World Equestrian Games
The World Equestrian Game (WEG) are held every 4 years and are made up of eight equestrian disciplines with the top horse and riders from each country taking part.
Federation Equestre Internationale ( FEI)
Formed in 1921 the FEI is the international governing body for equestrian competition disciplines and organises the World Equestrian Games.
History of Games
The WEG first started having all the equestrian disciplines at the same time and in the same place in 1990.
- 1990 Stockholm hosted the games which had six disciplines included, which were show jumping, eventing, dressage, driving, vaulting and endurance.
- 1994 The Hague hosted the WEG and had all six disciplines included.
- 1998 Rome played host to the WEG with dressage, show jumping, vaulting, eventing and driving taking pat at the Hague and the endurance taking part later on in the year in Dubai.
- 2002 Jerez hosted the games which had all six disciplines included and also for the first time Reining.
- 2006 Aachen hosted the games with all seven disciplines included.
- 2010 Kentucky will host the games with all seven disciplines and Para dressage as well.
- Combined Driving - This involves a team of four horses being driven in three phases of the competition. Combined driving includes a dressage test followed by a cross country track that involves driving around a course which has water crossings, banks and turns and the last phase is around an obstacle course which is made up of cones , the combined driving competition demands a great amount of skill and accuracy as well as suppleness, courage and fitness.
- Dressage - Horse and rider have to ride three different dressage tests to decide the team and individual competition which culminates with the popular Grand Prix Freestyle where riders choose their own music and the order of movements to be performed.
- Jumping - There are separate competitions to determine the team and individual medals with horse and rider having to complete their show jumping rounds with as few penalties as possible whilst jumping around a course.
- Eventing - Horse and rider have to complete three phases of dressage, show jumping and cross country course to decide the winners. Horse and rider must complete all three phases with as few penalties as possible.
- Endurance Riding - Endurance riders have to complete 100 miles with the fastest horse and rider winning. There are several vet checks along the way which have to be passed in order to allow the competitors to continue.
- Reining - There are both Team and Individual competitions. Horse are rider have to show a number of reining movements such as the spin, stop, circles and lead change, stop and roll back, stop and back up and the stop. All these movements are assessed and marked to determine the winning combination. Competitors are marked with a plus or minus 1 or a 1/2 or a 0, for each movement that is performed.
- Vaulting - There are Team and Individual competitions that allow each competitor to show off their athleticism and Gymnastic ability on board their horse who must be equally talented. Music is chosen for each routine with movements that can include handstands, lifting up another team member, standing positions, dismounting and mounting and all done while the horse is in canter on a lunge line. It is not just the vaulters that are graded but also the person who is lunging and of course the horse who must stay in balance throughout the routine.
- Para equestrianism- Riders with physical disabilities compete in both team and individual dressage competitions.
Location Of World Equestrian Games
The 2014 WEG will be held in Normandy, France
Date Of WEG
The forthcomming World Equestrian Games will be held from 24th August to 7th September 2014, provisional timetable as follows:
- Sunday 24th August Openning Ceremony
- Monday 25th - Team Championship and Individual Qualifier
- Tuesday 26th Team Championship and Individual Qualifier.
- Thursday 28th Individual Qualifier 2nd Round
- Saturday 30th Individual Final
- Monday 25th Team Grand Prix
- Tuesday 26th Team Grand Prix
- Wednesday 27th Grand Prix Speciale
- Friday 29th Grand Prix Freestyle
- Thursday 28th Dressage
- Friday 29th Dressage Test
- Saturday 30th Cross Country Test
- Sunday 31st Show Jumping Test
- Para Equestrian
- Monday 25th August Individual and Team Qualifier
- Tuesday 26th August Individual Championship Test
- Wednesday 27th Individual Championship Test
- Thursday 28th Freestyle Individual Competition
- Friday 29th Freestyle Individual Competition
- Thursday 28th August Endurance Test.
- Show Jumping
- Monday 1st September Warm Up Competition
- Tuesday 2nd Speed Competition
- Wednesday 3rd Individual and Team Qualifier
- Thursday 4th Individual and Team Final
- Saturday 6th September 3rd Round Qualifier
- Sunday 7th September Top Four Competition
- Tuesday 2nd September Compulsory Team Competition
- Wednesday 3rd Individual Freestyle Competition
- Thursday 4th September Compulsory Individual and Team Freestyle Competition
- Friday 5th Individual Freestyle and Team Competition
- Thursday 4th Dressage Test
- Friday 5th Dressage Test
- Saturday 6th Driving Marathon Test
- Sunday 7th Handness Test
- Sunday 7th September Closing Ceremony