There are many sports that include horses and one of the most popular is definitely horse jumping. It is something that you can participate in from a young age and is a sport that many enjoy watching in person and on television. It has been a part of the equestrian section of the Olympic Games since the beginning of the 20th century.
Horse jumping, or show jumping, events are held on a course equipped with a variety of different obstacles for the horse and rider. Some of the jumps are standard beams while others look like something Ghent Landscape would place in a garden. The team's goal is to get through the course as quickly as possible while making clean jumps. If they stumble on any of the obstacles there is a time penalty.
In terms of equestrian sports, show jumping is actually relatively new. Up until the 18th century there was not much need for riders to know how to jump with their horses. They were usually riding on flat ground. But with the landscape of England starting to evolve closer to what you see today with fences and other things that might get in the way during fox hunting. Turning horse jumping into what you will now see at competitions from Italy to Edmonton happened in France around the middle of the 19th century.
There are a number of different categories of show jumping that an athlete can participate in according to their skills. The highest level is called the Grand Prix and includes ten to sixteen obstacles in the course. The height of the jumps goes up to two meters. This level of jumping is commonly called Concours de Saut International and you will find competitions in various cities in Europe through to North America.
If you would like to take up horse jumping than you will find that many places that offer riding lessons will allow you to progress to some sort of jumping. But if you're at a level where you would like to compete than you might need to be a little more selective of the stable that you choose. You will find riders competing as children and there are even some universities with horse jumping as part of their equestrian teams.