Some individuals enjoy horseback riding just for the pure pleasure of it. Others like to participate in a variety of equestrian sports or games, such as horseball.
It is like a mix of three other sports which are polo, basketball and rugby, except it is performed with horse and rider. It is a very popular activity in the UK and is recognised as a sport according to the International Federation of Equestrian Sports. There are several organisations which support the competition, which makes it all the more meaningful.
Riders have the responsibility of shooting a ball through a hoop all the while being on horseback. This requires multiple skills, including keeping control and giving proper commands to the horse.
As a recognised sport there are several competitions which horse and rider can compete in. Not only regional but on a national level. Some of the more well-known competitions are:
Every one of these is impressive and exciting. It is competitions like this which encourage young people to seriously consider many of the different types of equestrian sports.