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In Equestrian sports men and women compete against each other on a level playing field. The key factors are the technical proficiency and elegance rather than physical strength.
Skills of both the rider and horse are crucial, and developing the necessary skills in the horses to reach competitive levels requires much time and training. Both individual and team competitions are included.
Riders work closely with their horses and competitions demonstrate the combined skills of both rider and horse. The rider seeks to exploit the full potential of the horse, and the horse strives to respond to the demands of its rider.
Spectator attractions include how the riders communicate with their horses and how the rider and horse overcome hurdles and work together as an integrated team.
- Collaborations between humans and horses date back to the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt and Persia.
- In the ancient Olympic Games, horses were featured in the chariot races.
- Equestrian jumping was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Paris 1900 Games.