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 use the links in the Programs & Resources section below.
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
Gemma Stobbs, Director of Eventing Programs
[email protected] | 859-225-6929
Amber Braun, Director of Eventing Sport Management and Administration
[email protected] | 859-225-6970
Alison Lloyd, Sport Programs Assistant
[email protected] | 859-225-2054