The Olympic sport of eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is comprised of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping. The first phase – dressage – shows the graceful partnership of horse and rider through a sequence of movements on the flat. The next phase – cross country – challenges bravery, fitness and determination as combinations navigate a series of solid obstacles, technical questions and varied terrain. In the final phase – show jumping – pairs must again prove their precision as they clear a course of fences. Competitors accumulate penalty points in each phase. At the end of the event, the pair with the lowest score wins. Eventing tests horse and rider pairs more completely than any other discipline. 

US Equestrian runs numerous programs for eventing competitors. To learn more about these programs, please see the information below.


United States Eventing Association

USEF International Discipline Association

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose core mission is to advance the sport of eventing through education of riders, trainers, officials, and organizers, with the health and well-being of the horse of paramount importance. Registering over 250 recognized USEA events throughout the country, the USEA maintains responsible safety standards, and strives to provide riders from Beginner Novice to the five-star level with an exceptional eventing experience. The Association, through the direction of the Board of Governors, continues to work to make the sport of eventing safe, fun, fair and affordable to all who join. For more information, visit


US Equestrian Eventing Department Contact Information

Jenni Autry, Managing Director of Eventing
[email protected] | 859-225-2052 

Christina Vaughn, Director of Eventing Performance and Program Support
[email protected] | 859-225-6917

Shealagh Costello, Director of Eventing National Programs
[email protected] | 859-225-6923

Gemma Stobbs, Director of Eventing Programs
[email protected] | 859-225-6929

Lauren Moore, Sport Programs Assistant
l[email protected] | 859-225-6922

Additional Resources

2020 FEI and Advanced Horse Trials at U.S. Eventing Competitions

Calendar of Advanced Horse Trials and FEI Eventing Competitions in the U.S.