Jumping is one of the three equestrian disciplines at competition at the Olympic Games. It is undoubtedly the most popular discipline recognised by the FEI.
Horse and rider are required to complete a course comprising between 10 to 13 removable timber obstacles located in an enclosed arena. The aim is to jump the course in the designed sequence and with no mistakes. If any part of an obstacle is knocked down or if the horse refuses a jump, “faults” are accumulated.
Depending on the type of the competition, the winner is the horse and rider combination which incurs the least number of penalties, completes the course in the fastest time or gains the highest number of points.
Along with the Olympic Games, the World Equestrian Games (WEG), and the Continental Championships, the premier Jumping competitions are
- The World Cup Series open to individual competitors
- The Nations Cup Series, the equestrian world's oldest and most prestigious team competition dating back to 1909. With the exception of Games and Championships, it is the only competition in which official teams representing nations compare their merit. In order to increase the interest among the riders, media and spectators.