Developed to test and prepare cavalry horses, Eventing has a long and colourful history.
Initially, the purpose was to create a competition in which officers and horses could be tested for any challenges that could occur on or off duty.
Since the 1996 Atlanta Games, extensive studies and research have taken place examining the effets of heat and humidity on horses taking part in equestrian events.
The world’s experts have poured over the subject and the success of all the measures in place and the knowledge at hand for the 2008 Olympic Games proved invaluable.
Spectator friendly and easy to understand, the object for the Jumper is to negotiate a series of obstacles, where emphasis is placed on height and width, and to do so without lowering the height or refusing to jump any of the obstacles.
The time taken to complete the course is also a factor.
It also provided a basis to compare training standards between the calvalries of different countries.
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All 17 competitors managed to jump 4.50 metres (14.8 ft), but several were eliminated at 4.90 metres (16.1 ft).
The winning jump of 6.10 metres (20.0 ft) was considered unimpressive, but was in part due to heavy ground caused by rain earlier on the day of the competition.
The 1900 Summer Olympics was the only Olympic Games to date to feature an Equestrian long jump competition.
Of the seventeen competitors who entered, eight are known by name; of the rest, six were French and one was Belgian.