eq·​ui·​ta·​tion ˌe-kwə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce equitation (audio)
: the act or art of riding on horseback

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That their first horse should be named Cash seems apt: Mr. Oldfather makes frequent note of the money required to compete in the Hunter/Jumper and equitation divisions of this new world that his daughters had chosen. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Freeburger said riders at the show were judged on their abilities to perform equitation skills including walk, trot and halt. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 17 Nov. 2020 In addition to her running, Simmons does English riding, taking part in hunter, jumper and equitation competitions in the spring and summer on one of her three horses. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2020 The equitation competition consisted of three rounds. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 14 Nov. 2019 Right: Dani Colloff, 6, pets Lightning the miniature horse at the equitation field. SFChronicle.com, 3 Nov. 2019 Yes, Billy Joel had also been spotted watching an equitation class on family day, Mr. Robbins said. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2019 The show had three categories and three competition rings: jumping, hunters and equitation. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 3 July 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle French, from Latin equitation-, equitatio, from equitare to ride on horseback, from equit-, eques horseman, from equus horse

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of equitation was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Equitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equitation. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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eq·​ui·​ta·​tion ˌek-wə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce equitation (audio)
: the action or art of riding on horseback
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