Three-day eventing is a sport derived from the training of cavalry horses, who were tested at "trials" on their obedience, courage, and resilience. In the modern sport of eventing, horse and rider combinations are asked to demonstrate these traits over three phases of competition, receiving a cumulative score based on penalty points; the rider with the lowest total penalty points after all three phases wins the event.
Dressage is ridden in an arena in front of a judge who evaluates the horse and rider on their ability to perform compulsory movements.
Cross-Country is ridden over terrain in the open, and horse and rider must navigate solid and "natural" obstacles at speed.
Showjumping is performed over a course of obstacles in an arena, and penalties are awarded for any jumps knocked down by the horse.
Galway Downs International Event