Unlike other sports, where a person competes against a clock, in Eventing, two minds and bodies have to work as one. This requires a strong bond between human and horse.
There are six levels of Eventing: entry, pre-training, training, preliminary, intermediate and advanced. Each level is designed to prepare horse and rider for the next level. Brae Fearann currently offers entry, pre-training and training level courses.
Eventing is the only high-risk Olympic sport that permits men and women to compete as equals. There are no separate divisions. Some of the top riders in the world today are women from many nations.
Eventing is like an "equestrian triathlon." Eventing combines dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. In the first phase, the dressage phase, each horse/rider combination performs a series of prescribed movements designed to demonstrate balance, obedience and suppleness. The cross country phase tests the horse's ability to travel long distances over difficult terrain, his courage, stamina, and fitness, and how well he is able to negotiate fixed obstacles at speed. The final day of competition features the Stadium or Show Jumping, a jumping competition held in an arena over brightly coloured obstacles which, unlike those on cross-country, do fall down. Here the horse's ability, conditioning, and training are critical to his performance. The horse is tired after a grueling cross-country phase. Now she/he must move at a steady, more controlled pace, jump cleanly over fences that will fall if touched, and do it all within the time allowed. One rail down can make the difference between winning and not being in the ribbons at all.
Eventing can occur in four formats: horse trial, combined show, three-day event, and modified three-day event.