As horses moved from being an animal that was required for work, transport and warfare into a purely recreational animal, so to did the ability to ride long distances move from being a method of transport to a world renowned competitive sport.
The foundations of modern dressage are in classical dressage which developed from a need to train horses for the battlefield.
In fact ‘Dressage' is a French word, which roughly means ‘training'.
Eventing originally started in the military as a means of training and testing cavalry horses.
Mounted Games is an equestrian sport which owes its existence to a Colonel, a Prince, a prestigious horse show and the Pony Club movement.
Polocrosse is one of the most recent additions to the world of equestrian sports. It thrives in Australia, where it was first developed, and is increasing in popularity around the world with more than 10,000 players worldwide.