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10-08-2010 12:40 BJT

Equestrian events made its debut in the 9th Asian Games in New Delhi, India. Men and women riders can compete at the same course.


Dressage is also named "Equestrian Ballet". The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with his rider. Dressage is held in a 65mx25m course, the rider and the horse perform a set routine of compulsory and freestyle dressage movements within 12 minutes. The scoring is done by judges who evaluate how well the horse executes the moves.


Jumping was held in a sand land or grassland with 90mx60m course. A jumping competition is one in which the combination of horse and competitor is tested under various conditions over a course of obstacles. If a competitor makes certain faults, such as knocking down an obstacle, refusing, exceeding the time allowed, etc., he incurs penalties. The best result is 0 penalty. The winner of the competition is the competitor who incurs the least number of penalties.

There are two rounds of this competition.

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