Equestrian Jumping is one of the few sports where men and women compete on a level playing field with the key factors being technical proficiency and elegance. Skills of both the rider and horse are crucial, and the relationship and mutual respect built between the two is key to a successful partnership.
The aim of the competition is to complete a course with obstacles in an allotted time. Time faults are assessed for exceeding the time allowance. Jumping faults are incurred for knockdowns and blatant disobedience, such as when the horse stops before a fence. Placings are based on the lowest number of points or faults accumulated. A horse and rider who have not accumulated any jumping faults or penalty points are said to have scored a ‘clear round’.
Collaborations between humans and horses date back to the ancient civilisations of China, Egypt and Persia. In the ancient Olympic Games, horses were featured in chariot races.
The jumping discipline as we know it developed as a result of competition among fox hunters, following the introduction of the Enclosures Acts that came into force in England in the 18th century. Previously, hunters would gallop across open fields in their pursuit of foxes. But when fences were erected following the Acts, a new trait took the fore - the jumping horse.
Equestrian Jumping was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Paris 1900 Games.
At Ashgabat 2017
There will be both Team and Individual medal events at Ashgabat 2017 to be contested at the Equestrian Centre on 21 September and 23 September.
- Collaborations between humans and horses date back to the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt and Persia.
- In the ancient Olympic Games, horses were featured in the chariot races.
- Equestrian Jumping was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Paris 1900 Games.