Eventing is a combination of Dressage, Jumping and cross-country tests and is the most complex of the three Olympic Equestrian disciplines. The rider has to ride the same horse for three days, participating at the following three events:

1st day: Dressage

The rider has to execute a predetermined test of movements within an arena 60 x 20m. This test proves the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse, as well as the harmony and perfect understanding between the rider and the horse.

2nd day: Cross-country

This test consists of one phase:
Phase D: Cross-country course with 45 maximum jumping efforts, riding a 5,700m distance.

3rd day: Jumping

The Jumping Test is to prove that the horse has retained its energy and obedience after the previous day of endurance tests.

The rider and horse with the lowest penalty score after the three tests is declared winner of the event.

Historically, Eventing was the military mission of a cavalry officer that had to deliver a message through enemy lines and back to his base. At the beginning of its Olympic History, in the 1912 Olympic Games, the competition was run differently. The first day consisted of the endurance and cross-country test that involved about 50km of roads and tracks, about 5km of a flagged cross-country course of natural obstacles, and then around 3.5km of a speed test with ten obstacles. The Jumping test was performed on the second day of Eventing. Dressage was performed last. Today’s format is exactly the opposite, starting with Dressage the first day, continuing with the endurance, speed and cross-country test the second day and completing the competition with the Jumping test the last day.

Learn more about Eventing:

» United States Eventing Association

» United States Equestrian Federation

» CTETA Horse Park

» Area VI


» 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games




Gina and McKinlaigh at the 2008 Olympics

Gina and McKinlaigh at the 2007 Pan American Games