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horse show

a competitive display of the capabilities and qualities of horses and their riders or handlers, usually held as an annual event.
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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exhibition of horses and horsemanship, derived from the medieval tournaments and agricultural fairs of Europe. Horse shows range from small, informal affairs to elaborate week-long displays. Horses may be classed and judged by breed, by function (as hunting, jumping, polo, riding, or harness), or by such qualifications of horse or rider as age or number of ribbons previously won. In equitation classes only the skill of the rider is judged.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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