What are the different types of Horse Shows? Bricole Reincke

  1. Combined driving — This event involves carriage driving.
  2. Dressage — Rider and horse perform a memorized series of particular movements.
  3. Endurance Riding — Rider and horse participate in either endurance rides of 50 or 100 miles or shorter rides.
  4. Eventing — Rider and horse compete in three events: dressage, cross-country and show jumping
  5. Reining — Horses perform a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops.
  6. Show Jumping — Horse and rider perform various jumps.
  7. Tent Pegging — The rider picks up a target with a lance or sword.
  8. Vaulting — This event involves gymnastics on horseback.
  9. Reining or Western Pleasure — This event consists of a horse’s manners and a relaxed gait.
  10. Dressage — Also a manners event, the rider is poised and the horse demonstrates obedience, balance and flexibility.
  1. Pleasure Classes — Judges scrutinize the horse’s demeanor in the ring and whether it is calm enough to ride in competition events.
  2. Equitation Classes — Judgment is made on how well the horse responds to the rider’s commands as they go through 15 different movements.
  3. Timed Classes — Several events are involved in both Western and English competitions. One popular event involves 12 fences placed on a course. The horse jumps over the fences, but if it knocks over a fence or refuses the jump, points are deducted.
  4. Reigning-In Classes — In this event of Western competitions, the horse is tested on how fast it can come to a stop from a fast gallop.
  5. Stock Horse Classes — This event involves agile cattle-herding horses that are usually quarter horses. Judging involves how well the horse trots and how well teams achieve a perfect rhythm in a specific time.



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Bricole Reincke

Bricole Reincke

Based in Southwest Ranches, Bricole Reincke is Vice President at Interactive Metronome. Learn more about Bricole on her website at http://bricolereincke.org/.