Flat racing is a pre-determined distance race in which Thoroughbred horses race over a flat surface. Unlike the steeplechase and other jumps races, there are not obstacles that must be jumped over. Thoroughbred horse racing is a very popular sport in the

Vaulting is an equestrian discipline that is as much sport as it is art. In a vaulting competition, riders perform gymnastic movements while on horseback either individually, in pairs or in teams. These acrobatic movements require a great deal of skill, a

The show hunter competitions are horse shows specially designed for hunter horses. Unlike halter horse showing, show hunters are shown in movement, trotting and jumping.

Sidesaddle is a style of riding that began as a necessity for female riders wearing skirts and has carried on throughout the years as a competitive class. In the sidesaddle seat, both of the rider’s legs are on one side of the horse, thus maintaining bala

Steer wrestling is an exciting discipline that has long been a part of the rodeo tradition. In the steering wrestling event, a mounted cowboy jumps off of his horse in to a steer and proceeds to wrestle the steer. The sport is dangerous and fast-paced and

Trick riding, also know as stunt riding, is an exciting equestrian discipline in which riders perform a series of dangerous and exciting stunts on horseback while moving at rapid speeds. Similar to vaulting, the trick riders are strong, yet graceful and p

Team penning is a thrilling rodeo sport in which a team of ranchers attempt to move cattle away from a herd and bring that cattle to a pen. Team penning if fast and exciting, showcasing the talents of both horses and riders.

Team roping is a two-man roping event in which two riders on horseback rope a calf. Cowboys compete for the fastest time in successful roping in this event.

In the UK and Ireland, jumps races are often referred to National Hunt Racing. Horses that move from the amateur point to point races move into the National Hunt races.

Para-Equestrianism is an exciting adaptation of equestrian sports for horse enthusiasts. Para-equestrian sports are recognized by international equestrian organizations and the Paralympic games alike. Para equestrian events are divided by the ability of t

Pole bending is a rodeo sport in which a horse and rider race around poles in a timed event. The horse with the fasted finishing time is declared the winner, without incurring any penalties.

Polo is an intense and prestigious game played on horseback in countries around the world. The game is fact-paced and exciting. Both horses and riders must be incredibly athletic to compete at national and international levels.

Polocrosse is an exciting equestrian sport that combines the thrill of mounted polo with ball skills of lacrosse. Polocrosse in a competitive and fast-paced game that is currently played in countries across the world. The sport is open to anyone with a ho

Pony club is an equestrian organization designed for young people to engage in horseback riding, grooming and showing. Pony Club in the United States focuses on training children about grooming, flat riding and jumps courses. Pony club is for young people

Reining is a western-style equestrian sport in which horses perform a series of movements based upon the riding skills necessary for life in the west of the United States. The movements are a series of approved maneuvers, usually seven or eight that both

A roadster is a style of horse showing that shows the horses hitched to a small carriage. Unlike other driving competitions, roadster competitions are about showing the horse, rather than winning a race.

Scurry driving is a fast-paced and exciting carriage-driving equestrian sport in which two ponies harnessed to a carriage race to complete the course in the fastest time. Scurry driving is generally a shorter name for Double Harness Scurry Driving.

Mounted orienteering is a sport in which competitors on horseback attempt to use clues, a compass and a map to find markers hidden throughout a course in the least amount of time. The sport is competitive, intelligent and a lot of fun, particularly for ho

Leadline horse shows are equestrian competitions intended for young riders to learn about horse riding as well as horse showing. In leadline, the child, usually age 7 or under, rides on top of the pony, while an adult holds the leadline and shows the hors

Harness racing is a variety of horse-racing in which the horses are harnessed to a cart and travel around a course at a trot or a pace. Harness racing is reserved, in most countries, for Standardbred horses. Standardbred horses derive their name from a st

Combining dressage, cross-country and jumping across a multiple-day event, eventing is the pinnacle competition in equestrian sports. These tests cover every aspect of horse training, from relationship between horse and rider to agility to endurance. Hors

Horse pulling is an exciting sport in which either an individual horse or a team of horses pull a heavy object a predetermined distance. The winner in horse pulling is the horse or team that pulls the heaviest amount of weight. Draft horses are used in ho

Jumping is perhaps one of the most well-known of the equestrian disciplines. The obstacles horses are expected to conquer test the will of the horse as well as the athleticism, suppleness and obedience. Typically, horse and rider will be expected to clear