They don't have to wear saddles or have steel shoes nailed onto their feet, but otherwise, these horseless equestrian competitors are doing just what their four-legged companions do. At a horseless horse show, riders run horse jumping courses:
The species of the participants aside, a horseless show is "pretty much the same" as a regular show, insists Phil Rozon, a Canadian jumper judge who officiated at both the horseless horse show and the American Gold Cup Grand Prix that followed. "We judge them just like horses."
Indeed, the young competitors are judged just as horse and rider combos would be in standard show jumping classes—placing according to speed or the time taken to complete a given course. The fastest time wins, but penalties are incurred for faults such as knocking down a rail.