Equestrian Riding – Pentathletes do not ride their own horse in competition. Instead, pentathletes draw a number to determine their horse. Athletes have a 20-minute warm-up and five practice jumps before entering the riding course. The course consists of 12 jumps including a double and a triple jump.
Athletes are awarded 1,200 pentathlon points at the start of the competition and lose points for missing jumps and time faults. Spectators are asked to remain quiet while athletes are riding; however applause and cheering is appreciated after the course is completed.
Canadian Olympian Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON) during the ride in the Finals at World Cup #1
Complete rules for Pentathlon are available on the Union International de Pentathlon Moderne Website