As any equestrian can tell you, horseback riding is way more than simply sitting pretty.
And when it comes to show jumping, riders have plenty to deal with — not least of all memorizing their course (AKA the order of fences they're supposed to jump).
So, let's see if you have the memory of Olympic show jumper Beezie Madden. Watch her and Cortes "C," who she'll be riding in the 2016 Olympic Games, complete a course — and then have a go at it yourself.
This brown, flower-flanked jump (also known as a "vertical" — a basic fence that's one rail wide).This yellow and white striped vertical.
It's the flower-flanked vertical!
Make a tight right to this plank-top vertical.Bear left to this red and white striped jump (also known as an "oxer" or "spread" — an extra wide fence, like two or more verticals in a row).
It's the red and white oxer!
Take a tight left to this plank-top vertical.Continue around the arena perimeter to this yellow and white vertical.
It's the plank-less vertical!
Bear left to this cute AF tree-flanked vertical.Continue straight to this red, white, and black series of jumps (also known as a "combination" — multiple jumps very close together).
It's the combination!
Ride around the arena perimeter to the plank-top vertical.Swing a tight left to this orange-railed jump (also known as a "liverpool" — a jump featuring water).
It's the plank-top!
Turn right to the yellow flowered oxer.Continue around the arena perimeter to the blue liverpool.
It's the yellow flowered oxer!
Hang a right to this blue and white striped combination.Stay straight to this vertical that kind of looks like nothing.
It's the nothing vertical!
(Damn girl, slow down so we can see.)
Turn right to that adorable tree-flanked vertical.Head left to that combination you weren't supposed to go over last time.
It's the combination!
Make a tight turn to this all-red oxer.Continue around the arena perimeter to this liverpool.
It's the liverpool!
Loop left to this red, orange, and yellow striped oxer.Stay straight to this liverpool.
It's the striped oxer!
Make a tight left to that blue liverpool from the last question.Stay straight to this red oxer.
It's the red oxer!
Hang right to the cute tree vertical.Loop left to the blue liverpool.
It's the tree fence!
Straight to the liverpool.Tight right to this blue striped vertical.
It's the liverpool, and it's your final fence!
(The striped vertical is part of a combination from earlier in the course.)
We Bet You Can't Memorize An Olympian's Show Jumping Course
In a real round of jumping, you would have been disqualified. Better luck in 2020!