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

Examples of equitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tickled Pink Memorabilia Mall in Louisville. nuts & bolts: Home for the horses Owner: Jo Cornell, who is a saddle seat equitation instructor. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2024 The Fieldstone clients took part in carriage driving through an obstacle course, as well as trail riding, equitation, and futures and dressage with progressively difficult maneuvers. cleveland, 11 July 2023 Allen resident Stacey Johnson, 43, has over 100 Special Olympics medals in equestrian and track disciplines — including a gold equitation medal from the organization’s World Summer Games in Ireland in 2003. Terry Wagner, Dallas News, 11 May 2023 In February, at a national equitation championship hosted at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Hannah came in 12th out of more than 100 athletes, said Mitchell, who saw the Olympics in Hannah’s future. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 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

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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 23 May. 2024.

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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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