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Equestrian Eventing

Eventing is an individual sport of the equestrian discipline, where riders compete in three types of races, dressage, cross-country and show jumping, in a single competition.

Dressage: In this stage, riders are required to perform a fixed sequence of moves. The rides are judged for balance, rhythm, control of the horse.

Cross-country: In this stage, riders are required to jump over 30 to 40 obstacles within a fixed time. Riders incur penalties for exceeding the allocated time, or if a horse refuses to clear an obstacle.

Show jumping: This stage has about 12 to 20 fences, each of which has objects that can be knocked down, arranged in a ring format. Riders are evaluated for their technical jumping skills. Show jumping stage is a timed race, where riders have to complete the course within the allocated time, failing which results in penalties. Penalties are also enforced if objects on a fence are knocked down.

Points are awarded to riders for each stage, and the rider with the highest number of points on all three stages combined, after penalties are deducted, is declared as the winner.

Equestrian JumpEquestrian cross-country is part of eventing

Eventing competitions are conducted as a one-day event, where all three stages are completed in a single day, or as a three-day event, where dressage is held on the first two days, followed by cross country and show jumping on the third day.

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