A specific type of english horseback riding; At a horse show or competition an equitation class is based solely on the rider. Unlike hunter classes that are based on the horse, in and Eq. class the rider must have an incredable back and leg position and a good seat to win the class. An equitation rider's horse should frame and have the correct bend. In a equitation class where riders jump the signals the rider sends to her horse must be nearly invisible, in this class judges may have their riders jump without irons and pick up a counter canter.
Brianne Goutal, The winner of the 2005 Maclay Finals was a really good equitation rider.
by Secretariot October 26, 2007