Eventing is a discipline in which New Zealand has excelled with numerous Olympic and World Championship successes.
It is also one of a handful of sports where men and women of all ages compete on equal terms and the genuine amateur can compete against a World or Olympic champion.
Commonly described as a 'horse triathlon', Eventing consists of three phases: Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping.
The aim is to receive the highest percentage score/lowest decimal score in the dressage phase
and add no time or jumping penalties to that score throughout the cross-country and show-jumping phases.
The winner is the horse and rider who finishes on the lowest decimal score at the completion of all three phases.
DRESSAGE is a performance of compulsory movements at walk, trot and canter within a 60m x 20m arena. A good Dressage test lays the foundation for the rest of the competition, as horses & riders are judged on their performance of harmony and execution and given a percentage score that equates to a decimal score (e.g 60% = 40.0, 70% = 30.0, 80% = 20.0, etc). Any jumping or time penalties incurred throughout the remainder of the competition are added to their decimal score.
CROSS COUNTRY (XC) is a test of bravery and athleticism across difficult terrain. The aim is for horses & riders to complete the designated course within the time frame (to avoid time penalties) and without incurring any jumping penalties. XC jumping penalties incur through refusals or not jumping between the flags.
SHOW JUMPING (SJ) requires agility and concentration and, much like the cross-country, the aim is to complete the designated course within the time allowed (to avoid time penalties) and without incurring any jumping penalties. SJ jumping penalties incur through refusals or knocking of rails.