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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 06:23

Equestrian

Horse and rider jump fence  Equestrian
Equestrian comprises of dressage, jumping and three-day eventing

Equestrian is the only Olympic sport where man and animal are established team mates, and one of the few sports where men and women compete on equal terms.

Four equestrian disciplines are included in the 15th Asian Games: dressage, eventing, jumping and endurance.

Dressage

Dressage is the most elegant equestrian discipline, with a horse performing set movements or tests in response to its rider's signals.

The event is conducted over three rounds. In the first two, horse and rider perform a set routine of dressage movements, including passages, pirouettes and piaffes in a walk, trot and canter. The third round is freestyle, with routines individually choreographed and performed to music.

Eventing

The three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and jumping are tested in the eventing competition.

Riders must be versatile to excel in all three categories; they need patience and composure for dressage, fearlessness and speed for cross-country and precision and timing for jumping.

For the cross-country competition, riders have to jump a number of obstacles on a set course.

Jumping

Equestrian at the 15th Asian Games will finish with jumping, a popular sport that is exciting to watch and easy to follow.

Riders are required to guide their mount over a course of up to 14 obstacles that are laid out inside an earth covered arena. Obstacles can include triple bars, parallel rails, water jumps and simulated stone walls. Jumping tests the horse's leaping ability and the rider's skill to urge the horse over challenging obstacles.

 
 

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