What is a Horse Trials

A horse trial is a competition for horses in the sport of Combined Training. Combined training is a triathlon of horseback riding, involving dressage, show jumping, and cross country jumping. At its highest levels, combined training is an Olympic sport, one of the few sports in which men and women are allowed to compete as equals. The United States is one of the top world contenders in this sport. For information on our regional association visit the Area VII web site. For national information visit the US Eventing site.

But the sport is not limited to international levels. The sport draws riders to local competitions all over the country, such as the one at Inavale Farm. Combined training is divided into levels, each designed to prepare the horse and rider for the next. Local horse trials provide a starting point for America's future Olympians, as well as a fun and challenging outlet for amateur and hobby riders.