Saturday, 18 June 2011

Equestrian Eventing - History & Overview

Eventing receives its roots from the military . During it's first years the sport was so aptly named "The Militaire". Eventing was the military mission of a cavalry officer that had to deliver a message through enemy lines and back again. his event has its roots in a comprehensive cavalry test requiring mastery of several types of riding. It has three main formats: the horse trials or one-day event (ODE), two-day event and the three-day event (3DE), which in reality now runs four days at some competitions. There is also a format in which riders complete all three events in one day, called a "horse trial". Also, a "combined test" is a variation of eventing which encompasses any two of the phases, most commonly dressage and show jumping, but will sometimes be cross-country and show jumping or cross-country and dressage.

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