Courage, Control and Technique
Grand Prix is the highest level of show jumping competition, and one of the most exciting sports to watch. Held under International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) jumping rules, the horse must jump a course of 10 to 16 obstacles, with heights up to 1.6 meters (5’3”) spread out up to 2 meters (6’7”).
A horse must have courage to jump fences as well as athletic ability and skillful technique to handle the sharp turns and bursts of speed necessary to navigate difficult show jumping courses. Different breeds of horses have been successful show jumpers, and while most are tall (over 16 hands, 145cm/57in), there’s no correlation between size and athletic ability, and tall horses don’t necessarily have an advantage in jumping competitions. In fact, pony-sized horses may sometimes compete in open competition with adult riders. The most famous example is Stroller (1950-1986), a cross-bred who was only 14.1 hands, but won 61 international competitions and an Individual silver medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics, jumping one of the only two clear rounds in the individual competition.
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It’s the summer series finale at Angelstone Stadium! Talent across North America join show jumping champion, Ian Millar (‘Captain Canada’) in competition at the 2018 Angelstone National Open, the final leg of the Kubota Triple Crown. If you missed the live stream broadcast, there’s still time to watch a video recording of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button on the media player below ↓
If you missed the live stream broadcast of the 2018 Land Rover Blair Castle Trials, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts on the media players below ↓
If you missed watching the live stream broadcast of the 2018 Headwaters Cup Grand Prix event held at Angelstone Stadium, Erin, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, June 16, there’s still time to watch a video recording of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button located on the media player below ↓
The Vilamoura Equestrian Centre, located on the southern coast of Portugal, is one of the finest equestrian facilities in Europe, and it’s host to the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour, one of the biggest show jumping events on the international calendar.
If you missed the live broadcast of the 2018 Vilamoura Atlantic Tour, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video post recordings located on the media player below ↓
The annual Horse of the Year Show is the premier equestrian event in Australasia, attracting thousands of horses, riders and spectators from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and around the world. If you missed the live streaming of the 2018 competition or want to see it again, select and click/tap from the video recording posts or the “Watch Again” button located on the media player below ↓
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