FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Eventing

Oct 13, 2007
2007

Walk into a sports bar and try to persuade the bar-stool fans to turn off the football or boxing or Indy car racing and switch over to three-day eventing. It’s going to be a hard sell. There are ingrained prejudices to overcome.

Not least of them is the fact that this is one of the rare sports in which men and women compete equally. And then there are the outfits: top hats and tails; jodhpurs; white gloves. There is clearly a social gulf between the eventers and the average jeans-and-T-shirt sports fan.

So, is there anything you can say that will induce the patrons to give eventing a chance? How about this: It is the world’s most dangerous mainstream sport, suffering more fatalities among participants than football, boxing and motor racing combined.

To witness true bravery on the sporting field, just watch a rider in full flight on a cross-country course, galloping over treacherously uneven terrain, hurdling solid wooden fences. Horse and rider must have absolute faith in each other. The slightest misjudgment could be catastrophic.

A three-day event is effectively a triathlon. The first discipline, dressage, is the least likely to appeal to our barroom audience. The competitors are dressed up like dandies, and their horses have been groomed to perfection. Riders enter the arena and are required to coax their horses through a series of movements and maneuvers under the critical gaze of the judges.

Although it looks suspiciously like equestrian dancing, the origins of dressage are military: It was an essential part of the training for cavalry horses. In the early days, eventing was known as “the militaire,” and until 1924 only serving army officers were permitted to compete.

On day two, competitors strip down to more practical gear and move out onto the cross-country course. The route may be up to four miles long, with as many as 40 fences, ditches, and water obstacles to negotiate. As they ride against the clock, the dangers are very real. If a horse tumbles, it could land on top of the rider with severe consequences.

On the final day, competitors return to the enclosed arena for show jumping, designed to test the technical skills of horse and rider. Up to 20 fences are arranged seemingly chaotically around the ring. They must be jumped in a fixed order as fast as possible. If the horse refuses a jump, or knocks down any of the fences or horizontal poles, time penalties are accrued.

Three-day events are held around the world throughout the year, and are classified under a star-rating system according to difficulty. At the highest level, there are five 4-star competitions, including the Kentucky Three-Day Event, which will be held in Lexington April 23-27, 2008.

In this true team sport, riders form strong and trusting bonds with their horses. Not only are the divisions between the sexes removed, but also the divisions between species: Men and women, humans and horses, competing together and risking everything. That ought to be enough to earn the admiration of any sports fan.

Photo credit: USE/Emily Daily

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Nov 26, 2021

Immersive Experiences at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore delights guests with curated, immersive experiences. Coming off a restoration in 2019, the iconic property welcomes back international guests with unique offerings.

‘Tis the Season for a Luxurious Retreat

This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.

Daily
Nov 25, 2021

Gift Your Loved Ones Wine Kits this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about gifts for your wine-loving friends. If you or someone you know is planning an upcoming trip to a wine region, check out Argaux. The all-women-operated and -owned online wine shop and educational platform offers a series of tasting sets to celebrate and introduce some of the best wine destinations. The Gaux-To Tasting Sets are perfect for travelers to experience the wine before they travel — or without having to travel.

Daily
Nov 24, 2021

The Red Sea Development Company Finalizes Contract for 100 Percent Renewable Utilities

The Red Sea Development Company recently finalized its utilities deal with a consortium led by ACWA Power for The Red Sea Project, setting the development as the largest tourism project in the world set to be powered solely by renewable energy.

IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs

IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs for a smarter way to manage travel

eFlyer Deals
Nov 24, 2021

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Black Friday Deal

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers the chance to get up to $5,000 off per person on a 2022 sailing if booked by Nov. 30 as part of a Black Friday deal. This offer is valid on bookings made through Nov. 30 on cruises in 2022. Additionally, this deal can be combined with any publicly available promotion and standard River Heritage Club membership savings or benefits.

eFlyer Lead
Nov 24, 2021

Inkaterra Named First Climate-Positive Hotel Brand in the World

Peru-based hotel brand Inkaterra was named the first-ever “climate-positive” hotel brand in the world by GreenInitiative. Climate-positive can be defined as “any activity that furthers the achievement of net zero carbon emissions, providing an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” Endorsed by the United Nations, GreenInitiative announced Inkaterra Hotels’ achievement upon measuring the company’s carbon footprint and offset.

Register Today for the Most Important Gathering of Business Travel Professionals

The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.

Daily
Nov 23, 2021

L’Auberge de Sedona Announces “Home for the Holidays” Feature

Premiere luxury resort L’Auberge de Sedona debuts the Home for the Holidays experience to go with the resort’s holiday celebrations. Guests are invited to join in the festivities this year amid Arizona’s beautiful natural features like Oak Creek and Red Rocks.