fox on horseback with a pack of foxhounds over open terrain. Participants must understand and follow the traditional rules and etiquette of of the sport. In current hunts in the United States, the fox is rarely killed. The hounds follow the scent of a fox (or coyote) until the animal hides underground, while the people on horseback follow the hounds. The horses are usually draft and thoroughbred crosses or full thoroughbreds, although any type of horse or pony can be used. The horse must be able to stop and stand, have endurance over long distances, and be able to jump solid obstacles.
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This hunter/jumper riding instructor interview is the second video in a series of educational videos intended to teach children about different horse sports. For the video series, I ask each horse sport instructor the same seven or eight questions in an interview format and then do a little hands on learning as a way to help to expose a whole new generation of kids to different horse sports in 4-5 minute long informational videos.
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