Equestrian at the Military World Games
By Dialogo July 15, 2011
Equestrian sports require much more than just training. Trust between the rider and the horse is also necessary. This is an ancient relationship, and these sports have existed since the ancient Olympic Games. However, the rules and competitions as we know them have existed since 1883. Equestrianism remains an Olympic sport.
At the 5th Military World Games, there will be three events: dressage, jumping, and eventing. In all of them, male and female riders compete together, without distinction by gender.
In dressage, the riders must display control of the horse in specific exercises. In jumping, on the other hand, strength and expertise are required from both horse and rider in order to jump over obstacles on a course. Agility is also needed in order to complete the course in the least time possible. In eventing, the pair are tested on rougher terrain and a longer course.