Over the years, the sport has become a favorite to many and entertaining too. Interestingly, both male and female equestrian athletes compete in a performance together as being equal. The horse related sport i.e. equestrian, holds three spectacular phases of competition with the main disciplines being dressage, show jumping and eventing. All this three equestrian disciplines are vital in the overall performance of the competition. After the results have been tallied and the scores compiled together, the team with the lowest score takes home the winner’s trophy.


This is the horse initial training phase. The trainers take the initiative to school the horse and make sure that it is able to follow the riders guide during a competition. It involves progressive training session for the competing horse to a high level of obedience, impulsion, precision and smoothness. The main goal of dressage is to train the horse to execute the performance moves naturally without thinking of running loose in a harmonious agreement with the rider.

Show jumping

Jumping is simply the act of the horse going over a series of obstacles. In one competition, there are several hurdles distanced from one another which the horse needs to jump over, knocking out as little obstacles as possible. The horse needs to build up its muscles so that they’re strong enough to overcome the obstacles laid before its way. A successful jump is a wins the team points and if the horse hits the obstacle, the team loses points.


This is a three day event which evolved from the military. During this phase, the horse puts together the dressage discipline and its show jumping abilities to the test in a cross-country. The horse is expected to take part in jumping over natural fixed objects. This include; logs, rivers, ditches, stone walls and banks. At the end of the eventing stage, the horse needs to be enduring, speedy and strong enough to jump over obstacles in an equestrian competition.