Hours of operation: 8am~ 4pm on show days
Classics and featured events start at 2pm Sunday
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Show jumping is a beautiful, fast, and exciting sport that, because of the incredible effort and heart of the horses involved, has the ability to capture a broad audience. People of all ages can appreciate the beautiful, athletic horses in partnership with their riders soaring over towering jumps. At the highest levels of the sport, horse and rider combinations jump over obstacles over five feet high and six feet wide.
Horses and riders must jump a course of obstacles in a predetermined order created by a course designer. The courses consist of eight to fourteen jumps, and vary with each day of competition. Riders must also complete the course in set amount of time, known as the “Time Allowed”. The time allowed is determined by measuring the total length of the course and setting it to a certain pace (usually at 350 meters per min).
Show jumping is judged objectively on speed and execution, scored upon the basis of faults, or penalties, incurred. Faults include knocking down rails or elements of a jump, refusals to jump an obstacle, and taking longer than the time allowed to complete the course.
A horse and rider go “clear” if they do not have any faults. They then advance into the jump-off, which is a shorter version of the original course. Here, time is of the essence! Typically, the pair that goes double clear with the fastest jump-off wins the class.
Show jumping stems from military traditions in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Competitive horse jumping grew out of the cavalry exercises military riders performed with their horses. Until the mid-1940’s, the United States equestrian teams were only open to military personnel. The sport evolved drastically after World War II and began to more closely resemble the types of competitions seen today. Today, the sport is dominated by civilian riders, both amateurs and professionals alike, rather than members of the military. Show jumping, as one of the three equestrian sports at the Olympics, is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other.