Eventing consists of three phases, the Dressage, Cross Country, and Jumping phases. The discipline stems from fox hunting and the military. The discipline was intended to test military horse and rider in their skills and fitness. It became an Olympic sport in 1912 but was only open to military amateur riders. In 1952 women were allowed to compete in the Olympics but did not do so until 1964 at the Toyko Olympics. Helena du Pont was the first woman to be on an Olympic Eventing team. The sport is historically known to be unsafe for both rider and horse. In recent years, jumps have been improved to collapse based on the angle of impact.
Watch Eventing in action! (Jumping phase)