The origins of show jumping

Often one views horseback riding and the all the related equestrian sports as a vestige of the privileged, of landed families with idle time to be spent in whatever manner of luxury and leisure. While that may be the case now, from a certain point of view, it certainly hasn’t always been the case. Humankind’s partnership with the horse goes back nearly as long as the history of modern humans itself. Before being the beloved pets that they are now, horses were essential to the success of numerous civilisations as forms of relatively quick transport, they were needed to move large quantities of goods that would be too daunting for humans to port themselves, and they were also some of the most feared tools of war.
In fact, show jumping and the majority of the equestrian arts are the descendants of military training. Many of the world’s great equestrian institutions, such as the Spanish Riding School, in Vienna were originally government institutions devised for the training of cavalry officers and horses. For as long as there has been the domestication of horses, there have been horse races. These events often allowed the youth of a culture to showcase their riding prowess and speed of the their steeds. English riding, however, comes from the tradition of technical riding. It varies from races as such with the focus shifted onto the technical skill of the rider and the abilities of the horse. Distinct from racing this form of sport was devised as a means of training riders to ride precisely, as might be necessary in battle. Over the last century however, since the invention of the internal combustion engine, the horse as a instrument of war has been gradually (and in some cases rapidly) phased out of active service. In many parts of the world the horse is still used as a plough animal, a beast of burden, and in some areas is still a primary mode of transport. However, in the industrialised countries that is very rarely the case.
Nowadays riding is seen not as a skill necessary for life, but only a past-time or a hobby. If you’re interested in riding, you’ll need to invest a fair amount of time (and money) in learning the sport properly. It’s simply not possible to hop on the back of the horse and be off. You might consider going to some horse jumping shows or watching events online before you decide to invest in the hobby. If you’re a bit impatient and crave that excitement right away you might consider placing a little bet at top online sportsbooks to spices things up. Having money at stake usually makes one more attentive to subtleties of a sport.
Regardless of how you decide to get involved in riding, remember that although the aesthetics and the rules have changed over the years this is a old and ancient tradition nearly as old as humanity itself.