Equestrian Sports – A World Of Difference
What exactly is Equestrian Sports? These 3 sports were originally designed to be a simple way for people to get into shape, while still having plenty of fun. The original idea was to have Equestrian Sports as an Olympic sport in the future.
Dressage: Dressage is the process of training a horse to do complicated shots in an effort to win an event. In dressage the horse acts as the rider while a padded surface and a man to guide the horse. The first time the horse does a jump they are praised. Over time the horse will learn to jump better without the padding, the saddle will give way, or if the pony has already been tied down, the person guiding the horse will often teach the horse to jump.
Hunter Practices: Hunter practices are Equestrian Sports that takes place on large, open land, with large fences and sometimes with humans (especially guides). Hunter practice’s range from shooting practice, to trail rides, and many other events. In most cases the sport takes place during the night and/or in cold weather. The horse can be ridden for pleasure by the rider and the horse often used to travel long distances. The main article on hunter practice is pretty long, but I’ve listed the main events below.
Dressage: This is one of the three international disciplines of Equestrian Sports. This sport can take place on a large piece of property, in a field, or even in an arena. It uses the pony as the athlete, using training, tricks, and other methods to exercise the muscles. The sport started in France and it was first coined by the English in the 18th century. Currently there are over a dozen international Federation of Dressage. There are also several local governing bodies of Dressage in the USA and Canada.
Dressage: The word “dressage” derives from the French word “dressing”, which means dressing. Dressage was the choice of a select few riders in the past, but gradually the sport began to attract most if not all disciplines. Dressage is still regarded as a premier discipline by international Equestrian Sports governing bodies. Dressage has grown to become very popular among equestrians and is now regularly attended and shown at horse shows. In addition to dressage there are other important equestrian disciplines such as Equestrian Jumping, Equestrian Flyering, Equestrian Team Riding, and Equestrian Sledding.
Classical Dressage: The classical dressage is also known as “spaolike” and was the first discipline to be introduced into Olympics. It involves a series of jumps designed to test both the strength and agility of the rider and the horse. Its development occurred during the French Revolution and it reached its peak during the 18th century with the introduction of the classical dressage into the Olympic Games.
Bronc Riding: Bronc riding is a discipline that involves dressage-style jumps on horses, often equestrian ones. Women compete alongside men in national and international equestrian shows while men compete in the “road” style, taking part in individual or team competitions. Since its early inception, bronc riding has developed greatly and today it is one of the three main pleasure riding disciplines.
Horseball: This discipline is also known as “football” and involves two teams; forwards/rearwards or flanks, where the players wear football helmets (depending on the governing body) and combined driving is done by equestrians on each side of the field. A loose rein is used to give the ball a gentle contact with the ball or the other team’s horse. The “jumper” is responsible for throwing the ball and using their own bodyweight as a platform to propel the ball forward. Although this sport is gaining popularity amongst women nowadays, it’s traditional place at the bottom of the sports pyramid still remains.