Definition of equestrian in English:



  • 1Relating to horse riding.

    ‘his amazing equestrian skills’
    • ‘His farming enterprises are a herd of suckler cows and horses, which compete in the equestrian sport of eventing up to and including international level.’
    • ‘It was at school that she discovered she shared her parents' interest in horses and equestrian sports, as well as other sports like field hockey and gymnastics.’
    • ‘The most disciplined and demanding equestrian sport, dressage, was in its full glory at Woorree Park at the weekend.’
    • ‘Anything we can do to raise awareness of equestrian sport will be beneficial.’
    • ‘Active in many sports, Reeve owned several horses and competed in equestrian events regularly.’
    • ‘Besides dog and cat events, 2004's exhibition sees the introduction of equestrian stands which will promote responsible horse care and give a greater insight into equestrian sports.’
    • ‘Laurel called to them, speaking of their snooty old riding instructor at the equestrian academy the girls had attended together most of their lives.’
    • ‘The monarch, an equestrian sports fan, was taking a carriage ride through the forest near Windsor Castle when she came upon a clearing that looked perfect for racing.’
    • ‘To join the unit, officers undergo a basic six-month training course, which includes equestrian skills and looking after the horses.’
    • ‘With Schumann, Ullrich and the equestrian dressage team, the Germans had their best day of the Games with three gold medals to lift spirits deflated by a below-par Olympics so far.’
    • ‘In fact, when we moved to California, I also tried gymnastics and competed in equestrian riding for many years.’
    • ‘Horse breeding and equestrian sports have always been recognised by the society as an integral part of this activity.’
    • ‘Polo is a highly demanding equestrian sport that combines the skills of the rider and the performance of the horse.’
    • ‘But by 300 BC, these tribes had acquired horses and used their equestrian skills to develop very effective cavalry tactics.’
    • ‘Due to Australia's immigration laws for horses, the 1956 equestrian events were held separately in Stockholm.’
    • ‘Also placing the International Sport Horse Show on the equestrian map was the staging of a top-class showjumping grand prix on Saturday.’
    • ‘She told them that her sister liked horses and was on an equestrian team.’
    • ‘From age five until 12 she was learning equestrian riding.’
    • ‘This game is on the increase and is certainly a very interesting equestrian sport.’
    • ‘Moreover, those responsible for the more traditional equestrian sports may have feared losing players to one that is particularly exciting to play as well as to watch.’
    1. 1.1Depicting or representing a person on horseback.
      ‘an equestrian statue’
      • ‘This large area, complete with the obligatory equestrian statue (this one is of King Jose I), provides a formal entrance to the city from the river.’
      • ‘In this room, the typology of a place royale was established: the organised, uniform square with a central equestrian statue of the sovereign in the centre.’
      • ‘The Bannockburn Heritage Centre, close to the Glasgow Road and run by the National Trust for Scotland, has the famous equestrian statue of Bruce and an audio-visual show and display material.’
      • ‘Outside his church of St Sophia an equestrian statue showed Justinian in military costume, pointing his hand eastwards.’
      • ‘But standing before an equestrian statue of Carlos III, he wonders: " What am I supposed to do here?’
      • ‘In Morocco itself his equestrian statue stands just inside the grounds of the French Consulate General in Casablanca surveying the busy main square but safe from the attentions of the crowds.’
      • ‘And indeed, next to an equestrian statue, a giant candle has been draped in the stars and stripes and surrounded by small candles, messages and bunches of flowers.’
      • ‘If we are separated we meet at the equestrian statue on James Square at noon precisely.’
      • ‘The world's only two-legged equestrian statue has been pushed and pulled almost off its plinth.’
      • ‘Wooden benches set in the shade of huge old live oaks surround the bronze equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson that dominates the centre of the square.’
      • ‘Thompson's last monument is his only equestrian statue.’
      • ‘In Union Square, the biggest rally gathered beneath an equestrian statue scaled by mourners, draped with American flags and covered with the word ‘Peace’, in chalk.’
      • ‘For honorific statues of emperors and mortals, Romans could be portrayed in togas, in military garb, as naked or half-draped figures after Greek prototypes, or on horseback in equestrian statues.’
      • ‘Politically, his instincts were those of a cavalry officer - to ride straight at the enemy - and his statue in Hanover is very properly an equestrian one.’
      • ‘The equestrian statue in Union Square and triumphal arch in Washington Square Park were adorned with flags and peace signs.’
      on horseback, mounted, riding, in the saddle
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    2. 1.2(in ancient Rome) relating or belonging to the wealthy class known as the equites (see equites).
      • ‘In AD 6, having completed his service as an equestrian officer, he returned briefly to Rome and was elected quaestor for AD 7.’
      • ‘As the son of an old equestrian family, Ovid was sent to Rome for his education.’
      • ‘Although born into the equestrian class, Lucius Aelius Sejanus had become the first citizen of Rome in everything but title.’
      • ‘A member of the equestrian order, he had made a fortune in finance and investing.’
      • ‘The situation was saved by Gaius Marius (c.157-86 B.C.), a man born into a family recently admitted to equestrian status but who was politically well-connected.’
      • ‘Marius now intrigued against Metellus among his equestrian and Italian friends in Africa and Rome and won election for 107 by playing on suspicions of the aristocracy.’


