| A Three-Day Event tests the abilites of horses and riders in dressage, cross country, and show jumping. On the first day of the competition, contestants compete in dressage, a test of ability and obedience. Horse and rider are judged on their capability to perfrom special movements. Cross-Country, a test of speed, stamina, jumping, and courage, is performed on the second day of competition. In this area, judging is based on how well the horse and rider can complete the obstacle course. Obstacles include jumps, water, logs, bushes, and many other barriers that may appear "scary" to a horse. Show jumping takes place on the final day of competition. This final test of the horse and rider's training takes place in a stadium arena. Competitors must attempt to successfully clear the jumping course.
Three-Day Eventing was first developed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1912. These tests were originally intended for military horses. On the first Three-Day Event, only active military officers mounted on military chargers were allowed to compete.
|The test would determine if the horse and rider were capable of traveling long distances and overcoming various obstacles. However, at the Paris Olympics in 1924, Three-Day Events were formatted more like what we know them as today. The
tests became open to nonmilitants but, noncommissioned Army officers were not able to compete until 1956, and women not until 1964.
Horse Spirit would like to congratulate Clayton Fredericks and Ben Along Time, along with all other competitiors, on their achievements at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event of 2007!