Definition of equitation in English:



  • [mass noun] The art and practice of horsemanship and horse riding.

    • ‘I like the tangible reward of a blue ribbon after I've subjected myself to the torture of riding without stirrups in an equitation class.’
    • ‘Athletes from six counties will be participating in the equestrian competition, and events include trailriding, equitation and dressage.’
    • ‘She contested competitions and gained experience in general riding, equitation, show jumping, one-day events, cross country, stable management, riding and teaching.’
    • ‘Her show achievements include numerous regional championships in stock seat equitation and regional reserves in horsemanship and showmanship.’
    • ‘Her performance in equitation earned her a silver and in the working trails she won a bronze.’


Mid 16th century: from French équitation or Latin equitatio(n-), from equitare ride a horse, from eques, equit- horseman (from equus horse).