Definition of equitation in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌɛkwɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] formal
The art and practice of horsemanship and horse riding.
Example sentences
  • She contested competitions and gained experience in general riding, equitation, show jumping, one-day events, cross country, stable management, riding and teaching.
  • Athletes from six counties will be participating in the equestrian competition, and events include trailriding, equitation and dressage.
  • Her show achievements include numerous regional championships in stock seat equitation and regional reserves in horsemanship and showmanship.


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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: equi|ta¦tion

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.