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Also known as the ‘equestrian triathlon,’ eventing combines three disciplines – dressage, cross-country and show jumping. It’s a demanding sport that requires a high level of skill and also trust between horse and rider.

With its roots in military training exercises, eventing is now a popular sport and, like dressage and jumping, it is governed internationally by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

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Eventing can run as a one-day-event, but it’s usually a three-day extravaganza in international competition. Beginning with dressage, the second phase is cross-country which is usually a high-octane charge through the grounds of glorious estates with some huge and varied jumps designed to test the bravery, endurance and skill of both horse and rider. 

Among the obstacles that must be navigated are log jumps, ditches, water jumps, and whatever else an imaginative course builder can dream up, and the course needs to be completed within a certain time.

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Over the years, a number of safety measures have been introduced, such as frangible technology, to reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

Show jumping is the final phase of eventing.

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