How to Watch Dressage and Show Jumping
Watching horse shows in Florida is a particular treat during the winter horse show season when the show circuit is full, the best horses and riders are competing and the weather is drop dead gorgeous.
What to Wear
What to wear to a horse show, well, depends on nighttime or daytime and what type of show. Sunday afternoon polo in Wellington attracts big hats, big sunglasses and small sundresses.
Show jumping on Saturday night usually means combining the event with dinner somewhere and therefore is a little dressier.
Whatever you wear, the best way to watch a horse show is to understand the background of the show. History of show jumping.
Wellington Show Jumping
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Watch this video to preview high level show jumping in Wellington, FL, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF.) Watch million dollar horses, polished riders, and fearless performances under the lights at Wellington. Trendy spectators flock to posh, extravagant shows known as Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC.)
Watching Dressage Shows
Grand Prix 2012 Superb show and a chance to view a wonderful string of million dollar horses Winter Equestrian Festival, WEF Wellington, Florida Dressage Nations' Cup Saturday April 14 2012 Class: 2 - FEI Intermediare Freestyle Ring: GDF International.
This fine video will give you a chance to preview top level dressage. It will also help you understand dressage and its scoring at all skill levels. Dressage is scored on a system of points with the judge assigning a score of 1-10 for each required movement. After watching a few riders, you will begin to be able to judge for yourself how they are doing, although it will take a little longer to understand the subtleties of the sport.
The typical professional horse show features stadium jumping or dressage and is held in a facility that accommodates each event. For show jumping, a course is designed to test the speed and maneuverability of the horse. Each event pits best time against fewest faults. Faults are knocking off a crossbar or taking too much time.
The speed determines the winner who has the fewest faults. Sometimes there is a tie and then there will be another test for those tied for the best score.