Equestrian Three Day Eventing (3-day eventing) is a sport that displays the horse and rider’s versatility, discipline, and athleticism. As the name implies, eventing takes place over 3 days, both on level ground and jumping over fences.
What Events Take Place in Equestrian Eventing?
The 3 areas of eventing are known as dressage, cross country, and show jumping. It is the effect of cumulative 3-day results testing horse and rider in endurance and technique that make a three day event a major test of equestrian skill.
Day I – Dressage
In the Day 1 dressage portion of eventing, the horse and rider are tested for the muscular fitness of the horse and the level of communication between horse and rider for balance, precision, and rhythm. You can CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT DRESSAGE IN VIRGINIA.
Day 2 – Cross Country
The cross country portion on Day 2 of the event is where horse and rider gallop over the land, countryside, and obstacles, testing their stamina and speed for distance and jumps. Their cross-country course will be about 2.75 to 4 miles long. During that course the horse and rider will need to jump anywhere from 24-36 obstacles (fences, streams, rocks etc). Cross country eventing is ridden at a gallop, with exact speed requirements depending on the rider’s level of competition.
Day 3 – Show Jumping
Day 3 of eventing takes place in an enclosed ring where horses must jump a series of fences to demonstrate their ability to perform and recover after the grueling cross country of Day 2. All three days of eventing are popular spectator events as well as Olympic events too. Many equestrian Olympians train at Virginia’s horse farms.
Eventing requires extensive training, and below are Virginia equestrian training facilities for Charlottesville horse farms plus links to major eventing competition venues in the area available for training and schooling.
Plain Dealing Farm
Virginia Horse Trials
Central VA Combined Training
Commonwealth Dressage & Combined Training