Republic of Belarus issued three stamps and a souvenir sheet from the series “Equestrian sport”on 12th July 2011. Equestrian sport began to develop in Belarus after the creation of the first horse-riding school in Gomel in 1957. In 1958 its branch was opened in the village of Ratomka in Minsk region. Equestrian sport includes jumping (overcoming obstacles), dressage (training of a horse to a high level) and a three-day event (dressage, cross-country riding and show jumping). In 1997 a new equestrian sport — endurance riding and in 2008 —equestrian vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) appeared in Belarus. Horse racing is the equestrian competitions for the fastest riding on a racetrack.The republican equestrian championships are held in Belarus every year, from 1994 — also World Cup round of dressage and horse jumping and from 1995 — International three-day event competitions.In 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens the Republic of Belarus for the first time was presented as an independent state in classical equestrian event — dressage.