As the competition season raises its splendid head over the mists of winter you will start to hear talk of various events cropping up. In case you wonder what some of the titles refer to, here’s a handy glossary of jumping competitions that featured in one of the earliest posts on the Letterkenny Riding Club website. It has stood the test of time well.
1-Day Event : Dressage, show jumping and cross country. Scores are accumulated across the three disciplines. Also known as Horse Trials or ODE.
2-Phase : Show jumping and cross country. Scores are accumulated across both disciplines.
Combined Training : Show jumping and dressage. Scores are accumulated across both disciplines.
Hunter Trials : Just cross country. Not to be confused with Horse Trials (see 1-Day Event).
Crossjump : A single-phase mixed-discipline competition. Course starts over show jumps, continues over cross country obstacles and finishes over show jumps.
Working Hunter : A two-phase class beginning with a round of jumping over rustic jumps and finishing with a showing phase.
Equitation Jumping : A show jumping competition where the style of the horse and rider counts as well as clearing the jumps.