Three-Day Eventing is an equine triathlon, a sport that tests the horse and riderʼs skill in three phases: Dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
Dressage involves horse and rider performing a set of exercises in front of a judge who evaluates the communication and harmony between the pair. The dressage judge will score based upon accuracy and obedience during the test, as well assessing the horsesʼs physical skill: his strength, suppleness, and engagement.
Show Jumping challenges horse and rider harmony while jumping brightly colored obstacles in an arena. Each horse/rider combination is expected to complete the course within an optimum time, and without knocking down or refusing an obstacle.
Cross-Country is the phase that adds speed, changes in terrain, and natural obstacles to the jumping challenge. On cross-country, horse and rider gallop in the open and complete a jumping course over natural elements such as ditches, banks, and water. Because cross-country fences are solid obstacles, the horse and rider must be prudent and accurate in order to complete the course safely and within the optimum time.
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