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War Born Sport: the Evolution of Horse Show Jumping
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Horse show jumping is largely a sport without a known history. There is not an official written history of the sport, but some riders were taught aspects of oral history about the sport. The lack of knowledge about show jumping’s history has inspired this project. This project will use written records and oral history to prove that the evolution of the sport of show jumping had its genesis in cavalry training for war, specifically that the Prussian cavalry’s training methods in the mid-18th century were the catalyst that led to the development of horse show jumping, the establishment of the sport in the mid-19th century, and the development of the modern sport in the early 20th century. The project also includes a discussion of the contemporary sport and the sport’s future in the words of twelve participants in the sport.