A riding, or the act of riding, on horseback; horsemanship.
The skill of riding a horse.
riding a horse as a sport
Classes in which the rider, not the horse, is judged. The rider must demonstrate a good seat and hands, and sufficient required tests, either over fences or on the flat, in a smooth, controlled and accurate manner. Riders are classified according to their age and previous winning in equitation classes. Many of today's top riders were national equitation champions while juniors.
the art of horseback riding
The ability to keep a smile on your face and proper posture while your horse tries to prance, shy and buck his way around a show ring.
Art of riding horses gracefully.
a class judged solely on the rider's position, effectiveness, and style
The art of horse riding.
In riding competitions, this indicates that riders are being judged on their ability to control the horse while maintaining the correct riding position. Riders have the added challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse which they draw in a lottery system just prior to their class.
A rider's equitation is her/his ability to ride correctly with a strong, supple position and effective aids. This is judged in equitation classes, or classes at horse shows that mainly judge the rider's performance and control of their horse, as opposed to the performance of the horse. Equitation classes occur in the Hunt seat, Saddle seat, Dressage, and Western disciplines.