Equestrian sports; where to start
There is such a wide variety of sports available to play these days that it can
be overwhelming when you want to get into a new hobby. When you add equestrian
sports into the equation though, beginners can be completely thrown off the
trail. Here is a quick guide for those who want to be more involved with
equestrian sports, but haven’t a clue where to begin.
The first thing any beginner needs to learn are the basics. Just a quick google search on things like horse riding clubs or groups near you that can accommodate and teach you how to begin to ride. Some of these clubs will be able to provide you with the safety essentials like body armour and a helmet, although if you are serious about your commitment, it’s always a good idea to buy equipment that is adjusted and perfect for you.
Nobody needs to own their own horse to begin to ride, but it is the specialist training and experience that will see you paired with the right mount that will earn you the best results. Anybody can learn to ride a horse, with many different options available to all enthusiasts regardless of age or disability.
Once you are familiar with riding, you may want to move into
a specialised area of equestrian sport. Dressage for example, may not be the
highest speed of events, but it certainly is the most technical. With the
riders and horses both judged equally on things such as rhythm, harmony and even
things like the colour of your hat! Dressage is an incredibly competitive
sport, and is prominently featured in the Olympics during the Grand Prix, as
well as in the Paralympics as Para-Equestrian Dressage.
Para Equestrian Dressage is ridden in exactly the same way as its able-bodied equivalent, with only the complexity and intricacy of the course modified based on the participants classification of their impairment. A good place to get started, and to learn more about how to compete in Dressage is through British Dressage, the main controlling body of all Dressage events.
Another popular equestrian sport that everyone should be familiar with is Show Jumping. Show Jumping is a staple at the Olympics, as well as many other equestrian events, and the premise is very simple; ride your horse around the course jumping over obstacles in the fastest time, with time penalisations received for any obstacle hit. Show Jumping is an incredibly popular sport, with different levels of difficulty available to literally anybody who wants to participate (like dressage, disability is not an issue).
Your local riding club should be able to help you learn, and even point you in the direction of some competitions to get you started! Alternatively, visit British Showjumping for more information, the official site of all things show jumping.
These are just a few examples of equestrian sports available
to compete in, there are so many more to choose from and enjoy. Horse riding is
an activity anybody can enjoy; from children to adults, at any level of competency
or disability, it’s an incredibly inclusive activity. Contact your local Horse
Riding club or group near you today to start, or visit The British Horse-riding Authority
website to search for group’s local to you.
Remember, Flightcase Warehouse have a range of different products available for the equestrian enthusiast, including bespoke options to fit your every need. Any size you need we can create; in the past we have made huge models with built in wardrobes for both horse and rider, to protect all the Dressage accessories that need to be taken on the road!