Show Jumping is performed over a course of jumps that are made of coloured poles, gates, planks, imitation bricks etc that are used to build fences with varying height and width. The Olympic Show Jumping competition includes both a team competition and an individual competition run in parallel. The diagram below explains the format of the combined competitions:
- All team riders are also in the individual competition
- The score is based on penalties for knocking down a fence, refusing to jump a fence or exceeding the optimum time.
- Fences maximum size:
- Height 1.60m (5feet 3inches)
- Width 2.00m (6feet 6inches) and for a triple bar 2.20m (7feet 2inches)
- Water jump width 4.50m (14feet 9inches)
- There is a Horse Inspection before the competition starts to ensure that all horses are fit and sound and able to compete.
- There is a Training Session held in the same arena as the competition the day before the competition starts. A course of up to ten jumps, up to 1.50m in height, will be setup for competitors and they will be given 90s in the arena to practice. The jumps will not include any fences that will be used in the Olympic competition. It is not a competitive session so competitors can dress informally, there will be no prizes and spectators cannot be charged.