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
Amber Braun, Managing Director, Eventing
[email protected] | 859-225-6970
Gemma Stobbs, Director, Eventing Elite Program
[email protected] | 859-225-6929
Christina Vaughn, Director, Eventing Development & Emerging Programs
[email protected] | 859-225-6917
Alison Lloyd, Director, Eventing Sport Administration
[email protected] | 859-225-2054
General inquires: [email protected]
List of roles and responsibilities for the Eventing Department can be found here.