How do you compete?
In this discipline, the horse and rider must cross a course of 15 obstacles in the shortest time possible. For this competition there are four judges who qualify the speed with which the horses finish the course, in addition to penalizing faults: jumping or knocking down an obstacle, the horse refusing to jump, among others.
The courses include water jumps, double bars, triple bars and simulated stone walls, which can be 1.40 to 1.65 m high.
In the end, the rider who has had the fewest penalties during the course, completes the course in the shortest time or scores the most points wins. This will depend on the type of competition being held.
As this sport is a very specialized discipline, it requires a capable horse and a rider with a thorough equestrian training. Although jumping is the basis, it is not the only goal: jumping precision and speed of execution are also aspects that the pair must overcome. If we add to this the difficulty of the layout of the obstacles in the arena and the acrobatic riding of the specialty, the popularity that equestrian show jumping has gained is quite understandable.