I did a speech just like this last year. What I did is I talked about English Riding and the three main sports for that. (Show jumping, Cross Country, and Dressage.) What I did was state al of the hard things that you have to do in each sport. (ex. Showjumping - remembering the courses, jumping 5 feet in the air, steering ect.) Another thing that you could put for your Olympics paragraph is that it's a respected sport in the Olympics and both men and woman compete in it at the same level. I ended up winning first for doing my speech on horseback riding and a lot of people actually beleived horseback riding was a sport after I said this. Some of them even wanted to try it! =P ... another reason you could put (I don't know if this would be appropriate and it only applys to boys but) is that what guy wouldn't want to try horseback riding? There's beautiful girls wearing tight jeans and pants and some of them usually have a lot of money! =P That's something my coach told me when she was angry cause not a lot of boys were riding! =) lol Hope you have fun with this paper though!!!
A recent survey on the number of fatalities per 100,000 participants in the US put riding a horse - including eventing, racing and show jumping - at the top of the list with a whopping 128. And thatís without taking into account all the horses that perished too. Compare this number to the seemingly much more dangerous sport of boxing - which has just 1.3 deaths per 100,000 - and it puts into perspective quite how dangerous getting your leg over a horse can be.
I hate it when people say it's not a sport and I especially hate it when they say that it's easy and all you do is sit on a horse, when they have never rode before in their life >:(
One of my friends said and I was sooo annoyed! GRRRR!
Ya, my bff has never ridden horses before and she doesn't really like them. We were talking about the sports we like, and I said I liked Hors Riding. She was like, "Horse riding is NOT a sport, all you do is sit on their backs, and they do all the work."
I was just about ready to punch her... lol... but I couldn't cause she's my bff.. but if she wasn't I would punch her :P
That makes me sooooo mad though.. because horse riding takes tons of confidence, courage, strength and stamina... just like many other sports.