The role of personality in equestrian sports: an investigation

Inga A. Wolframm, J. Williams, David Marlin

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Personality has been shown to affect the way individuals think, feel and act, and could impact on the way people behave and perform in a wide variety of activities. Anecdotal evidence suggests that differences in personality exist between equestrians participating in different disciplines and at different levels, but empirical evidence is limited. This study aimed to investigate dispositional tendencies of rider cohorts, in relation to age, nationality, discipline, competitive level, breadth of involvement in different disciplines, and level of risk-seeking behaviour. An online survey was developed, collecting rider demographics relating to nationality, sex, age, competitive level and discipline. A risk scores was assigned to each discipline and an average risk rating was calculated per participant. Personality traits of extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and intellect were measured using the Mini-International Personality Item Pool. Kruskal-Wallis analyses determined differences ...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalComparative Exercise Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • Rider
  • Competition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Personality
  • Equestrian Sports


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