American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various meets at which contests are held to test the skill of the competitors, as in equestrianship, gymnastics, or sports car racing.
- n. The place where such an event is held.
- n. a meet at which riders and horses display a range of skills and aptitudes
- Probably alteration (influenced by gymnastics) of Hindi geṁd-khānā, racket court : geṁd, ball (of Dravidian origin) + khānā, house (from Persian khāna, variant of khān; see khan2). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One day, I was taking my horse through its paces with a team of other riders when an Aramcon mother sitting in the stands called the gymkhana director over and demanded that I be kicked off the team.”
“With its origins dating back to a style of horse racing (also known as gymkhana), the sport requires not only physical driving skills, but mental training as well.”
“I had great opposition to overcome, for the Norwegians regarded the slalom as a kind of gymkhana event "suitable for ladies and untrained Englishmen.”
“In addition, she is helping Lucy Cigler, an adult volunteer with "It's a Cinch" 4-H Club, organize a "gymkhana" speed show for this summer at the Manitowoc County Expo.”
“We have a fair on our farm every year – a gymkhana, and a dog show and a funfair and a heavy-horse show.”
“In Fort the walk was mostly from home to Bombay gymkhana and the back lanes.”
“The “farm” was a quite elaborate affair, with a clubhouse, a large gymkhana field, training rings and a grandstand for spectators.”
“An argument ensued, but in the end the gymkhana director felt compelled to acquiesce; he apologized but told me I would have to leave the team.”
“Yes indeed I enjoyed horses vicariously and occasionally even pretended to be Jill and set up a few jumps in the garden and did a bit of giddy-up neddy trotting around my own gymkhana.”
“A few days after that parade, there was a gymkhana on the maidan, and I rode for the skirmishers in the nezabazi.”
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