  • 1A rider or performer on horseback.

    • ‘At Lake Oroville, State Parks initiated a public process where hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and other stakeholders could participate in decision-making.’
    • ‘Making the cloth on one of the museum's looms will help to reduce costs for equestrians.’
    • ‘It's such a rugged topography that equestrians generally don't bother.’
    • ‘The popular show features talented equestrians who, with their American Paint Horses, vie for more than $264,000 in prize money and prestigious World Championship titles.’
    • ‘The riding school provides group and individual classes for equestrians of all ages and abilities who get to saddle up one of 11 horses and ponies.’
    • ‘Trails are open to hiking, biking, skating, and equestrians.’
    • ‘Trail rules require that bikers yield to hikers and equestrians.’
    • ‘Horse cookies make a wonderful gift for other equestrians on your shopping list, so be creative this holiday season!’
    • ‘There is something deeply surreal about sitting in a bar in Bilbao and watching Australian equestrians compete in the Olympics with the commentary in Spanish.’
    • ‘I can't assign you a horse straight up, but I can sense what kind of horse would be good for which rider, although I often let the more experienced equestrians pick for themselves.’
    • ‘The equestrians now have a nice place to ride as the Houston Airport System has done a number of improvements on the land to encourage daily use by the Airport Rangers.’
    • ‘Each year, equestrians from all across the United States participate in horse shows to qualify to compete at Washington.’
    • ‘Garrs End Lane is a quiet, safe, level walk well suited to mothers with young children, cyclists, the elderly, the infirm and equestrians and is very popular with residents and visitors alike.’
    • ‘Be prepared to meet fellow equestrians on these popular trails.’
    • ‘One of Brazil's top equestrians, he was a member of the Brazilian showjumping team that won a bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and another in 2000 in Sydney.’
    • ‘A NEW road surface in Grassington is proving too smooth a ride for local equestrians who fear a serious accident could be imminent.’
    • ‘Mountain bikers should work with hikers and equestrians.’
    • ‘One study, conducted in 1994 in Montana, tracked 100 passages by hikers, bikers, equestrians and motorcyclists over control plots on two trails in national forests.’
    • ‘The riders all are life-long equestrians with from 12-30 years in endurance competitions.’
    • ‘Speedway lore dates the races to early last century, when black stable hands who worked for wealthy equestrians would bring their mounts here for a little weekend racing.’
    horseman, horsewoman, rider, horse rider, jockey
    cavalryman, trooper
    hussar, cavalier
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    1. 1.1(in ancient Rome) a member of the equites (see equites).
      • ‘The officers were drawn from citizens who were enrolled as patricians of senatorial rank or equestrians, also known as knights.’
      • ‘Some Roman citizens were very clearly distinguished by their power and privilege: these were the senators, equestrians and the provincial elite.’
      • ‘The Senate, the voice of the aristocrats and equestrians, contended with the plebian masses for control of Rome, and directed the generals in foreign policy.’


Mid 17th century (as an adjective): from Latin equester belonging to a horseman (from eques horseman, knight, from equus horse) + -ian.